Course Overview

This scheme combines modules in hydrology, water quality and ecology with a research project tailored towards developing skills relevant to a career in the water sector, either in the UK or overseas.


You will be taught by world experts in the field, including staff from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology within the Lancaster Environment Centre.

Your projects and optional work placements will benefit from our strong research links with organisations such as United Utilities, the Environment Agency, Defra and the UK Government Research Councils.

As an MSc SWM student you become an associate member of the Centre for Sustainable Water Management and are invited to all of our research and social activities.

Core modules:

  • Dissertation Project

plus, choose at least four from

  • Catchment Protection (field course)
  • Flood Forecasting and Flood Risk Management
  • Groundwater Resources and Protection
  • Lake Ecology
  • Modelling Environmental Processes
  • Sustainable Water Management: Concepts, Governance and Practice

Optional modules:

Two optional modules from the following (subject to change)

  • Behaviour of Pollutants in the Environment
  • Conservation Biology
  • Contaminated Land and Remediation
  • Data Assimilation and Integration
  • Environmental Applications of Isotope Geochemistry
  • Environmental Auditing
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Sampling and Analysis for Trace Organics
  • Food Security, Agriculture and Climate Change
  • Geoinformatics
  • Geological Hazards
  • Habitat Management
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Summer School: Food Security and Environmental Issues in China
  • Numerical skills
  • Perspectives on Environment and Development
  • Pollution Microbiology
  • Renewable Energy
  • Sustainable Soil Management

Please see Postgraduate Module Guide for further information