Postgraduate study2016

MSc

Infrastructure in Emergencies (Distance Learning)

School of Civil and Building Engineering

Year of entry: 2016

1 to 8 years

This programme is for graduates hoping to work, or already working, in the emergency water and sanitation sector in low- and middle-income countries. It will enable you to develop your potential and understanding of the principles and practice of infrastructure provision in emergencies and during reconstruction, equipping you with appropriate knowledge, expertise and skills for emergency work.

MSc

Infrastructure in Emergencies (Distance Learning)

School of Civil and Building Engineering

Year of entry: 2016

1 to 8 years

This programme is for graduates hoping to work, or already working, in the emergency water and sanitation sector in low- and middle-income countries. It will enable you to develop your potential and understanding of the principles and practice of infrastructure provision in emergencies and during reconstruction, equipping you with appropriate knowledge, expertise and skills for emergency work.

Programme information

Modules are delivered by experts in a broad range of disciplines who have considerable experience of working in low- and middle- income countries. Participants have a mix of nationalities and past experiences, providing opportunities for learning from them and development of a valuable future network.

Externally accredited, WEDC programmes are well-established, and held in high regard by practitioners and employers from both the emergency and development sectors.

Key Facts

  • Study flexibly at home, whilst still employed, paying module by module over a number of years
  • 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

Careers and further study

Many WEDC students and alumni occupy senior sector positions and work for international NGOs (MSF, Oxfam, SCF, GOAL, WaterAid, etc.) and agencies (such as UNICEF), or National Governments. Distance Learning. Students already working in these sectors find their new skills to be directly relevant and readily applicable to their jobs.


Graduate job titles include WASH Coordinator, WASH Engineer, Emergency WASH Manager, Technical Adviser and Project Manager.


Each year a number of agencies send a staff member to WEDC to make a presentation to students about their organisation and current employment opportunities. These presentations are run as webinars so that distance learners can participate and recordings are made available on the University’s electronic learning platform.

Facilities

Distance learning students can make remote use of the University Library’s electronic search facilities and can access the WEDC ‘Knowledge Base’, which has links to many sources of useful and relevant information. WEDC’s Information Officer can assist with electronic searches for information.


Although distance learners are usually not living near enough to Loughborough to make use of campus-based facilities they are welcome to visit the University. Remote advice from specialists such those in the School’s water quality testing laboratory is available for those who may be planning to carry out field testing as part of their dissertation.


Module Tutors often provide links to useful videos (e.g. water quality testing), either in the module materials, or on the module page on the University’s electronic learning platform.

Scholarships

We aim to offer some specific full-fee and partial-fee scholarships for Distance Learning applicants.

 

See the WEDC website for further details.

 

How you will learn

Distance Learning students study from home but are welcome to visit the Loughborough campus.  They can make remote use of the University Library’s electronic search facilities and the WEDC ‘Knowledge Base’, which has links to many sources of useful and relevant information.

The programme comprises both compulsory core modules, and optional modules which may be selected.  The Case Study module draws together material from across the programme.  A research dissertation between 75 and 150 pages long on a chosen topic relevant to interests or career development concludes the programme.  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 are developing and planning to provide e-reader versions of some module notes to enhance portability.

Assessment

The assessments do not include written examinations. For most modules, students are assessed by two written assessments. The individual research dissertation module is assessed on the basis of a written dissertation and an oral examination in which you discuss your submitted dissertation with your supervisor and a second member of staff.  For students who cannot visit the UK this oral examination takes place over Skype.

Entry Qualifications

Lower second class (2.2) degree or above. Successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate stage (i.e. the first four modules of this MSc programme) may be considered as an alternative qualification, permitting transfer to the MSc programme.

IELTS overall 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in the individual Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking test

Further information is available on the University’s English Language Requirements page for International Students.

Programme modules

Core Modules

Introduction to Infrastructure in Emergencies

The aim of this module is for you to understand: the range of infrastructure needs for affected communities during and following emergencies; the range of suitable technologies for water supply and engineering management of liquid and solid wastes during and following emergencies; and the links between human health, water, and waste management.

Emergencies, Management and People

This module covers the key characteristics of disasters and emergencies; the management of effective humanitarian relief; the importance of adequate assessment, planning and management of emergency response and how communities and individuals may be affected by disasters.

Emergency Water Supply

This module enables you to understand the important aspects of the design, construction, operation and maintenance of water supplies in emergencies in low and middle income countries. 

Emergency Sanitation

This module is designed to deliver understanding in: the range of environmental sanitation needs of communities during and following emergencies; the range of technologies and approaches for addressing environmental sanitation needs in emergencies and the importance of assessment, planning and management of emergency environmental sanitation programmes.

Data Collection, Analysis and Research

This module introduces the principles and approaches for doing research and studies on infrastructure and services in low- and middle-income countries and to prepare students to undertake the research dissertation module.

Research Dissertation

The aim of this module is to provide you 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 yourdegree.

Optional Modules (choose three)

Wastewater Treatment

The aim of this module is for you to understand the various stages, and unit operation and process options, for treatment of wastewaters, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. 

Urban Infrastructure

This module covers the key issues in the planning and conceptual design of infrastructure improvements for low income urban communities.

Environmental Assessment

In this module you will develop a broad understanding of both the needs for and the mechanisms of environmental assessment and management, with emphasis on aquatic environments, 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.

Water Utilities Management

The aim of this module is to better enable you to plan for and manage urban water and sanitation services in developing countries.

Apply now

The best way to apply for admission to a taught or research programme is online. This helps us to process your application quickly.

Your application must be supported by documentary evidence of entry qualifications, including English language, academic transcripts and references.

You are strongly advised to send your documents, including transcripts and references, as soon as you make your online application – they can be submitted online.

A decision about your application cannot be made until we receive your supporting documents.

For more information on the application process, take a look at our how to apply section.