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MSc Water Security and International Development

Course Description


This unique degree seeks to prepare graduates to engage with and contribute to societal responses to critical global water policy issues. To address key water security and related issues from the individual to the global level, study is done in collaboration with internationally-renowned researchers centred in the School of International Development and the School of Environmental Sciences at UEA. The Water Security Centre draws upon expertise from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, the School of Economics, the School of Medicine, Health Policy and Practice, the Low Carbon Innovation Centre and the Climatic Research Unit – all based at the University of East Anglia.


This Master’s course requires students to undertake compulsory and optional modules, an examination and to produce a dissertation. Optional seminars, workshops and sessions are offered throughout the programme for teaching and strengthening student essay and dissertation writing skills.


Students will benefit from specialist teaching knowledge in the social and biophysical aspects of water resources, including excellent networking and fieldwork opportunities. The School of International Development at the University of East Anglia is a globally renowned department for teaching, research and consultancy on international development. Research in the School addresses challenges in developing and transition economies via disciplinary and multi/interdisciplinary approaches. Excellent staff:student ratios and teaching methods mean this School offers small class sizes and a friendly learning environment.


The degree programme aims to prepare students for employment in a wide range of areas including non-governmental organisations (NGOs), government aid agencies, and multilateral organisations.

Visit the MSc Water Security and International Development page on the University of East Anglia website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Sam Howard

“I am proud to be a product of this department because the skills acquired are being applied in my present position at the United Nations. Due to my training at UEA, I now understand the complexities of the role of the media, especially in peacekeeping operations in the world.”
- Public Information Officer, United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission, DR Congo

(Student Profile)

Daisy Serem

"I am really applying what I studied at UEA to my job, especially about communication for development. So most of the time when am working I remember our classes and smile."
- Assistant Communication Officer, UNICEF, Nairobi.


School of International Development, University of East Anglia – Postgraduate Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

Funding for postgraduate study is available both from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and from a number of external schemes. Applicants should note that many award schemes have early closing dates and may require the acceptance of the offer of a place as a condition of eligibility. If you wish to apply for funding you are therefore strongly advised to apply to the School of International Development as early as possible in the year of entry. Please indicate in your application that you wish to be considered for an award.The School of International Development, within the Faculty of Social Sciences at UEA, has an excellent research and teaching profile with strong international links to institutes, organisations, international networks and research councils both throughout Europe and globally.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Award value usually for duration of the period of study and may vary for individual Scholarships


A variety of Scholarships and Bursaries may be offered to Home/EU and International students. These are usually awarded to students on the basis of academic merit.

Application Procedure

For full details about how to apply and application deadlines for individual Courses, Scholarships and Funding opportunities specifically available to you, please visit the link below.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Open to applicants with a good degree (min 2:1 or equivalent) in a Social Science or Natural Resource Science subject. UEA Admissions will also take into account the employment experience of applicants where relevant.

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