Available for January start

Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 3 years

UK/EU fee

£7,920

International fee

£7,920

Course level

Postgraduate

Qualification

MSc

Start dates

January, September, May

Location

Online

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.

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

Postgraduate CertificatePostgraduate CertificatePostgraduate DiplomaPostgraduate DiplomaMastersMasters

Code: 7BY506

Contaminated Land and Remediation

This module aims to develop a sound knowledge base and understanding of contaminated land, its legislation and regulation, identification, distribution, impact and remediation. The module contextualises monitoring and assessment towards pollution prevention, control and risk-based management towards sustainable development. A range of contaminants including inorganic trace elements such as toxic trace metals, asbestos, pesticides, polyaromatic hydrocarbons are discussed in terms of their biogeochemistry, toxicity and human exposure assessment. Aspects of environmental and human bioavailability aspects are explored. Field work is an important component of the module where aspects of strategic sampling protocols are taught alongside quality assurance aspects of data generation using a range of analytical techniques. The module will be delivered online with a residential block dedicated to, field and laboratory work.

Module Learning Outcomes 

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the sources and effects of contaminants in land, and critically appreciate the strategies to prevent, control, and manage contamination towards a sustainable environment
  2. Understand and evaluate the application of techniques for monitoring and assessment of toxins in contaminated land
  3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of current environmental and human health issues in the context of contaminated land and how policy and legislation are used to mitigate the potential impacts

Module Content

Contaminated Land: Definition, sources and types of contaminants, biogeochemistry of contaminants, contaminant cycling in the environment, environmental and human health impacts of contaminants. Aspects of contaminant bioavailabilty and speciation in the environment and the human food chain, bioaccessibility and bioavailability in the human system. Ethical issues and case studies to highlight the above aspects.

Legislation, Regulation and Remediation of Contaminated Land: Identifying contaminated land, risk-based management in the context of legislation and regulation, remediation aspects to include physical, biological, chemical, and thermal technologies.

Monitoring and Assessment: Field and laboratory exercises to include sampling protocols for representative sample collection and analysis of contaminants using a range of analytical techniques, with particular attention to stringent quality control procedures for data generation. Data analysis, interpretation and critical discussion of the results from field and laboratory work.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 7BY507

Freshwater Management

This module aims to develop a sound understanding for the need of clean water for all and highlights the United Nations Millennium Development Goals to address the problem of water scarcity at a global level. Through the module, students will develop a sound capability to evaluate the distribution and impact of a range of pollutants in the freshwater environment within the context of legislation, regulation and pollution control strategies. Legislative and regulatory standards will enable the understanding of legislation including Directives, and regulation to manage the aquatic environment towards a sustainable solution. Aspects of surface water and groundwater quality and contamination will be evaluated with the help of case studies. Field work is an important component of the module and will take place during a residential block where aspects of strategic sampling protocols are taught alongside quality assurance aspects of data generation using a range of analytical techniques.

Module Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the sources and effects of contaminants in the freshwater environment, and critically appreciate the strategies to prevent, control, and manage contamination towards a sustainable future
  2. Understand and evaluate the application of techniques for monitoring and assessment of water quality of freshwater environments such as rivers, lakes, ponds, streams, groundwater and drinking water
  3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of current environmental and human health issues in the context of freshwater contamination and how policy and legislation are used to mitigate the potential impacts

Module Content 

Introduction to Freshwater: water as a resource to sustain life, water scarcity and the role of the United Nations’ to target water through the Millennium Development Goals and beyond, water as a commodity 

Water Pollution: sources, types and effects of a range of organic and inorganic contaminants on the environment, implications for human health, case studies to highlight these aspects, current issues in water such as fracking, water pollution of the polar regions 

Water Pollution Control: legislation including Directives, regulation and management, policy making and regulatory bodies, enforcement, standards of water quality, ethical issues, approaches to control the pollution both nationally and internationally 

Management through Monitoring and Assessment: prevention, permits, economic instruments; field and laboratory exercises to include sampling protocols for representative sample collection and analysis of contaminants using a range of analytical techniques, with particular attention to stringent quality control procedures for data generation. Data analysis, interpretation and critical discussion of the results from field and laboratory work.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 7EV545

Global Resource Management

This module aims to develop a critical knowledge and understanding of natural resource use, waste generation and waste management. Issues in the module are discussed from both a global and local perspective giving students the opportunity for application in their specific context. A range of examples, case studies and reports are also used for the benefit of real world, practical learning.

