MSc Water and Environmental Management

General information

The Water and Environmental Management programme is based in the School of Civil and Building Engineering’s Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC), one of the world’s leading education and research institutes of its kind.

This programme is ideal for engineers and scientists who want to improve the delivery of water and environmental services in low- and middle-income countries.  You will develop knowledge, expertise and skills in many aspects of water, sanitation and environmental management. The programme focuses on the conditions and aspirations of communities in low- and middle-income countries.

The programme comprises both compulsory core modules and optional modules which may be selected. A group case study module draws together material from across the programme and develops team working skills. The individual research project and dissertation (frequently linked to specific needs of an agency) of between 75 and 150 pages in length concludes the programme. To support your learning you will have access to our comprehensive facilities including laboratories, hand-pumps, and a dedicated Resource Centre.

Core Modules (full-time programme)

  • Water and Environmental Sanitation 
  • Management of Water and Sanitation
  • Water Utilities Management
  • Integrated Water Resources Management
  • Data Collection, Analysis and Research
  • Group Project
  • Research Dissertation

Optional Modules (choose two)

  • Environmental Assessment 
  • Water Source Development
  • Small Scale Water Supply and Sanitation
  • Solid Waste Management
Learning outcome:

Many graduates occupy senior sector positions and work for international NGOs (MSF, Oxfam, ACF, GOAL, WaterAid, etc.) and agencies (such as UNICEF), or national governments
Graduate job titles include Technical Manager, Programme Engineer, Water and Sanitation Consultant, Project Manager, Environmental Health Officer and WASH Coordinator.
Each year a number of agencies send a staff member to make a presentation to students about their organisation and current employment opportunities.

Contact Person: Admissions Office (


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0522 - Conservation and environmental management", "0031 - Project management", "0712 - Environmental protection technology


Venue: Loughborough University
Leicestershire, United Kingdom

Water, Engineering and Development Centre
The John Pickford Building, Loughborough
Leicestershire LE11 3TU


Taught Programmes UK/EU International
PGT Band 3 (Laboratory-based) £6,600 £18,950


This programme is for you if you are a scientist or a professional intent on improving the delivery f water and environmental services in low- and middle-income countries. You will develop your knowledge, expertise and skills in many aspects of water, sanitation and environmental management.

  • Lower second class (2.2) degree or above.
  • IELTS overall 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in the individual Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking test.

Application Procedure:

The best way to apply for admission is online. Your application must be supported by documentary evidence of entry qualifications, including English language, academic transcripts and references. You are strongly advised to send your documents, including transcripts and references, as soon as you make your online application – they can be submitted online. The supporting documents include:

  • Transcript of your current degree studies
  • Degree certificate (if completed)
  • English language qualifications (if English is not your first language)

Application Deadline: there is no official deadline for application but you are recommended to submit your application as soon as possible to ensure a decision can be made in time for the start of the programme.

Grant Opportunities:

Bursaries are available for self-funding international students. See the WEDC web-site for further details. The University also offers over 100 scholarships each year to new self-financing full-time international students who are permanently resident in a county outside the European Union. To find out more and apply visit the fees and financial support pages of the University's website. 


Academic level: Master


For most modules, students are assessed by one item of coursework (two items for foundation modules) and an in-class test.  The Group Project module is assessed on the basis of written documents and spoken presentations, including an individual component for the module mark.  The individual Research Dissertation is assessed on the basis of a written dissertation, and this module includes an oral when a student discusses their submitted dissertation with their supervisor and a second member of academic staff.

Qualification: Master of Science
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