MSc Water Resources Management

General information

The MSc Water Resources Management focuses on developing the professional skills required for a rewarding career as a water focused environmental scientist. The importance of accurate assessment of the potential and existing impacts on the water environment from industrial practices, abstraction and agriculture sit at the heart of this course.

Highly skilled water scientists and engineers are vital for the conservation and enhancement of our aquatic environment, both locally and globally. The MSc Water Resources Management course provides graduates with the ability to accurately assess the potential and existing impacts on the water environment from industrial practices, abstraction, and agriculture.
This masters degree focuses on developing the professional skills and advanced knowledge required for a rewarding career as a water focused environmental scientist.

On this course you will explore the scientific and engineering management of our aquatic resources. You will gain an in-depth understanding of freshwater ecosystems, visit river restoration sites and examine the state of fisheries.The academic year for students on the MSc course is divided into three parts: two semesters of taught modules (which are a mix of compulsory and optional topics) followed by a period of self-directed study for the Advanced Research Project over the summer. We encourage you to conduct your research projects with external organisations and potential employers. You are not required to submit a dissertation but instead write a research article (7,000 words maximum) in the style of a peer-reviewed journal for submission in September. This article contributes one-third of the marks towards your MSc degree and is therefore a key component of your studies.

In your first semester, you will study the science behind pollutants and their effect on the wider environment.You will measure and monitor pollution, remediate problems, study the impacts of engineering structures, and examine the latest processes and technologies in the field. You will also study Natural Resource Governance, helping you develop the critical skills sets you need to pursue a career as a water resources scientist.

In the second semester, we develop your practical research skills to prepare you for a diverse range of roles, from water quality monitoring to aquatic species conservation. You will learn to apply innovative research techniques, present arguments and understand how research funding works. Throughout the semesters we aim to equip you with a diverse range of professional and transferable skills. We will teach you to critically evaluate data and mitigate environmental problems. You will also undertake computer lab sessions and learn to apply modelling tools to support your decision making. Emphasis is placed on building a sound scientific basis alongside practical application.

Each semester, you have the option to specialise in modules related to your interests and career aspirations, from Water and Wastewater Engineering to Coastal Flood Defence to River Basin Management

The last part of the year will centre on your individual research, where you will put your learning into practice to complete an advanced research project.

Semester 1 Semester 2
Compulsory Modules Compulsory Modules
Freshwater Ecosystems Research Project Development
Water Policy and Management Techniques for Environmental Researchers
River and Fisheries Restoration
Optional Modules Optional Modules
Coastal and Maritime Engineering and Energy Waste Resource Management
Coastal Morphodynamics Coastal Flood Defence
GIS Functions and Their Environmental Applications Water and Wastewater Engineering
Systems for Waste Minimisation, Reuse and Recycling
Environmental Pollution Environmental Law and Management
Environmental Management Systems River Basin Management

Exit Points
The taught component of the MSc course is assessed independently of the research project component. Progression to the research project depends on successful completion of the taught component. The MSc award depends on passing the examinations and on successful completion of a dissertation on the project. The possible exit points are:

  • PG Certificate (60 Credit Points)
  • PG Diploma (120 Credit Points)
  • MSc (180 Credit Points)

We only accept applications to the 180 Credit MSc course. The PG Diploma and PG Certificate are exit points only and are not standalone qualifications.

Objective:

On completing the course, you should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  1. The importance of environmental concepts, terms, principles and methods, and the need for multi- and interdisciplinary approaches
  2. The value of a holistic approach to environmental science by using techniques and ideas in different subject disciplines
  3. The socio-economic context of environmental issues and the legal framework through which environmental regulation is facilitated
  4. Current issues, paradigms and approaches within a specialist subject area of the environmental sciences
  5. The contribution of science, engineering or communication to the identification, understanding and, where appropriate, resolution of environmental issues and concerns
  6. The human causes and consequences of environmental impacts, and responses to such impacts
  7. General environmental concerns, which may include: biodiversity; environmental limits to economic or population growth; demand for, and consequences of, water resource utilization; energy and material production and use, including alternatives; air, land and water pollution; climate change; environmental change.
Contact Person: Simon Kemp (S.Kemp@soton.ac.uk)

Content

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

0712 - Environmental protection technology", "0713 - Offshore and renewable energy", "0831 - Fisheries", "0522 - Conservation and environmental management

Venue

Venue: University of Southampton
Southampton, United Kingdom

Application


Cost:
  • UK/EU fees: £9000
  • International fees: £19570
  • Channel island fees: £9000

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

Fees overview


Prerequisites:

General requirements
An upper second-class honours degree or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in Environmental Sciences, Geography, Zoology, Oceanography, Biology, Geology or Physics.

Applicants with an upper second-class honours degree or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering or Mathematics may be asked to attend an interview.

Applications are assessed on an individual basis and we encourage candidates with alternative qualifications plus relevant experience in the environmental sector to apply. Students holding qualifications in non-Science or non-Engineering based subjects areas are normally only eligible to apply for the MSc Integrated Environmental Studies (from the five Environmental Science MSc courses available).

English language
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate that they have sufficient command of English to undertake the course, for example, through an overall IELTS test score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in every component) or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.


Application Procedure:

To apply you need to complete and submit the online application form. You must also upload the following supporting documentation, preferably be in PDF format, as part of the application process:

  • academic transcript
  • degree certificate
  • English language certificate (IELTS or equivalent) except those from English exempt countries
  • CV and personal statement
  • two reference letters.

Application Deadline: 31st July each year.


Grant Opportunities:

The Faculty of Engineering and the Environment is offering scholarships of £1.000 to international fee-paying students. To qualify you must apply by 31st May 2015, to commence study during 2015/16. More information is available here.


Regulations:

Progression to the research project depends on successful completion of the taught component. The MSc award depends on passing the examinations and on successful completion of a dissertation on the project. The possible exit points are: PG Certificate (60 Credit Points), PG Diploma (120 Credit Points) and MSc (180 Credit Points). Applications are only accepted to the 180 Credit MSc course. The PG Diploma and PG Certificate are exit points only and are not standalone qualifications.

Qualification

Academic level: Master

Assessment:

Knowledge is assessed throughout the course through a combination of formative methods (to provide you with constructive feedback to help you develop your skills and understanding) and summative methods (to assess your performance).

Formative assessment takes the form of feedback on essays, reports, presentations and the research project, and is stressed from the beginning of the course. Formative assessment is delivered in part through informal assessment of work that does not contribute directly to your results (e.g. class debriefings on oral presentations).

Summative assessment takes the form of unseen and open-book examinations and tests, presentations, project work and coursework.


Qualification: Master of Science

Credits:
Scheme: 
Credit Points
Value: 
180
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