If you want to pursue a career tackling local and global water and environmental challenges, this MSc will equip you with the fundamental analytical and management skills to do so.

We teach both academic and practical skills so that you will discover how you can contribute to the sustainable management of water resources and the environment. The exciting range of optional units means that you can choose the right balance of quantitative and qualitative skills: from environmental data science and machine learning applications to sustainable systems and disaster resilience.

Our teaching staff include leading water researchers at the University of Bristol and environmental practitioners with experience in private and government sectors such as the Environment Agency or Met Office.

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 (2022).

Programme structure

Core units provide skills and knowledge to help you understand the basic principles of water and environmental management, including the fundamental processes that govern the water cycle through the climate and hydrological systems, together with the interdisciplinary skills required to work in this field.

Optional units extend your fundamental understanding by teaching you relevant skills on data analysis, modelling techniques, systems thinking tools, and how these enable real-world decision making.

During these units you will also develop significant academic research skills to prepare you for the culmination of the MSc. Your dissertation will be supervised by one of our expert tutors covering a wide range of topics and applications. Visit our Water and Environmental Research group webpage to learn more about our research.

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 an Engineering, Science, Computing or Mathematics. Applicants with degrees in Finance, Investment or Economics may also be acceptable if the applicant can demonstrate sufficient mathematical ability.

For applicants who are currently completing a degree, we understand that their final grade may be higher than the interim grades or module/unit grades they achieve during their studies.

We will consider applicants whose interim grades are currently slightly lower than the programme's entry requirements. We may make these applicants an aspirational offer. This offer would be at the standard level, so the applicant would need to achieve the standard entry requirements by the end of their degree. Specific module requirements may still apply.

We will consider applicants whose grades are slightly lower than the programme's entry requirements, if they have at least one of the following:

  • evidence of significant, relevant work experience;
  • a relevant postgraduate qualification.

If this is the case, applicants should include their CV (curriculum vitae / résumé) when they apply, showing details of their relevant work experience and/or qualifications

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.

Go to admissions statement

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
£14,000 per year
Overseas: full-time
£30,900 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 2024/25

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

Career prospects

The programme is aimed at those planning to become water and environmental engineers, scientists, or managers and allows graduates to pursue both technical and management career paths. The programme is also suitable for students who may wish to undertake a PhD.

Graduates of the course now work for consultancies and professional service firms, water companies, government agencies, and as university researchers.

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