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.
Over the duration of the programme you'll be taught by academics in the field of water and environmental management, such as:
Prof Dawei Han
Surface and Groundwater Hydrology
Dr Francesca Pianosi
Water Resources Engineering
Dr Ross Woods
Numerical Analysis Using MATLAB
Dr Claire Gronow
Environmental assessment and management
Teaching is augmented by field trips, subject to public health requirements. They illustrate key concepts and build observational skills and understanding in a practical way. Many of our field trips are hosted by water and catchment management organisations, exposing students to day to day activities that potential employers carry out.
Our industry experts
A large part of the programme is taught by leading practitioners in the field, regular experts have been:
Dr 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.
Dr 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 students' projects
Research projects provide students with the opportunity to work alongside researchers from the UK's number 1 ranked* water research group. Students can choose from a range of qualitative and quantitative topics, or develop a topic of interest to them. Each year, some topics are also put up by partner organisations such as Environment Agency and charities such as Avon Needs Trees.
Hydrological processes leading to variability in river flow
Daniel Heins (2019 Prize for Highest Mark in Taught Component)
A good understanding of variability in river flow is very important for water resource planning. Daniel analysed data from 671 catchments, representing most of the continental USA. He found that about 25% of the study catchments had unusual patterns of flow variability, which couldn't be described by a standard method (the slope of the flow duration curve). Daniel identified that these unusual catchments each had a distinctive combination of climate, geography and hydrological processes. His work resulted in guidance for how to identify places where it is reasonable to use the standard method, and what to expect in places where the standard method doesn't apply.
Driver-pressure-state-impact-response model in informing decision-making and management responses for catchment management
Jingyi Liu (2019 Dissertation Prize)
Jingyi developed and tested the DPSIR model as a catchment management tool. Using the Bristol Frome as an case study, she found the DPSIR model useful for representing multiple pressures from a mixed land use catchment. She found that the management regime was generally responding well to current pressures, but that further measures would be needed to address both increased urban development and the pressures of climate change.
Sanitation in less economic developed countries
Student 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.
The programme is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) meaning our curriculum and facilities meet the demanding standards held by this profession. This also links you directly to continued professional development once in the workplace.