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Course content

Our Water and Waste Engineering (Distance Learning) MSc provides Engineers and Scientists with the knowledge and skills to meet the global challenge of basic services for low- and middle-income countries, with the opportunity to study flexibly from home.

Our Water and Waste Engineering (Distance Learning) MSc programme is managed by the Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) in the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering.

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

Distance learning students study from home, with each 15-credit module programmed for a five-month study period. Some modules start in January and others in July.

Full details about the centre and the staff within the team can be found on the WEDC website.

What you'll study

The modules on our Water and Waste Engineering (Distance Learning) MSc are designed to develop your understanding of important aspects of sustainable public health infrastructure and services for all levels of consumers, and equip you with appropriate expertise and skills for work in low- and middle-income countries.


Water and Waste Engineering (Distance Learning) MSc covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have listed some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.


  • Management of Water and Sanitation
  • Water and Environmental Sanitation
  • Data Collection, Analysis and Research
  • Case Study
  • Research Dissertation


  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Urban Infrastructure
  • Water for Low-income Communities
  • Integrated Water Resources Management
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Low-cost Sanitation
  • Water Utilities Management

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed by written assignments, and, in the case of the Research Dissertation, an oral examination (conducted by Skype if you cannot visit the UK).

How you'll study

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Independent study

Your personal and professional development

Graduate destinations

Graduates from our Water and Waste Engineering (Distance Learning) MSc programme occupy senior sector positions in a range of governmental and non-governmental organisations (NGOs such as MSF, Oxfam, SCF, GOAL and WaterAid) as well as global agencies such as UNICEF.

Graduate job titles include Sanitation Technical Manager, Water and Sanitation Consultant, Project Manager and Civil Engineering Specialist.

Your personal development

On successful completion of this programme, you should be able to:

  • demonstrate originality in tackling and solving problems
  • carry out fieldwork for data and information collection
  • use literature critically, assessing it against other evidence, including personal experience
  • analyse and interpret qualitative and quantitative data using a wide variety of techniques, check their validity and make appropriate use of data when writing reports
  • communicate effectively when writing essays and reports. This will include presentation of findings, data analysis and justification of conclusions
  • show basic skills for word-processing on a computer
  • manage time and work to deadlines
  • continue to advance personal knowledge and understanding of relevant current issues, and develop new skills to a high level.

Visit the Water and Waste Engineering (Distance Learning) PgCert/ PgDip/ MSc page on the Loughborough University website for more details!





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