River Basin Dynamics and Management with GIS MSc

You will study 180 credits in total during your full-time River Basin Dynamics and Management with GIS MSc. These are the modules studied in 2019. If you are starting in September 2021, these will give you a flavour of the modules you are likely to study. All modules are subject to change.

Compulsory modules

GIS Data Visualisation and Analysis – 15 credits

This module develops core visualisation and spatial analysis and statistical skills required for the analysis of geographically referenced data.

Professional Development – 15 credits

This core module aims to practically develop students' professional skills and awareness.

Issues and Skills for River Basin Dynamics and Management – 30 credits

This module introduces a range of issues and skills pertinent to river basin dynamics and management.

Hydrological Processes and Analysis – 15 credits

This module will cover topics such as river basin water budgets, river basin hydrological processes, river basin runoff processes and how climate change and landuse may affect runoff and storm hydrographs.

Dissertation – 60 credits

This dissertation module provides an opportunity to develop an individual programme of research over a nine-month period. Students may decide to expand on work/ideas covered as part of their programme or to select a new issue to explore. Students will work closely under the guidance of an allocated supervisor and are expected to complete an independent piece of academic work.

Optional modules

GIS and Environment – 15 credits

This module looks at the many ways in which GIS can be applied to the study of the environmental sciences including modelling terrain, hydrology, ecology and land use. The module considers important issues in the application of GIS such as sampling strategies, scale and generalisation, error and uncertainty, and grid-based modelling before moving on to look at how these methods can be applied to gain a better understanding of landscape processes. The module concludes with a look at how GIS is being applied to inform better decisions about the natural environment within the human dimension of the planning process. The module is assessed through the completion of practical assignments and an individual project report.

River Basin Management for Water Quality – 15 credits

This module addresses key issues in river and river basin management at local, regional and international scales. It delivers knowledge and understanding of the key factors that determine the physical and chemical properties of rivers. 

Digital Image Processing for Environmental Remote Sensing – 15 credits

On completion of this module students will:- have been introduced concepts, theories and methods of earth observation from aircraft and earth orbital satellites for environmental research and for input into GIS;- be able to use appropriate software to read, display, restore, enhance, classify and extract information about the land surface from diverse types of remote sensing images;- understand the standard workflow used to turn remote sensing data (i.e. images) into information (i.e. thematic outputs) in a range of applications.

Environmental Assessment – 15 credits

This module provides a vocationally oriented introduction to the principles and practice of environmental assessment (EA) and develops an awareness of the historical development of EA, its scope, processes and techniques, and current legislation (principally EU / UK); and (c) provides an integrating framework for knowledge and skills gained elsewhere.

Programming for Geographical Information Analysis: Core Skills – 15 credits

This module provides foundation level skills in computer programming. It introduces different types of programming and software development practice in general and in a geographical context.