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Water Management for Development

12 months
26500 GBP/year
11900 GBP/year
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The Water Management for Development MSc programme at Loughborough University is designed to develop careers managing water and environmental sanitation services for low and middle-income countries. A part-time distance learning option is also available.


This Water Management for Development MSc programme at Loughborough University is managed by the Water Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) in the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering whose programmes are well-established and held in high regard by practitioners and employers from international development and emergency sectors. Modules are taught by experts in a broad range of disciplines who have considerable experience of working in low and middle- income countries.


WEDC graduates join a respected global community of alumni which includes more than 1,000 people from over 70 countries.

Many WEDC alumni work for international NGOs such as Oxfam, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and WaterAid, and agencies such as UNICEF, as well as national governments. Several graduates have held high ministerial office and have shaped national government policy in the water and sanitation sector in their countries.

Recent graduates from our WEDC programmes have gone on to roles including:

  • Senior Water and Sanitation Specialist, The World Bank
  • Chief of Party, USAID Programme
  • Chief of WASH, UNICEF
  • Solid Waste Management Director, Kumasi City Council (Ghana)


This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) comprising of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng)

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Water and the Natural Environment (DL)
  • Management of Village Water Services (DL)
  • Management and Operation of Water Utility Services (DL)
  • Research Methods (DL)
  • Research Dissertation (DL)
  • Management of Water and Environmental Sanitation Infrastructure 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

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  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in any discipline.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26500 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    11900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11900 GBP per year during 12 months.


  •  UK£9,700/year
  • INT: £19,950/year


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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