Entry requirements

Lower second class (2.2) degree or above

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is ideal for engineers and scientists who want to improve the delivery of water and environmental services in low- and middle-income countries. You will develop knowledge, expertise and skills in many aspects of water, sanitation and environmental management. The programme focuses on the conditions and aspirations of communities in low- and middle-income countries.

The programme is based in 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 taught by experts in a broad range of disciplines who have considerable experience of working in low- and middle- income countries. Classes include a mix of nationalities and past experiences, providing both a stimulating learning experience and 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 graduates 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

■Management of Water and Sanitation

■Water and Environmental Sanitation

■Integrated Water Resources Management

■Water Utilities Management

■Data Collection, Analysis and Research

■Group Project

■Research Dissertation

Optional Modules (choose 3)

■Water Source Development

■Environmental Assessment

■Small Scale Water Supply and Sanitation

■Solid Waste 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


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1509 222496