Infrastructure in Emergencies (Distance Learning) MSc

Entry requirements:
2:2 +
not available
2-5 years
Start date:
October 2018
UK/EU fees:
By module
International fees:
By module



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Our Infrastructure in Emergencies (Distance Learning) MSc programme is aimed at those of you who are looking to improve the emergency water and sanitation sector in low- and middle-income countries, with the option to work flexibly from home.

The Infrastructure in Emergencies (Distance Learning) programme is managed by the Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) in the School of Architecture, Building Civil Engineering. WEDC programmes are well-established, and held in high regard by practitioners and employers from both the emergency and development sectors.

As a distance learning student you will study from home, with each 15-credit module programmed for a five-month study period. Some modules start in January, and others in July.

Participants have a mix of nationalities and past experiences, providing opportunities for learning from them and development of a valuable future network.

Full details about the centre and the staff within the team can be found on the WEDC website

What makes this programme different?

  • Study flexibly at home, whilst still employed, paying module by module over a number of years, but with the option to study some module in Loughborough
  • MSc, Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate programmes available
  • Module tutors are expert academic staff with extensive experience working in low- and middle-income countries; you can contact tutors electronically for support and guidance
  • Comprehensive study materials and provided, and you can access the University's library electronic search facilities and the WEDC Knowledge Base
  • Web-based discussion forums allow all students to communicate with each other and the tutor
  • Choice of optional modules and your dissertation topic allows you to focus on the areas in which you are particularly interested.

Who should study this programme?

Infrastructure in Emergencies (Distance Learning) is for graduates hoping to work, or already working, in the emergency water and sanitation sector in low- and middle-income countries.

Entry requirements

An honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in any discipline. Successful completion of the postgraduate certificate stage (ie the first four modules of this MSc programme) may be considered as an alternative qualification.

English language requirements

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not. Find out more by visiting our English Language requirements webpage

IELTS: overall 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component.

What you'll study

Modules are delivered by experts in a broad range of disciplines who have considerable experience of working in low- and middle- income countries.


This Infrastructure in Emergencies (Distance Learning) programme covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to Infrastructure in Emergencies
  • Emergencies, Management and People
  • Emergency Water Supply Emergency Sanitation
  • Data Collection, Analysis and Research
  • Research Dissertation.

Optional modules

  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Urban Infrastructure
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Integrated Water Resources Management
  • Water Utilities Management.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by a combination of examination, coursework and class presentations as well as a dissertation on an agreed topic.

How you'll study

Independent study

Your personal and professional development

The School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Graduate destinations

Graduates from this programme have gone on to occupy senior sector positions and work for international Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) such as:

  • Doctors without Borders (MSF)
  • Oxfam
  • Save the Children Fund

They have also gone on to work for major development organisation such as GOAL, WaterAid and many more. Others have progressed into roles with agencies such as UNICEF, as well as a number of national governments across the globe.

Potential graduate job titles include:

  • Emergency WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) Adviser
  • Water and Sanitation Engineer and Programme Manager – Emergencies.

Your personal development

On successful completion of this programme, you should be able to:

  • Manage time and produce work to meet deadlines.
  • Take an inter-disciplinary approach to planning and problem solving.
  • Apply critical thinking and be able to work with limited or contradictory information.
  • Communicate effectively in writing and preparing calculations.
  • Use literature critically, assessing it against other evidence, including personal experience.
  • Demonstrate originality in tackling and solving problems.
  • Analyse data, check their validity and make appropriate use of data when writing reports.

Fees and funding

By module
By module

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

Distance Learners pay for the modules they study each year, on a cost per credit basis, over the duration of their course. The total cost of an MSc will depend on the module studied each year. The cost of 15-credit modules in 2018-19 is £1,300 and the cost of each credit is set at £86.67. The fee for the Research Dissertation is £2,600 which is £43.34 per credit.

Please note, tuition fees are subject to inflation and therefore, tuition fees can increase year-on-year which will alter the total cost of the MSc.