What will I learn?

Overview

River basins are of fundamental importance to the world’s population, meaning that research training in water dynamics and management are in high demand by both industry and academia. The University of Leeds has a world-class reputation for water-related research and geographical information systems (GIS) development in an environmental context and our Masters degree in River Basin Dynamics and Management with GIS builds on that success.

Core components of the programme are river basin hydrology and basic environmental GIS. You will gain advanced knowledge and skills in channel hydraulics and sediment transport, river ecology and environmental assessment.

You will also be able to gain an advanced knowledge and skills in GIS for environment, GIS programming and digital image analysis and remote sensing.

This highly practical course advocates 'learning by doing' and is assessed 100% by coursework. We host guest lecturers from business, industry and academia, visit work places and conduct a series of field, laboratory and PC-based practicals. You also have the chance to do a work placement.

You will learn a detailed understanding of the principles of water resource management and an appreciation of the institutional and legal frameworks impacting on river basin management. You learn to formulate important research questions and design methodological approaches to answer them; and to develop quantitative analyses skills.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management.

Learning and teaching

Teaching for this Masters course is delivered through lectures, tutorials, fieldwork and seminars. You will also have the opportunity to interact significantly with industry and business.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.

Assessment

Assessment is entirely by coursework. You will need to show that you can conduct independent in-depth enquiry and evaluate and criticise received opinion. You will apply breadth and/or depth of knowledge to a complex specialist area and will complete an independent masters-level dissertation.

Career opportunities

This course offers a range of transferable, marketable skills required to obtain employment in river basin processes and management or to pursue a career in research and education.

Typical roles undertaken by our recent graduates include Assistant Analyst, Flood warning Engineer, Graduate Engineer, Graduate Water Scientist/Catchment Scientist, Hydrologist/Hydrogeologist, Licensing Officer, Planning Liaison Officer, PhD study, Projects Co-ordinator, Water Resource Manager.

Our graduates typically work for environmental consultancies, the water industry, regulators and NGO’s.

Which department am I in?

School of Geography

Study options

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees
£23,500.00 (US$ 32,135) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected July 2022

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

University of Leeds

Woodhouse Lane,

Leeds,

LS2 9JT, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For Postgraduate qualification, students need to have 4 year Bachelors: for courses requiring 2.1 students need to have a GPA of 3.0; for courses requiring 2.2 students need to have a GPA of 2.5. Minimum qualifications include: IELTS (International English Language Testing System) an overall band of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each component skill.

For international students

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in geography or a related subject, eg environmental sciences or ecological sciences. Relevant work experience is viewed positively and is taken into account particularly for candidates whose first degree grade is slightly below our requirement. If you’re interested in this programme but are unsure if you have the necessary background, please get in touch with us to discuss your position. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT) at 92 overall with no less than 21 in listening, 21 in reading, 23 in speaking and 22 in writing.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About University of Leeds

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