Water and Waste Engineering (Distance Learning) MSc

Entry requirements:
2:1 +
Full-time:
not available
Part-time:
2-5 years
Start date:
TBC
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 Waste Engineering (Distance Learning) MSc provides Engineers and Scientists with the knowledge and skills to meet the global challenge of basic services for low- and middle-income countries, with the opportunity to study flexibly from home.

Our Water and Waste Engineering (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.

What makes this programme different?

  • Opportunity to study flexibly from home, while still working
  • 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, with the opportunity to study flexibly from home.

Entry requirements

An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in a science or engineering 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 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 Waste Engineering (Distance Learning) 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

Water and Waste Engineering (Distance Learning) MSc covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have listed some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

Compulsory modules

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 and Environmental Sanitation

This module will enable you to:

  • understand the range of suitable technologies for water supply and engineering management of liquid and solid wastes in low- and middle-income countries;
  • understand the basic principles of how to assess and control pollution resulting from human activities;
  • understand the links between human health, water, and waste management; and
  • understand the importance of hygiene practices and the methods of promoting these.

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.

Case Study

The aims of this module are to give participants a basic understanding of a complete project cycle for infrastucture and services; and to consolidate and integrate material contained in earlier modules. On successful completion of this module, the students should have a knowledge and understanding of the techniques, difficulties and intricacies of designing and developing the multifaceted feasibility stage of a project.

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.

Optional modules

Students can also choose four options from the following:

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; to understand the principles for planning and design of wastewater treatment facilities, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.

Urban Infrastructure

The aim of this module is for the student to understand the key issues in the planning and conceptual design of infrastructure improvements for low-income urban communities.

Water for Low-income Communities

The aim of this module is for the student to understand important aspects of the design, construction, operation and maintenance of small water supplies for low-income communities.

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.

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.

Low-cost Sanitation

This module will enable students to have knowledge and understanding of the most important aspects of the design, construction, operation and maintenance of common low-cost sanitation technologies for domestic, institutional and emergency use.

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.

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

Seminars
Lectures
Independent study

Your personal and professional development

Graduate destinations

Graduates from our Water and Waste Engineering (Distance Learning) MSc programme 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 Sanitation Technical Manager, Water and Sanitation Consultant, Project Manager and Civil Engineering Specialist.

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 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.

Our academics

Loughborough attracts and appoints outstanding academics, many of whom are expert leaders in their fields. By studying our Water and Waste Engineering (Distance Learning) 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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