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MScCommunity Water and Sanitation

Cranfield University
United Kingdom, Cranfield
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Over one billion people in the developing world remain without access to drinking water, and more than double this number are still lacking access to basic sanitation. Study the planning, implementation and management of water supply and sanitation projects worldwide.

Although much progress has been made over the last three decades, still more than one billion people lack access to a safe, reliable and affordable water supply; and more than twice that number still lack access to basic sanitation. This course provides 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.

On successful completion of this option students will be able to: – design and implement appropriate and sustainable solutions to water supply and sanitation for small, rural communities in particular in developing countries, with due regard to the technical, social and institutional constraints imposed by the surrounding environment – assess water supply and sanitation needs for communities in villages and refugee camps – plan and implement water source evaluation and development programmes, including low-cost well drilling – facilitate community participation and management projects and programmes – design, cost and implement small sustainable water distribution, storage and treatment systems – evaluate the health impacts of community water supply and sanitation systems.

Programme structure

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.

Career opportunities

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.

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States