The course is of considerable value if you wish to pursue a career in the river environmental management field or the water industry. It also provides advanced level training if you wish progress on to a PhD.
Currently, due to the large national demand for Water Managers, we have a 100% employment success rate for all our home/EU students, with graduates obtaining employment in the consultancy sector, typically with jobs secured before graduation. Additionally, Environmental Scientists who have spent some time in a branch of the water industry often feel the need for a postgraduate course to give them an overall understanding of their profession. The River Environments and their Management programme is so structured as to satisfy the requirements of both of these groups of potential students, the latter includes many International students who choose to retrain here in Birmingham.
The programme is of an intensive nature and is intended to develop your ability for original thought and to produce innovative solutions to practical problems. The integrated approach to the water cycle with a river environmental management emphasis is of particular importance in achieving the aim of giving you the ability to attain senior management positions in water authorities and companies, environmental consultants and regulators, government departments, consultants and contractors.
Find out how this programme has proved beneficial to other students by reading some graduate profiles:
"I feel more confident in my knowledge and also in how I express it; and in recent interviews employers have commented on the wide range of skills and knowledge the course has left me with." Read Jenny's profile...
"I [...] had the chance to attend a UK conference and undertake a consultancy-style group project, which provided ideal opportunities to network with people in well-known Environmental companies." Read Katie's profile...
On graduating from this course you could typically expect to find employment with organisations such as those listed below:
Birmingham City Council, The Environment Agency, W. S. Atkins Consultant Engineers, OFWAT, North West Water Ltd, Severn Trent Water Ltd, Northumbrian Lyonnaise Technology and Research Centre, CES, The Institute of Hydrology, HR Wallingford, Haswell Consulting Engineers, Halcrow (UK), Bechtel Water, South Staffordshire Water Company, Hyder Consulting, Anglian Water Services, Water Management Consultants, Posford Duvivier, Jeremy Benn Associates, Southern Water, Thames Water, Peter Brett Associates, Montgomery Watson, Mott Macdonald, Royal Haskoning, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Sir Alexander Gibb and Ptnrs Ltd, and Yorkshire Water.
We have established agreements and relationships with organizations like The Environment Agency and The Centre of Ecology and Hydrology and this has worked well in terms of student placements for dissertations. Some of these placements have led to subsequent positions with the organization.