As we’ve seen in recent years, safely managed water, sanitation and hygiene services couldn’t be more pertinent than they are today. Without these, the spread of disease can be rife — contributing significantly to the global burden of morbidity and mortality. That’s why the demand for qualified experts in this area to help contribute to solving this global challenge is ever-growing. If you’re looking for a truly rewarding and diverse career that could help save people's lives, this course will equip you with the skills you’ll need to pursue it. Our Water, Sanitation and Health Engineering MSc degree will provide you with an in-depth knowledge of how to deliver effective modern water supply, sanitation and other public health interventions in urban and rural areas in low-income and transitional economies. The programme has a strong focus on developing practical and policy skills, whilst addressing the critical future challenges of climate change, population growth and urbanisation. You’ll develop your understanding of technical interventions in water supply, sanitation and solid waste management. This course is run in conjunction with the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development, one of the UK’s preeminent public health research centres, and is informed by the work in our Water, Public Health and Environmental Engineering Group, giving you a unique insight into the most critical challenges and latest innovations in this sector. This means that, once you graduate, you’ll be fully equipped with the topical and relevant knowledge and skills to identify and deliver investments that will have major benefits for health and development. Why study at Leeds:
- This Masters degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators.
- Our globally-renowned research conducted right here in our School feeds directly into the course, shaping your learning with the latest thinking in water, sanitation and health.
- Advance your knowledge and skills in critical areas sought after in industry such as project management in WASH, engineering for public health and water supply and sanitation management.
- Conduct your own individual research project as part of your course and gain industry experience in researching and delivering a project that focuses on a real-world problem and allows you to explore your specific interests.
- Access research-grade equipment and specialist facilities including our public health laboratories, a class II microbiology laboratory and specialist software you’ll need throughout the course.
- Experience excellent practical and theoretical teaching delivered by a programme team who have close working links with a number of key institutions in the field of international development, including UNICEF, the World Bank, the World Health Organization, the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, WaterAid, World Vision, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the African Development Bank.
- Enhance your career prospects and become part of our successful alumni who have pursued careers in related positions, working for reputable organisations like WaterAid.
- Master the most up-to-date practices and techniques recognised in industry on a course that has been directly informed and advised by the Industrial Advisory Committee and the Institution of Civil Engineers.
You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including case studies, technical reports, presentations, in-class tests, assignments and exams. The course involves many pieces of written work; it moves beyond engineering calculations to how Water, Sanitation and Health Engineering is embedded in policy and practice, and how it contributes to human wellbeing.
A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) in an engineering, public health or international development-related subject. We may also consider applicants with equivalent academic or professional qualifications in a non-cognate engineering or natural science subject and applications from professionally qualified and experienced candidates. We would expect applicants to provide a statement detailing their interest and knowledge within the water, sanitation and hygiene field as part of their application. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.
Fees and funding
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