Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Water and Environmental Management

Queen Mary, University of London · Geography

Entry requirements

A 2:1 or above at undergraduate level in a relevant subject.

Find out more about how to apply for our postgraduate taught courses.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme provides fundamental and applied training in the science and management of freshwater environments. Be a part of developing interdisciplinary solutions to priority water resource and catchment issues, working in close collaboration with our advisory board of representatives from the water industry.

  • Combine hydrology, geomorphology, biogeochemistry and ecology in this interdisciplinary programme
  • Develop a core understanding of freshwater environmental systems and the key policy and legal frameworks that underpin their management
  • Engage in fieldwork at our research sites ranging from globally rare chalk streams to heavily impacted rivers within London and southern England
  • PGCert versions of this course are also available

What you'll study

You will have the opportunity to network within the water and environmental sectors, meeting experts from a wide variety of public- and private-sector organisations including the Environment Agency, Defra, Natural England, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, British Geological Survey and environmental consultancies.

You will be able to develop transferable skills in field and lab methods, project management, statistical analysis, geographical information systems (GIS) and the use of remotely sensed data, report writing, problem solving and presenting. We offer hands-on training in flood estimation and inundation modelling using industry-standard software, as well as river assessment methods.

Our practical fieldwork will allow you to develop skills and knowledge in the monitoring and management of pollutants, nutrient levels and greenhouse gas emissions in aquatic systems and in the theory and practice of river restoration.

You will receive tailored research supervision and training suitable to your individual research interests in order to complete your individual research project. This will usually be completed in collaboration with a partner organisation.

Additional costs

There is an optional field trip, either to Geneva, Switzerland or to Mumbai in India. Students are responsible for paying the costs of flights, accommodation and living expenses. In 2018/19 the Mumbai trip cost approximately £1,200 and the Geneva trip cost approximately £350.

Your dissertation can include fieldwork conducted in the UK or overseas, and you would be responsible for the costs associated with this.


  • In 2018/19, the cost of field trips was approximately £250 (to Sussex)
  • Other bespoke locations vary in price


Teaching comprises a mixture of formal lectures, field courses, laboratory and computer practicals, small group seminars and one-to-one supervision meetings.

If you choose to study part-time, the number of modules you take is reduced per semester. The full number of modules you need to complete the programme will be spread over two academic years.

We received 100% for teaching categories in the 2019 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES). Learn more about our PTES results.


  • Geospatial analysis, remote sensing and environmental modelling software and computing facilities
  • Analysis of environmental smaples including water and sediment chemistry
  • River Laboratory incorporating sediment transport demonstration channel, river simulator and digital camera equipment and software to capture river morphology in 3D
  • Use dedicated Masters study and computing spaces within the School of Geography
  • Access an unparalleled range of learning resources, special collections, and world-leading libraries within QMUL and the University of London, such as the QMUL Library, Senate House Library. Other specialist collections are accessible nearby, for example at the British Library


Teaching is based at Queen Mary’s main Mile End campus, one of the largest self-contained residential campuses in the capital. Our location in the heart of London’s East End offers a rich cultural environment.

We have invested £105m in new facilities over the past five years to offer our students an exceptional learning environment. Recent developments include the £39m Graduate Centre, providing 7,700 square metres of learning and teaching space.

The campus is 15 minutes by tube from central London, where you will have access to many of the University of London’s other facilities, such as Senate House.

About the School

Geography has been taught at Queen Mary since 1894, making us one of the longest-established schools of geography in the UK. Today, we are one of the leading centres for geographical scholarship. We were ranked 11th overall for our excellence in the latest UK research rankings and fifth for the quality of our staff’s research publications (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Set in the heart of one of London’s most vibrant and diverse areas, the School is ideally placed for studying the capital’s people, places, cultures and environment, as well as being a global hub for geographical expertise. We have a culturally diverse and inclusive postgraduate community.

We pride ourselves on our close links with external partners including the Environment Agency, the Geffrye Museum of the Home, Citizens UK and Natural England.

The School of Geography received the Athena SWAN bronze award in September 2016.

Career paths

The programme will provide you with knowledge and understanding relevant to employment in organisations in the water sector including government agencies, water companies, environmental consultancies and conservation organisations. Our previous graduates have secured positions at a range of organisations including:

  • Affinity Water
  • Environment Agency
  • ESIS Inc
  • Jacobs
  • JBA Consulting
  • Parish Geomorphic
  • South West Rivers Trust
  • Thames Water
  • Thames21Wood Group

Some of our graduates have also secured PhD positions (e.g. Newcastle University, QMUL, University of Reading)

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

There are a number of ways you can fund your postgraduate degree.

Our Advice and Counselling service offers specialist support on financial issues, which you can access as soon as you apply for a place at Queen Mary. Before you apply, you can access our funding guides and advice on managing your money:

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Geography
020 7882 8165