Flood and Coastal Risk Management


  • Entry Year 2023
  • Duration Part time 24 Months


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

Accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), the programme aims to strengthen your career development prospects in the growing flood and coastal risk management sector.

You will have the opportunity to study eight taught modules (120 credits) and undertake a research project (60 credit module). The modules cover a range of fundamental and innovative topics and are taught jointly with JBA Consulting, the Environment Agency and the NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. By drawing upon their expertise, you will develop your specialist skills and experience, alongside insight into the latest ideas and practices within the UK and international flood and coastal risk management sector. These modules may be studied over a two to five year period, to suit your employment commitments.

As part of your study, you will be able to attend field trips and will complete a major project, allowing you to develop and enhance your research, data-handling, evaluation and report writing skills, as well as your ability to communicate and present complex topics to a range of audiences. These highly transferable skills will be invaluable in your career development and progression. The major project will also be an opportunity for you to demonstrate your independent learning, as you put theory into practice and bring together all of the skills, knowledge and experience you have gained. Your project may be undertaken on a topic pertinent to your current employment.

Undertaking both the taught modules and the research project will ensure you have the breadth and depth of knowledge required to successfully contribute to the developing water sector in the UK and internationally. You will be equipped to make informed decisions and progress in your career.

The fees are paid annually for the modules undertaken in that academic year.

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in a science or engineering subject that includes hydrology modules; for example Civil or Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Geography, Natural Sciences, etc. We will consider applicants with considerable experience and in-work training in hydrology or flood risk.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

Additional Requirements

As part of your application you also need to provide:

  • A copy of your current CV detailing your related training and/or professional experience to date
  • Two references, ideally from someone who can comment on your academic ability

English Language Requirements

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 6.0 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Course Structure

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



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. Not all optional modules are available every year.

Fees and Funding

Fees are subject to annual increase and are invoiced on a module by module basis. Costs in respect of travel, accommodation and food for the residential school element are additional.
The programme comprises eight modules plus a 60-credit dissertation project. 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 2023/24 fee for each standard module is £1,400 and the fee for the LEC.505 project is £3,840. Thus eight modules plus the project if all taken in 2023/24 would be £15,040.

This programme is only available to UK applicants.

Scholarships and Bursaries

You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status and course:

Unfortunately no scholarships and bursaries match your selection, but there are more listed on scholarships and bursaries page.

If you're considering postgraduate resarch you should look at our funded PhD opportunities.

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We also have other, more specialised scholarships and bursaries - such as those for students from specific countries.

Browse Lancaster University's scholarships and bursaries.

The next delivery date of each module together with further module details and information on fees are given on the programme website. The programme website has details of the CPD, PgCert and PgDip variants.

Dates and Fees

A course developed with industry

Lancaster University's Dr Nick Chappell and JBA Consultant Dr Mark Lawless explain how the Flood and Coastal Risk Management MSc works with leading industry figures to provide you with a recognised qualification with real-world application.

Studying a Masters degree at Lancaster

Micha Stuart and Prerana Dhakhwa talk about why they came to Lancaster to study a Masters degree. Micha is on the MSc Volcanology and Geological Hazards and Prerana is studying MSc Sustainable Water Management.

Scholarships and Funding

  • Alumni loyalty scholarship

    If you have graduated with a Bachelor or Masters degree from Lancaster, we offer a reduction in tuition fees to all taught Master's degrees. The amount of the discount depends on the results of the degree you graduate with.

  • Postgraduate loan scheme

    The UK Government offers postgraduate loans to Masters level students. A Postgraduate Master’s Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master’s course.

  • Lancaster Masters Scholarship

    Lancaster University will offer a generous scholarship to Masters students who are liable for Home tuition fees.

  • Lancaster Global Scholarship

    Lancaster University will offer a generous scholarship to high-achieving students who are liable for International tuition fees.

  • LEC Masters Bursaries

    A number of our programmes offer bursaries for excellent students applying for specific degree schemes. These bursaries include the Heatherlea and Peter John Vincent prizes.


Important Information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2023/2024 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

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