Taught course

Flood and Coastal Risk Management (PgDip/PgCert/MSc)

Lancaster University · Lancaster Environment Centre

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree is not a prerequisite for practitioners in the flood and coastal risk management sector having appropriate experience and in-work training. Experience of undertaking a substantial research project (e.g. as part of a pertinent degree) is, however, an advantage. 2:1 (UK Hons) degree or equivalent in Civil or Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Geography, Natural Science etc. will be considered where their training included hydrology or water resources modules.

Months of entry


Course content

High levels of rainfall and devastating floods plague communities around the world. Developing Masters-level skills and knowledge, you will engage with flood risk management challenges and learn about how we can overcome them.

In partnership with JBA Consulting, a specialist water environment and flood risk management consultancy, we have developed a part-time programme for water and environmental practitioners focused on the application of technical skills and best practice techniques. Accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), the programme aims to strengthen your career development prospects in the flood and coastal risk management sector.

You will have the opportunity to study eight taught modules and undertake a research project. The modules cover a range of fundamental and innovative topics and are taught jointly with JBA Consulting, the Environment Agency and the NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. By drawing upon their expertise, you will develop your specialist skills and experience, alongside insight into the latest ideas and practices within the UK and international flood and coastal risk management sector. These modules will be studied flexibly over a two to five year period, to suit your career commitments.

As part of your study, you will be able to attend a field course and will complete a major project, allowing you to develop and enhance your research, data-handling, evaluation and report writing skills, as well as your ability to communicate and present complex topics to a range of audiences. These highly applicable skills will be invaluable in your career development and progression.

The major project will also be an opportunity for you to demonstrate your independent learning, as you put theory into practice and bring together all of the skills, knowledge and experience you have gained.

Undertaking both the taught modules and the research project will ensure you have the breadth and depth of knowledge required to successfully engage with and contribute to the industry. You will be equipped to make informed decisions, progress in your career, or continue into PhD study and research.

Fees and funding

Learn more at the fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1524 592032