Water Resources Management MSc (Dubai)

Start date
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught

AED 125,869 (full-time)

Scholarships available for all students up to 40%

This MSc programme will introduce you to the key principles of water management – to mitigate the impact of these pressures and help in achieving the UN Sustainable Development goals relating to clean water and sanitation.

Clean water is essential for our health and economic well-being and globally many communities struggle with water shortage, polluted water and experience disasters such as floods and droughts. Sustainable water management requires an inter-disciplinary perspective as water resources are under increasing pressure through a combination of surface-water and groundwater abstraction, point and diffuse pollution, hydropower development and climate change. This MSc programme will introduce you to the key principles of water management – to mitigate the impact of these pressures and help in achieving the UN Sustainable Development goals relating to clean water and sanitation.

You will have the opportunity to study applied, real-world, problems relating to water resources at different scales, and learn how to apply new scientific understanding to solve these problems in a fast changing world.

Why study this course?

  • Learn about water: from the atmosphere, to surface and sub-surface in one of the few Masters programmes globally to span the hydrological cycle: from climate, to surface-water and catchment hydrology and groundwater, with a strongly applied inter-disciplinary perspective that includes environmental governance and policy.
  • Explore water problems in Dubai and the surrounding region – the pace of recent development, in and around Dubai, provides a unique opportunity to look at the practical challenges of using water sustainably during times of rapid economic change.
  • Possibility to link study in Dubai with overseas fieldwork – Water Management is a strongly applied subject and you will learn about different environments and the problems of ensuring water security whilst maintaining water dependent ecosystems.
  • Develop interdisciplinary understanding – the Water Resources Management programme embraces sub-disciplines covering the atmosphere and hydrosphere and including environmental governance, health and policy.
  • Acquire key transferable skills enhancing employability  there is a high demand for graduates that are both literate and numerate. In completing this course you can be confident that you will have the skills needed in today’s fast changing work-place.


Please note: You will take 120 credits of taught modules and a 60 credit research project. The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2022. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Compulsory modules:

  • Groundwater Hydrology
  • Hydroclimatology
  • Environmental analysis and modelling
  • Water Quality Monitoring & Management
  • Water Policy and Governance
  • Water and Health


AED 125,869 (full-time)

We have a number of outstanding scholarships available. Our scholarship options are designed to benefit all our new students.

How To Apply

How to apply

To apply for a postgraduate taught programme, you will need to submit your application and supporting documents online. We have put together some helpful information on the taught programme application process and supporting documents on our how to apply page. Please read this information carefully before completing your application.

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Our Standard Requirements

2:1, or equivalent, in a cogent subject or 2:2, or equivalent, plus relevant work experience

International Requirements

You will experience a wide variety of study methods on the MSc in Water Resources Management that will help in becoming an independent learner, including seminars, small group tutorials, computer and lab-classes and field-teaching.

Fieldwork is a key element of the degree programme giving you the chance to test your knowledge and understanding, as well as working independently and learning valuable practical and technical skills.

Personal tutors You will be assigned your own personal tutor who will get to know you as you progress through your studies. They will provide academic support and advice to enable you to make the most of your time here at Birmingham.

Support – You will have access to a comprehensive support system to help you make the transition to higher education when you start at the University of Birmingham Dubai.

Contact Hours

Contact hours vary from week-to-week depending on the modules you are taking and whether you have any computer or practical classes, however, you can expect an average of 12 hours of taught contact time per week.

Assessment Methods

You’ll be assessed in a variety of ways – by coursework, practical assignments, oral presentations, examinations, and a 60-credit research project on a topic of your choice. All modules will provide opportunities for informal feedback before the assessment to help you adjust to working at Masters level. Work will be returned within three weeks, to make sure that you learn from each assessment over the course of the degree programme.

On completing this programme you will be equipped to make immediate contributions to, and in time lead, teams studying water and environmental management.  You will receive training in key transferable skills, increasingly required by employers (numerical analysis; Geographical Information Systems; understanding of environmental policy and environmental management systems) with research-informed teaching, engaging with professionals and government officials, authentic assessments, and real-world dissertation projects.

On completing the programme you will be ideally qualified for a wide range of careers including:

  • Environmental Consultant
  • Flood risk engineer
  • Groundwater hydrologist
  • Hydrologist
  • Water Resources Engineerer
  • Water Company scientist
  • Agricultural water management
  • Drainage engineer
  • Groundwater hydrologist
  • Water resources planner
  • Water scientist