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MSc Pollution & Environmental Control / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

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.


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:  

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: