University of Glasgow: Sustainable Water Environments

InstitutionUniversity of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Web www.glasgow.ac.uk/
Email Nicola.Mills-Wierda@glasgow.ac.uk
Telephone 0141 330 4515
Study type Taught

Summary

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.

**Academic contact: Nicola Mills-Wierda: Nicola.Mills-Wierda@glasgow.ac.uk
Admissions enquiries: www.gla.ac.uk/enquirenow
September start
MSc: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time**

**WHY THIS PROGRAMME**

The School of Geographical and Earth Sciences is ranked 32nd in the world (QS World Rankings 2018).

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 consistently ranked amongst the top 10 in the UK and top 5 in Scotland, recently achieving 1st in Scotland and 4th in the UK (Complete University Guide 2019).

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).

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.

You will attend a residential semester 1 field class integrated into the 'monitoring water systems' course.

**PROGRAMME STRUCTURE**

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.

**Core courses**
- Earth futures

- Ecology and restoration of water systems

- Environmental statistics

- Modelling water systems

- Monitoring water systems

- Policy and practice for sustainable water management

- Principles of Geographic Information Systems

- Remote sensing of the environment

- Research and professional issues

- Topographic mapping and landscape monitoring

- 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: Student contract.
www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/senateoffice/studentcontract/

**CAREER PROSPECTS**
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.

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