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Royal Agricultural University: MBA Water Management

Institution Royal Agricultural University View institution profile
Department Department of Business (CL)
Telephone 01285 889912
Study type Taught


Access to clean, safe water resources is essential for sustainable development, integral to our ability to grow food and generate power. This course equips you with the leadership skills, knowledge, and competencies to lead and innovate across the water sector and related industries.

Course overview

The UN goal to ensure safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030 requires investments in critical infrastructure and sustainable technologies to manage the collection, storage, treatment and distribution of water and leaders with the skills and flexibility to respond to the challenge of climate change and related water threats.

Water Management is a multidisciplinary field that addresses the challenges and opportunities of managing water resources in a complex and uncertain world. This MBA in Water Management prepares students to become leaders and innovators in the water sector, with a focus on the Water-Food-Energy Nexus, business, environmental policies, and sustainable technology. Students will gain key managerial skills for the water and environmental sectors, through the development of responsible leadership skills and water management expertise.

You will study responsible leadership, sustainable business strategy, and financial decision making, which comprise the foundation of the MBA curriculum. Your specialist focus will be sustainable water management and water policy as well as modules on climate change and managing global soils.

The course aims to develop responsible leaders in water management with the knowledge and flexibility to successfully respond to complex problems within the integrated water, stormwater, and wastewater sectors. You can choose to focus on a specific challenge for your dissertation topic, which will be supported by a research skills module to equip you with the skills required to develop and execute your own research investigation.

"Water is the most vital natural resource on our planet. Today we are putting more pressure on water resources than ever before. Between rapidly growing populations and a shifting climate, water related stresses and risks are increasing rapidly. This MBA programme specialising in Water Management is vital for addressing worldwide pressing issues for the need of clean water resources, directly contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goal 6- addressing global water challenges. The unique structure of the MBA Water Management programme merges businesses and industry acumen with environmental stewardship, equipping leaders of tomorrow to drive sustainable change within the integrated water sector challenges through innovation and impactful solutions."

Professor Dr Kiran Tota-Maharaj, Professor of Water Resources Management & Infrastructure, Royal Agricultural University and Technical Director-Water, Wastewater and Environmental Engineering with the Water Research Centre Ltd (WRc Group).

UN Sustainable Development Goals: This programme has been designed to foster greater knowledge and awareness of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. These goals are mapped to our modules to ensure that at each stage of the programme we are identifying how these goals can be developed as part of business strategy and managed within a business.


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About the Royal Agricultural University

The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) has been at the forefront of agricultural education and a key contributor to the land-based sector for more than 175 years.

We combine knowledge and industry connections with an innovative, forward-thinking approach that continues to open doors for our graduates.

Set in 25-acres of picturesque green grounds in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, the University has over 1,100 students and offers many programmes at postgraduate level.

Alongside access to arable and dairy farms and an equine centre, students also benefit from an award-winning Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programme and Farm491 – RAU’s agritech business …

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