Advanced Water Management MSc

Cranfield University Master of Science

Target Audience

The course is ideal for graduates wishing to develop the expertise needed to solve environmental water management problems. It is designed to complement and expand your existing knowledge of science, policy, and practice, making it suitable for students from a range of backgrounds. Recent students have joined us from undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in engineering (civil, hydraulic, agricultural), physical geography, chemistry and environmental sciences, as well as from professional careers.


The Advanced Water Management course builds on our 30 year legacy in Environmental Water Management. It includes contemporary issues and innovations in water management in cities and catchments and a unique integrated skills training programme to better prepare you for a challenging career in water.

Managing water is one of society’s greatest challenges. What was once an abundant natural resource now requires careful management to ensure its availability and quality for future generations. Developed in partnership with leading organisations in the water sector, the Advanced Water Management MSc will prepare you for a successful and rewarding career optimising the use of water resources, in the water industry, government, consultancy, and the charitable sector.

Course Structure

The course comprises a taught programme of four assessed modules (40%), a group project (20%) and an individual thesis project (40%). The four compulsory modules include:

  • Good Ecological Status
  • Managing Flood and Drought Risks
  • Surface and Groundwater Hydrology: Processes, Measurement and Modelling
  • Water in Cities and Catchments

Please note that to keep the courses relevant and up-to-date, modules are subject to change – please see the webpage for the latest information.

Key Information

  • Qualification: MSc, PgDip, PgCert.
  • Duration: MSc: one year full-time, two to three years part-time; PgDip, PgCert: one year full-time, two years part-time.
  • Start date: Full-time: October. Part-time: October.

Fees applied to the course are different depend on what qualification and duration you choose. Please see details on the course page.

Funding Opportunities

To help students in finding and securing appropriate funding we have created a funding finder where you can search for suitable sources of funding by filtering the results to suit your needs.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must possess, or be expected to achieve, a first or second class UK honours degree in a relevant science, engineering or related discipline, or the international equivalent of these UK qualifications. Other relevant qualifications, together with significant experience, may be considered.

English Language

To study for a formal award at Cranfield you will need to demonstrate that you can communicate effectively in English in an academic environment. Full details of how you can meet this requirement can be found on English language requirements page.

Course Objectives

You will benefit from a comprehensive, structured training in key competencies to support your learning and career development through a set of integrated knowledge and skills pathways. You will gain the up-to-date knowledge and skills needed to solve today’s complex natural, economic and governance challenges in water management. After completing the programme, you will gain your knowledge and skills in:

  • Written communication
  • Oral communication
  • Policy and regulation
  • GIS and spatial analysis
  • Data management and analysis
  • Appraisal and evaluation in water management
  • Climate change