Postgraduate study2016

MSc

Water and Waste Engineering (Distance Learning)

School of Civil and Building Engineering

Year of entry: 2016

1 to 8 years

This programme is aimed at engineers or scientists intent on improving the delivery of water and sanitation services in low- and middle-income countries. You will develop knowledge, expertise and skills in many aspects of inclusive and sustainable public health infrastructure and services.

MSc

Water and Waste Engineering (Distance Learning)

School of Civil and Building Engineering

Year of entry: 2016

1 to 8 years

This programme is aimed at engineers or scientists intent on improving the delivery of water and sanitation services in low- and middle-income countries. You will develop knowledge, expertise and skills in many aspects of inclusive and sustainable public health infrastructure and services.

Programme information

Modules are taught by experts in a broad range of disciplines who have considerable experience of working in low- and middle- income countries. The programme includes non-technical modules that will broaden your education base, opening up opportunities for you to take on managerial roles. Graduates with little or no experience, and experiened practitioners, are invited to apply.

Classes include a mix of nationalities and past experiences, providing both a stimulating learning experience and 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 are able to contact them electronically for support and guidance
  • Comprehensive study materials are 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 dissertation topic allows you to focus on areas of particular interest

Careers and further study

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


Graduate job titles include Sanitation Technical Manager, Water and Sanitation Consultant, Project Manager, Environmental Engineering Consultant and Civil Engineering Specialist.


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 also 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 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.  They can also remotely access 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 Case Study module relates to a given scenario for which the student has to produce pre-feasibility and feasibility reports.  The individual research dissertation module is assessed on the basis of a written dissertation and an oral examination in which you will discuss you 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

Upper second class (2.1) degree or above in an engineering or scientific discipline.

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

Management of Water and Sanitation

The aim of this module is to introduce 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

The module covers the range of suitable technologies for water supply and engineering management of liquid and solid wastes in low- and middle-income countries.

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.

Case Study

This module will give you a basic understanding of a complete project cycle for infrastructure and services; and to consolidate and integrate material contained in earlier modules.

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 your degree.

Optional Modules (choose 4)

Wastewater Treatment

This module covers the various stages, and unit operation and process options, for treatment of wastewaters, particularly in low- and middle-income countries; and 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 you to understand the key issues in the planning and conceptual design of infrastructure improvements for low income urban communities.

Water for Low-Income Communities

This module covers 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

This module aims to introduce you to the available and possible options in solid waste management for low and middle income countries, and the key issues for low income countries.

Low-Cost Sanitation

The aim of this module is to increase your knowledge of all aspects of low-cost human excreta disposal.

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.

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.