MSc (Eng) Water, Sanitation and Health Engineering
(Award available for year: Master of Science (Eng))
Knowledge and Understanding of:- the public health framework - epidemiology, burden of disease, health transition and priority setting in public health;- communicable and non-communicable diseases of relevance to public health engineering, their transmission and control;- contextual determinants for public health engineering interventions including; levels of socio-economic development, education and knowledge, poverty, exclusion, cultural factors,governance and corruption, institutions and finance; - strategies for effective delivery of water supplies, sanitation services and hygiene promotion to areas where access is low, including low income urban populations, slums and remote rural areas;- selection and design of appropriate sanitation technologies including simple on-site systems (pit latrines, VIPs, arboloos), community-managed facilities, simplified and conventional networked sewerage;- selection and design of appropriate faecal sludge or wastewater treatment services and facilities;- selection and design of appropriate water supply interventions including handpumps, hand dug wells, springs and networked surface-water schemes; - operation and management of water collection, treatment and distribution systems;- management of waste collection, recycling and treatment; - financing and cost recovery for water and sanitation goods and services; and- management of construction.Intellectual Skills to:- learn independently;- analyse and solve problems;- think strategically;- synthesise complex sets of information;- understand the changing nature of knowledge and practice in the management of project environments and engineering organisations; and- transfer knowledge and methods from other sectors to public health engineering.Practical Skills:- data observation and planning techniques for rural and urban water, sanitation and hygiene promotion programmes;- analytical tools for the assessment of appropriate technologies and their effective deployment;- design skills for selected technologies;- presentation skills to simplify complex developmental and environmental issues for presentation to a broad audience base;- the capability to act decisively in a coordinated way using theory, better practice and harness this to experience;- use of concepts and theories to make judgements in the absence of complete data.
Transferable (key) skills
Masters (Taught), Postgraduate Diploma & Postgraduate Certificate students will have had the opportunity to acquire the following abilities as defined in the modules specified for the programme:- the skills necessary to undertake a higher research degree and/or for employment in a higher capacity in industry or area of professional practice;- evaluating their own achievement and that of others;- self direction and effective decision making in complex and unpredictable situations;- independent learning and the ability to work in a way which ensures continuing professional development;- critically to engage in the development of professional/disciplinary boundaries and norms.
Achievement for the degree of Master (taught programme) will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will involve the achievement of the students in:- evidencing an ability to conduct independent in-depth enquiry within the discipline;- demonstrating the ability to apply breadth and/or depth of knowledge to a complex specialist area;- drawing on a range of perspectives on an area of study;- evaluating and criticising received opinion;- making reasoned judgements whilst understanding the limitations on judgements made in the absence of complete data.