MSc/PGDip Water and Environmental Management

General information

The Water and Environmental Management MSc course provides training in the core scientific, technical and interdisciplinary skills essential for those seeking employment or research opportunities within water resource and environmental management fields. You will acquire specialist knowledge and develop key analytical and scientific skills, particularly in the context of environmental legislation such as the EU Water Framework Directive. 

This postgraduate programme recognises that, to meet the challenge of certain types of jobs in the water/environmental sector, many graduates in technical professions require a year of further academic specialisation in addition to their initial BEng or BSc awards. As a Water and Environmental Management student, you can:

  • benefit from access to the state-of-the-art research facilities of the Aquatic Research Centre, as well as a large array of advanced aquatic field equipment;
  • tailor the course to your interests and career aspirations by selecting from a wide range of optional modules, including a work-based learning module involving a placement with a company or organisation in the water resource and/or environmental sector;
  • learn from and work alongside our world-leading academic researchers with expertise covering a range of disciplines relating to water resources and environmental management.

Course structure
You will study four core modules and select from a raft of option modules. These will allow you to specialise in the areas of the course that interest you the most. As a masters student, you will also undertake an individual project in an area of particular interest.

Core modules Optional Modules
Water Resources Management
Assessment: 50% coursework, 50% exam
Environmental Placement
Environmental Impact Assessment
Water Treatment Technology
Assessment: 50% coursework, 50% exam
Environmental Policy and Law
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Application in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Wastewater Treatment Technology
Assessment: 50% coursework, 50% exam
Spatial Data Analysis
Advanced Ecology Field Skills
Systems for Environmental Management
Water Quality Analysis
Assessment: 100% coursework
Case Studies in Environmental Assessment and Management
Social and Community Enterprise
Issues in Ecology and Conservation
Independent Study Module
Learning outcome:

Graduates are well equipped to apply for jobs with water companies, local government, the Environment Agency or civil engineering consultants as well as equivalent bodies overseas.

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

0521 - Ecology", "0522 - Conservation and environmental management


Venue: University of Brighton
Brighton, United Kingdom



UK/EU (full-time): 6.624 GBP
International (full-time): 15.156 GBP

The fees listed here are for full-time courses beginning in the academic year 2015–16. Further tuition fees are payable for each subsequent year of study and may be subject to small increases, in line with inflation. If you are studying part-time you will normally be charged on a pro rata basis depending on the number of modules you take.

The fees listed here are for full-time courses beginning in the academic year 2016–17. Further tuition fees are payable for each subsequent year of study and are subject to an annual increase of no more than 5% or RPI (whichever is the greater). The annual increase for UK/EU students, who are subject to regulated fees, will increase no more than the statutory maximum fee. Further details regarding tuition fees are available from the university’s student contract and tuition fee policy (pdf).

The tuition fee you have to pay depends on a number of factors including the kind of course you take, and whether you study full- or part-time. If you are studying part-time you will normally be charged on a pro rata basis depending on the number of modules you take.

What's included in the fee? When costs such as health or DBS checks, field trips or use of specialist materials are incurred as a mandatory requirement of the course they are included in your tuition fee.

You may incur additional costs depending on the optional modules or activities you choose. The cost of optional activities is not included in your tuition fee and you will need to meet this cost in addition to your fees. Before you apply check with the school that provides your course using the contact details in the Find out more tab (at the end of this page) for advice about what is included and what optional costs you could face so you can budget accordingly.

See our finance pages for advice about funding and scholarships as well as further information about fees and advice on international and island fee paying status.


The entry requirements listed here are our typical offer for this course if you wish to begin studying with us in 2017. They should be used as a general guide.

We operate a flexible admissions policy – this means thatyou could receive a lower conditional offer than the typical offer, informed by our assessment of your complementary non-academic achievements and experiences.

For courses that require interview or portfolio review, this may also be considered in the level of any conditional offer that follows if your application is successful.

Degree and/or experience
Degree (minimum 2:2) in civil engineering, environmental science or related discipline.

For non-native speakers of English
IELTS 6.5 overall, with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in the other elements.

Application Procedure:

Apply for this programme using the online application system. Applications for courses opens in September. It is advisable to apply early, especially for popular courses, because offers are made as good applications come in.

Grant Opportunities:

Scholarships are available for this course. Find out if you are eligible: UK/EU, Non UK/EU.


Accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) as meeting the requirements for further learning for a chartered engineer (CEng).


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science
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