12 months
21500 GBP/year
10500 GBP/year
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The Water and Sanitation for Development MSc provides the essential skills and knowledge required to plan and implement water supply and sanitation projects and programmes in any part of the world, particularly in low and middle income countries. The course is a balance of engineering, environmental science, public health and social science.

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Why this course?

Although much progress has been made over the last few decades, more than one billion people still lack access to a safe, reliable and affordable water supply; and more than twice that number lack access to basic sanitation.

  • Teaching is by a research-active faculty who work in developing countries, enabling you to benefit from real-world case studies throughout the course.
  • There is opportunity to work on a real-life WASH project in a developing country for your thesis project.
  • The courses includes participation in a real-world borehole drilling course and other practical sessions to put theory into practice.
  • Innovative teaching practices including ‘flipped classrooms’ and student-led exercises are a core key feature of the course.
  • The course is supported by an active network of alumni with over 30 years’ worth of experience working in the WASH sector.

Graduates of the Water and Sanitation for Development MSc will be able to:

  • Plan and design sanitation facilities and water sources in rural areas of lower-income countries;
  • Critically evaluate water, sanitation and hygiene programmes and water resource management methods;
  • Explain different management and finance models and evaluate how these might ensure access for the poorest;
  • Assess how water, sanitation and hygiene services might vary in different contexts, specifically rural, urban and emergencies.


This degree has been accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).

Programme Structure

  • Taught modules 40%, Group project 20%, Individual project 40%


This course is ideal for graduates who wish to progress their career in the planning, implementation and management of sustainable water supply and sanitation projects to low income countries.  

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Although there are no set application deadlines, we recommend that you apply as early as possible to secure your place.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Candidates must possess, or be expected to achieve, a 1st or 2nd class UK Honours degree in a relevant discipline such as engineering, environmental science, geography, development studies, earth science or related subjects, or the international equivalent of these UK qualifications.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21500 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 21500 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    10500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10500 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

International & EU:

  • MSc Part-time: £21,500
  • PgDip Full-time:  £17,400
  • PgCert Full-time: £8,700


  • MSc Full-time: £10,500
  • MSc Part-time: £1,635 

Living costs for Cranfield

700 - 1300 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


  • GREAT China Scholarship
  • The Cranfield Scholarship
  • Masters Loan from Student Finance England
  • Santander Scholarship
  • Commonwealth Scholarships for Developing Countries
  • Future Finance Student Loans

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