Available for September start

Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 2-3 years

UK fee

£8,145 (2021/22)

International fee

£8,145 (2021/22)/EU

Course level




Start dates

January, September, May



Online course description

Protecting the Earth’s environment has never been more important in the survival of the human species and the interdepending ecosystems. Today’s environment is under countless threats from the effects of pollution. Increased awareness of issues linked to rising pollution levels has culminated in a series of key questions:

Environmental practitioners are required to address these questions through applying appropriate assessment and controls as part of the broader remit to preserve, restore and develop a sustainable world for future generations.

Developed in line with real word issues and global policy agendas

The global sustainability agenda is gaining significant momentum and environmental practitioners are increasingly expected to be able to effectively manage environmental pollution alongside other environmental management and sustainability matters.

On this programme, you will develop the critical knowledge and crucial skills to assess pollution sources and pathways, manage its impact as well as understand pollution problems and provide evidence base to support decision and policymaking. These are key initiatives featured in a recent report conducted by The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessments, defining the programme's key areas.   

Apply your scientific knowledge through fieldwork with our one week residential

Understand the intricate processes of conducting fieldwork, analysing the results in our very own state-of-the-art laboratories. The residential will last one week, helping you to complete a number of modules on the programme as well as gaining real world experience and developing key technical skills. Activities will range from strategic sampling protocols in freshwater and contaminated land as well as the quality assurance aspects of data generation using a range of analytical techniques.

Taught by academics who are active researchers

The programme has been designed by an enthusiastic team of environmental science experts and employers in line with professional body requirements. This ensures that teaching is driven by up-to-date developments in the field of pollution management, developing essential practical and academic skills for careers in environmental assessment, remediation and management.

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What you will study

We will advise you of your study plan - the running order and availability of the modules - when you are invited to enrol.

Achieve a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Masters award

The online MSc Environmental Assessment and Control programme comprises three progressive stages; Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert), Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) and Masters (MSc):

You will be required to achieve 60 credits to complete each award within the programme, 180 credits will be needed to achieve the Masters.

You will be awarded a:

We would encourage you to complete the full MSc, but if you prefer, you can still gain an exit award at each stage: a PG Cert or a PG Dip.

You can also study Environmental Assessment and Control MSc on campus

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

Pace of study

We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester. If you aim to study two modules in one trimester, we recommend 40 hours of study per week.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.

Who will teach you

Dr Richard Pope
Programme leader

Richard is a Lecturer in Geography at the University of Derby.

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Entry requirements

You will usually need either an Honours degree in a related scientific subject (at least second class) or equivalent experience.

English language qualifications

If English is not your first language, or you have not successfully completed your highest level of qualification in English, you will need an English language qualification*. For this course you will need at least one of the following:

*If you have a minimum of IELTS level 4.5 you can study our Certificate of Credit in English for Academic Purposes which we will accept as evidence that you are able to perform at a suitable level of IELTS 6.0. We will also accept the Certificate of Credit as evidence that you can perform at GCSE level.

If you are unable to take an English Language Test locally, you may wish to consider our Derby English Language Test (DELT), which is an online test in two parts: reading and writing, and listening and speaking. Take a look at our Derby English Language test (DELT) page for full course details, online exam dates and how to book.

Fees and funding

2021/22 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2021 and August 2022.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £905 7 (six 20 credit modules and one 60 credit module)  £8,145

About your fees

This figure would be the total cost of this course in the current academic year. However, please note that fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase if your course lasts longer than one year.

However, please also note that you can receive a 5% discount if you either:

There are no additional costs by attending the block week. Although you will be expected to forgo the costs of travel and accommodation. We will assist you in finding accommodation either at our halls of residence or close by. All travel to sites, laboratory equipment and fieldwork tools will be provided by the University.

You are encouraged to attend the residential in order to develop key practical skills that are essential to your career progression. We do recognise that in some cases this might not be possible. Please contact the programme leader to discuss your circumstances. A non-attendance at the block week will culminate following an alternative (non-fieldwork and laboratory-based) route which is a less practically focused pathway. There is no residential for students wishing to start in the May intake.

Flexible payment plans available

Choose from three payment plan options:

Masters funding options

Depending on where you are from in the UK or EU, and on your pace of study, you may be eligible for a postgraduate student loan. Accessible through Student Finance, this is a non-income based loan to help with living costs and tuition fees whilst studying your masters programme.

Alumni discount for Derby graduates

We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.

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How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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For support with completing your application, view our guide to the application process.

Documents to support your application

You'll need to provide:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.

Application deadlines

All of our online courses have set start dates throughout the year. We require time to review your application and get back to you with a response before your course starts. Take a look at information regarding applying for an online course to see full details of deadlines and term dates.


The need to manage environmental pollution as part of the broader sustainability agenda has increased employment opportunities for graduates with an MSc in Environmental Control and Assessment.

Successful completion of this degree can therefore lead to prestigious roles such as Environmental Consultant, Process Leader, Operations Manager, Environmental Monitoring Technician, Geo-environmental Consultant, Skills and Learning Coordinator, amongst other roles in the Environmental profession.

You could also consider further study and research towards a PhD qualification.

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