MSc Water and Environmental Management

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Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time (modular);
two years part-time (modular)
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Part-time students must be available to attend teaching activities during the normal core hours, Monday to Friday.
Open to international students Yes
Start date September 2017

Programme overview

This programme provides the skills and knowledge required for a career in water and environmental management. You will acquire academic and practical skills, as well as developing a detailed knowledge of fundamental environmental processes and the ways in which these need to be managed sustainably. The programme is taught by leading practitioners, including personnel from the Environment Agency and the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Applicants may wish to apply to become members of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.

Visit the Department of Civil Engineering website to learn more about the MSc in Water and Environmental Management.

Fees for 2017/18

Full-time fees


Part-time fees


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2017/18

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

Core units

Core units provide a common platform of underpinning skills and knowledge at Master's level in the basics of water and environmental management. The units aim to provide you with mathematics, computing and research skills, together with a firm understanding of fundamental processes that govern water movement through the atmosphere, atmosphere-biosphere interactions and water flows through river catchments. These units also explore how this fundamental understanding leads to environmental management, policy and legislation at local, national and international levels.

Core units include:

  • Research Skills
  • Environmental Management, Policy and Regulation
  • Terrestrial Hydrometeorology
  • Surface and Groundwater Hydrology
  • Introduction to Environmental Statistics using MATLAB
  • Numerical Analysis using MATLAB

Optional units

Optional units provide specialist knowledge in a range of carefully chosen options. You choose two units from the following list:

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

Please note that the availability of elective modules is subject to sufficient demand.


The programme is completed by submitting a research-based dissertation.

Find out more about the programme structure and units available for MSc Water and Environmental Management

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject (or equivalent professional qualification).

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile E
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.


Students who have completed this programme have gone on to work for government agencies both in the UK and overseas, for water companies and for environmental consultancies.

How to apply
Application deadline:

7 April 2017

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.


REF 2014 results

  • 38% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 55% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 6% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 1% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Get in touch

Postgraduate Admissions Phone: +44 (0) 117 954 5130 Email:

MSc in Water and Environmental Management
Postgraduate Admissions Team
Faculty of Engineering
University of Bristol
Queen's Building
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