International Water and Sanitation Engineering MSc

Entry requirements:
2:1 +
Full-time:
1 year
Part-time:
up to 4 years
Start date:
October 2018
UK/EU fees:
£9,500
International fees:
£21,000
Location:
Loughborough

Achievements

3rd

in the UK for Building Engineering

Complete University Guide 2018

2nd

in the UK for Building Engineering

Times Good University Guide 2017

9th

in the UK for Civil Engineering

Guardian University Guide 2018

Overview

Our International Water and Sanitation Engineering MSc provides Engineers and Scientists with the knowledge and skills to meet the global challenge of basic services for low- and middle-income countries.

Our International Water and Sanitation Engineering MSc programme will enable you to develop your knowledge, expertise and skills in many aspects of inclusive and sustainable public health infrastructure and services.
 
Our International Water and Sanitation Engineering programme is managed by the Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) in the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering.
 
WEDC programmes are well-established, and held in high regard by practitioners and employers from both the emergency and development sectors. Module Tutors are experts in a broad range of disciplines who have considerable experience of working in low- and middle- income countries.

What makes this programme different?

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

Who should study this programme?

This programme is aimed at engineers or scientists intent on improving the delivery of water and sanitation services in low and middle-income countries.

Entry Requirements

An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in a science or engineering discipline.

Entry requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma are as above. Alternatively entry to the PGCert may be considered depending on alternative qualification and relevant experience, on a case-by-case basis.

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 here. 
 
IELTS: overall 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component.

What you'll study

The modules on our International Water and Sanitation Engineering MSc are designed to develop your understanding of important aspects of sustainable public health infrastructure and services for all levels of consumers, and equip you with appropriate expertise and skills for work in low- and middle-income countries.

Modules

The International Water and Sanitation Engineering MSc 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.

Modules are taught by experts with practical experience in a broad range of disciplines. Topics studied in modules will include:

Water and Waste Engineering Principles

The aims of this module are for the student:

  • to understand the range of suitable technologies for water supply and engineering management of liquid and solid wastes in low- and middle-income countries;
  • to understand the basic principles of how to assess and control pollution resulting from human activities;
  • to understand the links between human health, water and waste management; and
  • to understand the basis for predicting water flow behaviour on ground surfaces and in channels, pipes and porous media.

Management of Water and Sanitation

The aim of this module is to introduce participants to the principles, concepts and key issues of managing sustainable water and environmental sanitation services for low-income consumers in developing countries.

Water Utilities Management

The aim of this module is to better enable participants to plan for and manage urban water and sanitation services in developing countries. On successful completion of this module, students should have a knowledge and understanding of:

  • Institutional issues in the sector including: recent sector reforms, decentralisation and the main management options
  • Financial statements and ratios
  • Cost recovery including: capital investment planning, investment appraisal techniques and tariff setting
  • Economic concepts including; the demand curve, elasticity of demand and willingness to pay surveys
  • Utility issues such as: non-revenue water, asset management, key water utility functions, New Public Management and organizational development and appraisals
  • How to develop a customer relations management strategy for a utility and the principles of marketing
  • Coping strategies of the urban poor and strategies to provide better water services for this consumer group
  • The range of alternative service providers and how they contribute to service delivery. Options for how best a utility can work with alternative service providers, including the key elements of contracts
  • Human resources development and approaches for the development of people at work
  • Managing organisation change in the context of typical sector reforms
  • Public-private partnerships, contract options and regulations
  • The management of urban sanitation services including the range of current experiences.

Water Source Development

The aim of this module is for the student to understand the occurrence, location, exploration, exploitation and pollution of groundwater and surface water sources.

Wastewater Treatment

The aims of this module are for the student to understand the various stages, and unit operation and process options, for treatment of wastewaters, particularly in low- and middle-income countries; and to understand the principles for planning and design of wastewater treatment facilities, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.

Integrated Water Resources Management

The aim of this module is for participants to understand the concepts used in integrated planning and management of water resources in low- and middle-income countries.

Small-scale Water Supply and Sanitation

The aim of this module is for the student to understand important aspects of the design, construction, operation and maintenance of small-scale water supplies and on-site sanitation options for low-income rural and urban communities.

Solid Waste Management

The aim of this module is to introduce participants with available and possible options in solid waste management for low- and middle-income areas. To make participants familiar with the skills of analysing solid waste management issues.

Water Distribution and Drainage Systems

The aim of this module is for the student to understand the most important aspects of how to design, construct and maintain piped water distribution, drainage and sewerage systems.

Data Collection, Analysis and Research

The aim of this module is to introduce to the participants the principles and approaches of research design, data collection and analysis related to doing and using research on infrastructure and services in low- and middle-income countries; and to prepare them to undertake the research dissertation module.

Research Dissertation

The aim of this module is to provide the student with experience of the process and methodology of research by defining and studying (on an individual basis) a complex problem in a specialised area relating to their degree.

How you'll study

Seminars
Lectures
Tutorials
Independent study
Group work
Practical sessions

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 have gone on to work for international NGOs (MSF, Oxfam, SCF, GOAL, WaterAid, etc.) and agencies (such as UNICEF), or national governments.
 
Graduate job titles include Sanitation Technical Manager, Water and Sanitation Consultant, Project Manager, Environmental Engineering Consultant and Civil Engineering Specialist.

Your personal development

On successful completion of this programme, you should be able to:
  • Use literature critically, assessing it against other evidence, including personal experience
  • Learn from, and contribute to, discussion with other professionals
  • Demonstrate originality in tackling and solving problems
  • Analyse data, check their validity and make appropriate use of data when writing reports
  • Communicate effectively in writing essays and reports. This will include presentation and justification of conclusions from quantitative and qualitative analyses.
  • Show basic keyboard skills for word-processing on a computer
  • Work as a member of a small team
  • Manage time and work to deadlines
  • Continue to advance personal knowledge and understanding of relevant current issues, and develop new skills to a high level.

Fees and funding

UK/EU:
£9,500
International:
£21,000

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.

Our academics

Loughborough attracts and appoints outstanding academics, many of whom are expert leaders in their fields. By studying our International Water and Sanitation Engineering programme, you will benefit from working alongside specialists who are enthusiastic about their subjects and at the forefront of current research.

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