MSc in River System Dynamics and Management

General information

The MSc in River System Dynamics and Management provides an opportunity to develop your knowledge of hydrology and fluvial geomorphology and its practical application. Having completed an undergraduate degree in a relevant field, the MSc will provide you with specialist knowledge so that you are prepared to follow a career in river management or undertake further study.

The full-time scheme is delivered over three semesters.

Semester 1

  • Advanced Research Skills 1: science communication and data analysis
  • Geomorphological Approaches to River Basin Management
  • River System Dynamics and Management Field Course

Semester 2

  • The Water Framework Directive, Water Quality and Hydrological Extremes
  • Advanced Research Skills 2: research design and data acquisition
  • Modelling River System Dynamics

Semester 3

  • Dissertation in River System Dynamics and Management
Learning outcome:

This course will equip you with many of the skills that a recent government report identified as being in short supply and therefore beneficial for graduates targeting careers in the environmental sector in both the UK and overseas. These include training in modelling, data management, numeracy, fieldwork, risk and uncertainty, multi-disciplinarity, and sustainability science and planning. 


The course aims to develop your knowledge of hydrology and fluvial geomorphology and its practical application. The course will provide you with insight into the cutting-edge techniques utilised in research as well as in applied practice in contemporary river management worldwide. You will be taught by experts from the Department of Geography and Earth Science’s River Basin Dynamics and Hydrology Research Group who lead a wide variety of international research programmes.


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0522 - Conservation and environmental management", "0532 - Marine Geology


Venue: Aberystwyth University
Aberystwyth, United Kingdom

Department of Geography and Earth Sciences
Llandinam Building, Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth SY23 3DB


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Tuition Fees 2015/16 Full-time Part-time
UK/EU £6.850 £3.425
International / Channel Islands and Isle of Man £15.000 £7.500

You should be aware that on some courses there are additional charges during your studies for field trips and use of additional resources, these are in line with the practice of departments in other UK universities.


Degree Requirements
BSc or BA honours degree (2:2 - normally around 56% in a related subject at undergraduate level and an accompanying reference.  We will consider applicants with other experience which gives an equivalent basis for entry.

Language Requirements
If you have a Bachelor’s degree from a UK University, you do not need to take an English proficiency test. Non-native English speakers who do not meet this requirement must take a University-recognised test of academic English language proficiency. For further information please see the English Language requirements page.

Application Procedure:

All information on how to apply

Postgraduate applicants can submit their application either on-line, through the UKPass online system, or off-line.

Application Deadline: Students are advised to apply as early as possible before the start of their degree.

Grant Opportunities:

These pages aim to give you an idea of the cost of the course that you're interested in, and information on any sources of funding that may be available to you. The Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards provide a valuable structure of financial support to ensure that students of all backgrounds can enjoy the benefits of Higher Education.

Postgraduate Funding & Fees

Funding opportunities may be available, please check the funding calculator for details.


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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