Community Water and Sanitation (Option of Water Management MSc)

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Organiser: Community Water and Sanitation (Option of Water Management MSc)
Cranfield University
Cranfield University, Bedfordshire, UK
2-5 years
Start Date:
September 21, 2011

Suitable for graduates who wish to work in the planning, implementation and management of sustainable water supply and sanitation projects with rural and urban communities in low and middle-income countries. The part-time option allows practitioners to extend their professional development within their current employment.

Takes you on to a wide range of exciting career possibilities 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.

You will be taught by our internationally renowned research and academic staff with skills in natural and social sciences and engineering, all of whom have extensive experience of solving real-life water management problems. Many staff are actively involved in the preparation and evaluation of water supply and sanitation programmes in developing countries on behalf of non-governmental organisations and international organisations. They successfully combine professional experience with high-quality teaching and research skills. Most are members of the Higher Education Academy.

Course Outline

Over one billion people in the developing world remain without access to drinking water from improved sources, and more than double this number are still lacking access to basic sanitation. This option provides students with the essential skills and knowledge required to plan and implement, with communities, water supply and sanitation projects and programmes worldwide, particularly in less developed countries.

Students benefit from dedicated state-of-the-art facilities, including soil and water laboratories, a hydraulics laboratory, a soil erosion research laboratory, a groundwater training facility, water quality laboratories and a field irrigation laboratory.

The MSc course comprises eight assessed modules, a group project, and an individual project. Students undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) complete the eight modules and the group project. Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) students complete six modules selected from any of the Water Management options.

Group project

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. The theme of the group project is:

  • Sustainable Community Water and Sanitation Management.

Individual project

Students select the individual project in consultation with the Course Director. 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 and are based in low-income countries.


The modules include lectures and tutorials, and are assessed through appropriate assignments. There is an emphasis on analysis of real problems, with practical field work, including a week of drilling, to reinforce learning.

  • Communities and Development
  • Emergency Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation
  • Health, Sanitation and Wastewater Management
  • Managing and Financing World Water and Wastewater
  • Research Processes
  • Social and Economic Aspects of Development
  • Surface and Groundwater Hydrology
  • Water Source Engineering
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