MSc in Water and Environmental Management

General information

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. A considerable part of the programme is taught by leading practitioners including personnel from the Met Office, the Environment Agency of England and Wales, and Defra (UK Department of Food and Rural Affairs).

Programme structure
Core units
This stage provides a common platform of underpinning skills and knowledge at Masters level in the basics of water and environmental management. The units aim to provide you with research, mathematics and computing 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. The stage concludes by exploring 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
This stage provides a 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

The programme is completed with the submission of a research-based dissertation. 

Learning outcome:

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

Contact Person: Postgraduate Admissions (


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

0712 - Environmental protection technology", "0522 - Conservation and environmental management


Venue: University of Bristol
Bristol, United Kingdom



Full-time fees per year
UK/EU: £10100
Overseas:  £18.600

Part-time fees per year
UK/EU: £5.050


Degree Requirements
An upper-second class honours degree in a relevant subject (or equivalent professional qualification). Candidates may also become members of CIWEM.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, it is necessary to achieve a minimum score in an approved English language test as specified on 'Profile E' of the University's English Language Requirements Policy.

Application Procedure:

Applicants should complete the online application form, uploading all required documents directly into the application form:

  • Two academic references
  • Degree certificate(s) from first and subsequent degrees
  • Academic transcript(s) from your first and subsequent degrees
  • Personal statement
  • English language certificates if English is not your native language and your undergraduate degree was not in an English speaking country
  • A Curriculum Vitae (CV) is not required but can help your application.

Application deadline: 21 August 2016. Early application recommended; the programme will close once full.

Grant Opportunities:

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science
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