Water and Environmental Management (Distance Learning) MSc

Entry requirements:
2:2 +
Full-time:
not available
Part-time:
2-8 years
Start date:
January 2019, July 2019
UK/EU fees:
By module
International fees:
By module
Location:
Loughborough

Achievements

3rd

in the UK for building

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Overview

Our Water and Environmental Management (Distance Learning) MSc gives you the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively plan, manage and coordinate water, sanitation and environmental services in low- and middle-income countries, while studying flexibly from home.

Our Water and Environmental Management (Distance Learning) MSc 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.

Distance learning students study from home, with each 15-credit module programmed for a five-month study period. Some modules start in January and others in July.

Distance learners pay module by module as they study over a number of years, so the total cost of an MSc will depend on the module costs applying in each year. The cost of 15-credit modules in 2017-18 is £1,250 and the fee for the research dissertation is £2,500. A slight rise in fees takes place each year, so an indicative total cost for study over 5 years is about £14,000.

  • Study flexibly at home, whilst still employed, paying module by module over a number of years
  • MSc, Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate programmes are 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 are available, and you can use the internet to access the University's library facilities and the WEDC Knowledge Base
  • Web-based discussion forums allow all students to communicate with each other and the tutor
  • A choice of optional modules and your dissertation topic allows you to focus on the areas of most interest to you

What makes this programme different?

  • Opportunity to study flexibly from home, while still employed
  • Access to comprehensive study materials and the WEDC Knowledge Base
  • Flexible learning options means you can qualify for a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or an Master of Science

Who should study this programme?

Our Water and Environmental Management (Distance Learning) MSc is designed for students who are looking to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively plan, manage and coordinate water, sanitation and environmental services in low- and middle-income countries, while studying flexibly from home.

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.

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 on our English Language requirements webpage.

IELTS: overall 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component.

What you'll study

The modules on our Water and Environmental Management (Distance Learning) MSc have been designed to develop your understanding of the principles and practice of sustainable water and environmental management for the public good, and equip you with appropriate expertise and skills for work in low- and middle-income countries

Modules

Water and Environmental Management (Distance Learning) 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.

Compulsory modules - MSc

  • Management of Water and Sanitation
  • Water and Environmental Sanitation
  • Data Collection, Analysis and Research
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Integrated Water Resources Management
  • Case Study
  • Research Dissertation

Optional Modules - MSc

Two of the following:

  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Water for Low-Income Communities
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Low-Cost Sanitation
  • Water Utilities Management - Version 1
  • Water Utilities Management - Version 2 (only available under special circumstances. Please enquire for more information)
  • Group Project (only available under special circumstances. Please enquire for more information)

Compulsory modules - PGDip

  • Management of Water and Sanitation
  • Water and Environmental Sanitation
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Integrated Water Resources Management
  • Case Study

Optional modules - PGDip

Three of the following:

  • Data Collection, Analysis and Research
  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Water for Low-Income Communities
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Low-Cost Sanitation
  • Water Utilities Management - Version 1
  • Water Utilities Management - Version 2 (only available under special circumstances. Please enquire for more information)
  • Group Project (only available under special circumstances. Please enquire for more information)

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by written assignments, and, in the case of the Research Dissertation, an oral examination (conducted by Skype if you cannot visit the UK).

How you'll study

Lectures
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 Water and Environmental Management (Distance Learning) MSc occupy senior sector positions in a range of governmental and non-governmental organisations (NGOs such as MSF, Oxfam, SCF, GOAL and WaterAid) as well as global agencies such as UNICEF.

Graduate job titles include WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) Manager, Water and Sanitation Consultant, Project Manager, WASH Adviser.

Your personal development

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

  • demonstrate originality in tackling and solving problems
  • carry out fieldwork for data and information collection
  • use literature critically, assessing it against other evidence, including personal experience
  • analyse and interpret qualitative and quantitative data using a wide variety of techniques, check their validity and make appropriate use of data when writing reports
  • communicate effectively when writing essays and reports. This will include presentation of findings, data analysis and justification of conclusions
  • show basic skills for word-processing on a computer
  • 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:
By module
International:
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 module by module as they study over a number of years, so the total cost of an MSc will depend on the module costs applying in each year. The cost of 15-credit modules in 2017-18 is £1,250 and the fee for the research dissertation is £2,500. A slight rise in fees takes place each year, so an indicative total cost for study over 5 years is about £14,000.

Our academics

Loughborough attracts and appoints outstanding academics, many of whom are expert leaders in their fields. By studying our Water and Environmental Management 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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