Taught course

River Basin Management

University of Leeds · School of Geography

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Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in geography, environmental sciences, ecological sciences, engineering, chemistry, biology or a related science subject.

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.

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

Months of entry


Course content

River basins are of fundamental importance to the world’s population, meaning that research training in water dynamics and management are in high demand by both industry and academia. The University of Leeds has a world-class reputation for water-related research and hosts water@leeds, one of the biggest and most productive water research centres in the world; and our Masters degree in River Basin Management builds on that success.

Core components of the programme are river basin hydrology, key issues and skills and professional development. You will be able to gain advanced knowledge and skills in geomorphology, water quality, river ecology, environmental assessment, sanitation, water resources management, GIS, remote sensing and programming.

This highly practical course advocates 'learning by doing' and is assessed largely by a variety of types of coursework. We host guest lecturers from business, industry and academia, visit work places and conduct a series of field, laboratory and PC-based practicals. You also have the chance to do a work placement with an outside organisation or an academic at Leeds.

You will gain a detailed understanding of the principles of water resource management and an appreciation of the institutional and legal frameworks impacting on river basin management. You will learn to formulate important research questions and design methodological approaches to answer them; and to develop quantitative analyses skills.

Course highlights

  • The course is shaped by our world-leading research in areas such as water supply, sanitation, water quality and flooding.

  • You’ll be taught by internationally renowned academics working at the forefront of their fields, who are passionate about the subjects they teach.

  • Project work enables you to develop skills as a researcher, asking and answering important questions about the ways in which our world works.

  • Throughout your studies you’ll benefit from a structured support system, with a programme manager and personal tutor who will offer help and advice about your approach to studying and how to become adept at independent learning.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Admissions Team
+44 (0)113 343 8109