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School of Civil Engineering

Water, Sanitation and Health Engineering MSc

MSc International Public Health Engineering


This course provides engineers and public health specialists with an in depth understanding in the application of public health theory to engineering and development. It has a strong focus on the development of practical and policy skills for application in countries of the global south.

Water, Sanitation and Health Engineering is intended for engineers who are aiming to move into senior positions in public health or international development.

It is also suitable for public health specialists who feel they need a more detailed and in depth 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 pre-eminent public health research centres.

Staff teaching on this course have close working links with a number of key Institutions in the field of international development including: UNICEF, the World Bank, the World Health Organisation, the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, WaterAid, World Vision, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the African Development Bank. Opportunities often arise for project work to be carried out in partnership with development organisations and governments in the field giving students unique practical experience.

Course duration: 12 months (full-time)
Start date: September
Course fees: UK/EU: £10,000; International: £16,800
Scholarships: Scholarships worth up to £5,000 available.


The tables below show the modules that you will study if you commence your studies in September 2013. This information is taken from the University Programme Catalogue, which is a tool designed for current students to select modules.

If you are looking to start your studies in September 2014 a list of modules is available in the 2014 brochure.

All of our MSc courses operate on a credit-based modular system. A standard module is typically worth 15 credits and the research project/dissertation is worth 60 credits. You are required to study 180 credits in total.

Compulsory modules Credits
Engineering for Public Health 30
Natural Wastewater Treatment and Reuse 15
Water Resources Management and Supply 15
Solid Waste Management 15
Research Project 60
Engineering in Emergencies 15
Key Issues in International Health 15
Policy for Health and Development 15

This is an indicative list and actual content may vary as we regularly review the content of our courses in light of new experiences and developments in the field.

Career options

Career options
You will be equipped with a unique blend of civil engineering and public health policy skills and will be ideally placed to take up a senior position in public health ministries and public health departments in countries of the global south or work with international development agencies and international non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Graduate destinations
Every year our Careers Centre undertakes a destination of leavers survey with students six months after graduation. A selection of these destinations, from the last five years, can be found on our employability page.

Entry requirements

A degree equivalent to a UK second class (2:2) honours degree, or higher, in an engineering or public health or international development-related subject. Consideration will be given to applicants with equivalent academic or professional qualifications in an engineering or natural science subject and students without formal qualifications but a proven track record in work.

We also welcome and accept students with a wide range of international equivalent qualifications.

English language requirement: A pass at GCSE level in English language (grade C or above). If English is not your first language, you are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. You will need to meet our minimum requirements for one of the following recognised English language tests: the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Pearson Test of English Academic.

How to apply

The easiest and quickest way to apply for one of our masters courses is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process. However, if you prefer, you can download an application form to print out and complete. Once complete, please return this, along with the correct documents to our Engineering Admissions Hub either via email or post: Engineering PGT Admissions Hub, Faculty of Engineering, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK.

If you require any further information please contact our admissions team,
e:, t: +44 (0)113 343 2302.