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Course content

The Water and Environmental Management MSc course provides training in the core scientific, technical and interdisciplinary skills that are essential in water resource and environmental management fields. You will acquire specialist knowledge and develop key analytical and scientific skills, particularly in the context of national and international environmental legislation.

Learning from and working alongside our world-leading academic researchers, you will benefit from expertise covering a range of disciplines relating to water resources and environmental management.

Our Aquatic Research Centre provides specialist multi-million pound facilities, including specialist water chemistry and microbiology laboratories, laboratory-scale water and wastewater treatment systems, an experimental river basin, a water efficiency laboratory, as well as a large pool of aquatic field equipment and computing facilities.

You have the choice from a wide range of optional modules in order to tailor the course to your interests and career aspirations. As part of this, there are opportunities for our students to conduct a placement with organisations involved in water resource and environmental management, including industrial members of the Green Growth Platform.


Accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) as meeting the requirements for further learning for a chartered engineer (CEng)


Scholarships are available for this course. Please click the link below for more information.

Course structure

You will study four core modules and select from a range of option modules. These will allow you to specialise in the areas of the course that interest you the most.

As an MSc student, you will also undertake an individual dissertation project in an area of particular interest. Examples of subjects our students have completed their research project on include:

• an analysis of novel treatment technologies
• assessment of the potential for re-use of treated wastewater
• management of water resources in the UK and overseas.


Core modules:

Water Resources Management
Water Treatment Technology
Wastewater Treatment Technology
Water Analysis

Optional modules:

Environmental Placement
Environmental Impact Assessment
Environmental Policy and Law
Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
Ecological Field Techniques
Issues in Ecology and Conservation
Systems for Environmental Management
Case Studies in Environmental Assessment and Management


Graduates are well equipped to apply for jobs with water companies, government agencies and regulatory bodies, environmental/civil engineering consultancies, and international non-governmental organisations. Graduates are also well equipped to secure PhD studentships to further their research ambitions.

Visit the Water and Environmental Management - MSc page on the University of Brighton website for more details!





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