Water and Sanitation for Development

Cranfield University Master of Science

Target Audience

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. Candidates must possess, or be expected to achieve, a 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.

Students requiring a Tier 4 General Student visa to study in the UK may need to apply for an ATAS certificate to study this course.


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.

This course is ideal for graduates who wish to progress their career in the planning, implementation and management of sustainable water supply and sanitation projects in low-income countries. Our graduates from this course move into roles with non-governmental organisations, emergency relief agencies, UN and similar international bodies working with rural and urban communities to provide safe, clean and affordable water supplies.

Course Objectives

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.