Sustainable Water Management MSc - 2019 Entry

Entry Year
2019

Duration
Full time 12 Month(s), Part time 24 Month(s)

Course Overview

With a strong emphasis on practical study, you will be taught by both University academics and industry professionals, and will gain the key skills and professional training required for a rewarding career as a practitioner or researcher.

Our programme is unique in that it is taught jointly by University academics and professionals from leading environmental consultancy JBA Consulting, the Environment Agency and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, which has a one of its major research facilities based at Lancaster.  Graduates gain the skills and knowledge to progress careers with a water consultancy, water regulator, water company or research organisation.

You will study six modules and complete a dissertation project. The jointly-taught core modules have been professionally accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management and will provide you with the key skills of a water professional by addressing the principles of catchment hydrology, sustainable surface water management, groundwater assessment, methods of catchment protection, principles of lake ecology, managing coastal flooding, flood forecasting, the design of river structures and the restoration of river channels. Optional modules covering wider environmental and social science skills are also available.

Practical work is an important component of the programme, with modules including challenging fieldwork in Cumbrian and Lancashire catchments, and laboratory work involving the use of flumes, water quality analyses and computer models.

We encourage you to undertake your dissertation research project with an external partner in the water sector or as an integral part of our ongoing research activities in water resources. Each year we offer a large selection of possible projects with external partnership or internship opportunities including JBA Consulting, the Environment Agency, United Utilities and many other organisations. We also welcome projects that strengthen your existing partnerships. You will be supervised by one of our active researchers with relevant expertise. 

Examples of recent dissertation topics are:

  • Assessing the effects of recent afforestation on saturated hydraulic conductivity and soil moisture content, with implications for natural flood management
  • Phytobenthos within the Eden catchment: an avenue for citizen engagement in the WFD?
  • Quantifying the physical, hydrological and agronomic impacts of mitigating grassland soil compaction
  • Analysis of surface water flow to propose flood alleviation measures: a GIS based case study at The Pastures, Egremont
  • An investigation into groundwater-surface water interactions during storm events on the River Leith
  • How does riparian vegetation influence groundwater-surface water interaction?
  • Flood forecasting and warning systems: using data-based mechanistic modelling and probabilistic flood information for Galgate community
  • New method for the optimisation of the UK river flow gauging station network

 

  • Course Overview

    Course Overview

    With a strong emphasis on practical study, you will be taught by both University academics and industry professionals, and will gain the key skills and professional training required for a rewarding career as a practitioner or researcher.

    Our programme is unique in that it is taught jointly by University academics and professionals from leading environmental consultancy JBA Consulting, the Environment Agency and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, which has a one of its major research facilities based at Lancaster.  Graduates gain the skills and knowledge to progress careers with a water consultancy, water regulator, water company or research organisation.

    You will study six modules and complete a dissertation project. The jointly-taught core modules have been professionally accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management and will provide you with the key skills of a water professional by addressing the principles of catchment hydrology, sustainable surface water management, groundwater assessment, methods of catchment protection, principles of lake ecology, managing coastal flooding, flood forecasting, the design of river structures and the restoration of river channels. Optional modules covering wider environmental and social science skills are also available.

    Practical work is an important component of the programme, with modules including challenging fieldwork in Cumbrian and Lancashire catchments, and laboratory work involving the use of flumes, water quality analyses and computer models.

    We encourage you to undertake your dissertation research project with an external partner in the water sector or as an integral part of our ongoing research activities in water resources. Each year we offer a large selection of possible projects with external partnership or internship opportunities including JBA Consulting, the Environment Agency, United Utilities and many other organisations. We also welcome projects that strengthen your existing partnerships. You will be supervised by one of our active researchers with relevant expertise. 

    Examples of recent dissertation topics are:

    • Assessing the effects of recent afforestation on saturated hydraulic conductivity and soil moisture content, with implications for natural flood management
    • Phytobenthos within the Eden catchment: an avenue for citizen engagement in the WFD?
    • Quantifying the physical, hydrological and agronomic impacts of mitigating grassland soil compaction
    • Analysis of surface water flow to propose flood alleviation measures: a GIS based case study at The Pastures, Egremont
    • An investigation into groundwater-surface water interactions during storm events on the River Leith
    • How does riparian vegetation influence groundwater-surface water interaction?
    • Flood forecasting and warning systems: using data-based mechanistic modelling and probabilistic flood information for Galgate community
    • New method for the optimisation of the UK river flow gauging station network

     

  • Course Structure

    Course Structure

    You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

      Core

      Optional

    Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.

  • Key Information

    Key Information

    Designed for: Graduates wishing to increase their skills and competencies to gain employment and a career in the water sector (water consultancies, water regulators, water companies or research organisations) as a practitioner or researcher.

    Entry requirements: 2:1 (Hons) degree (UK) or equivalent in Environmental Science, Hydrology, Water Management, Chemistry, Geography or a similar degree

    If you have studied outside of the UK, you can check your qualification here: International Qualifications

    We may consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for further information.

    IELTS: Overall score of at least 6.5, with no individual element below 6.0

    We consider tests from other providers, which can be found here: English language requirements

    If your score is below our requirements we may consider you for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes:

    10 week - Overall score of at least 5.5, with no individual element below 5.0
    For details of eligibility see:  Pre-sessional programmes

    4 week - Overall score of at least 6.0, with no individual element below 5.5
    Further information is available at  English for Academic Purposes  

    Assessment: Coursework, presentations, examinations and dissertation

    Funding: All applicants should consult our information on Fees and Funding.

       
  • Fees

    Fees

    Fees

    Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
    UK/EU £9,500 £4,750
    Overseas £20,500 n/a

    The University will not increase the Tuition Fee you are charged during the course of an academic year.

    If you are studying on a programme of more than one year's duration, the tuition fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year. The way in which continuing students' fee rates are determined varies according to an individual's 'fee status' as set out on our fees webpages.

    What are tuition fees for?

    Studying at a UK University means that you need to pay an annual fee for your tuition, which covers the costs associated with teaching, examinations, assessment and graduation.

    The fee that you will be charged depends on whether you are considered to be a UK, EU or overseas student. Visiting students will be charged a pro-rata fee for periods of study less than a year.

    Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12 month session, which usually runs from October to September the following year.

    How does Lancaster set overseas tuition fees?

    Overseas fees, alongside all other sources of income, allow the University to maintain its abilities across the range of activities and services. Each year the University's Finance Committee consider recommendations for increases to fees proposed for all categories of student and this takes into account a range of factors including projected cost inflation for the University, comparisons against other high-quality institutions and external financial factors such as projected exchange rate movements.

    What support is available towards tuition fees?

    Lancaster University's priority is to support every student in making the most of their education. Many of our students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. You can find out more about financial support, studentships, and awards for postgraduate study on our website.

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