This programme is delivered in close collaboration with our advisory board of representatives from the water industry, and provides fundamental and applied training in the science and management of freshwater environments. Combining hydrology, geomorphology, biogeochemistry and ecology, the degree is designed to produce outstanding scientists capable of developing interdisciplinary solutions to priority water resource and catchment issues. It also involves fieldwork at our research sites ranging from globally rare chalk streams to heavily impacted rivers within London and the south-east of England.* MSc and PgDip versions of this course are also available.

This programme:

  • facilitates networking within the water and environmental sectors
  • develops core understanding of freshwater environmental systems and the key policy and legal frameworks that underpin their management
  • provides hands-on training in flood estimation and inundation modelling using industry-standard software
  • develops skills and knowledge in the monitoring and management of pollutants, nutrient levels and greenhouse gas emissions in aquatic systems
  • provides training in river assessment methods
  • develops your skills and knowledge in the theory and practice of river restoration
  • develops transferable skills in field and lab methods, project management, statistical analysis, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and the use of remotely sensed data, report writing, problem solving and presenting
  • allows you to follow in the footsteps of our graduates who have secured positions in the water and environmental sectors including Jacobs, Halcrow Group, JBA Consulting, River Trusts, Thames Water, Environment Agency, Parish Geomorphic, ESIS Inc., Affinity Water and Wood Group.

Study Details:

PGCert Variable 2 years Part time

Module Details:


Option modules:

  • Biogeosciences and Ecosystem Services (15 credits)
  • Catchment Science in Practice (30 credits)
  • Desk Study (15 credits)
  • Environmental Data Acquisition and Analysis (15 credits)
  • Environmental Pollution (15 credits)
  • Flood Risk Management and Modelling (15 credits)
  • Physical Modelling of Fluvial Processes (15 credits)
  • River Assessment and Restoration (15 credits)

For the part-time option students would take 30 credits of modules each year – there are no restrictions as to which modules are taken in each year of the part-time programme.

Programme Funding

There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Student Destinations

The programme will provide you with knowledge and understanding relevant to employment in organisations in the water sector (e.g. Environment Agency, Defra, Natural England, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, water companies and environmental consultancies). In addition, the programme will equip you with a range of transferable skills and attributes (including the constructive and critical use of information, the development of problem-solving and decision-making skills and effective communication skills) sought by diverse employers.


Home and EU students 2018/19 Academic Year Part time £2,950 International students 2018/19 Academic Year Part time £6,250

Entry Requirements

An upper second class honours degree or higher in a relevant subject from a UK university (or an equivalent international qualification) together with two supportive references is usually required. It is not a requirement to have previously studied geography and we encourage applications from students from a natural and environmental sciences background. Candidates who do not meet these criteria but have relevant work experience will be considered and are encouraged to contact the programme convenor.

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