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Degree awarded
Master of Science
Duration
12 Months. [Full-Time]
Entry requirements
A First or Upper Second class honours degree in the United Kingdom, or an international equivalent, in a relevant science discipline, e.g. biology, zoology, environmental science, earth science or physical geography with sufficient evidence in relevant modules taken. Exceptional applicants with a 2:2 with some research experience or equivalence would also be considered.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

The Faculty of Life Sciences reserves the right to close courses if the course is full.

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning
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Course description

Governments, industry and society, in all countries, are increasingly aware of the importance of securing sustainable development through cost-effective pollution controls and resource conservation. As a result, there is a growing need, internationally, for suitably qualified personnel in the environmental authorities of central and local government, industry and commerce, consultancy and research. Moreover, the resulting legal requirements on the part of governments and industry to conform to national and international agreements and regulations means that such demand will remain even during periods of economic austerity and retrenchment.

Employers are increasingly requiring environmental science graduates to have a strong grounding in the quantitative and qualitative skills required to address environmental questions in additional to subject-specific knowledge and understanding. This programme addresses these requirements through a core of skills-based modules with the emphasis on synthesis.

This research focused Masters course consists of a core taught component and two research projects, with the option to undertake one project placement in industry.

For further details see: Environmental Sciences Masters at Manchester

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2015, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £10,500
    International students (per annum): £21,000

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Life Sciences
Contact name
Recruitment and Admissions Office
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 5032
Facsimile
+44 (0)161 275 5456
Email
Website
www.manchester.ac.uk/env-sci-masters
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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

A First or Upper Second class honours degree in the United Kingdom, or an international equivalent, in a relevant science discipline, e.g. biology, zoology, environmental science, earth science or physical geography with sufficient evidence in relevant modules taken. Exceptional applicants with a 2:2 with some research experience or equivalence would also be considered.

English language

For MSc applicants whose first language is not English an IELTS score of 6.5 in each component, TOEFL 577 (paper based), TOEFL 233 (computer based) or TOEFL 90 (internet based) is required as a minimum.

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

How to apply

Apply online

The Faculty of Life Sciences reserves the right to close courses if the course is full.

Interview requirements

All international applicants will be interviewed by Skype.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course description

Governments, industry and society, in all countries, are increasingly aware of the importance of securing sustainable development through cost-effective pollution controls and resource conservation. As a result, there is a growing need, internationally, for suitably qualified personnel in the environmental authorities of central and local government, industry and commerce, consultancy and research. Moreover, the resulting legal requirements on the part of governments and industry to conform to national and international agreements and regulations means that such demand will remain even during periods of economic austerity and retrenchment.

Employers are increasingly requiring environmental science graduates to have a strong grounding in the quantitative and qualitative skills required to address environmental questions in additional to subject-specific knowledge and understanding. This programme addresses these requirements through a core of skills-based modules with the emphasis on synthesis.

This research focused Masters course consists of a core taught component and two research projects, with the option to undertake one project placement in industry.

For further details see: Environmental Sciences Masters at Manchester

Aims

The overall aim of the  programme is to prepare students for continuing research in academia and industry - including environmental consultancy - aimed at understanding and addressing research questions relating to how organisms interact with the environment, and respond to natural and anthropogenic-induced change through the application of advanced methods and approaches.

Special features

Teaching and learning

Teaching and Learning methods vary depending on the aims and objectives of each course unit but usually include one or more of the following:

  • Lectures
  • Practicals
  • Seminars and Workshops
  • Field courses
  • Research Projects
 For full details of teaching and learning see: Course Structure and Modules

Course unit details

The programme is divided into three parts:

  • 60 credits of Core taught course units running from October to May
  • 60 credit Research Project 1 carried out part time from October to January
  • 60 credit Research Project 2 carried out from April to end of September
For full details on modules see: Course Structure and Modules

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office. Email: disability@manchester.ac.uk

Career opportunities

Employers are increasingly requiring environmental science graduates to have a strong grounding in the quantitative and qualitative skills required to address environmental questions in additional to subject-specific knowledge and understanding. Graduates will develop these skills though a core of skills-based modules and have the opportunity to apply and demonstrate their skills in two research projects.

We expect that graduates from the new Applications in Environmental Science Masters will be attractive to employers in the environmental authorities of central and local government, industry and commerce, consultancy and research. The experience gained during an industrial placement will be especially valuable to employers.

For further details see: Environmental Sciences Masters at Manchester - Careers