Flood hazard seems to be increasing as climate change takes effect.
Despite our technological advances, our society seems ever more vulnerable to the impacts of flooding. Flooding is not just a 'water problem'; it is also a 'people problem'. Flood Risk Management therefore requires a holistic approach, addressing the scientific and engineering issues of rainfall, runoff, rivers, coasts and flood inundation as well as the human and socio-economic issues of planning, development and management. There is an acute shortage of professionals with the skills necessary to implement the integrated approaches to flood risk management promoted in the UK Government's Foresight Future Flooding project, Defra's strategy Making Space for Water, and the European Directive on the Assessment and Management of Flood Risks. This training requirement is not restricted to the UK; indeed, other parts of the world have greater needs.
This postgraduate programme has therefore been specifically developed to answer this need to train a new generation of specialists in Flood Risk Management. For the first time it brings together the subjects of hydrology, hydraulics, mathematics and modelling as well as project management, socio-economic analysis and communication to the public, within the integrated framework of flood risk management. The Course is global in terms of both disciplinary coverage and geographical relevance, and is equally suitable for students worldwide as for UK students. Much is to be gained from this global approach as flooding knows no national boundaries, and the international transfer of best practice and experience is a major benefit of the programme.
This is a distance learning course. You may choose as many or as few modules per year to suit your particular circumstances. You will need to stay in Newcastle for the residential block weeks.
This programme has been accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.
To view the modules please visit: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/cegs.cpd/flexiblelearning/frmmodules.php
Students wishing to be accepted on to the MSc course should have a good (2.2 Honours or better) first (Bachelor) degree in a relevant science or engineering subject (or the equivalent qualification from outside the UK). Proficiency in mathematics (UK Advanced level or its equivalent) and English is also normally required (overseas students are required to have an IELTS score of 6.5).
Candidates who do not have A-Level (or equivalent) in Mathematics will have their mathematical knowledge informally assessed prior to acceptance. Candidates with other equivalent qualifications and/or relevant industrial experience will be considered for entry.
You can apply either by post or online.
See www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/ for more information.
Some scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.ceg.ncl.ac.uk/postgrad/pgt/fundingpgt.htm
Please visit: http://www.ceg.ncl.ac.uk/postgrad/pgt/fundingpgt.htm
25 May 2009
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