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  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements At least a good second class honours degree in an appropriate subject (e.g. Geography, Geology, Earth Sciences, Environmental Science, Environmental Management, Computer Science or related disciplines). Suitable equivalent qualifications would be considered for overseas/mature students, especially those with relevant work experience.
  • Academic Title
    Geographical Information Systems for Catchment Dynamics and Management MSc
  • Course description
    An advanced understanding of catchment dynamics is an essential prerequisite for effective management. GIS can play a vital role in catchment monitoring, modelling and management. The course provides:

    Advanced pure and applied education and training in key modern and developing fields of GIS and catchment dynamics and management.

    Advanced training in the principles of GIS, data base design and the application of GIS in environmental monitoring, modelling and management.

    A detailed understanding of the principles of water resource management and Environmental Impact Assessment process.

    An appreciation of the institutional and legal frameworks impacting on catchment management and water industry and regulator policy and practice.

    A range of transferable, marketable skills required to obtain employment in industry, environmental management and monitoring, resource evaluation, or to pursue a career in research, consultancy or education.

    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 consists of three main elements.

        * Firstly, students undertake four 15 credit taught core modules.
        * Secondly, further specialist training in GIS and catchment systems is provided through two blocks of optional modules.
        * Thirdly, MSc students will complete a 60 credit research dissertation on an agreed topic, for which specialist training in appropriate reseach techniques will be provided. Collaboration with an external body or industrial partner is encouraged.

    How you study
    The School of Geography at Leeds has an international reputation for research into river catchment systems and GIS.

        * The impact of both changing climate and land use on catchment dynamics is currently a major focus of research in the School. It involves both field based monitoring of catchment processes and water quality as well as historical and longer term environmental reconstruction. This is coupled to computer modelling of environmental change and its impact on the flux of water and sediment at local, regional and global scales.
        * Research projects are underway in Bangladesh, Bolivia, Corsica, Greece, Iceland, New Zealand, Sicily, Spain, Sudan, West Africa and throughout the UK. It may be possible to undertake MSc research within existing projects. The School has a large number of PhD students and researchers in these areas.
        * Extensive facilities for research are available within the School (including state of the art computing and GIS facilities, well equipped laboratories, a large hydraulic flume, GPR and GPS systems, and a large digital data, satellite imagery and map collection) supplementing the wider campus based resources. Close contacts exist with many industrial, commercial and public sector organisations.
        * The School maintains an active programme of lectures and seminars where staff, postgraduates and visitors discuss their present research

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