The University of Aberdeen has launched a new Masters programme in Sustainable Water Management, building on its world-leading research to prepare graduates for a career in the globally vital sector.
Last month’s UN 2023 Water Conference highlighted international efforts to improve the way water is used, consumed and managed, all of which are key aspects of the new programme which will provide the skills and knowledge required to solve complex water management issues including:
- water security
- impacts of climate and land use change on water resources
- flood risk
- water pollution
- maintaining ecosystem services
- related management approaches
Running over 12 months (or 24 months if studying part-time), the MSc is led by the University’s School of Geosciences which is internationally renowned for its water resource research. Leading experts from the School will provide input and teaching on the programme.
Students can choose from three distinct pathways based on their individual interests, with the opportunity to focus on technical and environmental science skills, the socio-economic aspects of sustainability, or a combination of both.
The MSc contains a strong interdisciplinary element, with opportunities to develop a complete understanding of water management in relevant areas including water science, policy and law.
Programme Leader Dr David Haro commented: “Sustainable water management requires technical expertise and innovation, but also an understanding of the social, economic, commercial and political aspects of sustainability.
“That is why we take an interdisciplinary approach that welcomes students from diverse academic backgrounds, including the social sciences, environmental sciences, geosciences and engineering.
“This strong interdisciplinary dimension is ideal preparation for a career in the expanding water sector, where a wide variety of career opportunities can be found across the public, private, and charity sectors.
Dr Haro added: “The adoption of a new Water Action Agenda at the recent UN 2023 Water Conference in New York – described as a watershed moment in terms of achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals – underlined the importance of sustainable water management in achieving a water-secure world.
“We’re delighted to play our part in this effort through the launch of our new Sustainable Water Management MSc, which will provide graduates with the skills they need to make a real contribution in this important and growing area.”