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

January, July

Course content

This Distance Learning programme has been developed for graduates working or hoping to work in the emergency water and sanitation sector in low- and middle-income countries. It is designed to develop your understanding on the principles and practice of infrastructure provision in emergencies and during reconstruction. It will equip you with the key skills, expertise and knowledge for emergency work in low- and middle-income countries.

The programme has been developed by the School of Civil and Building Engineering’s Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC), one of the world’s leading education and research institutes of its kind.

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

  • Research-led teaching from international experts. 75% of the School’s research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in the latest Government Research Excellence Framework.
  • An outstanding place to study. The School of Civil and Building Engineering is ranked in the UK top 10 in the Guardian Good University Guide.
  • Excellent graduate prospects. Many of our participants are employed by relief and development agencies.
  • Professionally accredited. The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) have accredited this programme. Students registered for this programme are eligible for free student membership of CIWEM. The Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) has also accredited all WEDC MSc degrees as meeting requirements for Further Learning.

Core Modules

  • Introduction to Infrastructure in Emergencies
  • Emergencies, Management and People
  • Emergency Water Supply
  • Emergency Sanitation
  • Data Collection, Analysis and Research
  • Research Dissertation

Optional Modules (choose three)

  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Urban Infrastructure
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Integrated Water Resources Management
  • Water Utilities Management

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.

Fees and funding

Students may pay for the whole course in advance or at the beginning of each module. Full or part scholarships are occasionally available for non-EU students.


Qualification and course duration


distance learning
12 - 96 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1509 222496