Environmental Water Management MSc/PgDip/PgCert

General information

Around the world, the quality and quantity of water in streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands and underground is significantly affected by human activity. This can result in habitat degradation, shifts in ecosystem composition and functions, and in the utility of water resources for domestic, industrial or agricultural supply.
This course provides students with essential skills and knowledge required to solve complex problems involving vulnerable wildlife and their habitats, water supply, irrigated agriculture, industry, recreation and the natural environment. It addresses issues related to water resources, hydrology, flooding and water quality management, habitat creation and management, and the economic and policy environment in which water manager's work.

The course comprises eight assessed modules, a group project and an individual project. The Environmental Water Management course is being relaunched in 2016-17 with new and redesigned modules

Drought and Water Scarcity – water supply and allocation (agricultural focus) 
Water in Cities – water supply, treatment reuse and sustainable water design (urban focus)
Catchment Water Quality – combines the best elements of the Soil Plant Environment Science and Water Quality Monitoring modules.

Group project. A unique component of a Cranfield University taught MSc is the group project. Group projects are usually sponsored by industry partners and provide students with experience of working on real challenges in the workplace along with skills in team working, managing resources and developing reporting and presentation skills. Experience gained is highly valued by both students and prospective employers. For part-time students a dissertation usually replaces the group design project.

Individual project. Students select the individual project in consultation with the Course Director. The individual project provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent research, think and work in an original way, contribute to knowledge, and overcome genuine problems. Many of the individual projects are sponsored.

Learning outcome:

The Environmental Water Management MSc is a long-established course which has a highly regarded reputation within the sector. On completion, graduates have a broader network of global contacts, increased opportunities for individual specialism in their chosen career, and the capability to make an immediate and real contribution to improved water management. Cranfield graduates are highly sought after by employers.

Graduates find employment with:

  • Regulatory bodies. A large proportion go on to work for a regulatory body (such as the Environment Agency in England and Wales or SEPA in Scotland) in a wide range of roles including water quality, water resources, flood defence, abstraction licensing and policy
  • Environmental and engineering consultants. About half of our course graduates go on to work for consultancies in UK and the rest of Europe.
  • UK and European water companies.

Career paths for recent Environmental Water Management students include:

Canal and River Trust, Thames Water, British Geological Survey, Mott MacDonald, Normandy Environment Agency, WS Atkins, Binnie, Black & Veatch, Entec, The Environment Agency of England & Wales, Essex & Suffolk Water, Ewan Associates, Ghana EPA, Halcrow, Hannah-Reed Associates, Hyder Consulting, HydroLogic, JDIH, Jeremy Benn Associates, Lyonnaise des Eaux, Ondeo, Posford-Haskoning, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, Severn Trent Water, UNDP, and United Utilities


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0511 - Biology", "0588 - Scientific modelling", "0521 - Ecology


Venue: Cranfield University
Cranfield, United Kingdom


  MSc PgDip PgCert
full-time part-time full-time part-time full-time part-time
UK/EU student £9.000 £1.500 £7.200 £1.500 £3.600 £1.500
Overseas student £17.500 £17.500 £14.000  £14.000 £7.000 £7.000 

Part-time study fees: the annual registration fee is quoted above. An additional fee of £1.300 per module is also payable.


Degree Requirements
Candidates must possess, or be expected to achieve, a 1st or 2nd class UK Honours degree in a relevant science, engineering or related discipline, or the international equivalent of these UK qualifications. Other relevant qualifications, together with significant experience, may be considered.

English language
If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. The minimum standard expected from a number of accepted courses are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5
  • TOEFL: 92
  • Pearson PTE Academic: 65
  • Cambridge English Scale: 180
  • Cambridge English: Advanced - C ​| Proficiency - C

Application Procedure:

Apply for the programme Environmental Water Management using the online application form. UK students are normally expected to attend an interview and financial support is best discussed at that time. Overseas and EU students may be interviewed by telephone.

Application deadline: although there are no set application deadlines, applicants are recommend to apply as early as possible to secure a place. This is particularly important if you also want to apply for on-campus accommodation or need to apply for a visa to study in the UK, as these activities will take additional time after your course offer has been made.

Grant Opportunities:

Funding opportunities exist, including industrial sponsorship, School bursaries and a number of general external schemes. For the majority of part-time students sponsorship is organised by their employers. Applicants are recommend to discuss this with their company in the first instance. More information is available here.

To help students find and secure appropriate funding we have created a funding finder where you can search by filtering the results to suit your needs. Scholarships and bursaries are available to contribute towards fees and/or living costs for graduates applying for full-time Masters courses in the themes of Water, Energy and Environment. Please see below for the specific funding that is available and the eligibility criteria. Visit the funding finder.


This MSc, PgDip and PgCert has been accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) .


Academic level: Master


Modules are assessed through appropriate assignments and examinations. The three elements of the course are assessed as follows: Taught modules: 40% Group project: 20%: Individual project: 40%.

Qualification: Master of Science
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