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Environmental Water Management (MSc/MTech/PgCert/PgDip)


Course Description

Course Description

This Environmental Water Management postgraduate course provides students with essential skills and knowledge required to solve complex problems involving vulnerable wildlife and their habitats, water supply, irrigated agriculture, industry, recreation and the natural environment. It addresses issues related to water resources, hydrology, flooding and water quality management, habitat creation and management, and the economic policy and legal environment in which water manager's work. The course is suitable for graduates wishing to develop the expertise needed to solve environmental water management problems through integrated understanding of the major issues and the factors affecting them, at different scales.

Course overview

Around the world, the quality and quantity of water in streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands and underground is significantly affected by human activity. This can result in habitat degradation, shifts in ecosystem composition and functions, and in the utility of water resources for domestic, industrial or agricultural supply.

This Environmental Water Management postgraduate course provides students with essential skills and knowledge required to solve complex problems involving vulnerable wildlife and their habitats, water supply, irrigated agriculture, industry, recreation and the natural environment. It addresses issues related to water resources, hydrology, flooding and water quality management, habitat creation and management, and the economic and policy environment in which water manager's work.

The course comprises eight assessed modules, a group project and an individual project. The modules include lectures and tutorials, and are assessed through appropriate assignments and examinations. There is an emphasis on analysis of real problems, with practical field work to reinforce learning.

Group project

Group projects are usually sponsored by industry partners and provide students with experience of working on real challenges in the work place along with skills in team working, managing resources and developing reporting and presentation skills. Experience gained is highly valued by both students and prospective employers. For part-time students a dissertation usually replaces the group design project.

Individual Project

Students select the individual project in consultation with the Course Director. The individual project provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent research, think and work in an original way, contribute to knowledge, and overcome genuine problems.

Modules

The course comprises eight assessed modules, a group project and an individual project.

Core -

Surface and Groundwater Hydrology
Water Quality Monitoring
Soil Plant Environment Science
Modelling Environmental Processes
Aquatic Ecosystems in the Landscape
Environmental Policy and Risk Governance
Flood Risk Management
Integrated River Basin Management

Assessment

The three elements of the course are assessed as follows:
Taught modules: 40%
Group project: 20%*
Individual project: 40%

Funding

Funding opportunities exist, including industrial sponsorship, School bursaries and a number of general external schemes. For the majority of part-time students sponsorship is organised by their employers. We recommend you discuss this with your company in the first instance.

Career opportunities

The Environmental Water Management MSc is a long-established course which has a highly regarded reputation within the sector. On completion, graduates have a broader network of global contacts, increased opportunities for individual specialism in their chosen career, and the capability to make an immediate and real contribution to improved water management. Cranfield graduates are highly sought after by employers.

Graduates find employment with:

- Regulatory bodies - a large proportion go on to work for a regulatory body (such as the Environment Agency in England and Wales or SEPA in Scotland) in a wide range of roles including water quality, water resources, flood defence, abstraction licensing and policy

- Environmental and engineering consultants - about half of our course graduates go on to work for consultancies in UK and the rest of Europe.

- UK and European water companies.

Career paths for recent Environmental Water Management students include:

Canal and River Trust, Thames Water, British Geological Survey, Mott MacDonald, Normandy Environment Agency, WS Atkins, Binnie, Black & Veatch, Entec, The Environment Agency of England & Wales, Essex & Suffolk Water, Ewan Associates, Ghana EPA, Halcrow, Hannah-Reed Associates, Hyder Consulting, HydroLogic, JDIH, Jeremy Benn Associates, Lyonnaise des Eaux, Ondeo, Posford-Haskoning, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, Severn Trent Water, UNDP, and United Utilities.

Further Information

For further information on this course, please visit our course webpage - http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/masters/environmental-water-management.html

Visit the Environmental Water Management (MSc/MTech/PgCert/PgDip) page on the Cranfield University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Alex Massie

Why did you choose your postgraduate course?
I had volunteered overseas before, but wanted to obtain a job in the field. In development and disaster relief it is now necessary to have an appropriate Masters qualification before you can be considered for the job and so I decided to take the course.

Describe your experience of postgraduate study at Cranfield
People who you are learning from are experienced and knowledgeable about the subject particularly with regards to the course director. The modules themselves were well designed and evidently based upon years of honing the content. I enjoyed the flexibility afforded by many of the learning tasks, and the week of practical work was excellent, though all too brief. The facilities at our disposal for study were generally excellent.

What skills are you acquiring from the study?
Whilst I had a significant understanding of the engineering elements in advance of the course, the social aspects and implications were something I had not addressed fully. Through the course I have learnt about the issues regarding communities and development, problems to look out for and methods of addressing this in the field.

What was your individual thesis project about?
My thesis was about the hygiene beliefs and practices of the Batwa tribe of central Africa, specifically in south west Uganda. I funded it entirely myself, though the major costs are air travel as living in country is usually very cheap. I was partnered with an NGO that I contacted at my own instigation as I proposed my own project. Proposing my own project gave me the flexibility to do what I wished, though it meant that I had to do all the groundwork myself.

Would you recommend the course? Why?
Yes, the experience of the lecturers and course director in particular. The extensive overseas experience of those running the course is vital for the vibrancy, success and relevance of the course and I was lucky to be able to learn from such people. I would urge anyone considering a similar course anywhere to look at the overseas experience of those running the course as well as the reputation among NGOs.

What do you most like about Cranfield?
Besides the course, the thing that attracted me to Cranfield was that it is a postgraduate only institution which means that mature students are the norm, not the exception. This means socialising is perhaps easier than in a university dominated by undergraduates.


(Scholarship)

Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme (CPLS) - 20+ Awards

Cranfield University is now able to offer you a more affordable way to study an MSc with loans managed by Prodigy Finance.With a Cranfield Postgraduate Loan it is possible for you to take up your MSc studies with no repayments while you study. This will leave you free to concentrate on your course and enhance your career prospects.Launched in February 2014, the scheme is designed to support UK and EU students entering postgraduate study and is intended to attract those who may not otherwise progress to this level because of financial constraints.Loans of up to £15,000 are available (dependent on the tuition fees for your chosen course).If you are a UK student, loans are available for tuition fees and maintenance. EU students can apply for a loan covering only tuition fees.
Loans are repaid over a seven year period and repayments start six months after you complete your degree. As a not-for-profit scheme, funded by Cranfield and HEFCE, the loans are competitively priced (6.92% APR representative) and considerably more affordable than a standard career development loan.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Loans of up to £15,000 total

Eligibility

You can apply for a loan if you:• are domiciled in the UK or EU and qualify for ‘Home/EU’ fees and
• have an admissions offer to a Cranfield full-time, taught MSc course in a STEM (Science, Technology Engineering or Mathematics) subject

Application Procedure

If you already have an applicable course offer you can apply online through Prodigy Finance. You will need to provide Prodigy Finance with details of your offer from Cranfield. Your loan application will be considered and responded to within a few days.

If you are yet to secure an offer of a place you can register your interest in the scheme and we will keep you up-to-date.

Further Information

http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/loan?utm_campaign=commscpls&utm_source=fam&utm_medium=onlineprofile&utm_content=courselistingfunding



Entry Requirements

Candidates must possess, or be expected to achieve, a 1st or 2nd class UK Honours degree in a relevant science, engineering or related discipline, or the international equivalent of these UK qualifications. Other relevant qualifications, together with significant experience, may be considered.

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