Water Engineering and Development Centre


If you are having difficulty obtaining financial support we strongly advise you to make early contact with local offices of the British Council for information about scholarships.

The British Council is also a useful source of general information about studying and living in the UK. 

Development Trust Africa Scholarships

The Loughborough Development Trust Africa Scholarships, will cover 100% of the course fees for your chosen postgraduate taught course for one year (replacing any Departmental or Loughborough University scholarships or bursaries you may already have been awarded).

The scholarships are being funded through a combination of generous external funding and University funds. The University will award a limited number of scholarships, and the standards required are very high.

Students will be expected to fund their travel and maintenance costs through other sources. Evidence of maintenance funds must be included in the scholarship application.

Please note that scholarship application deadline is April 30th 2020.


UK/EU Scholarships – Loughborough University web page

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International scholarships – Loughborough University web page

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Postgraduate Student Loans

All postgraduate master’s qualifications, such as an MA, MSc, MRes, MBA, MEd and LLM are covered by the loan, and you can study either full-time, over one or two years, or part-time, for instance, a one-year full-time course studied over two years. The £10,280 can be used to pay for your tuition fees or other costs associated with studying, such as accommodation or course expenses.

The loan scheme is principally for UK students, aged under 60, and who do not already have an MSc. Some EU nationals may also be eligible.

For more information, please click here.

Please note: This is a loan which will need to be repaid, rather than a scholarship or bursary which would not need to be repaid.


Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) provides scholarships for students to study WEDC MSc programmes by distance learning.  5 full tuition fee scholarships are available to applicants of the Water Engineering and Development programme and 10 for the Water Management for Development programme. Applicants who are nationals of, and resident in Commonwealth countries are eligible to apply. Click CSC countries for a list of qualifying countries.

Applications should be submitted from 24th February 2020 via the Commonwealth Scholarships web page http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/distance-learning/

John Kirke Scholarship

We are delighted that GHK Consulting Limited has kindly provided a scholarship fund in memory of one of their founders, John Kirke.

The John Kirke scholarship provides a subsidy to the module fee such that the scholar pays only £300 of the current fee for the Urban Infrastructure module from our former MSc programmes. The student's contribution has to be paid two months before the commencement of the module. The scholarship may also be offered to participants of the Management of Water and Saniation Services module from our new MSc programme.

Applicants must be a national of, and resident in, one of the low-income countries on the list provided in the details about the award as shown below.

You do not have to be enrolled on one of our programmes (i.e. Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc) to qualify for this award. The Urban Infrastructure module can be studied as a stand-alone module for professional development, but it will not be eligible for trading up towards a higher award if other modules are studied. The Management of Water and Saniation Services module can contribute to the new MSc programme Water Management for Development.

The selection criteria are based on:

  • The applicant being a national of, and resident in, one of the low- or middle-income countries on the list provided here: John Kirke Scholarship - eligible countries
  • The past academic performance of the applicant;
  • The contents of two letters of reference that are received to support the student's application for the scholarship;
  • The contents of a personal statement by the student to explain the benefits to them and people in developing countries that will arise from them studying the Urban Infrastructure (UI) or the Management of Water and Saniation Services (MWESS) or modules; and
  • The source of funds for the balance of the fees. Applicants who will be sponsored by their employers will be given a lower weighting than applicants who are self-funded.


Download the pdf for more information and an application form for partial sponsorship of the distance learning modules for the study session starting in January (UI) or September (MWESS) each year. The closing date for receipt of originals of completed application forms AND all associated documents is mid-November.

Further information about the John Kirke Scholarship

John Kirke Scholarship - Application form

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding

  • You might also find it helpful to refer to The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online. The Alternative Guide (AGO) is a new web resource for current and prospective postgraduate students (any subject, any nationality) who are looking to fund PhD, Masters, and PGCE study in the UK through grants from charities, trusts, and foundations.