MSc Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Reconstruction / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

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Course description

MSc Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Reconstruction focuses on analysing past, present, and future dynamic environments, providing you with the skills for a career in environmental management or consultancy, and a firm grounding for research in the environmental sciences.

Concerns over the human impact on the environment have stimulated demand from governments and industry for the monitoring, analysis and modelling of natural processes in environmental systems.

This is essential if we are to improve understanding of the interrelation of environmental variables to predict and manage their responses to anthropogenic perturbations.

Studying this course, you will gain:

  • advanced theoretical knowledge and practical expertise to collect, interpret and analyse contemporary and past environmental data; 
  • modelling skills to investigate the interrelationships between environmental variables, and to predict their responses to changing internal and external conditions; 
  • intellectual and practical skills to design and undertake field and/or laboratory experiments in contemporary environmental process-monitoring, or palaeo-environmental reconstruction, and to design and test appropriate environmental models with the data you collect.

Aims

The overall aims of the course are for you to gain:

  • the appropriate level of advanced theoretical knowledge and practical expertise required to collect, interpret, and analyse contemporary and past environmental data; 
  • the modelling skills required to investigate the interrelationships between environmental variables, and to predict their responses to changing internal and external conditions; 
  • the intellectual and practical skills required to design and undertake field and/or laboratory experiments in contemporary environmental process-monitoring, or palaeo-environmental reconstruction, and to design and test appropriate environmental models with the data they collect; 
  • a practical understanding of the research process, and the skills necessary to see an environmental research project through to completion.

Special features

  • Geography has been studied at Manchester for more than 125 years, and we're one of Europe's best-equipped universities for the subject.
  • We're home to world-class academics and the new Manchester Urban Institute (MUI).
  • 90% of our Geography research is rated as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' in terms of impact (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
  • Join the Manchester University Geographical Society (MUGS) a society run by Geography students for Geography students.

Coursework and assessment

Taught units comprise two-thirds of the course and are assessed by a wide range of project work, essays and reports.

There are no formal examinations.

The remainder of your course consists of the dissertation.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Environmental Change & Reconstruction 1: Concepts in Stratigraphy and Geochronology GEOG60111 15 Mandatory
Environmental Change and Reconstruction 2: Palaeoecology in Practice GEOG60122 15 Mandatory
Dissertation Support GEOG60662 15 Mandatory
Environmental Monitoring and Modelling Practice GEOG70552 15 Mandatory
Environmental Monitoring and Modelling Concepts GEOG70581 15 Mandatory
Environmental Change and Reconstruction 2: Palaeoecology in Practice GEOG60122 15 Optional
Mediterranean Quaternary Landscapes GEOG60131 15 Optional
Our Frozen Planet GEOG60222 15 Optional
Peatlands Under Pressure GEOG60231 15 Optional
Digital Terrain Analysis GEOG60411 15 Optional
Environmental Remote Sensing GEOG60941 15 Optional
GIS and Environmental Applications GEOG60951 15 Optional
Green Planet: Planet Ecology and Global Change GEOG61041 15 Optional
Pyrogeography: Fire in the Earth System GEOG62012 15 Optional
Environmental Restoration GEOG62022 15 Optional
Environmental Monitoring and Modelling Practice GEOG70552 15 Optional
Applied Study Unit GEOG70560 15 Optional
Issues in Environmental Policy GEOG70911 15 Optional
Understanding GIS GEOG71552 15 Optional
Spatial Ecology GEOG71921 15 Optional
Climate Change, Disasters and Responses MGDI60552 15 Optional
Environmental Impact Assessment PLAN60411 15 Optional
Planning for Environmental Change PLAN60771 15 Optional
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Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a number of postgraduate taught scholarships and merit awards to outstanding applicants and international students.

In addition, the Manchester Alumni Scholarship Scheme offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a first-class Bachelors degree and are progressing to a postgraduate taught masters course.

For more information, see  Fees and funding  or  search the University's postgraduate funding database

What our students say

My courses developed my transferrable skills (eg report writing, analytical skills), as well as technical knowledge, especially around rivers, catchment hydrology, flooding and climate change.  

The course units I studied during my master's were very beneficial, especially those that involved work experience and using software that I now use in my job. The most surprising takeaway from my course is how much my confidence has developed.

Kathryn Hooley, MSc Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Reconstruction graduate (2018)

Facilities

We are one of Europe's best-equipped universities for geography, with numerous laboratories. These include the main teaching laboratory, microscopy laboratory, and sediments and project laboratories.

You can also learn professional skills such as coding and programming specialist, industry-standard software such as image processing, GIS, GPS and cartographic representation.

The University's Main Library is the largest university library system in the UK apart from the copyright libraries and has a number of different working spaces. It is home to the University Map Collection, which comprises about 100,000 map sheets of every part of the world.

We also have our very own Kantorowich Library, which contains many of the teaching and learning materials that you will need, from books and journals to DVDs and past dissertations.

For more information, see our Facilities webpage.

Disability support

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