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Water Management for Development (Distance Learning) MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Water Management for Development (Distance Learning) MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Water Management Learning / Training Design / Development

Course type


Course Summary

Our 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 the programme of the same name taught at the Loughborough campus. The 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. 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. Graduates have gone on to work for international NGOs (MSF, Oxfam, SCF, GOAL, WaterAid, etc.) and agencies (such as UNICEF), or national governments. Graduate job titles include: Sanitation Technical Manager; Water and Sanitation Consultant; Project Manager; Environmental Engineering Consultant; Civil Engineering Specialist. Students can exit with PGDip and PGCert awards.

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Study mode

Distance without attendance


5 years

Start date



This module will equip you with the methods of planning and managing sanitation services in urban areas of low- and middle income countries and to enable you to work with technical staff to produce sustainable, integrated sanitation solutions.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in any discipline. Entry requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma are as above. Alternatively entry to the PGCert may be considered depending on alternative qualification and relevant experience, on a case-by-case basis.

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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