Around the world, the quality and quantity of water in streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands and underground is significantly affected by human activity. At Cranfield University, we capitalise on our industry connections to provide students with the up-to-date skills and knowledge needed to tackle these challenges in a career in today’s advanced water management sector. The course is ideal for graduates wishing to develop the expertise needed to solve environmental water management problems. It is designed to complement and expand your existing knowledge of science, policy and practice, making it suitable for students from a range of backgrounds. Recent students have joined us from undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in engineering (civil, hydraulic, agricultural), physical geography, chemistry and environmental sciences, as well as from professional careers. Our strong industry links make the course particularly suited for those looking to work in the water industry, government or environmental and engineering consultancy, and in a wide range of roles including water quality, water resources, aquatic habitat and wildlife, flood defence, and policy.

Course structure

The Environmental Water Management programme is made up of three components: a formal taught component comprising eight modules (40%), Group Project (20%) and Individual Thesis Project (40%).

Example modules

The MSc comprises eight assessed modules consisting of lectures, practical work and site visits.


  • Surface and Groundwater Hydrology
  • Catchment Water Quality
  • Aquatic Ecosystems
  • Modelling Environmental Processes
  • Drought and Water Scarcity
  • Flood Risk Management
  • Water in Cities
  • Integrated River Basin Management

Individual project

The four-month individual research project can be carried out within industry or academia. Part-time candidates may undertake this element of the course in their place of work. This key part of the course allows you to apply the research skills acquired during the taught phase to a practical problem relating to advanced water management.

Group project

The group project provides students with the opportunity to take responsibility for a consultancy-type project while working under academic supervision. Success is dependent on the integration of various activities and working within agreed objectives, deadlines and budgets.

Future career

Environmental Water Management graduates are found all over the UK, EU and the world working at all levels of the water industry, government, environmental and engineering consultancy, and the charitable sector.

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements: UK first or second class Honours degree in a relevant subject; an equivalent international qualification; relevant work experience with a degree below second class Honours. Please contact us if you do not meet our formal entry requirements.

ATAS Certificate

Students requiring a visa to study in the UK may need to apply for an ATAS certificate to study this course.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated August 14, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Oct 2019
1 - 3 years
20,500 GBP
Overseas - Home/EU: £10,250
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