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School of Civil Engineering

Water, Sanitation and Health Engineering MSc

MSc International Public Health Engineering

Overview

This course is for consultants, professionals working in international development and public health workers. It will provide you with an in-depth understanding of how to deliver effective modern water supply, sanitation and other public health interventions in urban and rural areas in low-income and transitional economies. It has a strong focus on the development of practical and policy skills and addresses the critical future challenges of climate change, population growth and urbanisation. Particular emphasis is placed on developing your understanding of technical interventions in water supply, sanitation and solid waste management.

Research undertaken by our Pathogen Control Engineering Institute, which is renowned worldwide for its pioneering work in developing countries, feeds directly into this course. The institute undertakes research in all aspects of the built environment in which the presence of pathogens influences design, including water treatment, solid waste and airborne transmission of disease. 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 Organization, the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, WaterAid, World Vision, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the African Development Bank. This course is run in conjunction with the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development, one of the UK’s preeminent public health research centres.

Course duration: 12 months (full-time)
Start date: September
Course fees: UK/EU: £10,000; International: £18,500
Scholarships: Scholarships worth up to £2,000 available.

Modules

The table below shows the modules that you will study if you commence your studies in September 2014. 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 2015 download our 2015 brochure to give you a flavour of what you will study.

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/Dissertation 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 minimum of a UK second class honours degree (2.2), or equivalent, 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: GCSE English Language grade C (or above) or an equivalent recognised English Language qualification e.g. IELTS: 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in listening, reading, speaking and writing.

Our Language Centre provide a range of English for Academic Purposes Pre-sessional courses, which are designed to help international students develop their language and academic study skills.

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: pgcivil@leeds.ac.uk, t: +44 (0)113 343 2302.