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Water and Environmental Management (Distance Learning) MSc

  • Entry requirements: 2:2 (or above)
  • Year of entry: 2017
  • Full-time: Not available
  • Location: Loughborough
  • Part-time: 2-8 years
  • School: Civil and Building Engineering

Programme information

This programme is for you if you are a scientist or a professional intent on improving the delivery of water and environmental services in low- and middle-income countries.

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 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 and available, an 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

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.

Entry requirements

An honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in any discipline. Successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate stage (i.e. the first four modules of this MSc programme) may be considered as an alternative qualification.

Overseas qualification equivalencies can be found here.

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.


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). 

Take a look at our modules affiliated with the programme.

Future Career Prospects

Graduates from this programme have gone on to 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 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.

The information published here reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year.

Fees and funding