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Community Water and Sanitation (MSc/MTech/PgCert/PgDip)


Course Description

Course Description

Although much progress has been made over the last three decades, still more than one billion people lack access to a safe, reliable and affordable water supply, and more than twice that number still lack access to basic sanitation. This course provides the essential skills and knowledge required to plan and implement, with communities, water supply and sanitation projects and programmes worldwide, particularly in less developed countries. Students benefit from dedicated state-of-the-art facilities, including soil and water laboratories, a hydraulics laboratory, a soil erosion research laboratory, a groundwater training facility, water quality laboratories and a field irrigation laboratory.

Overview

Over one billion people in the developing world remain without access to drinking water from improved sources, and more than double this number are still lacking access to basic sanitation. This course provides students with the essential skills and knowledge required to plan and implement, with communities, water supply and sanitation projects and programmes worldwide, particularly in less developed countries.

Students benefit from dedicated state-of-the-art facilities, including soil and water laboratories, a hydraulics laboratory, a soil erosion research laboratory, a groundwater training facility, water quality laboratories and a field irrigation laboratory.

Start date: Full-time: October. Part-time: throughout the year.

Duration: Full-time MSc - one year, Part-time MSc - up to three years, Full-time PgCert - one year, Part-time PgCert - two years, Full-time PgDip - one year, Part-time PgDip - two years

English Language Requirement

If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. The minimum standard expected from a number of accepted courses are as follows:

IELTS - 6.5
TOEFL - 92
Pearson PTE Academic - 65
Cambridge English Scale - 180
Cambridge English: Advanced - C
Cambridge English: Proficiency - C

In addition to these minimum scores you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.

We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).

Course overview

The course comprises eight assessed modules, group projects and an individual project. The modules include lectures and tutorials, and are assessed through appropriate assignments and examinations. There is an emphasis on analysis of real problems, with practical field work to reinforce learning.

Modules

The modules include lectures and tutorials, and are assessed through appropriate assignments. There is an emphasis on analysis of real problems, with practical field work, including a week of drilling, to reinforce learning.

Core:
- Communities and Development
- Emergency Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation
- Health, Sanitation and Wastewater Treatment
- Managing and Financing World Water and Wastewater
- Research Processes
- Surface and Groundwater Hydrology
- Water Quality Monitoring
- Water Source Engineering

Individual Project

Students select the individual project in consultation with the Course Director. The individual project provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent research, think and work in an original way, contribute to knowledge, and overcome genuine problems in water management. Many of the projects are supported by external organisations and are based in low-income countries.

Group Project

The group project provides students with the opportunity to take responsibility for a consultancy-type project, while working under academic supervision. Success is dependent on the integration of various activities and working within agreed objectives, deadlines and budgets.

Assessment

Taught modules MSc 40%, PgDip 66.6%.
Group project (dissertation for part-time students) MSc 20%, PgDip 33.3%.
Individual project MSc 40%.

Career opportunities

Takes you on to a wide-range of exciting career possibilities in water and sanitation development with non-governmental organisations, emergency relief agencies, UN and similar international bodies. The course also provides an ideal grounding for research positions and PhD programmes.

For further information

on this course, please visit our course webpage http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/masters/community-water-and-sanitation.html

Visit the Community Water and Sanitation (MSc/MTech/PgCert/PgDip) page on the Cranfield University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Nathalie Chilro

Why did you choose your postgraduate course?
I chose this postgraduate course to obtain the appropriate background and understanding necessary in my position as Wastewater R&D Process Scientist within Southern Water (SW)

Describe your experience of postgraduate study at Cranfield
As a part-time student, it has been hard work with very little holidays, but the experience has been amazing and very refreshing. It has given me back some confidence and self esteem I had lost or never managed to achieve in my previous University experience.

How did it differ from undergraduate study?
Cranfield academics are approachable, friendly and helpful. Any question is never a stupid question! The strong link with the Industry is very valuable and the reputation of the university in the Water Industry is fantastic. When people ask me what course I am doing and where, there is always a very positive reaction and great respect for Cranfield University. It is like a business card that can open doors in the Industry.

What was you individual project about?
My MSc thesis was on sludge reduction and was sponsored by Southern Water and Rhodia Novecare.

Would you recommend the course? Why?
Yes, definitely. The course I attended was amazing for my professional development. My managers and other colleagues have been very impressed with my improvement. This has provoked the interest of few of my colleagues to do the same course and Managers have now asked volunteers who wish to attend the course.

