Taught course

Integrated Management of Freshwater Environments

Queen Mary, University of London · Geography

Entry requirements

An upper second class honours degree or higher in a relevant subject from a UK university (or an equivalent international qualification) together with two supportive references is usually required. It is not a requirement to have previously studied geography and we encourage applications from students from a natural and environmental sciences background. Candidates who do not meet these criteria but have relevant work experience will be considered and are encouraged to contact the programme convenor. Candidates are expected to have good English language ability and to meet the standard of the IELTS, or equivalent, at a level of 6.5.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is delivered in close collaboration with our advisory board of representatives from the water industry, and provides fundamental and applied training in the science and management of freshwater environments. Combining hydrology, geomorphology, biogeochemistry and ecology, the degree is designed to produce outstanding scientists capable of developing interdisciplinary solutions to priority water resource and catchment issues. It involves fieldwork at our research sites including the near-natural Tagliamento River, Italy, and heavily impacted rivers within London and the south-east of England.

This programme:

• facilitates networking within the water and environmental sectors
• develops core understanding of freshwater environmental systems and the key policy and legal frameworks that underpin their
• provides hands-on training in flood estimation and inundation modelling using industry-standard software
• develops skills and knowledge in the monitoring and management of pollutants, nutrient levels and greenhouse gas
emissions in aquatic systems
• provides training in river assessment methods
• develops skills and knowledge in the theory and practice of river restoration
• develops transferable skills in field and lab methods, project management, statistical analysis, GIS and the use of remotely
sensed data, report writing, problem solving, and presenting
• places you at the heart of industry, with visiting specialist lecturers, industrial visits and the completion of a research project with the water industry. Previous collaborations have included Atkins Global, Wessex Water, Environment Agency and Sussex Wildlife Trust.

Programme structure

The programme is made up of 180 credits.

Core module
• Individual Research Project (60 credits), usually in collaboration with a user organisation.

Compulsory modules (15 credits each):

• Catchment Science in Practice

• Flood Risk Management and Modelling

• Data Analysis

• River Assessment and Restoration

• Biogeosciences and Ecosystem Services

• Field Methods for Freshwater Environmental Science

Plus ONE option module (15 credits):

• Physical Modelling of Fluvial Processes

• Desk Study

PGCert and PGDip options

Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma options are available. With fewer modules, they are ideal professional training for those looking to enhance their careers from within the sector. Contact our Postgraduate Administrator for more details.

Information for international students

For more information about applying to study at Queen Mary University of London, please visit the website: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

There are often bursaries linked to this programme. For the latest information about funding, please visit the Queen Mary University of London website funding and support pages.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24-36 months


full time
12 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0)20 7882 8165