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River System Dynamics and Management (MSc)


Course Description

The new MSc in River System Dynamics and Management has been designed to emphasize fluvial geomorphology throughout the entire course. The course will examine the geomorphology of large rivers, and the impacts of climate and land-use change on catchment dynamics. This gives the programme a unique selling point. Case studies will be drawn from across the world and therefore will have particular relevance to students from Brazil, Russia, India, China as well as any student that wants to develop in this area.
A recent report by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC; “Most Wanted II: Postgraduate and Professionals Skill Needs in the Environment Sector”) has produced a list of skill requirements for those beginning careers in the environmental sector. The MSc in River System Dynamics and Management will provide training in many of the skills identified. These include modelling, multi-disciplinarity, data management, numeracy, fieldwork, risk and uncertainty, and sustainability science and planning. We also provide some experience with other topics on the list, such as freshwater science.
The scheme is delivered over three semesters normally within a 12 month period. In the first semester, students undertake a residential fieldtrip where they will explore a broad range of themes relating to the measurement, sampling and analysis of fluvial systems. They will also learn how to undertake primary field-based research. This is reinforced in the Advanced Research Skills 1 and Advanced Research Skills 2 modules. Subject specific skills are developed throughout semester 1 (“Geomorphological Approaches to River Basin Management”) and in more depth in semester 2 (in the “Water Framework Directive, Water Quality and Hydrological Extremes” and “Modelling River Dynamics” modules). Throughout, emphasis on techniques and objective critique are emphasized alongside the subject knowledge. Students apply the skills and knowledge acquired in semesters 1 and 2 in the completion of a research dissertation undertaken in semester 3.

Employability

This degree will suit you:
-If you want advanced training in River Basin Dynamics from one of the UK's leading research departments of Geography and Earth Sciences.
-If you have a 2:1 degree or higher in a related discipline.
-If you wish to enter a career in environmental management or consultancy, development, disaster relief, risk management as well as future doctoral research.

As well as developing a wide knowledge base in this area you will also benefit from advanced skills training that are transferable across a diverse range of career routes. This includes the following -
1. Critically analyse and evaluate previous work.
2. Communicate research effectively via various relevant media.
3. Discuss and orally present academic material in a range of settings through group discussions and debates and formal individual presentations.
4. Produce written submissions in a variety of formats.
5. Use information technology to process, store, present and communicate information.
6. Identify, retrieve, sort and handle information from conventional library, archival and electronic sources.
7. Undertake self-regulation of work regimes and time management.
8. Collate, process, interpret and present a wide-range of numerical and non-numerical data.
9. Seek, locate, abstract, synthesise and handle existing scientific information.
10. Identify and evaluate the hazards associated with working in field and laboratory environments.
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Aberystwyth Masters Scholarship 2015 - 20+ Awards

Scholarships, each worth £1,000 towards tuition fees will be available for UK/EU students commencing full-time Taught Masters courses in September 2015. Part-time students would be eligible for £500 for Year 1 and Year 2 of their Masters. The scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree or the equivalent award. In order to be considered for one of these awards, an application for a place on a taught Masters degree at Aberystwyth University must be received by 31st July 2015.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1000

Eligibility

Students from the UK/EU that will be studying an on campus taught Masters and that have good results from their undergraduate degree will be entitled to an Aberystwyth Masters Scholarship worth around £1000.

Application Procedure

Separate application forms are not required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place be received by the (AU) Postgraduate Admissions Office by 31st July 2015 at the very latest.

Further Information

http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/funding-fees/uk-eu/taught/


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International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship - 20+ Awards

The scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree or the equivalent award, either already achieved or predicted by the candidate’s awarding university).In order to be considered for one of these awards, an application for a place on a taught Masters degree at Aberystwyth University must be received by 31st August 2015.Up to 72 scholarships worth £2500 towards tuition fees for full-time non-EU students on taught Masters courses are available for students who commence their studies in September 2015 on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2500

Eligibility

Up to 72 scholarships, each worth £2,500 towards tuition fees will be available for non-UK/EU students commencing full-time Taught Masters courses in September 2015.

Application Procedure

Separate application forms are not required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place be received by the AU Postgraduate Admissions Office by 31st August 2015 at the very latest. Selection will be on the basis of academic excellence and the applicant’s suitability for their proposed course. A minimum (UK) 2.i Honours (or equivalent) is required for an award. Information on the comparability of non-UK degrees is available at http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/howtoapply/before-you-apply/comparability/.

Further Information

http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/funding-fees/overseas/taught/



Entry Requirements

BSc or BA honours degree (2:1) in a related subject at undergraduate level and accompanying reference. We will consider applicants with other experience which gives an equivalent basis for entry.

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