MSc in Flood Risk Management

Postgraduate - Taught MSc

Open for admission in 2020/21

Start in September

Full time Part time
MSc 1 year 2 years


To help you decide whether MSc in Flood Risk Management is a good fit for your future career plans, the Energy and Environment Institute are hosting a webinar on Friday 29 May at 1.30pm.

Join us to hear from course lecturers, Hull students & researchers as well as potential employers. The webinars will close with a Q&A giving attendees opportunity to delve deeper into the course content and potential career paths. 

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About the course

With an uncertain future climate, there's a national demand for a new generation of professionals who'll maintain the UK’s world-leading expertise in managing flood risks. The global flood risk is set to double by 2050 and key organisations including the Environment Agency, local authorities and leading consultancies are experiencing a shortage of talented people with the skills required to build resilience into flood event preparation, response and recovery.

This pioneering new MSc programme from the Energy and Environment Institute builds on the University of Hull’s expertise around the drivers and impacts of flood hazards to understand the application of innovative new approaches to flood risk management and equip you for a career in the expanding flood risk sector.

You will gain practical and academic experience in flood dynamics and catchment management, taught by leading academics and industry experts. You'll learn about different types of flood risk reduction through site visits to pioneering flood protection and management schemes, like ‘Slowing the Flow’ in Pickering and urban water basins protecting the city of Hull. You'll gain experience of flood adaptation and control methods, and learn how flood incidents are managed by multi-agency response units

The Humber region is pioneering the development of resilient communities through internationally recognised initiatives like ‘Living With Water', which has helped Hull become one of the Rockefeller Foundation’s five global cities that demonstrate future water resilience. Your learning will be informed by the Energy and Environment Institute’s research activities and strong links with regional and national flood risk agencies, helping you start a career that contributes to innovative solutions to help our society live with future flood risks.

You could be eligible for £5,000 to support your studies.

What’s more, we are offering six students a scholarship worth £5,000 to support their studies.

Find out more.

Final validation pending

We regularly review our courses to make sure they continue to meet our academic standards. Any changes to courses go through a re-validation process. ‘Final validation pending’ means that we intend to offer this programme, but it hasn’t received final University approval yet. Please call our Admissions Service on 01482 466850 for confirmation that the course is approved and will be running.

What you'll study

The teaching programme runs over two semesters. All modules are compulsory. Each module is worth 20 credits; students take 60 credits in each of the two semesters and then 60 credits for the dissertation.

Modules are currently undergoing planning consent but teaching will cover:

  • Drivers and impacts of flood hazards
  • Innovative new approaches to flood risk management
  • Flood dynamics and catchment management
  • Flood risk reduction
  • Flood adaptation and control methods
  • Multi-agency management of flood incidents

The Summer Dissertation consists of an individually supervised research project often undertaken in association with local authorities, business or industry.

Subject to validation. We're still finalising this programme, check back soon for module information.

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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Hull Campus

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Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £8,800
  • Home/EU (part-time): £980 (20 credits), £2,935 (60 credits), £4,400 (90 credits)

Part-time fees are charged pro-rata to the full-time fee, according to the number of credits being studied. 

UK and EU students can take out a Master’s Loan to help with tuition fees and living costs. They provide up to £11,222 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Find out more about Postgraduate Loans.

  • International: £17,200

International applicants may need to pay a tuition fee deposit before the start of the course. Visit our tuition fee deposit page for more information.

Vice-Chancellor's Circle Scholarship

Donors and Alumni are pleased to offer a bursary worth £5,000 each to six students studying MSc Renewable Energy or MSc Flood Risk Management, starting in September.

For eligibility criteria, and for details of how to apply, see our scholarships page

Graduate Studentship

The University of Hull is pleased to offer graduates progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate taught study a £1,000 studentship towards the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out if you’re eligible by visiting the University of Hull Graduate Studentship page.

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships to help you with your studies.

Find out more about our UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries and our International Scholarships and Bursaries.

Study under experts. Our geography and environmental studies research was ranked third in the UK for its impact in the most recent national assessment.

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The Humber – Britain’s ‘Energy Estuary’ – is rapidly becoming the focus of the renewables industry.

We are a member of the GU8 consortium, a group of port city universities from across the world, providing us with international collaborative links that are unrivalled in the UK.

Entry requirements

Normally a Bachelor Honours degree (2.1. or above), or international equivalent, in any discipline and GCSE Maths or equivalent. We are looking for a real interest and passion for flood risk management and will consider applicants from all backgrounds. Similarly, if you do not hold a degree but have relevant professional experience and training, we would welcome your application.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Future prospects

The Flood Risk Management Masters programme provides the essential background knowledge and key transferable skills for students to gain employment in the flood risk management sector. The course will cover the most up to date knowledge of innovations in flood risk management and resilience and enables students to gain a comprehensive overview of the sector combined with the opportunity to specialise.

The University of Hull’s expertise in flood risk management and the Energy and Environment Institute’s partnerships with innovative agencies including the ‘Living with Water’ partnership makes us the ideal location for students hoping to pursue a career in the flood risk management industry. The course has been specifically designed by leading academics in close consultation with industry experts to provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to work in the flood sector. The course content will also prepare students for careers in the wider environment sector, with local authorities or in environmental consultancy.

This MSc degree is specifically designed to combine theoretical studies with hands-on practical work to make you highly employable for careers in industry, consultancy, government, academia or NGOs, both nationally and internationally.

The programme is also suitable as preparation for a PhD for anyone interested in further research in flood risk management.