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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Environmental Sciences


  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    12 months Full time, 24 months Part time

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip, PgCert

  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    11 August 2017

Course content

This is currently the only course in the world that offers you training in environmental water management with a specific focus on consultancy. Building on the University’s world-class reputation for water-related research, it delivers highly practical business-focused training to prepare graduates for a role in water consultancy. Be taught by practicing consultants and lecturers, developing the relevant skills that meet industry demand.

More information

Taught by practising consultants and lecturers, the programme offers:

  • understanding of the policy underpinning environmental water management.
  • detailed knowledge and investigation of hydrological processes.
  • skills in interpreting client needs and formulating a contract for the project delivery of consultancy work.
  • skills in managing a consultancy project from inception to completion.

Your dissertation allows you to undertake a more research-focused project. In your final semester, you'll choose from a variety of modules, including a work-based project, which gives an insight into how businesses operate and enables you to apply your project management knowledge.

You can also study this subject at Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate levels.

We offer some of the modules on this programme as standalone Continuing Professional Development modules.

Course content

In the first semester, the 30-credit Issues and Skills module gives you a broad background in the knowledge and skills you’ll need to be a professional water manager, such as understanding the policy framework and the range of skills used, including field work and data analysis. There will also be visits from practising professionals. The Hydrological Processes module gives you the essential understanding of hydrology needed by any water manager, whilst Systems Thinking will provide you with the skills to approach and solve business problems in a practical way.

In semester 2, you will take complementary modules on client management and project management, delivered by practising water management consultants. You’ll also choose optional modules on water quality or a range of consultancy-focused topics. Throughout the course you will take a specific professional development module. This all leads up to your dissertation, where you get the chance to use the skills you have learned to undertake a cutting edge research project.

If you study this programme part time you will study fewer modules in each year.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

  • Professional Development 15 credits
  • Dissertation 60 credits
  • Issues and Skills for River Basin Dynamics and Management 30 credits
  • Water Consultancy: Contract Development 15 credits
  • Hydrological Processes and Analysis 15 credits
  • Water Consultancy: Project Management 15 credits
  • Systems Thinking and Consulting Practice 15 credits

Optional modules

  • River basin management for water quality 15 credits
  • Environmental Assessment 15 credits
  • Risk Perception and Communication 15 credits
  • Organizational Development and Change 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Environmental Water Consultancy MSc Full Time in the course catalogue

For more information on typical modules, read Environmental Water Consultancy MSc Part Time in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

We use a full range of teaching methods during the programme to ensure all learning styles are catered for. These comprise lectures, seminars (including some by external speakers), field work, laboratory classes, computer practicals, group work, one-to-one supervision, work-based learning, and self-led study. All teaching will be research-led (and consultancy-led) so that students are learning about, and working on, real, contemporary challenges.


You’ll be assessed through a range of techniques, such as essays, group and individual reports, exams, presentations, poster presentations, computer-based practicals, and reflective work-based logs.

Placement opportunities

There is a work placement option as part of the Professional Development module. This can be in academia, industry or consultancy.

Career opportunities

Environmental Water Consultancy is a new programme in 2016. Information below is about graduates from previous programmes.

Typical roles available to graduates of this programme:

  • Assistant Analyst
  • Flood warning Engineer
  • Graduate Engineer
  • Graduate Water Scientist/Catchment Scientist
  • Hydrologist/Hydrogeologist
  • Licensing Officer
  • PhD study
  • Planning Liaison Officer
  • Project Co-ordinator
  • Water Resource Manager.

Visit the Environmental Water Consultancy MSc page on the University of Leeds website for more details!





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