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School of Geography

Environmental Water Consultancy MSc
(Full time / Part time) 2018 start


Key facts

  • Start date:
    September 2018
  • Duration/Mode:
    12 months full time
    24 months part time
  • UK/EU fees: £9,750 (total)
    International fees: £21,750 (total)
  • Entry requirements:
    A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in geography, geology, earth sciences, environmental science, environmental management, chemistry, biology or related disciplines.
  • Language requirements:
    IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • This course has an optional work placement
  • Course terms and conditions

This is currently the only course in the world that offers you training in environmental water management with a specific focus on consultancy. Building on the University’s world-class reputation for water-related research, it delivers highly practical business-focused training to prepare graduates for a role in water consultancy. Be taught by practicing consultants and lecturers, developing the relevant skills that meet industry demand.

More information

Taught by practising consultants and lecturers, the programme offers:

  • understanding of the policy underpinning environmental water management.
  • detailed knowledge and investigation of hydrological processes.
  • skills in interpreting client needs and formulating a contract for the project delivery of consultancy work.
  • skills in managing a consultancy project from inception to completion.

Your dissertation allows you to undertake a more research-focused project. In your final semester, you'll choose from a variety of modules, including a work-based project, which gives an insight into how businesses operate and enables you to apply your project management knowledge.

The programme manager is Dr Paul Kay.

You can also study this subject at Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate levels.

We offer some of the modules on this programme as standalone Continuing Professional Development modules.


Our Environmental Water Consultancy programme is accredited by Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental management (CIWEM).

Course terms and conditions

Course content

In the first semester, the 30-credit Issues and Skills module gives you a broad background in the knowledge and skills you’ll need to be a professional water manager, such as understanding the policy framework and the range of skills used, including field work and data analysis. There will also be visits from practising professionals. The Hydrological Processes module gives you the essential understanding of hydrology needed by any water manager, whilst Systems Thinking will provide you with the skills to approach and solve business problems in a practical way.

In semester 2, you will take complementary modules on client management and project management, delivered by practising water management consultants. You’ll also choose optional modules on water quality or a range of consultancy-focused topics. Throughout the course you will take a specific professional development module. This all leads up to your dissertation, where you get the chance to use the skills you have learned to undertake a cutting edge research project.

If you study this programme part time you will study fewer modules in each year.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Professional Development 15 credits
  • Dissertation 60 credits
  • Issues and Skills for River Basin Dynamics and Management 30 credits
  • Water Consultancy: Contract Development 15 credits
  • Hydrological Processes and Analysis 15 credits
  • Water Consultancy: Project Management 15 credits

Optional modules

  • Geographic Data Visualisation & Analysis 15 credits
  • River basin management for water quality 15 credits
  • Environmental Assessment 15 credits
  • Risk Perception and Communication 15 credits
  • Systems Thinking and Consulting Practice 15 credits
  • Organizational Development and Change 15 credits

Learning and teaching

We use a full range of teaching methods during the programme to ensure all learning styles are catered for. These comprise lectures, seminars (including some by external speakers), field work, laboratory classes, computer practicals, group work, one-to-one supervision, work-based learning, and self-led study. All teaching will be research-led (and consultancy-led) so that students are learning about, and working on, real, contemporary challenges.


You’ll be assessed through a range of techniques, such as essays, group and individual reports, exams, presentations, poster presentations, computer-based practicals, and reflective work-based logs.

Applying, fees and funding

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in geography, geology, earth sciences, environmental science, environmental management, chemistry, biology or related disciplines.

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.

International qualifications

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the Admissions Team.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications. International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.


How to apply

This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Documents and information you’ll need

Read more on the School advice about supporting documentation.

Admissions Policy

Faculty of Environment Postgraduate Admissions Policy 2018

International students

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy


UK/EU fees: £9,750 (total)
International fees: £21,750 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

The School Geography offers a range of scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Find out more about our Scholarships.

Career opportunities

Environmental Water Consultancy is a new programme in 2016. Information below is about graduates from previous programmes.

Typical roles available to graduates of this programme:

  • Assistant Analyst
  • Flood warning Engineer
  • Graduate Engineer
  • Graduate Water Scientist/Catchment Scientist
  • Hydrologist/Hydrogeologist
  • Licensing Officer
  • PhD study
  • Planning Liaison Officer
  • Project Co-ordinator
  • Water Resource Manager.

Examples of organisations/companies you could work for:

  • Arup
  • Black and Veatch
  • Canal & River Trust
  • Carlbro
  • Environment Agency
  • Farrer Consulting
  • Jacobs
  • JBA Consulting
  • Mott McDonald
  • URS Scott Wilson
  • WYG
  • Yorkshire Water.

Careers support

The School of Geography has a very strong commitment to enhancing student employability.
Read more about our employability support.

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

Placement opportunities

There is a work placement option as part of the Professional Development module. This can be in academia, industry or consultancy.