Loughborough University of Technology
Water Engineering for Development MSc
Loughborough University of Technology

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Our Water Engineering for Development (Distance Learning) MSc is designed to develop careers for improving the delivery of water supply and environmental sanitation infrastructure and services internationally, with a focus on low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). You will be provided with multidisciplinary knowledge and skills to address the changing needs of the market.

This programme is managed by the Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) in the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering whose programmes are well-established and held in high regard by practitioners and employers from 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.

The programme will enable you to improve your knowledge, expertise and skills in many aspects of sustainable water supply and environmental sanitation infrastructure delivery and operation. Other topics studied will include flooding, groundwater and piped water system modelling, and water and wastewater treatment. It also includes non-technical modules or sessions that broaden your knowledge base and prepare you for future higher managerial roles.

This programme is designed to:

  • Provide knowledge of key concepts and principles to assess and design water and environmental sanitation.
  • Provide the multidisciplinary knowledge and skills to assess, design, implement and operate sustainable water and environmental sanitation infrastructure.
  • Develop appropriate analytical skills for water in the natural environment and piped systems using computer models and other approaches.
  • Develop a critical approach to the global principles and local practice of sustainable public health infrastructure for all levels of consumers.
  • Encourage critical analysis through an in-depth study of one specialist topic.

Loughborough attracts and appoints outstanding academics, many of whom are expert leaders in their fields. By studying our MSc Water Management for Development (Distance Learning), you will benefit from working alongside specialists who are enthusiastic about their subjects and at the forefront of current research. Visit the WEDC website for details of our academics and their research expertise. Staff engage with students studying their modules through Microsoft Teams. Staff usually interact with individual learners through Microsoft Teams, Skype and/or telephone. This interaction provides you with a stimulating learning experience.

Comprehensive resources are available on the online learning environment (LEARN) for each module, including study guidance, highly illustrated unit notes, additional reading materials, ReVIEW Lecture Capture (recordings of class sessions from the equivalent and concurrently running full-time MSc programme), YouTube clips of laboratory procedures and experimental setups, self-assessment questions and answers, and subject-specific references and texts.

Distance learning courses can be studied full-time or part-time. We offer this full-time, distance learning option to allow you to complete your master's degree in one year, wherever you are in the world. We offer our part-time option to allow you to distribute your studies over a period of years.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All other courses
    • 5.0
    • Foundation / Pathway Courses
    • 7.0
    • MSc Media and Cultural Analysis, BSc Business and Management
    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.5
    • Undergraduate Degrees

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Water Engineering for Development, MSc, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

A 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in engineering, science or mathematics. Other qualifications supplemented with relevant industrial experience will also be considered.


Tuition Fees Water Engineering for Development MSc

England UK £11900 year 1
Northern Ireland £11900 year 1
Scotland £11900 year 1
Wales £11900 year 1
International £26500 year 1

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About Loughborough University of Technology

Founded in 1909, Loughborough University is located in the city of the same name, situated between Leicester and Nottingham. The university operates from two distinct campuses; the primary one in Loughborough, and the other in London. In the main Loughborough campus students enjoy access to up-to-date facilities such as their advanced SSEHS research laboratory, Pilkington Library, and numerous snack and restaurant options throughout the campus.

Student composition of Loughborough University of Technology

Students by level of study Academic year 2020/21 - Full-time equivalent student enrollments published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on 10 February 2022
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