Levels of learning
Find out more about the different levels of study available:
There are three programmes:
- Water and Waste Engineering (study at WEDC or by distance learning)
- Water and Environmental Management (study at WEDC or by distance learning)
- Infrastructure in Emergencies (study by distance learning)
(Note that there are also mixed-mode options where distance learning programmes can include modules studied at WEDC – find out more here.)
There are four levels of award:
- Master of Science (MSc) – Study 9 modules
- Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) – Study 8 modules
- Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) – Study 4 modules
- Professional Development (PD) – Study individual modules
Choose one of our MSc programmes and you will study nine modules (eight 15-credit subject-specific modules, and a Research Dissertation). You will study core modules and choose additional modules from a range of options to meet your specific needs and interests.
Postgraduate Diploma courses
Choose one of our Diploma courses and you will study eight 15-credit subject-specific modules. As for the MSc programmes, you will study core modules and choose additional modules from a range of options.
Postgraduate Certificate courses
Choose one of our Certificate courses and you will study four 15-credit subject-specific modules. This option is ideal should you wish to learn a specific set of skills and do not have the time to undertake an extended programme. Postgraduate Certificate courses may also be considered as an entry point for study at MSc level if you do not have the normally recognised entry qualifications.
Professional Development programmes
Many of our 15-credit postgraduate modules may be studied to support your professional development. You need have no particular qualification to study in this way which can also provide an entry point for study towards one of our award-bearing courses at Certificate, Diploma or MSc level. This may be the most suitable route of study for you if you are an experienced professional without a higher qualification seeking to enhance your career prospects.
'Trading up' credits
The University allows candidates to 'trade up' their qualification provided they hand in their old certificate and complete the whole programme within the maximum time permitted. For example, a Postgraduate Certificate can be upgraded to a Diploma provided the whole programme is completed within 5 years of first registering for the Certificate Programme. Similarly, a Diploma can be upgraded to a MSc provided the whole programme is completed within 8 years of first registering.