MSc Environmental Modelling and Data Analysis

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New programme for 2022

Faculty Faculty of Science
Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time;
two years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Start date September 2022

Programme overview

Numerical models and satellite observation are fundamental to understanding environmental systems and change. The MSc in Environmental Modelling and Data Analysis will provide you with the skills to go on to a career in this exciting area. You will learn how models of environmental processes are developed and applied across a range of areas including climate change, flooding, biogeochemistry and glaciers. You will gain an appreciation of all aspects of environmental modelling ranging from the philosophy of model development, focussing on links to observations and uncertainty analysis, through to more practical aspects such as numerical approximation and algorithm development and testing.

The programme has close links to its twin MSc in Geographical Data Science and Spatial Analytics, which allows students to develop skills in Geographical Information Systems, analysis of satellite observations and Data Science techniques more widely. This will be complimented by hands-on teaching aimed at developing your coding skills in scientific programming and high-performance computing (with access to Bristol’s unique supercomputing facilities).

The MSc is taught by world-leading researchers from the School’s Hydrology, Glaciology and Earth System Modelling research groups. It is closely linked to the School's Geocomputation research strand, which hosts seminars and workshops aimed at consolidating links between environmental modelling and Data Science.

This programme will be covered in our Geography: Data Science and Environmental Modelling webinar during our virtual open week. Register today.

Fees for 2022/23

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2022/23 are as follows:

UK: full-time
£10,800
UK: part-time (two years)
£5,400
Overseas: full-time
£24,700

Following the recent changes to fee assessment regulation, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students will no longer be charged a separate tuition fee. From the 2021/22 academic year they will be charged the same fees as Home students.

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

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 2022/23

Students from developing Commonwealth countries may be eligible to apply for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship SchemeUniversity of Bristol Think Big Postgraduate Scholarship, and the School of Geographical Sciences Phyllis Mary Morris Bursaries.

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

Programme structure

You will take the following 20-credit compulsory units:

  • Environmental Modelling Applications
  • Earth Systems Modelling
  • Introduction to Scientific Computing
  • Mapping and Modelling Geographic Data in R or Introduction to Geographical Information Systems/Remote Sensing.

You will choose a further two 20-credit units from the list of postgraduate units offered by the School of Geographical Sciences. For example:

  • Data Science and Machine Learning in Geography
  • Climate Change: Science & impacts
  • Quantifying Climate Risk
  • Consultancy Project
  • Urban Analytics and City Science.

A key component of the programme is the 60-credit dissertation. The bulk of the dissertation work will take place during summer months. The dissertation provides students with practical experience of formulating, designing, and undertaking a substantive and original piece of research in environmental modelling and/or satellite observation. Students are introduced to key principles of research design and research ethics through intensive training in this unit.

Visit our programme catalogue for for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Environmental Modelling and Data Analysis.

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold/achieve a minimum of a second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) and have studied one or more modules in environmental modelling, climate modelling or hydrological modelling.


Relevant professional experience or qualifications may also be considered as equivalent to the academic entry requirements given above and considered on a case-by-case basis.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile C
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

Careers

This MSc provides graduates with the skills needed for successful careers in environmental consultancy and engineering companies, as well as environmental work in governmental and third sector organisations and agencies. The programme also provides ideal training for those considering a career in research where modelling and data analysis skills are important.

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Expected application closure date

29 July 2022 for international applicants. 12 August 2022 for UK applicants. Early applications recommended; places may fill before the deadline. As students from different regions tend to apply at different points in the application period, applications from some regions may close earlier in the year.

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Enquiries Team Phone: +44 (0) 117 394 1649 Email: choosebristol-pg@bristol.ac.uk

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REF 2014 results

  • 20% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 45% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 30% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 5% 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.

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