Ensuring the sustainable provision of water and sanitation is one of the greatest global challenges of the 21st century. By drawing on our cutting-edge research, real-life problem-solving experiences and extensive practitioner input, the Water and Sanitation for Development MSc will provide you with the tools to help solve this challenge.
The course provides a unique balance of engineering, environmental science, public health and social science, and therefore provides you with the skills and knowledge to plan and implement water supply and sanitation projects and programmes in any part of the world, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. A key part of the MSc is the opportunity to conduct your thesis on a real-life project in a developing country.
The Water and Sanitation for Development MSc is made up of three components: taught modules MSc 40%, PgDip 66.6%, Group project (dissertation for part-time students) MSc 20%, PgDip 33.3%, Individual project MSc 40%.
Students select the individual project in consultation with the thesis project coordinators. The individual project provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent research, think and work in an original way, contribute to knowledge, and overcome genuine problems in water management. Many of the projects are supported by external organisations such as WaterAid, Oxfam and Excellent Development, and are based in low- and middle-income countries.
The group project provides students with the opportunity to take responsibility for a consultancy-type project while working under academic supervision. Success is dependent on the integration of various activities and working within agreed objectives, deadlines and budgets.
Cranfield graduates leave with the skills to make an immediate contribution in the international water industry, and many enjoy long-term careers in diverse roles such as consultants, managers, engineers, sanitation specialists and project managers. Some of our graduates went on to work in water and sanitation development with non-governmental organisations, emergency relief agencies, UN and similar international bodies. The course also provides an ideal grounding for research positions and PhD programmes.
Minimum requirements: 1st or 2nd class UK Honours degree in a relevant discipline such as engineering, environmental science, geography, development studies, earth science or related subjects, or the international equivalent of these UK qualifications. Please contact us if you do not meet our formal entry requirements.
Students requiring a visa to study in the UK may need to apply for an ATAS certificate to study this course.
About the School
Cranfield's distinctive expertise is in our deep understanding of technology and management and how these work together to benefit the world.