Research course

River Science

Institution
University of Worcester · Institute of Science and the Environment
Qualifications
MRes

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to have a First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree or equivalent award in Geography, Environmental Science, Ecology, Biology, a Science subject or another relevant degree (with a strong performance in their final year undergraduate research project / dissertation / independent study), or have appropriate research or professional experience which has resulted in appropriate evidence of achievement. For example, experience in a research environment such as private research and development, or public research laboratories. International applicants will also be required to demonstrate that they have the appropriate level of written and spoken English (normally IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 6 in written English). Entry qualifications for international students are guided by the National Academic Recognition Information Centre’s (NARIC) advice on international qualifications.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The MRes in River Science is an advanced postgraduate degree which can either be taken as a stand-alone qualification or as progression route into doctoral research.

This MRes aims to provide a synthesis of scientific knowledge on river geomorphology, hydrology and ecology and focuses on the application of scientifically sound and environmentally-sensitive river management. It also seeks to provide the theoretical underpinning and field and/or laboratory training necessary to undertake a River Science research project at Masters level.

The Programme aims to prepare students:
- For doctoral level study.
- To engage in a career in River Science within a government agency (e.g. Environment Agency), charity (e.g. a Rivers Trust or Wildlife Trust) or an environmental consultancy.
- To meet the global need for highly trained individuals who can make informed decisions on future research directions.
- To think for themselves in the development of a critical approach to the analysis of data and interpretation of published research.

Our MREs in River Science programme offers you:
Academic rigour: Gain a deeper understanding of your chosen subject area with a challenging combination of taught modules, research training and supervised research.
Wide variety of research interests: We have a strong mix of academics with a high degree of professional and personal experience, enabling you to get the most out of both the taught and research element of your programme.
Excellent supervision: Benefit from a professional and challenging relationship with your supervisory team, drawn from experienced academics working at the forefront of their disciplines.
Resources: Access to the University of Worcester’s virtual resources and its state of the art library facilities. The Institute of Science and the Environment has a number of laboratories and other specialist facilities available to your course. In addition to the large laboratory in the Darwin building, there are five other laboratories. The River Science team at Worcester have an excellent range of resources available to support your learning and your research project, including; field equipment for flow monitoring, water quality assessment, remote sensing & surveying; laboratory equipment for water quality analysis; and computer software for statistical analysis of data, GIS and image analysis.

Qualification and course duration

MRes

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Dr Ian Maddock
Email
i.maddock@worc.ac.uk