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Integrated Management of Freshwater Environments PGDip

Integrated Management of Freshwater Environments PGDip

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Environmental Management Conservation / Protection Of Specific Environments

Course type


Course Summary

This programme is delivered in close collaboration with our advisory board of representatives from the water industry, and provides fundamental and applied training in the science and management of freshwater environments. Combining hydrology, geomorphology, biogeochemistry and ecology, the degree is designed to produce outstanding scientists capable of developing interdisciplinary solutions to priority water resource and catchment issues. It involves fieldwork at our research sites including the near-natural Tagliamento River, Italy, and heavily impacted rivers within London and the south-east of England.

This programme: facilitates networking within the water and environmental sectors; develops core understanding of freshwater environmental systems and the key policy and legal frameworks that underpin their management; provides hands-on training in flood estimation and inundation modelling using industry-standard software; develops skills and knowledge in the monitoring and management of pollutants, nutrient levels and greenhouse gas emissions in aquatic systems; provides training in river assessment methods; develops your skills and knowledge in the theory and practice of river restoration; develops transferable skills in field and lab methods, project management, statistical analysis, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and the use of remotely sensed data, report writing, problem solving and presenting; allows you to follow in the footsteps of our graduates who have secured positions in the water and environmental sectors including Jacobs, Halcrow Group, JBA Consulting, River Trusts, Thames Water, Environment Agency, Parish Geomorphic, ESIS Inc., Affinity Water and Wood Group.

Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures, field courses, laboratory and computer practicals, small group seminars and one-to-one supervision meetings. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.

All modules are assessed through a variety of coursework assignments including essays, literature reviews, scientific and design reports, presentations, modelling exercises, annotated bibliographies, skills portfolios and field notebooks. The programme will provide you with knowledge and understanding relevant to employment in organisations in the water sector (e.g. Environment Agency, Defra, Natural England, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, water companies and environmental consultancies). In addition, the programme will equip you with a range of transferable skills and attributes (including the constructive and critical use of information, the development of problem-solving and decision-making skills and effective communication skills) sought by diverse employers.

Different course options

Full time | Mile End | 9 months | SEP

Study mode

Full time


9 months

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have an upper second class honours degree or higher in a relevant subject from a UK university (or an equivalent international qualification) together with two supportive references is usually required. It is not a requirement to have previously studied geography and we encourage applications from students from a natural and environmental sciences background. Students who do not meet these criteria but have relevant work experience will be considered and are encouraged to contact the programme convenor.