How did your first find out about Cranfield?
Two of my very knowledgeable colleagues had done the course, so I wanted to follow the same path.

What were your original impressions of Cranfield and how have they changed?
I was very nervous because I had to go back to University, but I quickly got reassured because the small number of students makes it easier to communication with other students and academics.

What do you like about Cranfield?
The facilities are very good. How many universities would have their own sewage treatment works? The investment on pilot plants and high-tech instruments are very impressive. Finally the library with its “off-site” student help is very good. Most of all, what I like most about Cranfield is the friendly, strong teaching and support to students. Lecturers are so passionate about their job that they manage to transmit their passion to the students.

(Student Profile)

Alex Massie

Why did you choose your postgraduate course?
I had volunteered overseas before, but wanted to obtain a job in the field. In development and disaster relief it is now necessary to have an appropriate Masters qualification before you can be considered for the job and so I decided to take the course.

Describe your experience of postgraduate study at Cranfield
People who you are learning from are experienced and knowledgeable about the subject particularly with regards to the course director. The modules themselves were well designed and evidently based upon years of honing the content. I enjoyed the flexibility afforded by many of the learning tasks, and the week of practical work was excellent, though all too brief. The facilities at our disposal for study were generally excellent.

What skills are you acquiring from the study?
Whilst I had a significant understanding of the engineering elements in advance of the course, the social aspects and implications were something I had not addressed fully. Through the course I have learnt about the issues regarding communities and development, problems to look out for and methods of addressing this in the field.

What was your individual thesis project about?
My thesis was about the hygiene beliefs and practices of the Batwa tribe of central Africa, specifically in south west Uganda. I funded it entirely myself, though the major costs are air travel as living in country is usually very cheap. I was partnered with an NGO that I contacted at my own instigation as I proposed my own project. Proposing my own project gave me the flexibility to do what I wished, though it meant that I had to do all the groundwork myself.

Would you recommend the course? Why?
Yes, the experience of the lecturers and course director in particular. The extensive overseas experience of those running the course is vital for the vibrancy, success and relevance of the course and I was lucky to be able to learn from such people. I would urge anyone considering a similar course anywhere to look at the overseas experience of those running the course as well as the reputation among NGOs.

What do you most like about Cranfield?
Besides the course, the thing that attracted me to Cranfield was that it is a postgraduate only institution which means that mature students are the norm, not the exception. This means socialising is perhaps easier than in a university dominated by undergraduates.


(Scholarship)

Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme (CPLS) - 20+ Awards

Cranfield University is now able to offer you a more affordable way to study an MSc with loans managed by Prodigy Finance.With a Cranfield Postgraduate Loan it is possible for you to take up your MSc studies with no repayments while you study. This will leave you free to concentrate on your course and enhance your career prospects.Launched in February 2014, the scheme is designed to support UK and EU students entering postgraduate study and is intended to attract those who may not otherwise progress to this level because of financial constraints.Loans of up to £15,000 are available (dependent on the tuition fees for your chosen course).If you are a UK student, loans are available for tuition fees and maintenance. EU students can apply for a loan covering only tuition fees.
Loans are repaid over a seven year period and repayments start six months after you complete your degree. As a not-for-profit scheme, funded by Cranfield and HEFCE, the loans are competitively priced (6.92% APR representative) and considerably more affordable than a standard career development loan.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Loans of up to £15,000 total

Eligibility

You can apply for a loan if you:• are domiciled in the UK or EU and qualify for ‘Home/EU’ fees and
• have an admissions offer to a Cranfield full-time, taught MSc course in a STEM (Science, Technology Engineering or Mathematics) subject

Application Procedure

If you already have an applicable course offer you can apply online through Prodigy Finance. You will need to provide Prodigy Finance with details of your offer from Cranfield. Your loan application will be considered and responded to within a few days.

If you are yet to secure an offer of a place you can register your interest in the scheme and we will keep you up-to-date.

Further Information

http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/loan?utm_campaign=commscpls&utm_source=fam&utm_medium=onlineprofile&utm_content=courselistingfunding



Entry Requirements

Candidates must possess, or be expected to achieve, a 1st or 2nd class UK Honours degree in a relevant discipline such as engineering, environmental science, geography, development studies, earth science or related subjects, or the international equivalent of these UK qualifications.

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