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MSc Water Management for Development (Distance Learning) Degree

MSc Water Management for Development (Distance Learning) Degree

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Water Management Learning / Training Design / Development

Course type


Course Summary


Our MSc Water Management for Development (Distance Learning) programme is designed to develop careers managing water and environmental sanitation services for low- and middle-income countries. It is aligned with our Water Management for Development MSc programme taught at the Loughborough campus.

Our MSc in Water Management for Development (Distance Learning) programme is managed by the Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) in the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering. The programme is delivered online from the IWSM Portal.

WEDC programmes are well-established, and held in high regard by practitioners and employers from both international development and emergency sectors. Modules are taught by experts in a broad range of disciplines who have considerable experience of working in low- and middle- income countries.

This programme is designed to:

provide the multidisciplinary knowledge and skills to coordinate, plan, manage and monitor water and environmental sanitation services, with a focus on low- and middle-income countries
support the professionalization of the sector, through policy development, performance improvement, institutional reform, change management, benchmarking services and aiming for financial viability
encourage a critical approach to the global principles and local practice of sustainable water and environmental management for the public good
equip students with appropriate expertise and skills for relevant work in management of water and environmental sanitation for low- and middle-income countries
encourage critical analysis through in-depth study of a specialist topic

Loughborough attracts and appoints outstanding academics, many of whom are expert leaders in their fields. By studying our Water Management for Development programme, you will benefit from working with specialists who are enthusiastic about their subjects and at the forefront of current research. Visit the WEDC website for details of the WEDC staff team.

Who should study this programme?

The Water Management (Distance Learning) programme is for graduates who wish to develop careers in managing water and environmental sanitation services in low- and middle-income countries. The structure of the programme suits the needs of international students, and/or those who may be returning to study.

What makes this programme different?

Water Management programmes are highly regarded by sector employers
All WEDC’s postgraduate programmes are accredited by The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)
Excellent facilities including equipment for field sampling, analysis of water and wastewater, and hydraulics experiments
Outdoor facilities for practical exercises including the largest single site collection of handpumps used for maintenance training

What you'll study

The modules on our Water Management for Development (Distance Learning) 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.

Graduate destinations

Water Management for Development graduates join a respected global community of WEDC alumni which numbers more than 1000 from over 70 countries. Many WEDC alumni work for international NGOs (MSF, Oxfam, SCF, GOAL, WaterAid, etc.) and agencies (such as UNICEF), or national governments. Several alumni have held high ministerial office and have shaped national government policy in the water and sanitation sector in their countries.

You can also exit with Pgcert and PgDip awards.

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Study mode



5 years

Start date



This module will provide you with a critical understanding of, and skills relating to, the complex mix of institutional, environmental, social, economic and human factors that have to be considered when facilitating the improvement of sanitation in rural, small town, peri-urban and informal urban settings; andenable you to understand the importance of changing people's attitudes and behaviours, as well as delivering infrastructure improvements.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in any discipline.

University information

Loughborough University is in the top 10 of every UK league table, has an award-winning student experience and was voted University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018. Our research has impact. We are a top 10 research-led university in England (REF 2014) and we have been awarded seven prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition of our world-class excellence in areas of service and benefit to the UK – only Oxford...more

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