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MSc Pollution & Environmental Control

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

Degree awarded
MSc
Duration
12 months full time
Entry requirements
Applications are welcome from students with a good first degree (minimum 2.1 or equivalent) in a scientific or technological discipline from a recognised university. First degrees in other subject areas or people with degree-equivalent qualifications may also be considered for entry.

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply online .

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MSc Y N N N

Course description

Our course provides you with a strong grounding in the quantitative and qualitative skills required to address environmental questions in addition to subject-specific knowledge and understanding.

Following the taught element you have the opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge in a research project.

Open days

For details of the next University Postgraduate open day, visit open days and visits

As an alternative to our on-campus open day events, we're running a postgraduate virtual open week with popular open day talks and subject information sessions, from Monday 29th June to Friday 3rd July 2020.

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences will provide a subject specific overview of Petroleum Geoscience programmes at The University of Manchester. The event offered by the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences will take place on Wednesday 1st July at 11am.

Register your interest in our Virtual Open Week

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £11,500
    International students (per annum): £27,000

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.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Contact details

Department
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Contact name
Janet Steadman
Facsimile
N/A
Email
Website
https://www.manchester.ac.uk/ees
School/Faculty

Our internationally-renowned expertise across the School of Natural Sciences informs research led teaching with strong collaboration across disciplines, unlocking new and exciting fields and translating science into reality.  Our multidisciplinary learning and research activities advance the boundaries of science for the wider benefit of society, inspiring students to promote positive change through educating future leaders in the true fundamentals of science. Find out more about Science and Engineering at Manchester .

Courses in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

Applications are welcome from students with a good first degree (minimum 2.1 or equivalent) in a scientific or technological discipline from a recognised university. First degrees in other subject areas or people with degree-equivalent qualifications may also be considered for entry.

English language

IELTS 6.5 overall with no less than 6 in any component.

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.

Application and selection

How to apply

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 details

Course description

Our course provides you with a strong grounding in the quantitative and qualitative skills required to address environmental questions in addition to subject-specific knowledge and understanding.

Following the taught element you have the opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge in a research project.

Aims

The aim of this programme is to

  • provide interdisciplinary foundation training for students from a natural science or engineering background intending to pursue a career, with or without further postgraduate training, in pollution control, environmental management or resource conservation.
  • provide an understanding of the nature of explanation in social science, natural science and engineering as applied to research or other investigative activity in pollution control and environmental management.
  • provide generic and subject-specific training in research design and methods of data collection and analysis.
  • provide subject-specific training in the social, economic, legal, planning and engineering dimensions of environmental protection and resource conservation tailored to the student's research interests and/or career needs.
  • provide subject-specific training on how natural systems function and the perturbations to those systems arising from human activity, again tailored to the student's research interests and/or career needs.
  • meet the needs of employers that require an ability to bring sound science and current thinking to environmental problems.
  • foster interdisciplinary study within the School and within the University through provision of high quality students to carry out projects.
  • enable the student systematically to research the area of environmental pollution via the literature and create an ordered structured report on a subject of relevance to the course and their own interests.

Course unit details

The programme is divided into three parts :

  • 60 credits of Core taught course units running from October to May
  • 60 credit taught courses comprised of four optional 15 credit modules running from January to May.
  • 60 credit research project carried out from April to the middle of September. 

For a detailed description of modules please visit:

http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/masters/courses/list/02325/msc-pollution-and-environmental-control/course-details/#course-units-all  

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
Measuring and Predicting 1 EART60061 15 Mandatory
Measuring and Predicting 2 EART60071 15 Mandatory
Research Project EART60372 60 Mandatory
Environmental Monitoring and Modelling EART62012 15 Mandatory
Pollutant Mobility and Transformation EART62022 15 Mandatory
Human Impacts on the Biosphere EART62051 15 Mandatory
Environmental MSc Tutorial EART62062 15 Mandatory
Pollution Management in Practice 2 EART63012 15 Mandatory
Pollution Management in Practice 1 EART66001 15 Mandatory

Scholarships and bursaries

The Faculty of Science and Engineering is offering a number of scholarships to both UK and oversees students. For more information about these scholarships please visit our Subject-specific scholarships page or the Fees and Funding page on the Department website for more information on other scholarships and awards available.

Course collaborators

Teaching and research in environmental sciences are facilitated by strong collaborative links with the Greater Manchester Geological Unit, an independent body of consultants engaged in practical urban geoscience in the Manchester area.

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

Careers

Career opportunities

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. Our programmes address these requirements through a core of skills-based modules with the emphasis on synthesis.

Career destinations of graduates

Graduates from the existing Pollution and Environmental Control Masters have been very successful in obtaining relevant environment-related employment in areas such as industry, local and central authorities, the regulatory sector, consultancies, education and research. Typically, between 20 and 30% of students completing the programme undertake postgraduate research immediately after graduation.

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.