Masters Courses

The University of Leeds has a selection of excellent water-related MSc and MRes courses.

Masters courses at the School of Geography:

MSc in River Basin Dynamics and Management with GIS Overall, this programme is for people wishing to advance their skills and career options in river basin processes and management. The important core components of the programme are river basin hydrology and basic environmental GIS. Further details available here.

Masters by Research Our MSc or MA by Research (MbR) is distinct from our taught masters programmes and involves planning, implementing and writing up a research project (12 months full time; 24 months part time). You will be supervised by two members of academic staff and will be encouraged to submit your work for publication at the end of the course. We have projects to which you can apply but you are also welcome to propose your own research project. Further details available here.


Masters courses at the School of Earth and Environment:

For general information about MSc Sustainable and Environment courses available in the School, click here.

MSc Environment and Development This programme led by the Sustainability Research Institute provides high-quality interdisciplinary training on issues where the need for economic development and environmental conservation meet. The programme brings together academic expertise from the Schools of Earth and Environment and Politics and International Studies, and draws on specialist knowledge and experience of Sustainability from both practitioner and research communities. The programme provides both theoretical and practical training in environment, development and sustainability. This course draws on theories in both the social and natural science disciplines and from practice. This course is therefore of relevance to candidates from a range of backgrounds. Further details available here.

MSc Climate Change and Environmental Policy This programme provides a unique combination of training on the physical, social and policy aspects of climate change and on broader environmental policy. It provides students with a solid foundation in the physical science of climate change, climate change impacts, adaptation to and mitigation of climate change, and with a critical understanding of the policy tools that can be used to promote environmental protection. Further details available here.

MSc Sustainability and Consultancy This programme is aimed at graduates and professionals who want to pursue roles as consultants and managers in the corporate social responsibility, environmental management and sustainability arenas. The programme, which was the first of its kind in the UK, combines courses that provide grounding in the broad scope of topics which sit under the umbrella of sustainability, ranging from project development to corporate sustainability strategy; alongside courses that focus on the tangible professional skills that are used by environmental and sustainability consultants and project managers. Further details available here.

MSc Sustainability and Business Uniquely based outside of a business school context, this programme adopts an interdisciplinary approach to the complex relationship between business and the different dimensions of sustainability. Taught by specialists in sustainability, the course combines a conceptual review of the relationships between business, environment and society with a more applied examination of the wide range of initiatives that relate to environmental management and corporate social responsibility. Further details available here.

MSc Ecological Economics Many of the most serious environmental and social problems that we face can be traced to root causes in our economic system.  On this programme, you will develop an understanding of how economic activity gives rise to environmental and social problems, and be introduced to the main tools to tackle them. You will join one of the largest and most renowned centres of ecological economics research in the world on a programme that challenges conventional thinking and introduces a real-world approach to teaching economics.  The programme combines modules that help you build strong conceptual foundations in sustainability with specialist modules in ecological, environmental, and heterodox economics.  It’s open to all students with an interest in economic issues, and does not require a previous degree in economics. Further details available here.


Masters courses at the School of Civil Engineering:

MSc Environmental Engineering & Project Management This course provides consultants, operators, regulators and managers with the professional skills and training to contribute to the provision of environmentally sound and economically sustainable systems in the fields of clean water supply,
wastewater treatment, and the management of solid waste, including wastes from the oil industry. Further details available here.

MSc Water, Sanitation and Health Engineering This course is for consultants, professionals working in international development and public health workers. It will provide you with an in-depth understanding of how to deliver effective modern water supply, sanitation and other public health interventions in urban and rural areas in low-income and transitional economies. It has a strong focus on the development of practical and policy skills and addresses the critical future challenges of climate change, population growth and urbanisation. Further details available here.


Masters courses at the School of Mathematics:

MSc Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics This course is designed for students from a mathematical background who wish to apply their skills to understanding the complex behaviour of Earth’s atmosphere and oceans. This is an exciting interdisciplinary subject, of increasing importance to a society facing climate change. Training is offered in both modern applied mathematics and atmosphere-ocean science. Further details available here.