Graduates from this course will possess valuable skills to enter careers in environmental management and monitoring. Our graduates have an excellent track record of securing employment with EA, the water plcs and with environmental consultants. Depending on option choices, the course also provides an excellent training for further research in catchment sediment dynamics, geomorphology and environmental change and will broaden opportunities in teaching and public relations. Graduates from this course will be well placed to understand and participate in future developments in this important and topical area. This course is built upon a long track record of consultancy and collaboration with the water industry, the Environment Agency and other external bodies.
12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
School of Geography
The School of Geography is one of the largest and most successful in Britain. We have over thirty-five academic staff with a wide range of academic interests and a long history of academic and applied research. The School’s international reputation for its research was recognised in the last (2001) HEFCE Research Assessment Exercise with the award of a prestigious 5 rating. We were also rated as ‘Excellent’ in the last Teaching Quality Assessment Exercise.
Excellent facilities for research are available within the School including extensive computing and GIS facilities, well-equipped and staffed physical geography science laboratories, a large map collection and a growing availability of on-line and digital information through our Geographical Resources Unit. In addition postgraduates benefit from the facilities provided by one of Britain’s leading universities. Close contacts exist with many industrial, commercial and public sector organisations. The School also maintains an active research seminar series. Drawing on the combined resources of the department, faculties and the University we are able to offer a broad-based and expert programme of research training, approved by the relevant Research Councils (ESRC and NERC), in both human and physical geography. In human geography our Masters programme was awarded the important ‘Research Training’ status by the ESRC in 2002, identifying it as an approved route to PhD research.
Over the past few years we have established a record as one of the most successful Geography departments in Britain for attracting NERC and ESRC funding, both for research and research studentships, including CASE awards.
In addition to specialist geographical training and education we provide facilities for training in fields such as project management, teaching and learning, presentation skills and computing.
What you study
The programme advocates a holistic, catchment wide approach to understanding the functioning of river basin systems as an essential prerequisite for their effective management. The course provides:
* Advanced pure and applied education and training in key modern and developing fields of catchment dynamics and management.
* An advanced understanding of the linkages between catchment characteristics, natural and anthropogenic environmental change, river behaviour and water, sediment and contaminant fluxes.
* A detailed understanding of the principles of water resource management.
* An appreciation of the institutional and legal frameworks impacting on catchment management.
* A range of transferable, marketable skills required to obtain employment in catchment/environmental management and conservation or to pursue a career in research and education.
How you study
The programme consists of three main elements.
* Firstly students undertake four 15-credit taught core modules, which are Issues and Skills for Catchment Dynamics and Management, Water Resource Management, Hillslope Hydrology and River Discharge Analysis and Solute and Sediment Dynamics for River Management.
* Secondly, further specialist training in catchment systems and associated topics is provided through four optional modules, such as Environmental Appraisal, Groundwater modelling, Work Placement, GIS, and River ecosystems.
* Thirdly, MSc students will complete a 60 credit research dissertation on an agreed topic, for which specialist training in appropriate research techniques will be provided. Collaboration with an external body or industrial partner is encouraged. In the past these partnerships have often led to full-time graduate trainee posts.