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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

This Masters degree will provide you with an in-depth knowledge of how to deliver effective modern water supply, sanitation and other public health interventions in urban and rural areas in low-income and transitional economies.

The MSc is particularly aimed at consultants, and working professionals in national and local government, non-government organisations, international development organisations and public health agencies. It has a strong focus on developing practical and policy skills and addresses the critical future challenges of climate change, population growth and urbanisation. You’ll develop your understanding of technical interventions in water supply, sanitation and solid waste management.

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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.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information please contact the Admissions Team.


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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.

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