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MSc River Basin Dynamics and Management with GIS

Year 1

(Award available for year: Master of Science)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the programme all students will be able to:
-Demonstrate in-depth, specialist knowledge and mastery of skills and techniques relevant to river basin dynamics and management
-Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of issues, concepts, information and techniques at the forefront of river basin hydrology, river hydraulics and water resource management
-Demonstrate mastery of industrial, laboratory and field techniques and policy relevant to river basin dynamics and management;
-Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship;
-Demonstrate a knowledge and basic understanding of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as relevant to water and the environment;
-Take a proactive and self-reflective role in working and to develop professional relationships with others;
-Proactively formulate ideas and hypotheses and to develop, implement and execute plans by which to evaluate these;
-Critically and creatively evaluate current issues, research and advanced scholarship in disciplines related to river basin dynamics and management.
-Develop, undertake and complete a masters standard independent dissertation.

Transferable (key) skills

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Masters (Taught) students will have had the opportunity to acquire the following abilities as defined in the modules specified for the programme:
-the advanced techniques, specialist disciplinary knowledge, quantitative and field skills necessary to undertake a higher research degree and/or for employment in a higher capacity in industry or area of professional practice related to river basin dynamics and management;
-constructively evaluating their own achievement and that of others;
-self direction and effective decision making in complex and unpredictable situations;
-independent learning and the ability to work in a way which ensures continuing professional development;
-critically to engage in the subject-specific knowledge, affairs and vocational development of industries and research related to river basin dynamics and management and of professional/disciplinary boundaries and norms;
-an ability to communicate research findings in a manner appropriate for academic publication and/or dissemination within the water industry and related sectors


Achievement for the degree of Master (taught programme) will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will involve the achievement of the students in:
-Evidencing an ability to conduct independent in-depth enquiry within the discipline;
-Demonstrating the ability to apply breadth and/or depth of knowledge to a complex specialist area;
-Drawing on a range of perspectives on an area of study;
-Evaluating and criticising received opinion;
-Make reasoned judgements whilst understanding the limitations on judgements made in the absence of complete data.
-Completing an independent masters-level dissertation


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