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MSc and Water Security and International Development at UEA

MSc in Water Security and International Development

APPLY NOW to start in September 2019


The Water Security Research Centre at the University of East Anglia is accepting applications for the September 2019 intake of the MSc in Water Security and International Development.

The UEA Water Security Research Centre’s approach to water security centres on the need to understand the physical and social drivers and dynamics of contemporary global water challenges, and to recognise the multiple uses and benefits of water that need to be managed in any context. Water security is therefore intricately connected to critical global policy concerns, including safe drinking water provision, climate change, food security, geopolitics and war, energy generation, and environmental protection. 

This 12-month MSc programme offers world-class education in water security policy and science, and is as challenging as it is rewarding. By the end of it, students will have the latest knowledge and tools necessary to address a wide variety of water-related challenges that are at the very heart of developmental and environmental objectives.

Fieldtrip to China

The MSc includes the possibility of taking part in a 7-10 day field trip to Shenzhen, South China (Silicon Valley in China!) in the spring. With the UEA WSRC’s partners at Southern University of Science and Technology, students explore water, environmental and development issues throughout South China in collaboration with local students (to be confirmed).


All MSc students will be able to network with and draw upon the expertise of our networks, including the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, International Development UEA, the Low Carbon Innovation Fund the Climatic Research Unit, the Anglian Water Centre, and the London Water Research Group.
The course prepares students for employment in a wide range of areas, including non-governmental organisations (NGOs), government aid agencies, and multilaterial organisations. Students who have completed the course now work at WaterAid, WaterWitness, WWF, Global Water Partnership, Oxfam, or UN and other international agencies. Several others have gone on to do PhDs (at e.g. Oregon State University or Strathclyde).


The MSc is run by Prof Mark Zeitoun and Dr Jessica Budds and draws on dozens of water scientists based at UEA and specialist interdisciplinary teaching staff at the forefront of water research, including:

- Prof Bruce Lankford

- Prof Dabo Guan

- Dr Dave Tickner (WWF)

- Jeremy Loveless

- Jo-Anne Geere

- Prof Kevin Hiscock

- Dr Mark Tebboth

- Dr Maria Teresa Armijos

- Dr Nathaniel Matthews

- Prof Nitya Rao

- Prof Paul Hunter


How to Apply

For more information and student testimonials, visit the course page: MSc Water Security and International Development or apply here. Watch video testimonials.
For administrative queries, please contact For enquiries about course content and readings, please contact Prof. Mark Zeitoun at or Tel: +44 (0)1603 593232.