The Masters in Sustainable Water Environments will provide you with multidisciplinary knowledge and expertise in river catchment, lake and coastal environments, with a focus on the impact of and adaptation to changing environments. The programme is designed to enable you to develop an in-depth and critical understanding of contemporary global issues in surface water environments including climate and land use change, flood risk, restoration, ecosystem health, and associated management perspectives. The programme is ideal for you if you are keen to pursue a professional career or research in the water environment.
Why this programme
- The School of Geographical and Earth Sciences is ranked 28th in the world (QS World Rankings 2016).
- Research in the Earth Systems Research Group and SUERC was ranked 1st in Scotland for world-leading publications and research environment in REF2014.
- The School is ranked amongst the top 10 in the UK and top 5 in Scotland, recently achieving 2nd in Scotland and 9th in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2017).
- The School has an Athena Swan Silver Award, demonstrating the School’s support for women in scientific studies and careers, and to improve the working environment for all.
- This programme equips students with an interdisciplinary perspective on different surface water environments.
- Seminars given by industry feature throughout the programme.
- MSc project options are either in collaboration with industry, or academic researchers in the School’s Earth Systems Research Group or the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC).
- You will attend a residential semester 1 field class integrated into the 'monitoring water systems' course.
- The School owns specialist laboratory and field equipment. Students with interests in surveying water environments will benefit from access to the latest surveying equipment and software including RTK GNSS. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and terrestrial laser scanners.
Modes of delivery of the MSc in Sustainable Water Environments include lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory practical classes, computing workshops and fieldwork.
You will take part in a residential field class in Scotland during Semester 1 to develop skills in the operation and analysis of water environment monitoring methods and technologies.
In the final part of the programme, you will undertake a research project which will be supervised by a member of staff who teaches on the MSc programme.
Each course is assessed separately. Example assessment methods are analytical reports, examinations, oral presentations, blog posts, podcasts and policy briefing documents.
- Monitoring water systems (20 credits)
- Ecology and restoration of water systems (10 credits)
- Policy and practice for sustainable water management (10 credits)
- Principles of Geographic Information Systems (10 credits)
- Topographic mapping and landscape monitoring (10 credits)
- Modelling water systems (20 credits)
- Environmental statistics (10 credits)
- Research and professional issues (10 credits)
- Earth futures (10 credits)
- Remote sensing of the environment (10 credits)
MSc Project (60 credits)
Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Legal statements: Disclaimer.
You will be well equipped for a variety of industrial career paths in the environmental sector, including roles that specifically focus on the surface water environment. In the UK, these roles may be with government agencies (e.g. Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, Environment Agency) or industry (e.g. environmental consultancies such as JBA, AECOM, ARUP, RoyalHaskoningDHV, Jacobs, cbec). Equivalent opportunities are available internationally. You will also be well qualified to pursue a doctoral degree.
Example employment positions for graduates from this programme include:
- Coastal-, fluvial- or hydro-geomorphologist
- Coastal, marine, lake, fluvial or freshwater scientist
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS) officer / geospatial analyst
- Marine or coastal systems modeller
- Environmental analyst / officer / consultant
- Flood risk modeller / policy advisor
- Reinsurance / insurance flood hazard analyst
- Coastal- or fluvial-geomorphology restoration specialist
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2018-19
|Home and EU|
|Full time fee||£8000|
|Part time 20 credits||£889|
|Full time fee||£20150|
Fees are subject to change and for guidance only
- Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £315
- Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £250
- Registration/exam only fee: £150
- General Council fee: £50
For a list of available scholarships please search the scholarships database
Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject e.g. Geography, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Ecology, Biological Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Engineering, Computing Science.
English language requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:
Common equivalent English language qualifications
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
- ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
- Reading: 20
- Listening: 19
- Speaking: 19
- Writing: 23
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
- School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study
- BALEAP guide to accredited courses
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
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How to apply
To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We cannot accept applications any other way.
Please check you meet the Entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.
As part of your online application, you also need to submit the following supporting documents:
- A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
- A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
- Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
- One reference letter on headed paper
- Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
- Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
- A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)
You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process.
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- Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
- Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
- Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
- Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
- Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
- English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
- Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
Reference: Please provide the name and contact details for one reference. This should typically be an academic reference but in cases where this is not possible then a reference from a current employer may be accepted instead. Certain programmes, such as the MBA programme, may also accept an employer reference. The reference should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application.
Standard application deadlines
- International applications (non-EU): 21 July 2018
- UK and EU applications: 25 August 2018
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