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.
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 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.
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.
The course comprises eight assessed modules, a group project and an individual project.
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
The three elements of the course are assessed as follows:
Taught modules: 40%
Group project: 20%*
Individual project: 40%
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.
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.
For further information on this course, please visit our course webpage - http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/masters/environmental-water-management.html
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.