Water Engineering and Development Centre

Why study with WEDC

There are many reasons why WEDC could be the right choice for you.

WEDC is based at a leading UK university

  • Loughborough University is currently ranked in the top 10 UK universities in the poll of all UK national newspapers.

  • Loughborough University now has 7 Queen’s Anniversary Prizes, only Oxford University has more.

Our programmes are accredited

Water Management for Development

Water Engineering for Development (starts 2020)

  • The MSc, PG Diploma and PG Certificate are accredited by the Charted Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) for student intakes in academic years up to and including academic year 2020 – 2021. Participants registered on one of these programmes at Loughborough are eligible for free student membership of CIWEM.
  • The MSc is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM), for student intakes up to and including academic year 2020 – 2021, as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng (Hons) undergraduate first degree. 


Our in-house staff resources

  • The WEDC team includes expert academic and support staff, and covers a wide range of disciplines. Staff are readily accessible to support students during their studies.

  • All WEDC teaching staff have extensive experience working in low- and middle-income countries. They draw upon their field experience to explain how current theoretical approaches can be practically and realistically applied to address the challenges in relevant low- and middle-income working contexts.

Unique and bespoke facilities

Loughborough-based programmes

  • The School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering has excellent laboratory facilities which include equipment for field sampling, analysis of water and wastewater, and hydraulics experiments. Three dedicated water laboratory staff are specialists in pollutant analysis, hydraulics and continuous trials.

  • Other outdoor facilities for student practical exercises during the programmes include the largest single site collection of handpumps used for maintenance training. Other practical activities include latrine slab construction; flow measurements; and water quality sampling and analysis.

  • Field visits are made to relevant UK facilities.

Distance learning programmes

  • If you are studying from home by distance learning, you are always welcome to visit the Loughborough campus. You can make remote use of the University Library's electronic search facilities, and remotely access the University's Institutiona repository which has links to many sources of useful and relevant information, free of charge.

  • From September 2019, the method of delivery for the learning materials is mainly online although USB pen drives will be available to suit students who are living or working in areas of the world with poor Internet connectivity, or for those who travel frequently.

  • We also arrange webinars which are recorded for students who are unable to participate.

  • During the programme students build up an excellent electronic library of well-produced module notes, additional resources and relevant text books.

A vibrant alumni network

  • WEDC graduates join a respected global community of WEDC alumni which numbers more than 1000 from over 70 countries.

  • Alumni networks help to facilitate professional contacts for working in a wide range of country contexts.

  • Many WEDC alumni work for international NGOs (MSF, Oxfam, SCF, GOAL, WaterAid, etc.) and agencies (such as UNICEF), or national governments.

Employment opportunities

  • Many employers routinely present to the participants of our programmes details of their range of employment opportunities, as well as opportunities for field-based research to support their ongoing work.

  • Distance learning students can also participate in these sessions by webinar. Webinars are recorded and available for listening to later.

A great learning environment

  • Loughborough University has one of the largest campuses in the UK with excellent sports facilities which match our reputation as the leading UK university for sport.

  • Loughborough is a small market town, with a pleasant environment, where the cost of living is competitive. Loughborough has a lively and active social scene, and it is only an hour and a half by train to London.


A number of scholarships and bursaries are available. Visit our Scholarships page for full information and other alternative means of securing funding for your programme.

High-quality learning resources

We provide our distance learners with high-quality learning resources for each module. Not only do the materials (available online and on USB pen drives) guide learning throughout the duration of the module, they become long-term reference sources too. These are also available to programme participants studying with us in Loughborough.

Visit the online portal for Water Management for Development to try out one of the unit guides.