Professor Miklas Scholz

Chair in Civil Engineering

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I, cand ing, BEng (equiv), PgC, MSc, PhD, CWEM, CEnv, CSci, CEng, FHEA, FIEMA, FCIWEM, FICE, Fellow of IWA, hold the Chair in Civil Engineering at the University of Salford.  I am the Director of the Civil Engineering Research Centre and have published two books and approximately 140 journal papers.  My main research areas are wetlands, sustainable drainage, biological filtration, water quality, storm water management and wastewater treatment.

The research output is available via high-quality peer-reviewed journal papers to a world-wide audience. The output is significant, because it scientifically justifies the proposed transformation of traditional urban and rural landscapes into sustainable and resilient environments. The proposed hybrid Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) systems such as the combined ground source heat pumps and permeable pavements represent the next generation of drainage systems. The original Sustainable Flood Retention Basins (SFRB) and Integrated Constructed Wetlands (ICW) concepts address not just water quality and quantity problems, but integrate these systems also into the landscape, providing ecosystem services, and economic and social benefits at the same time.

The research undertaken by me and my team has been summarized in a Springer book published by me in 2010. The book is entitled ‘Wetland Systems - Storm Water Management Control’. The research has led to the incorporation of findings into national and international guidelines on wetland systems. The greatest impact has been made in the area of ICW in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland.  I contributed to the design guidelines of wetland systems as a research consultant.


  • Civil Engineering Dissertation (supervision of twelve year 3 and 4 individual projects; 2010-2012)
  • Civil Engineering Communications 1 (co-lecturing; 90 students; 2011-2012)
  • Civil Engineering Design Exercise 3 (guest professor; new notes; 6 hours contact time per annum; 90 students; 2011-2012)
  • Water and Waste Water Treatment (co-lecturing; new notes; 5 MSc students; 2011-2012)
  • Water Resources Technology (lecturer; re-written full course including class tutorials; substantial lecture notes of 400 pages; 40 hours contact time per annum; 3rd year; 80 students; 2012).
  • Final Year Project (completely new course structure and documentation; administrative duties and supervisor; 4th and 5th year; average of 20 hours contact time per student; 2010-2012).
  • Previous teaching at The University of Edinburgh: Civil Engineering 1; Infrastructure, Management and Sustainability 3; Computer Aided Design; Water Resources 2; Environmental Design 3; Water and Wastewater Systems 3; Water Resources 3; Water and Wastewater Systems 4; Advanced Environmental Engineering 4; Professional Design 4; Final Year Project 4/5; Membrane Science and Technology 5; Contaminated Land 5;
  • Previous teaching at Heriot-Watt University: Wetland Systems.
  • Previous teaching at the University of Bradford: Hydrology; Water Quality and Treatment; Wastewater Systems; Final Year Project; Applied Hydrobiology.

I attended the following courses as part of my continuous professional development: Introduction to Blackboard; Wisard (Web Interface to Student, Admissions and Related Data); Introduction to Biological Safety; Minitab; Advanced Excel; Postgraduate Supervision in Science and Engineering; Standard Certificate in Health and Safety Practice; Design and Operation of Activated Sludge Systems; Research Supervision.

Research Interests

My core research interests are in ICW, SFRB and SuDS, and other sustainable environmental management measures.  My research team has highlighted the multi-disciplinary aspects of wetland systems, sustainable drainage, soil/water interface and water resources research via their holistic assessments, classifications and modelling work.

Water quality assessments were undertaken for ICW, which are part of a novel concept that assesses the holistic benefits of wetland systems to society. Findings showed that ICW do not contaminate surface water and groundwater despite the fact that they have no artificial liners and are passive treatment systems.

The SFRB concept assesses the multi-functionality of all water bodies with particular reference to their flood and diffuse pollution control potential. A novel and unbiased classification system allows all stakeholders to clearly define the purpose of a water body that can be classed as an SFRB. Communication among stakeholders regarding the most appropriate management of SFRB is greatly enhanced. Moreover, the SFRB Concept addresses the need to assess the flood control potential of all European water bodies as part of new legislation.

Research on water quality and quantity aspects of novel hybrid SuDS has led to a wider application of their use in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. Findings show the potential to combine ground source heat pumps with permeable pavement systems to heat or cool nearby buildings and to treat runoff, respectively. Moreover, the treated runoff can either be recycled or used to recharge groundwater in urban areas.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • PgC (part-time) in Higher Education Practice at the University of Bradford; first class; 2000-2002.
  • PhD (25 months) in Civil Engineering at the University of Birmingham; pass with minor modifications; 1995-1997.
  • MSc in Water Resources Engineering at City University (London); first class; 1994-1995.
  • ‘Vordiplom’ in Civil Engineering (recognized as first degree by the Engineering Council in 2002) at the Technical University of Berlin; upper second class; 1991-1994 (including preliminary studies at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern).
  • Since 2012, Fellow Member of the International Water Association (IWA).
  • Since 2010, Fellow Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).
  • Since July 2007, Fellow Member of The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM). Registered as a Chartered Water and Environmental Manager via CIWEM.
  • Since 2005, Fellow Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA); Affiliate Member of IEMA in 2004; Member of IEMA in 2005.
  • Since 2004, Registration as a Chartered Environmentalist via CIWEM.
  • Since 2004, Registration as a Chartered Scientist via CIWEM.
  • Between 2003 and 2010, Member of ICE.
  • Since 2007, Fellow Member of the Higher Education Academy.
  • Since 2002, Registration as a Chartered Engineer via CIWEM.
  • Between July 2012 and June 2015, Member of the IEMA Council.
  • Since 2011, Editor-in-Chief of the open access journal Water.
  • Since January 2009, Associate Editor of the Journal of Flood Science.
  • Between 2007 and 2011, Associate Editor of Wetlands.
  • Since 2007, Member of the Editorial Board of Landscape and Urban Planning.


I have about 140 journal paper publications in water and environmental engineering.

Access the full list of publications within my CV.