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Course summary

Our MSc Water Resources Management master’s degree develops the professional skills required for a rewarding career as a water focused environmental scientist. The importance of accurately assessing potential and existing impacts on the water environment from industrial practices, abstraction and agriculture sits at the heart of this course. Highly skilled water scientists and engineers are vital for the conservation and enhancement of our aquatic environment, both locally and globally. This programme will give you the ability to accurately assess the potential and existing impacts on the water environment from industrial practices, abstraction, and agriculture. On completing this master's in water management, you should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: the importance of environmental concepts, terms, principles and methods the value of using techniques and ideas in different subject disciplines the socio-economic context of environmental issues and the legal framework for environmental regulation the contribution of science, engineering or communication to the identification and resolution of environmental issues the human causes and consequences of environmental impacts general environmental concerns, including biodiversity, environmental limits to economic or population growth You’ll explore the scientific and engineering management of our aquatic resources and gain an in-depth understanding of freshwater ecosystems, visit river restoration sites and examine the state of fisheries.


Modules include: Freshwater Ecosystems; Environmental Pollution; MSc Research Project; Advanced Quantitative Methods. Optional modules include: Geographical Information Systems for Environmental Consultants; Sustainable Resource Management; Environmental Law and Management; Environmental Management Systems; Coastal Flood Defence; River Basin Management; Coastal and Maritime Engineering and Energy; Coastal Morphodynamics; Waste Resource Management; Water and Wastewater Engineering. See course page on the website for full module information.

Assessment method

Depending on the modules you choose, we’ll assess you through a combination of: essays, reports, policy briefs, impact statements, environmental management (iso14001) audits, literature reviews, journal articles, presentations, practical and written exams.

How to apply

International applicants

English language requirements: band C, IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree or equivalent in Environmental Sciences, Geography, Zoology, Oceanography, Biology, Geology or Physics.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £26352 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £26352 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Water Resources Management at University of Southampton - UCAS