Suitable for graduates wishing to develop the expertise needed to solve environmental water management problems through integrated understanding of the major issues, and factors affecting these at different scales. The part-time option will allow practitioners to extend their professional development within their current employment.
Takes you on to a wide range of roles including management of water quality, water resources, aquatic habitat and wildlife, flood defence, and policy within organisations. The course also provides an ideal grounding for research positions and PhD studentships with an applied focus.
You will be taught by our internationally renowned research and academic staff with skills in hydrology, ecology, engineering and policy who have extensive international experience of solving real-life water management problems. They successfully combine professional experience with high-quality teaching skills, and most are members of the Higher Education Academy.
Human effects on the quality and quantity of water represent the single greatest threat to species, habitats and ecosystem functions around the world. This course provides students with essential skills and knowledge required to solve complex problems involving vulnerable wildlife and their habitats, water supply, irrigated agriculture, industry, recreation and the natural environment. It addresses issues related to water resources, hydrology, flooding and water quality management, habitat creation and management, and the economic, policy and legal environment in which water managers work.
Students benefit from dedicated state-of-the-art facilities, including soil and water laboratories, a hydraulics laboratory, a soil erosion research laboratory, a groundwater training facility, water quality laboratories, aquatic field sampling equipment and industry specific computer software.
The MSc course comprises eight assessed modules, a group project, and an individual project. Students undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) complete the eight modules and the group project. Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) students complete six modules selected from any of the Water Management options.
The group project provides students with the opportunity to take responsibility for a consultancy-type project, while working under academic supervision. Success is dependent on the integration of various activities and working within agreed objectives, deadlines and budgets. The theme of the group project is:
- Integrated Catchment Management
Students select the individual project in consultation with the Course Director. The individual project provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent research, think and work in an original way, contribute to knowledge, and overcome genuine problems in water management. Many of the projects are supported by external organisations.
The modules include lectures and tutorials, and are assessed through appropriate assignments. There is an emphasis on analysis of real problems, with practical field work to reinforce learning.
- Environmental Management of Rivers and Wetlands
- Flood Risk Management
- Modelling Hydrological Systems
- Research Processes
- Soil Plant Environment Science
- Surface and Groundwater Hydrology
- Water Law
- Water Quality