Water, Sanitation and Health Engineering - MSc (Eng)

University of Leeds    School of Civil Engineering

Full time September MSc 1 year full time

About the course

As we’ve seen in recent years, safely managed water, sanitation and hygiene services couldn’t be more pertinent than they are today. Without these, the spread of disease can be rife — contributing significantly to the global burden of morbidity and mortality. That’s why the demand for qualified experts in this area to help contribute to solving this global challenge is ever-growing. If you’re looking for a truly rewarding and diverse career that could help save peoples’ lives, this course will equip you with the skills you’ll need to pursue it.

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Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) in an engineering, public health or international development-related subject.

We may also consider applicants with equivalent academic or professional qualifications in a non-cognate engineering or natural science subject and applications from professionally qualified and experienced candidates. We would expect applicants to provide a statement detailing their interest and knowledge within the water, sanitation and hygiene field as part of their application.

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Alicia Eduardo Pareja

Firstly, I chose to study at the University of Leeds because it is one of the most prestigious universities in the UK, it has received academic awards and an outstanding reputation for the quality of education and its dedicates lots of research in the area of public health crisis, which is one of my areas of interest.

Secondly, after looking at different Masters courses in Europe and comparing their course structures, I found that the MSc offered by the University of Leeds had interesting modules with topics that I wanted to learn more about. Therefore, its course perfectly fitted to my needs since I wanted to deepen my knowledge in water, sanitation and health, mainly focusing in developing countries.

Finally, from my previous research, I realised that University of Leeds staff are not only concerned about the academic issues, but they also make sure that students enjoy their time at the university, through the Leeds University Union (LUU), offering many activities, in order to avoid stress and stimulate interpersonal and cultural development, and also this university has a fitness suite called The Edge, which has a swimming pool (my favourite!) and facilities to work out and practice sport, all of which motivated me even more to choose the University of Leeds and it’s a decision which I don´t regret for a second.

So far, apart from the massive amount of knowledge acquired first hand from experienced professors throughout all the lectures, one of the best aspects of my MSc was the exchange of knowledge and experience with my professors and classmates. My professors master their subject very well and through their didactic and interactive lectures gave us valuable knowledge based on their experience. Also, they promoted our interventions in lectures, and thus, sharing our experiences from the field and different viewpoints about the same topic with my classmates, who came from different backgrounds, helped me to learn more and expand my perspective.

Moreover, professors were very approachable so if you had any doubts, you could ask during classes or by sending them an email afterwards.


These competitive scholarships are awarded in the form of a 50% tuition fee reduction to international candidates who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. There are limited scholarships available.

Eligible courses
Water, Sanitation and Health Engineering MSc (Eng)

Eligibility criteria
To be considered for the scholarship you must:

be classified as an International student for tuition fee purposes

have applied for 2023/2024 entry for a Masters programme included in the eligible courses section

be a self-funding student

demonstrate an excellent academic track record, and be predicted to achieve or have achieved a Bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons), based on the criteria used by the School for offer purposes, or equivalent

show excellent professional and personal skills evidenced through work experience and/or extracurricular activities

demonstrate the potential to contribute to the social and cultural diversity of our Masters programmes and student community.

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% tuition fee reduction


International applicants for the Water, Sanitation and Health Engineering MSc only

Application Procedure

Apply now by completing the online form. Please note that you will require your University of Leeds Application ID to proceed.

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