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  River Environments and their Management - MSc

University of Birmingham    School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year full time, 2 years part time
Biological Sciences (4) Environmental Sciences (13) Geography (17)

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Embark on a transformative academic journey with the MSc in River Environments and their Management at the University of Birmingham. Delve into the intricate world of water sciences alongside a team of esteemed experts and industry professionals. Through a blend of lectures, fieldwork, tutorials, and research projects, you will unravel the complexities of river ecosystems, from climate interactions to biodiversity conservation. Gain practical skills in environmental management, equipping you for a successful career in safeguarding our vital water resources. To qualify, a 2:1 Honours degree in various disciplines is preferred, with a focus on hydrology modules. However, exceptional candidates with relevant experience may also be considered. Benefit from state-of-the-art facilities, including specialized laboratories, field sites, and a wealth of field equipment. The programme's unique emphasis on hands-on learning and industry connections sets it apart, offering a holistic approach to river management. Join us at Birmingham and become a steward of our precious river environments.

About the course

Our River Environments and their Management MSc is taught by a team of internationally leading water scientists at the University of Birmingham and developed with input from the water industry. To link the theory to the outside world, excursions and fieldwork are a crucial part of many of our modules.

This course will examine the interactions between climate, hydrology, geomorphology, ecology, biogeochemical cycling, water and habitat quality and biodiversity.

Using a combination of lectures, fieldwork, tutorials, laboratory classes, group projects and an individual research-based thesis, you will be provided with the necessary training and skills for a career in the successful environmental management of rivers.

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Entry Requirements

Normally a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in Geography, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Engineering, Natural Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Ecology / Biology, Life Sciences, Agricultural Science, Water Management, or a related discipline, with preferably good marks in modules related to hydrology.

In special cases, applications may be considered from those with honours degrees with lower marks or those holding non-graduate qualifications that are deemed by the University to be a satisfactory alternative to an Honours degree in the subject areas mentioned above, for example if the applicant has many years of experience in a relevant field.

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Where is University of Birmingham


Student Profiles

Judit Pelikan

Judit has started her postgraduate studies this September 2014, having applied to the University through IEC. She has been involved in organising a summer school at which the participants can develop new innovative ideas to help to reduce the negative impacts of climate change. She aims to pursue a career in the water industry in Europe.

Judit is also a postgraduate mentor, you can contact her online with questions or read further about her experience at the University of Birmingham on her mentor page:

Matthew Ball

Matthew Ball, from Birmingham, studied his undergrad at the University of Worcester in Geography, focussing mainly on physical geography and river science. After a year out of education working in retail, Matthew came to the University of Birmingham to study an MSc in River Environment Management.

Matthew is also a postgraduate mentor, you can contact him online with questions or read further about his experience at the University of Birmingham on his mentor page:

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