MSc Water and Environmental Management (Distance Learning)

General information

The Water and Environmental Management Distance Learning programme has been developed by 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 Distance Learning 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.

Distance Learning students study from home but are welcome to visit the Loughborough campus.  They can make remote use of the University Library’s electronic search facilities.  They can also remotely access the WEDC ‘Knowledge Base’, which has links to many sources of useful and relevant information.

Study Programme
The programme comprises both compulsory core modules, and optional modules which may be selected.  The Case Study module draws together material from across the programme. A research dissertation between 75 and 150 pages long on a chosen topic relevant to interests or career development concludes the programme. Many of the Distance Learning modules have web-based discussion forums, where Distance Learners can choose to interact with each other and Module Tutors.

The method of delivery for the learning materials is mainly portable and paper-based, to suit students who are living or working in areas of the world with poor internet connectivity, or those who travel frequently.  We also arrange some webinars which are recorded for students who are unable to participate. 

Core Modules (distance learning)

  • Water and Environmental Sanitation 
  • Management of Water and Sanitation
  • Integrated Water Resources Management
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Data Collection, Analysis and Research
  • Case Study 
  • Research Dissertation

Optional Modules (choose two)

  • Low-Cost Sanitation 
  • Water for Low-Income Communities
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Wastewater Treatment 
  • Water Utilities Management
Learning outcome:

On completion of the course you will be able to:

  • manage a multi-disciplinary approach to water supply, sanitation delivery and environmental planning
  • understand the key issues in water resources management
  • describe major international developments and initiatives relating to management of the water cycle and environmental planning
  • combine social and institutional issues to deliver sustainable water and sanitation services and minimize environmental impact
Contact Person: WEDC Admissions Office (


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Venue: Loughborough University
Leicestershire, United Kingdom



M.Sc.: £10.975

PG.Dip.: £9.000

PG.Cert.: £4.500                  


Lower second class (2.2) degree or above. Successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate stage (i.e. the first four module of this MSc programme) may be considered as an alternative qualification, permitting transfer to the MSc programme).

IELTS overall 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in the individual Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking test

Further information is available on the University’s English Language Requirements page for International Students. 

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:

On occasion we offer specific full-fee and partial-fee scholarships for Distance Learning applicants. See the WEDC web-site for further details.


Academic level: Master


For most modules, students are assessed by two written assessments (three items for core modules). The Case Study module relates to a given scenario for which the student has to produce pre-feasibility and feasibility reports. The individual research dissertation module is assessed on the basis of a written dissertation and an oral when a student discusses their submitted dissertation with their supervisor and a second member of staff.  For students who cannot visit the UK this oral takes place over Skype.

Qualification: Master of Science
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