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MSc. Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation


The programme in Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation aims at training participants with diverse backgrounds from both Ghana and Africa for careers in the water supply and sanitation sectors, to play essential roles in government institutions and the private sector. The programme participants will be equipped with professional expertise and management skills to enable them plan, design, operate, maintain and rehabilitate water supply and sanitation installations. In addition they will be equipped to take positions in policy making and institutional development.


The course is especially useful for professionals with a BSc Degree or its equivalent in Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Water Supply and Sanitation delivery practitioners.


he Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation Course consists of a total of nine modules consisting of 48 credits, made up of 30 credits from lectures and 18 credits from practical work. A credit is equivalent to 1 hour of lecture or 2 hours of practical work (in the same course) per week in a sixteen (16) week semester. Thus one credit of a module is equivalent to 16 hours of lecture or 32 hours of practical work. Upon completion of a module, students are given a few days to revise before taking examinations. A five-day study tour (field trip) to at least some regions of Ghana will be organised at the end of semester 2 for the students. An MSc work of 12 credits is undertaken in the third semester which allows students to conduct research study into a locally relevant water supply or sanitation problem and produce a report in a standard thesis format.



Module 1

Module 2

Module 3

Module 4

Module 5

Module 6

Module 7

Module 8

Module 9

 Module Title

Introduction to Environmental Sanitation

Mathematics and Research Methods

Environmental Science and Process Technology

Environmental Quality

Water Supply

Waste Management

Management and Institutions

Project Design in Environmental Sanitation

Thesis in Environmental Sanitation



In Ghana, employment opportunities exist in the Ghana Water Company Limited, Community Water and Sanitation Agency, consulting firms, ministerial departments (especially the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, and Ministry of Water Resource Works and Housing), research institutes, academia, NGOs and sponsored projects in professional fields. Additionally, an MSc education offers the opportunity of a faster career progression. The ongoing re-organisation of the water industry will create multiple opportunities for employment of the high level skilled manpower produced from the programme.


The Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation group undertakes active research in the following areas of specialisation 
• Drinking Water Treatment 
• Community Water Supply 
• Water Distribution modeling and GIS 
• Urban Water Services Management 
• Sewage Treatment, Management and Disposal 
• Ecological Sanitation and Solid Waste Management


One of our major tasks is to offer opportunities for career progression through offering of specialised and tailor-made short courses in the following areas: 
• Water Distribution 
• Water Treatment 
• Small towns water systems operation and Management 
• Wastewater Treatment 
• Municipal Engineering 
• Municipal Infrastructure Management 
• Solid Waste Management 
• Rural Water Supply