University of East Anglia UEA: Water Security and International Development

InstitutionUniversity of East Anglia UEA View institution profile
Department School of International Development
Telephone 01603 591515
Study type Taught


About This Course

On this degree, you’ll critically reflect on the very practical and theoretical facets of water security and develop a better foundation upon which to achieve developmental and environmental objectives.

Discover why we believe that the hydrological cycle is intimately connected to critical global policy concerns, climate change, food trade and food security, energy security and in turn to the international cooperation that affects human, community, regional and state security.

We’ll provide the latest interdisciplinary theory and tools necessary to rise to the challenges and you’ll graduate with the knowledge and tools to be able to understand and audit the water security of a system of interest, be it at a national, regional, company, sector, scheme or household level.


Water is a resource of fundamental importance to environment and development concerns, and it’s inextricably linked to people's welfare and livelihoods in non-industrialised contexts. This Master's programme will critically reflect on the practical and theoretical facets of 'water security', with a view to developing a better foundation upon which to achieve developmental and environmental objectives.

This unique degree will help you engage with and contribute to societal responses to critical global water policy issues, encapsulated in part by Professor John Beddington's (UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser) 2009 analysis identifying the 'perfect storm' arising from the 'surge in demand for food, water and energy over the next two decades... all intimately connected'.

The School is world-renowned for its interdisciplinary and rigorous approach to subject-area teaching within a wider pedagogic framework of development and environmental studies. You’ll benefit from our specialist knowledge in the social and biophysical aspects of water resources, including excellent networking and fieldwork opportunities.

You can also benefit from the Water Security Research Centre (WSRC), which brings together researchers from across UEA and the world to address the theoretical, practical and policy challenges of managing and governing water for different human, economic and environmental needs.

You’ll find the course relevant if you’ve recently completed undergraduate study or have already worked in the field of development. It does not require specialised prior study although you’ll benefit from an environmental Bachelor’s degree such as geology, geography or environmental sciences.

The course aims to prepare you for employment in a wide range of areas, including non-governmental organisations (NGOs), government aid agencies, and multilateral organisations.

We encourage you to apply as soon as possible in order to secure your place. Please contact the Course Director, Dr Mark Zeitoun, if you would like to discuss your application before it is submitted:


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University of East Anglia

UEA is a world-leading research university and is 10th in the UK for quality of research outputs (Times Higher REF 2014 analysis).

As a UEA postgraduate research student, you’d be joining a university awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017.

Our postgraduate students have the opportunity to work at the heart of active research teams, challenging boundaries and making a substantial impact on the global challenges facing society.

UEA has four faculties that are committed to academic excellence: the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Faculty …

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