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Water Engineering for Development (Distance Learning, Part-time)

24 months
20800 GBP/year
10100 GBP/year
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The MSc Water Engineering for Development (Distance Learning, Part-time) from Loughborough University is designed to develop careers for improving the delivery of water supply and sanitation services internationally, with a focus on low and middle-income countries.


The MSc Water Engineering for Development (Distance Learning) from Loughborough University will enable you to improve your knowledge, expertise and skills in many aspects of sustainable water supply and sanitation infrastructure delivery and operation. Other topics studied will include flood, groundwater, piped system modelling, and water and wastewater treatment to address the changing needs of the market. It also includes non-technical modules or sessions that broaden your knowledge base and prepare you for future higher managerial roles.

This programme 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.

On successful completion of this programme, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of international and local initiatives and institutions that promote water and sanitation; the key issues in relation to environmental and social impact in planning and managing sustainable water and environmental sanitation services; the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to the management of water and environmental sanitation; the range of appropriate water and environmental sanitation technologies; and the assessment, planning, facilitation, regulation and management of social, institutional, economic and environmental issues to ensure the sustainability and improvement of water and environmental sanitation services.

Comprehensive resources are available on the online learning environment for each module, including study guidance, highly illustrated unit notes, additional reading materials, ReVIEW Lecture Capture (recordings of class sessions from the equivalent and concurrently running full-time MSc programme), YouTube clips of laboratory procedures and experimental setup, self-assessment questions and answers, and subject specific references and texts.

Distance learning courses can be studied part-time to fit with your employment commitments. We now also offer a full-time MSc Water Engineering for Development (Distance Learning) option to allow you to complete your master's degree in one year, wherever you are in the world.

Your future career

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.

Graduates from our WEDC programmes have gone on to roles including:

Senior Water and Sanitation Specialist, The World Bank

Chief of Party, USAID Programme


Solid Waste Management Director, Kumasi City Council (Ghana)

Director, Water Development Directorate (Uganda)

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Water and the Natural Environment (DL)
  • Urban and Rural Water Engineering (DL)
  • Flood Modelling and Management (DL)
  • Research Methods (DL)
  • Management of Water and Environmental Sanitation Infrastructure (DL)
  • Urban and Rural Sanitation Engineering (DL)

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A 2:1 honours degree or equivalent international qualification in engineering, science or mathematics. Applicants with qualifications slightly below this level, alternative qualifications, and/or professional experience will also be considered.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20800 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20800 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • National

    10100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10100 GBP per year during 24 months.


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