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The Drinking Water and Sanitation programme has been accredited by the “Conférence des Grandes Ecoles” for almost thirty years. It is organised entirely by and at ENGEES.

It is a one-year postgraduate course with a specific professional focus. Its aim is to train future project managers and study managers in the fields of water and sanitation, for a mixed public of students and professionals.

This course provides technical specialisation in the field of hydraulics and quality applied to public drinking water and wastewater services in urban areas.

The advantages

For young learners, the specialized master's degree programme is designed to refine an initial generalist education (MA or generalist engineering degrees). It is an excellent complement to training in terms of adapting to the requirements of employers in the field. It gives you a better understanding of the job, provides you with numerous contacts with professionals in the sector, and enables you to identify and be identified by companies.

For professionals, it offers the opportunity either to progress to a position of responsibility, or to retrain in a technical field other than the one in which they were initially trained. As such, it allows you to optimise your skills by effectively complementing them.

For foreign students, it is one of the best ways of gaining rapid training in the cutting-edge techniques and methods used in the water sector in France, the world leader in this field. The Drinking Water and Sanitation programme offers training in water techniques, from treatment to network design and management.


The aim of this course is to train future water and wastewater engineers to work in the field of services to local authorities, whether in a consultancy firm, a service company or a local authority (civil service).

Its main objective is to enable students to acquire the necessary technical specialisation in the field of hydraulics applied to public drinking water and urban wastewater services.

For this reason, it is structured around four themes:


  • Drawing off and transporting drinking water (drinking water networks): from the water resource to the customer, including pressurising the water, transporting it through the various hydraulic structures and final distribution.
  • Drinking water treatment: processes, improving and preserving water quality.
  • Wastewater and rainwater collection: from the customer to the receiving environment, including transport, storage, flood control, etc.
  • Wastewater treatment: processes, preserving the quality of receiving environments, etc.

Teaching focuses on acquiring or updating basic knowledge of water hydraulics and chemistry. The foundations (regulatory, accounting, and conceptual) of Public Services Management complement the technological teaching in the field to provide an overall view.

The technical courses (transport of drinking water or wastewater, hydrology and wastewater treatment) make use of modelling: the concepts and methods of computer-aided design are widely used in projects.

Teaching team

The course is run by a permanent teaching team, whose research activities are carried out at the Urban Hydraulics research laboratory (HU/ICUBE), the Territorial Management of Water and the Environment research laboratory (GESTE) and the Strasbourg Earth and Environment Institute (ITES) (see their activities).

These teams work with a group of high-level professionals who contribute more than half of the teaching hours in the programme.

These professionals include:

  • Deputy Director of the Rhine-Meuse Water Agency,
  • Head of the sanitation department of the Strasbourg Eurometropole,
  • Head of the HYDRATEC office,
  • Head of the East Region of Suez Service France,
  • SAUR expert...

VAE or "Validation des Acquis de l'Expérience"

If you already have all the skills associated with this specialised master's degree, consider VAE: validation of acquired experience

Geographical origin of the students

Practical information

Tuition fees for 2023/2024: to be paid in full on the first day of the term

  • Students, French or foreign, continuing their studies, i.e. you will obtain the diploma entitling you to the course: 6900 euros
  • French or foreign professionals: 9950 euros
  • Jobseekers not financed by a parity body: 6900 euros

The course does not entitle you to a grant based on social criteria.

Other costs:

Other costs incurred during the course, in addition to tuition fees, can be estimated at a minimum of around 750 euros per month, from September to April, for accommodation, meals, etc...

During the internship, from May to October, the host company must pay you a salary. Read the law.


Specialised master's degrees

Valérie FAUX

Head of specialised master's degrees courses

Phone: 03 88 24 82 62


Julien WEISS

Short vocational training officer

Phone: 03 88 24 82 34

If you would like to be put in touch with one of the alumni of the course, whose profile, origin, etc. would be similar to yours, please specify your wish in the letter attached to your application form.

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