Entry requirements

Lower second class (2.2) degree or above. Successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate stage (i.e. the first four modules of this MSc programme) may be considered as an alternative qualification, permitting transfer to the MSc programme.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is for graduates hoping to work, or already working, in the emergency water and sanitation sector in low- and middle-income countries. It will enable you to develop your potential and understanding of the principles and practice of infrastructure provision in emergencies and during reconstruction, equipping you with appropriate knowledge, expertise and skills for emergency work.

Modules are delivered by experts in a broad range of disciplines who have considerable experience of working in low- and middle- income countries. Participants have a mix of nationalities and past experiences, providing opportunities for learning from them and development of a valuable future network.

Externally accredited, WEDC programmes are well-established, and held in high regard by practitioners and employers from both the emergency and development sectors.

Key Facts

  • Study flexibly at home, whilst still employed, paying module by module over a number of years, but with the option to study some module in Loughborough.
  • MSc, Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate programmes available.
  • Module tutors are expert academic staff with extensive experience working in low- and middle-income countries; you can contact tutors electronically for support and guidance.
  • Comprehensive study materials and provided, and you can access the University's library electronic search facilities and the WEDC Knowledge Base.
  • Web-based discussion forums allow all students to communicate with each other and the tutor.
  • Choice of optional modules and your dissertation topic allows you to focus on the areas in which you are particularly interested.

Information for international students

IELTS overall 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in the individual Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking test. Further information is available on the University’s English Language Requirements page for International Students on our website.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


distance learning
12-96 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1509 222496