MSc programmes on water at King’s College London


MSc Water: Science and Governance

MSc Water: Science and Governance is a one year taught programme that explores the environmental, socio-economic and political aspects of water allocation and management.   Drawing on the university’s leading reputation in water research, students are equipped with advanced interdisciplinary training to tackle the contemporary challenges of diverse water environments around the world.
The Department of Geography has a critical mass of ten staff devoted to research on multi-disciplinary aspects of water resources and their governance.  Students will benefit from lectures and seminars informed by cutting-edge research, including those by 2008 Stockholm Water Prize laureate, Professor Tony Allan.  The breadth of expertise and international experience of staff will provide unique dissertation opportunities.

London is a hub for international water policy discussions and academia, and the programme takes full advantage of the location.  Compulsory and optional modules feature guest sessions with leading scientists and professionals, allowing for exchange of ideas between the research and practitioner communities.  The city also offers excellent opportunities for professional networking.  Upon graduation, students have developed careers in governmental agencies, utility companies, environmental consultancies and NGOs, or have continued their research career with a PhD.  The programme is available part-time and mature students are particularly encouraged to apply.   

More details of the programme, including student testimonials, are available on the website:

Application details:
For any queries, contact Dr. Naho Mirumachi, programme director:



MSc Aquatic Resources Management

MSc Aquatic Resources Management is a long-established MSc taught by Environmental Scientists drawn from the Department of Geography and associated staff.  The one year programme aims to produce scientists of the highest calibre capable of addressing priority water resource issues needing interdisciplinary solutions.

The programme aims to provide in-depth fundamental and applied training in freshwater, estuarine and marine resources and their management.  A key feature of this programme is the industrial project placement dissertation, which runs from mid June.  The university has extensive links with a very wide range of agencies and organisations handling current aquatic resource management and research issues in the UK and overseas. This enables us, with careful counselling, to provide placements that match individual career aspirations and experience. Some examples of past project placements include:

- The impact of the Water Framework Directive on sediment management in transitional and coastal environments.

- Performance and cost benefit analysis of different coagulants used at Thames Water Utilities Limited.
(Thames Water Utilities Ltd)

- An analysis of the Marine Stewardships Council’s risked-based framework assessment process.
(Marine Stewardship Council)

- The impacts of acidification on the freshwater ecology of the upper Tywi and Teifi catchments, with consideration to their remediation using limestone sand.
(Environment Agency)

- An assessment of barriers to fish passage in the Upper River Lea.
(Environment Agency)

- Gaining Perspective, Marine Spatial Planning in the OSPAR Convention Maritime Area.
(The OSPAR Commission)

- An Assessment of the management and status of European Eel populations in the South-East River Basin District, UK.
(Zoological Society London)

- A study of long term invertebrate responses to hydrological variations and the impact of ground water abstraction.
(Veolia Water Central Ltd)

- Water Framework Directive compliance assessments: the state of play today.
(Black and Veatch)

- A GIS based management tool to support decision making for the Buccoo Reef Marine Park, Tobago.
(ABP Marine Environmental Research)

- Geographis information systems and the spatial epidemiology of urinary schistosomiasis on Unguja Island, Zanzibar.
(Natural History Museum)

This vocational programme has a strong record in placing students in relevant careers, and over the last five years over 90% of graduates have gone on to work in fields directly related to aquatic resource management: Environment Agency and government departments (38%), consultancy (25%), university research (15%), water utilities (11%), aquatic-related NGOs (6%) and research organisations (5%).

More details of the programme are available on the website:

For any queries, contact Dr. Michael Chadwick, programme director:


Published on 2014-03-06 11:32:22

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