Postgraduate Courses in Flood and Coastal Risk Management

CIWEM accredited training for water and environmental industry practitioners.

As the UK recovers from the impact of flooding and coastal storms, following the wettest winter in almost 250 years, society is recognising the importance of understanding and managing risks to our environment in the face of increased frequency of extreme weather and climate change.

In partnership with JBA Consulting, a specialist water environment and flood risk management consultancy, we have developed flexible and accessible training for water and environmental practitioners focused on the application of technical skills and best practice techniques.

Flexible and accessible postgraduate training that works around you

  • Flexible delivery enables you to continue working whilst studying.
  • Gain technical skills and knowledge that can be directly applied to a wide range of roles and disciplines in the water, environment and flood risk management sector.
  • Start at any time throughout the year.
  • Delivered by practitioners who are experts in their field.
  • Leads to a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) with options to progress to a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) or an MSc (180 credits).
  • Single core modules can also be taken as CPD.


The course is designed to be flexible and can be taken part-time over a maximum of five years.  Delivery can be tailored to individual needs to provide accessible training and allow the course to be taken whilst working. Delegates can choose from the following core and optional modules, each of which is worth 15 credits:

Each module comprises five days of teaching that will be delivered at Lancaster Environment Centre in blocks of two or three days; the exceptions are optional module LEC.467 delivered over five contiguous days, and optional LEC.402 delivered over 10 weeks. Modules include seminars, workshops, practical demonstrations, case studies and/or site visits and is focused on the practical application of skills and techniques.

Background reading and learning resources will be provided to allow you to complete pre and post-course learning in your own time.

Levels of Study

Postgraduate Certificate

For a Postgraduate Certificate, delegates must achieve 60 credits by completing four of the core modules listed above.  The 2017/8 fee for each module (except LEC.505) is £980; you pay the fees for the modules you undertake in the specific academic year. The module fee is set each academic year. As an example, if all four modules were taken in 2017/8, the programme fee would be £3,920. The 2018/9 fee for each module (except LEC.505) will be £1,040.

Postgraduate Diploma

For a Postgraduate Diploma, delegates must achieve 120 credits by completing eight of modules listed above. Choose two of the three optional modules. You may request to transfer your credits from the PgCert FCRM programme to the PgDip FCRM programme and add four additional modules.The 2017/8 fee for each module (except LEC.505) is £980; you pay the fees for the modules you undertake in the specific academic year. The module fee is set each academic year. As an example, if all eight modules were taken in 2017/8, the programme fee would be £7,840. The 2018/9 fee for each module (except LEC.505) will be £1,040.


A new MSc Flood and Coastal Risk Management programme has been developed for 2017/8 entry. The programme comprises of six core modules and two optional modules (listed above) plus a 60-credit dissertation project (LEC.505). This project may be undertaken with your current employer in the water/environmental sector, with another organisation in the water sector or as part of one of Lancaster's research teams. You may request to transfer your credits from the PgCert/PgDip FCRM programme to the MSc FCRM programme and add the 60-credit dissertation project. The 2017/8 fee for the LEC.505 project is £2,667. Thus eight modules plus the project if all taken in 2017/8 as an example would be £10,507. The 2018/9 fee for the LEC.505 project will be £2,827.

CPD (Continuing Professional Development)

We also offer LEC.444-449 modules individually as short courses without the assessment component. Our current CPD availability is shown on the website of the British Hydrological Society Short Courses section. The 2017/8 fee for each CPD module is £980, and will be £1,040 in 2018/9. 

Please get in touch with the Director of Studies, Dr Nick A Chappell if you would like to discuss any of these options in more detail.

Who is it for?

The course provides essential practical skills for practitioners and organisations including:

  • Local Authorities (in particular those with new flood risk management responsibilities).
  • Infrastructure, network utilities and asset owners.
  • The water and flood risk management industry and the private sector.
  • Catchment managers, Rivers Trusts and environmental NGOs.
  • National agencies such as the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales, Rivers Agency Northern Ireland and the Office of Public Works in Ireland.

Links with industry

The course material will be delivered in partnership with industry leading specialists at JBA Consulting who have extensive experience of delivering training and education, particularly to enable practical application in a professional context.

Course Details


The completion of a case study at the end of each module will enable you to apply the skills and techniques you have learnt and will form the majority of the assessment.


On successful completion of the modules that comprise your programme, you will be awarded (following the Annual Postgraduate Examination Board) a Lancaster University Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma or Masters in Flood and Coastal Risk Management, depending on the programme you choose.


The majority of modules will be delivered at the Lancaster Environment Centre (primarily in our CPD Training Rooms) and where field trips are part of the course, transport will be provided.  Depending on demand, modules can be delivered nationwide.

For group bookings of individual modules for eight or more people the training location is entirely flexible, we can come to you or provide a training venue near to where you are based.

Entry requirements

We recognise prior learning and experience; there are no formal entry requirements and you don’t necessarily need a degree to apply.

Assessment and award of credits by Lancaster University

  • Lunch and refreshments during the teaching days and transport to and from field study sites.
  • All training material and resources, including online course materials.
  • Access to University facilities (library, support services and social spaces).