Water Resources in a Changing Climate CPD Award

Course code WATMAN

What is special about this course?

This online postgraduate CPD award in water resources in a changing climate is aimed at staff either employed directly by, or as consultants to, water-related industries such as public water supply, hydropower, beverages (including brewing and distilleries) and agriculture.  It is particularly suitable for those employed as environmental managers and technical staff such as water resource practitioners, hydrologists and environmental scientists.  It also provides relevant CPD for government agency staff such as the environment and conservation agencies where their remit covers the water environment.

It can help those involved in water management understand the background against which the regulation of the water environment has been set and explores the way all stakeholders have a role to play in securing the benefits we get from a healthy water environment both now and in the future as we adapt to climate change.

Special features

  • Explore concepts of sustainable water management from both scientific and regulatory perspectives, including best practice case studies of how the needs of the water user can be met without compromising the other benefits that a healthy water environment provides our society.
  • Flexible study, this module is delivered fully online and is based around a weekly presentation posted on the virtual learning environment along with accompanying learning resources such as papers and web links. You will also use web resources, such as YouTube videos and interactive web sites, for extracting and analysing environmental data.

Entry requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant subject
  • Other qualifications will be considered for those with a minimum of three years relevant professional experience

CPD Award

The module learning outcome are:

  • Understand fundamentals of hydrological processes, monitoring and analysis in terms of both water quantity and quality
  • Identify and understand the range of issues related to integrated water management within the rural and mountain environments
  • Discuss the potential of application of appropriate tools used in water management
  • Analyse and discuss relevant case studies, which illustrate different catchment water management approaches


How will I study my course?

  •  Part-time
  • Students on this programme currently have the opportunity to attend the Integrated Land Use Conference
  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE). You will have the opportunity to share information and experience with other students from a range of backgrounds and perspectives. You will be assessed on a report on a published paper, the preparation of a catchment management plan, and evaluation of contributions to the discussion board
  • You will be supported by the Centre for Mountain Studies, Perth College UHI.  For more information on the centre and courses available, please contact info.cms@perth.uhi.ac.uk or +44 (0)1738 877761

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time: 15 weeks starting in September

Where can I study my course?

  • Perth - This module is fully online. You will be enrolled at and receive support from UHI Perth

Start date

  • September


For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
  2022-23 2023-24
CPD award (20 credit module) £560 £584

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) or assessed as rest of the UK for fee status, the following fees apply:

  2022-23 2023-24
CPD award (20 credit module) £669 £720

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals, who do not have settled or pre-settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. For 2022-23, students will get an automatic fee scholarship.

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

  2022-23 With scholarship 2023-24 With scholarship
CPD award (20 credit module) £1,010 £760 £1,080 £810

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union, studying online from their home country, or assessed as international for fee status, the following fees apply:

  2022-23 2023-24
CPD award (20 credit module) £1,010 £1,080

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international postgraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.


This course is not available for international students requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.


UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.

Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.

What can I do on completion of my course?

The module gives valuable academic recognition that can enhance employment opportunities. Professionals working in water management can use the learning outcomes to develop their own working practices.

Can I progress into further study?

This module is part of the MSc Sustainable Mountain Development and, after successful completion of the CPD award, you may want to consider building to the postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or the full masters award.

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