Water Science, Policy and Management

University of Oxford, School of Geography and the Environment, United Kingdom Master of Science


The aim of the course is to train future decision makers, managers and policy makers in water policy and management. Past graduates have gone on to obtain positions in a range of water-related jobs.

Our one-year full-time MSc course aims to help students develop a theoretically sophisticated and empirically grounded understanding of sustainable water management. The two-year MPhil programme enables students to undertake a more extensive research programme.

The MPhils is two-year course designed for high-flying master’s candidates who wish to include a substantial research component in their masters level studies. In the first year, candidates take the coursework associated with the appropriate MSc course. Candidates must pass the examinations taken at the end of the first year in order to proceed into the second year. Candidates who fail any paper will be required to retake and pass the failed paper by the start of their second year in order to proceed with the degree.

Course Objectives

The MSc/MPhil course comprises:
1. Seven core modules within three thematic areas which are assessed by written examination;
2. Two electives which are assessed through essays and/or coursework for MSc students, or three electives for MPhil students;
3. A piece of original research which is assessed through a dissertation; and
Training in research skills.
4. Field trips