Postgraduate taught programmes

MSc in Water and Environmental Management

This programme addresses the need to set a new curriculum for human societies and also the skill and knowledge needs required for the environment industry, predicted to be the largest industry in the 21st century. A considerable part of the programme is taught by leading practitioners including  the Environment Agency of England and Wales, and Defra (UK Department of Food and Rural Affairs).

Initially, you will attend seven core modules that provide a unifying basis of understanding. This is developed further during three  elective modules. The taught modules are complemented by an individual, four-month dissertation.

Programme structure

Stage one - core units

This stage provides a common platform of underpinning knowledge at Postgraduate Certificate level in the basics of water and environmental management. There are seven compulsory modules:

  1. Research Skills
  2. Introduction to Environmental Statistics using MATLAB
  3. Numerical Analysis using MATLAB
  4. Terrestrial Hydrometeorology
  5. Surface and Groundwater Hydrology
  6. Environmental Management, Policy and Regulation
  7. Literature Review

Stage two - electives

This stage provides specialist knowledge to Postgraduate Diploma level in a range of carefully chosen options. You choose two modules from the following:

  • Environmental Systems and Ecosystems Services
  • Integrated Catchment Management
  • Water Resources Engineering

NB: Availability of elective modules is subject to sufficient demand.

For further information on programme and unit outlines please visit the Academic Quality and Partnerships Office.

Stage three - MSc dissertation

The programme is completed with the submission of a research-based dissertation.

How to apply

For further information and how to apply online please visit the links.  The Cabot Institute brings multidisciplinary research into all aspects of global environmental change.


The MSc was taught by some of the country’s leading professionals, and we were able to visit many industrial establishments.

Tim John, MSc in Water and Environmental Management