This programme provides skills and knowledge to support your career in the field of water and environmental management. The content has been designed to help you develop a detailed knowledge of fundamental environmental processes, as well as policy, regulation and other tools.

A key focus is on how you can contribute to the sustainable management of water resources and other aspects of environmental management. Teaching covers both academic and practical skills. Teaching staff include leading water and environment researchers at the University of Bristol as well as practitioners with experience in private and government sectors, both in the UK and overseas. The programme is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.

The prestigious Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) from Shanghai Ranking has recently placed Bristol 1st in the UK and 14th in the world for the outstanding quality and depth of our research into water resources.

Visit the Department of Civil Engineering website to learn more about the MSc in Water and Environmental Management.

Programme structure

Core units provide a common platform of underpinning skills and knowledge at a postgraduate level to help you understand the basic principles of water and environmental management and the complexity and interdisciplinary skills required to work in this field. These units include mathematics and computing skills to support modelling and statistical analysis, along with the fundamental processes that govern water movement through the atmosphere, atmosphere-biosphere interactions and surface and groundwater water flows through catchments.

Core units also explore how this knowledge is used to develop and implement environmental policies, regulations and plans, and to manage water and environmental values. You will also choose from a selection of optional units, which in recent years have covered integrated catchment management, environmental systems and ecosystem services, and water and wastewater management.

Finally, you will complete a supervised research-based dissertation.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Water and Environmental Management.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree or international equivalent in Engineering or Science. Applicants must be able to demonstrate academic experience in Water/Hydro fields - this can be evidenced by modules in relevant subjects where applicants have achieved a 2:1 or international equivalent. Other highly relevant modules in subjects such as Environmental/Agricultural Management, Maths, Programming, Sciences, Geology and Meteorology may also be considered. Applicants with a lower class of degree with relevant work experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

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If English is not your first language, you will need to reach the requirements outlined in our profile level E.

Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Fees and funding

UK: full-time
£13,000 per year
Overseas: full-time
£27,200 per year

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.

More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.

Alumni discount

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.

Funding for 2023/24

Further information on funding for prospective UK and international postgraduate students.

Career prospects

The programme is aimed at those planning to become high-level practitioners in either the private or public sector and allows graduates to pursue both technical and policy/management career paths.

Graduates of the course now work for consultancies and professional service firms, water companies and government agencies, with some choosing to further their research interests via doctoral research.

Students may wish to become student members of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.