Water, Engineering and Development Centre

Why study with WEDC?

There are many reasons why WEDC could be the right choice for you...

WEDC is based at a leading UK university

  • Loughborough University is currently ranked in the top 10 UK universities in the poll of all UK national newspapers.

  • Loughborough University now has 7 Queen’s Anniversary Prizes, only Oxford University has more.

High-quality specialist programmes

  • WEDC programmes are both externally accredited and highly regarded by sector employers. The structure of the programmes suits the needs of international students, and/or those who may be returning to study. There are introductory modules, and continuous and varied means of assessment enable students to monitor their progress.

  • The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) have accredited all WEDC's postgraduate MSc, Diploma and Certificate programmes. Participants registered on one of these programmes at Loughborough are eligible for free student membership of CIWEM.

  • The Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) have accredited all WEDC MSc degrees as meeting requirements for Further Learning. See http://www.jbm.org.uk for further information.

Our in-house staff resources

  • The WEDC team includes expert academic and support staff, and covers a wide range of disciplines. Staff are readily accessible to support students during their studies.

  • All WEDC teaching staff have extensive experience working in low- and middle-income countries. They draw upon their field experience to explain how current theoretical approaches can be practically and realistically applied to address the challenges in relevant low- and middle-income working contexts.

Unique and bespoke facilities

Loughborough-based programmes

  • The School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering has excellent laboratory facilities which include equipment for field sampling, analysis of water and wastewater, and hydraulics experiments. Three dedicated water laboratory staff are specialists in pollutant analysis, hydraulics and continuous trials.

  • Other outdoor facilities for student practical exercises during the programmes include the largest single site collection of handpumps used for maintenance training. Other practical activities include latrine slab construction; flow measurements; and water quality sampling and analysis.

  • Field visits are made to relevant UK facilities.

Distance learning programmes

  • If you are a participant of one of our distance learning programmes and studying from home, you are always welcome to visit the Loughborough campus. You can make remote use of the University Library's electronic search facilities, and remotely access the WEDC Knowledge Base which has links to many sources of useful and relevant information, free of charge.

  • Many of the Distance Learning modules have web-based discussion forums, where Distance Learners can choose to interact with each other and Module Tutors.

  • The method of delivery for the learning materials is mainly portable and paper-based, to suit students who are living or working in areas of the world with poor Internet connectivity, or those who travel frequently.

  • We also arrange some webinars which are recorded for students who are unable to participate.

  • During the programme students build up an excellent library of well-produced bound module notes, additional resources and relevant text books. In addition to the printed version we provide e-reader versions of module notes for learners who travel frequently and want to study on the move.

A vibrant alumni network

  • WEDC graduates join a respected global community of WEDC alumni which numbers more than 1000 from over 70 countries.

  • Alumni networks help to facilitate professional contacts for working in a wide range of country contexts.

  • Many WEDC alumni work for international NGOs (MSF, Oxfam, SCF, GOAL, WaterAid, etc.) and agencies (such as UNICEF), or national governments.

Employment opportunities

  • Many employers routinely present to the participants of our programmes details of their range of employment opportunities, as well as opportunities for field-based research to support their ongoing work.

  • Distance learning students can also participate in these sessions by webinar. Webinars are recorded and available for listening to later.

A great learning environment

  • Loughborough University has one of the largest campuses in the UK with excellent sports facilities which match our reputation as the leading UK university for sport.

  • Loughborough is a small market town, with a pleasant environment, where the cost of living is competitive. Loughborough has a lively and active social scene, and it is only an hour and a half by train to London.


A number of scholarships and bursaries are available. Visit our Scholarships page for full information and other alternative means of securing funding for your programme.

High-quality learning resources

We provide our distance learners with high-quality learning resources for each module – both in print and online. Not only do the module books guide learning throughout the duration of the module, they become long-term reference sources too.

As a number of WEDC distance learners have a requirement to study in several locations, and prefer to travel light between locations, we provide access to pdf versions of our distance learning module books and additional resources volumes as an alternative to the paper-based materials. These are also available to course participants studying with us in Loughborough.

We have a number of 'trial' pdf editions of module units available for you to inspect. Follow the link below.