Taught course

Flood Risk Assessment, Modelling and Engineering

University of Chester · Department of Geography and International Development

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Entry requirements

A Bachelor’s degree (2:2 or higher) or international equivalent in environmental sciences, geography, geology, engineering or allied disciplines; or five years' work experience in water, flood and/or environmental management, is required.

Students must have access to a computing device which is connected to the internet to engage with the course.

Months of entry


Course content

Course overview

An innovative, applied and industry-focused flood management course with options of specialising in flood modelling, community resilience, natural flood management and/or urban drainage design.

The postgraduate course in Flood Risk Assessment, Modelling and Engineering (FRAME) addresses challenges and skills gaps in the area of flood risk management and engineering. The course is designed for individuals working or intending to work in an industry related to flood management and seeking to develop/enhance knowledge and skills specific to a role in flood modelling, urban drainage design, Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS), community engagement, natural flood management or flood resilience planning. The course has been co-designed with flood risk practitioners and offers a flexible and applied approach, allowing participants the option to study while remaining in the workplace – putting theory into practice.

Why study this course with us?

FRAME offers a flexible and distinctive blended approach to acquiring a postgraduate qualification. The combination of on-site and online learning enables prospective students to study while remaining in the workplace should they wish to do so.

The course offers participants practical, flood-relevant experience that provides a sound basis to seek or continue a career in the water and environmental sectors.

You will gain experience by utilising the latest technological innovations in the field of flood risk assessment, including the following:

  • Augmented reality
  • Hazard simulations
  • Virtual tours
  • GIS and remote sensing
  • 3D mapping and modelling
  • Reality capture
  • Drone mapping
  • Advance flood visualisation

You will benefit from regular engagement with practitioners, enabling you to develop practical and applied knowledge and skills in flood management.

Key parts of the course are field visits to local, national and international sites to augment and enhance your knowledge and practical skills.

We will encourage you to undertake projects and work in collaboration with employers to address directly key societal and industry-focused challenges associated with flood risk.

How will I be taught?

You will learn through lectures, seminars, practical sessions, fieldwork, simulation exercises and innovative online learning sessions. You will regularly work with practitioners to develop both specific and transferable skills applicable to flood management.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through examination and a wide variety of coursework activities, including: oral and poster presentations, digital storytelling, virtual reality tours, briefing papers, simulations, consultancy reports, and an extended independent research project (dissertation) for those pursuing a MSc.

Fees and funding

International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Department of Geography and International Development