Study options and how to apply
Levels of learning
Find out more about the different levels of study available.
There are 3 programmes:
- Water and Environmental Management (study at WEDC or by distance learning)
- Water and Waste Engineering (study at WEDC or by distance learning)
- Infrastructure in Emergencies (study by distance learning)
(Note that there are also mixed-mode options where distance learning programmes can include modules studied at WEDC – find out more here.)
There are 4 levels of award:
Choose one of our MSc programmes and you will study nine modules (eight 15-credit subject-specific modules, and a Research Dissertation). You will study core modules and choose additional modules from a range of options to meet your specific needs and interests.
Choose one of our Diploma courses and you will study eight 15-credit subject-specific modules. As for the MSc programmes, you will study core modules and choose additional modules from a range of options.
Choose one of our Certificate programmes and you will study four 15-credit subject-specific modules. This option is ideal should you wish to learn a specific set of skills and do not have the time to undertake an extended programme. Postgraduate Certificate programmes may also be considered as an entry point for study at MSc level if you do not have the normally recognised entry qualifications.
Many of our 15-credit postgraduate modules may be studied to support your professional development. You need have no particular qualification to study in this way which can also provide an entry point for study towards one of our award-bearing courses at Certificate, Diploma or MSc level. This may be the most suitable route of study for you if you are an experienced professional without a higher qualification seeking to enhance your career prospects.
The University allows you to 'trade-up' an existing qualification qualification provided you hand in your previous certificate and complete the whole programme within the maximum time permitted. For example, a Postgraduate Certificate can be upgraded to a Diploma provided the whole programme is completed within 5 years of first registering for the Certificate Programme. Similarly, a Diploma can be upgraded to a MSc provided the whole programme is completed within 8 years of first registering.