Postgraduate taught programmes

MSc in Water and Environmental Management

This programme addresses the complex issue of water and environmental security in a changing world. It will help you become a high-level practitioner in water and environmental management and gain advanced skills and knowledge in the fundamental engineering principles that underpin this field.

Our experts

Over the duration of the programme you'll be taught by academics in the field of water and environmental management, such as:

Our industry experts

A large part of the programme is taught by leading practitioners in the field, regular experts have been:

  • Tony WarnDr Tony Warn MBE

    Dr Tony Warn developed the principles needed to calculate action to maintain and improve the quality of rivers. This led to the development of software called RQP and the SIMCAT model. So far these have been used to target £20 billion of investment to meet the requirements of local rivers and the national targets agreed with the European Union. Tony was awarded the MBE for this work.

  • Martin GriffithsDr Martin Griffiths

    Dr Martin Griffiths is a senior water and environmental consultant who has developed water policy and strategy at national and international level. He works in the fields of, water strategy, regulation, infrastructure, environment, research and innovation. He is a member of a number of UK advisory boards and takes an active role in teaching at several UK Universities.

  • Paul SmithDr Paul Smith

    Dr Paul Smith gained a first class honours degree in Botany from the University of Bristol in 1981 and was subsequently awarded the Rose Bracher Prize. Winning a SERC departmental quota award enabled him to carry out three years taxonomic work on the Fumariaceae, a group of plants used in the pharmaceutical industry. This led to the award of his PhD in 1985. He is a Chartered Environmentalist and a full member of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.

Our student's projects

On this programme you'll have the opportunity to work on fascinating and wide-ranging projects. Below are examples from 2015/16 year:

  • Sanitation in less economic developed countries

    Supervised by: John Henry Looney

    Wherever the Need (WTN), a UK charity that focuses on providing sanitation in the poorest part of India, Serra Leone and Kenya, claims that sanitation is the first step out of poverty and to achieve a long-term sustainable solution, the concept of Ecological Sanitation (EcoSan) has been adopted. This project analyses these offerings with a view to suggesting improvements.

  • Global Precipitation Measurement

    Supervised by: Miguel Rico-Ramirez

    Historically, observations of precipitation have been an important focus of meteorology and engineering hydrology. However, the limited networks of surface instrumentation mean that a comprehensive description of global precipitation can only be achieved from the vantage point of space. In 2014, the GPM core observatory satellite was launched. As a new generation of global satellite precipitation products provider, it will set a new standard for precipitation measurement from space.

The programme director is Dr Nicholas Howden from the Department of Civil Engineering.


Since completing the MSc, I have been successful in securing a job with one of the world’s leading environmental and engineering consultancies. Taking this course was a major factor in that success.

Tim John, MSc in Water and Environmental Management