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Water and Environmental Management MSc

Course Description

This programme provides the skills and knowledge required for a career in water and environmental management. You will acquire academic and practical skills, as well as developing a detailed knowledge of fundamental environmental processes and the ways in which these need to be managed sustainably. The programme is taught by leading practitioners, including personnel from the Environment Agency and the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Programme structure

Core units
Core units provide a common platform of underpinning skills and knowledge at Master's level in the basics of water and environmental management. The units aim to provide you with mathematics, computing and research skills, together with a firm understanding of fundamental processes that govern water movement through the atmosphere, atmosphere-biosphere interactions and water flows through river catchments. These units also explore how this fundamental understanding leads to environmental management, policy and legislation at local, national and international levels. Core units include:
-Research Skills
-Environmental Management, Policy and Regulation
-Terrestrial Hydrometeorology
-Surface and Groundwater Hydrology
-Introduction to Environmental Statistics using MATLAB
-Numerical Analysis using MATLAB

Optional units
Optional units provide specialist knowledge in a range of carefully chosen options. You choose two units from the following list:
-Environmental Systems and Ecosystems Services
-Integrated Catchment Management
-Water Resources Engineering

Please note that the availability of elective modules is subject to sufficient demand.

-The programme is completed by submitting a research-based dissertation.


Students who have completed this programme have gone on to work for government agencies both in the UK and overseas, for water companies and for environmental consultancies.

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

(Student Profile)

Hongru Hong

338.jpg This course is thought provoking and has given me the opportunity to work with students from around the world, giving me a different perspective on my learning and helping develop my critical thinking.

Bristol is a lively and vibrant city and I really like studying here.


Entry Requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject (or equivalent professional qualification). Applicants may wish to apply to become members of The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).

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