Water, Sanitation and Health Engineering MSc

You will study 180 credits in total during your Water, Sanitation and Health Engineering MSc(Eng). A standard module is typically worth 15 credits and the research project/dissertation is worth 60 credits. These are the modules studied in 2017. If you are starting in September 2018, these will give you a flavour of the modules you are likely to study. All Modules are subject to change.

Compulsory modules

Research project/dissertation - 60 credits
You will also undertake a research/design based project during the summer months.

Key Issues in International Health - 15 credits
Provides an understanding of the key issues in international health. You will develop an understanding of the key players in international health and historical and current priorities. You will also explore key and emerging public health issues and examine how these shape international and domestic health policy and practice.

The Management of WASH Projects - 15 credits
Covers the current debates around health, equity and development. It also introduces critical perspectives and questions some of the ideologies and assumptions lying behind health policies and development approaches. Through an analysis of key health policy issues, the module explores the complex, messy and political world of health policymaking and planning.

Engineering for Public Health - 30 credits
An introduction to the principles and practice of public health engineering, providing a bridge between the arena of public health policy and the practical application of engineering to improve public health. In addition, the module explores historical and current trends in water supply, sanitation, wastewater and solid waste management, and introduces key technologies and approaches.

Water Resource Management - 15 credits
Presents the principles of integrated water resources management and introduces the tools necessary to undertake and regulate water resources management. It covers the design of water systems and water treatment, including point source development, network design and distribution, operational and management issues.

Wastewater and Fecal Sludge Management - 15 credits 

Provides a broad ranging overview of elements of natural wastewater and fecal sludge treatment systems and wastewater reuse. It also includes the design approaches for waste stabilization ponds; rock filters and constructued wetlands. Major natural wastewater treatment processes are covered in detail with the aim to deliver a comprehensive approach to public health engineering solutions in low-income countries, small communities and peri-urban areas, including wastewater and sludge reuse.

Solid Waste Management - 15 credits
Provides an understanding of the characteristics of waste and its generation rates, waste collection including recycling, and the science and engineering aspects of landfill, biological treatment and thermal treatment options. On completion of this module, you will also be able to produce outline designs for treatment plants and understand the operation and design of emission control systems for the various solid waste treatment options.

Engineering in Emergencies - 15 credits
Engineering responses to complex emergencies. The course’s particular focus is on appropriate engineering interventions to provided minimum shelter, sanitary services and water but it also covers the interaction between engineering, medical services, security and food provision.

Water Supply - 15 credits 

Provides a deep understanding of water supply systems including point sources and resources as well as the development and productive use of groundwater sources. Develop principles of hydrogeology and water treatment.