Postgraduate programmes

Prospective taught postgraduates

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The department currently offers only one taught postgraduate programme

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 Education Support Unit.

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.

Education Support Unit

Postgraduate study

University of Bristol Cabot Institute

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Prospective research postgraduates

Making an impact by rigorous new thinking

The Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Bristol is renowned for research excellence.  We live in a changing world and industry and academia are no exception.  We are at the forefront of those changes through:

  • our contributions to the development of new thinking and new ways of working to shift existing academic and industrial paradigms as appropriate;.
  • meeting the needs of the UK construction industry through our twin objectives of working closely with industry and developing 'blue skies' research ideas. 
  • underpinning all of our industrial applications by scientific and practical rigour.

If you wish to join us in our vision the department offers the following qualifications:

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The minimum entry requirement for this degree is a first degree or equivalent.  The minimum period of research is 3 years of full time study (or six years by part-time study).  There is a maximum time limit allowed for submission of a thesis of 4 years (or 8 years for part-time students).

Engineering Doctorate (EngD)

The Engineering Doctorate provides a more vocationally oriented doctorate in engineering than the traditional PhD and is better suited to the needs of industry. The degree was introduced nationally in 1992 and is now well established and highly respected. It combines academic research in an industrial context with taught modules in a range of related subjects.

Students enrolled on an EngD programme are referred to as Research Engineers. Research Engineers are normally based in Industry, spending the majority of their time (about 75%) working in a company on innovative research projects. The Systems Centre collaborates with companies to identify suitable projects.

The minimum qualification for entry onto the EngD programme is an Upper Second (2:1) class degree from a UK academic institution (or equivalent), in a discipline relevant to the research project. Applicants without a recognised degree may be acceptable if they can demonstrate significant, relevant industrial experience, e.g. candidates who can provide documentary evidence of peer reviewed technical reports or papers, or who hold responsible positions within a company. Candidates without the full academic qualifications who have achieved Chartered status may also considered acceptable. Please contact the Systems Centre to discuss your individual situation.

Master of Science (MSc)

To register for this degree you must have obtained, or expect to obtain a first degree or equivalent.  The minimum period of research is one academic year of full time study (or the equivalent by part-time study) but most candidates will require two academic years to complete their research (if full time).  There is a maximum time limit allowed for submission of a thesis of three years from initial registration (4 years for part-time study).

For further information and how to apply online please visit the links

Postgraduate study

Civil research

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