University of Leeds

University of Leeds

River Basin Dynamics and Management with Geographical Information Systems

River basins are of fundamental importance to the world's population. Research training in water dynamics and management are demanded by both industry and academia. The University has a world-class reputation for water-related research and GIS development in an environmental context. This programme builds on that success. Core components are river basin hydrology and basic environmental GIS. Students choosing a river basins pathway gain advanced knowledge and skills in channel hydraulics and sediment transport, river ecology and environmental assessment. Students on a GIS pathway gain advanced knowledge and skills in GIS for environment, GIS programming and digital image analysis and remote sensing. This highly practical course advocates learning by doing and is assessed 100% by coursework. We host guest lecturers from business, industry and academia, visit work places and conduct a series of field-, laboratory- and PC-based practicals. You also have the chance to take a work placement module.

Course modules

Modules include: Professional Development; Dissertation; Issues and Skills for River Basin Dynamics and Management; Introducing GIS and Hydrological Processes and Analysis; Principles of GIS and Using GIS; GIS and Environment; Environmental Assessment; River Basin Management for Water Quality; Programming for Geographical Information Analysis: Advanced Skills; Programming for Geographical Information Analysis: Core Skills; Digital Image Processing for Environmental Remote Sensing.

Assessment methods

Assessment is entirely by coursework, not examinations. You will need to show you can conduct independent in-depth enquiry and evaluate and criticise received opinion. You will apply breadth and/or depth of knowledge to a complex specialist area and will complete an independent Masters-level dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2017 - 12 Months
MSc Part-time September 2017 - 24 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

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