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MSc (Eng) Water, Sanitation and Health Engineering

Year 1

(Award available for year: Master of Science (Eng))

Learning outcomes

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.


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