Professional Training

We have a team at the Graduate School dedicated to designing, delivering and expanding a portfolio of professional training programmes, so that you can study for a postgraduate qualification alongside your job.

Our professional training programmes are organised on a flexible module-by-module basis, which makes it easier for you to fit your studies around your work.  Some are taught online, with additional face-to-face workshops.  Others are taught in residential blocks of two-to-three days duration.

Each module is worth a certain number of credits, which can count towards a postgraduate qualification. Some students simply choose to take a single module for the purposes of their continued professional development. Others start by studying to Postgraduate Certificate level, which requires a total of 60 credits. You can then choose to progress to a Postgraduate Diploma, which requires 120 credits, and if you complete an additional supervised research project, you can be awarded a Masters degree. 

Current opportunities

We currently offer programmes in Food Challenges for the 21st Century and Flood and Coastal Risk Management and we welcome enquiries from businesses who would like to sponsor students to take any of the modules on offer.

We are also happy to devise new professional training programmes specifically for particular organisations. If you would like to explore this possibility, please contact our professional development manager Dr Sue Ward.

Food Challenges for the 21st Century

This is a unique professional training programme devised with the support of Waitrose, which focuses on the issue of global food security.

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NERC ATSC Natural Flood Risk Management

This NERC-funded advanced training short course provides training in the latest modelling techniques used to implement nature-based flood risk management and assess the benefits. The second delivery of the course will be in November 2018, with the competition for the 20 funded places opening in Summer 2018 (please see link in left pane).

Flood and Coastal Risk Management

This specialist programme is aimed at professionals who want to gain and apply technical skills and knowledge in the water, environment and flood risk management sector. Available as CPD or with a PgCert, PgDip and MSc qualification that is CIWEM accredited (see link in left pane).

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The Graduate School for the Environment is a collaboration between Lancaster Environment Centre, The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, and Rothamsted Research.