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Flood Risk Assessment, Modelling and Engineering MSc

Flood Risk Assessment, Modelling and Engineering MSc

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Full time | Parkgate Road Campus | 1 year | OCT-22

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Risk Assessment (Health & Safety) Engineering Studies Physical Geography

Course type


Course Summary

An innovative, applied and industry-focused flood management course with options of specialising in flood modelling, adaptation and resilience, natural flood management and/or sustainable urban drainage design.

Course overview

This programme is designed for individuals working or intending to work in an industry related to flood management who are seeking to develop or enhance knowledge and skills specific to a role in flood modelling, Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS), resilience and adaptation and natural flood management. The postgraduate course in Flood Risk Assessment, Modelling and Engineering (FRAME) addresses challenges and skills gaps in flood risk management and engineering. The course has been co-designed with flood risk practitioners and offers a flexible and applied approach, allowing participants the option to study while remaining in the workplace - putting theory into practice. For international applicants who are accepted on the course, you can pursue this course part time or full time but will ONLY be eligible to apply for a Part-Time Tier 4 visa.


Assessment is through a wide variety of coursework activities, including oral and poster presentations, digital storytelling, virtual reality tours, briefing papers, simulations, consultancy reports, examinations, and an extended independent research project (dissertation) for those pursuing a MSc.

Job prospects

This course supports careers in the flood, water, and environmental management sectors – such as flood modelling, natural flood management, SuDS, urban drainage design, geomorphological mapping, project management, community engagement and environmental consultancy.


This module introduces participants to key principles and elements within flood management, hydrology and hydraulics. A detailed overview of the components of the hydrological cycle (i.e. precipitation, interception, interflow, storage, evapotranspiration etc.) and a detailed and applied outline of key hydraulic concepts and principles (e.g. surface runoff and overland flow, open channel conveyance and pipe flow etc.) is presented. Further, principles of flood risk estimation and assessment are discussed (i.e. depth-damage functions to estimate flood hazard within the built environment, flood estimation for assessing the return periods of rainfall events or flood flows etc.), giving course participants an understanding of the key principles within hydrology, hydraulics and flood risk management. Further, hydrological data measurement techniques are discussed and critically analysed. Local and International fieldwork is a key part of this module.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

You need a bachelor’s degree (2:2 or higher) or international equivalent in environmental sciences, geography, geology, engineering, or allied disciplines, is required. Applicants with five or more years' work experience in water, flood and/or environmental management may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

University information

From a teaching college established in 1839, to becoming the University of Chester in 2005, over 180 years of academic growth has allowed the University to offer an extensive selection of postgraduate courses and research options across a number of specialist sites. This includes five sites in and around Chester, a campus in Warrington, a University Centre in Shrewsbury, and a new health and nursing education facility, Marriss House, in...more