The module will be delivered fully online through study materials via the blackboard platform which will include interactive materials, live-classroom sessions, word documents and power point presentations with voiceovers. Tutor support will be provided through the discussion forum, e-mail and personal tutoring as appropriate.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the global resource challenge and its relationship to waste
  2. Demonstrate a comprehensive and critical understanding of waste legislation, including EU and UK legislation, together with the powers and duties of the enforcement agencies
  3. Critically assess the nature and issues within the waste sectors including construction and demolition, agricultural, commercial and household waste, together with an understanding of treatment and disposal routes
  4. Critically evaluate current and emerging waste management options including energy and resource from waste

Module content

  • Global resource use and consumption
  • Local and international waste legislation
  • Defining waste, types of waste and waste as resource
  • Waste from different sectors
  • Waste management options
  • Energy and resource from waste
  • Emerging waste management issues
  • Employability skills
    • Conceptual, critical and reflective thinking
    • Team work
    • Communication
  • Digital Skills
    • Applying digital techniques to conduct and share research
    • Proactive participation in online professional networks
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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 7EV544

Environmental Impact Assessment

Environmental impact assessment (EIA) has become an increasingly integral part of the industrial and commercial development process in relation to the delivery of sustainable development. This module aims to develop a sound appreciation of the importance of conducting EIA, together with an understanding of the techniques by which this can be achieved. In conjunction with an appreciation of what is happening globally in relation to EIA. Also the environmental assessment of plans and programmes by SEA is considered.

The module will be delivered fully online through study materials via the blackboard platform which will include interactive materials, live-classroom sessions, word documents and power point presentations with voiceovers. The module is designed to include a reflective element and students will be required to engage in reflective practice through formative assessments in discussion forums throughout the module. Tutor support will be provided through the discussion forum, e-mail and personal tutoring as appropriate.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to: 1. Demonstrate a comprehensive and critical understanding of environmental assessment including Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and the importance of the process for delivering sustainable development. 2. Critically appraise Environmental Assessment including EIA implementation in a range of countries. 3. Demonstrate the ability to execute an EIA and produce an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Module content

  • Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Introduction to Strategic Environmental Assessment
  • Environmental Impact Assessment legislation
  • Environmental Impact Assessment procedures
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment procedures
  • Public participation in Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Assessment of Impacts on water, land, air, biodiversity, people etc
  • Challenges and future of EIA and SEA
  • Employability skills
    • Team work, collaboration, communication
    • Problem solving
    • Articulate the advantages and disadvantages of peer review practices.
  • Digital Competencies
    • Online collaboration
    • Leadership
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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 7EV546

International Environmental Policy and Law

This module aims to develop a critical knowledge and understanding of environmental policy and environmental law and regulation used for the protection of the environment. Areas covered will range from principles of environmental policy, environmental policy instruments, international agreements, EU legislation, UK laws and regulatory bodies. Environmental problems within organisations are discussed through a range of examples that show how organisations can comply with legislation for the prevention and control of environmental pollution towards sustainable development.

The module will be delivered fully online through study materials via the blackboard platform which will include interactive materials, live-classroom sessions, word documents and power point presentations with voiceovers. Tutor support will be provided through the discussion forum, e-mail and personal tutoring as appropriate.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Critically appraise  the  fundamental  principles of international environmental  law,  and  the  legal  and  institutional  framework  in  which they have developed and are implemented
  2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of how policy and legislation are used to mitigate current environmental issues and approaches employed to achieve compliance
  3. Critically evaluate the role and effectiveness of the main institutions and frameworks for implementing appropriate interventions

Module content

  • The nature of the environment
  • International environmental law: history, sources, international law and the European Union, international law and the UK, major international agreements
  • UK environmental law
  • Regulation of environmental law: standards and standard-setting, enforcement, mechanisms to monitor and improve regulation
  • The UK Legislative Framework and the environment: sources, classification and associated judicial systems, interpretation, enforcement, environmental policy and regulatory regime, Common Law in the protection of the environment
  • Major UK environmental legislation: Town and country planning, Industrial Pollution Control regimes, Air quality and climate change, waste, contaminated land, water, Nuisance, Nature Conservation.
  • Environmental compliance within organisations: Compliance tools, Advantages and disadvantages of compliance,
  • The future of environmental law and its regulation
  • Employability Skills
    • Problem solving
    • Consultancy skills
    • Team work and collaboration
  • Digital Skills
    • Ethical and legal requirements surrounding the use and re-use of information and identify sources of relevant advice.
    • Using a comprehensive range of information sources in any medium, including specialised information such as archives, data sets, special collections, colleagues and contacts in research networks to access current and relevant information.
  • Research Skills
    • Research problem identification and framing
    • Research design and methodologies
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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 7EV550

Tools for Delivering Sustainable Solutions to Environmental Problems

This module aims to develop a sound knowledge and understanding of sources and nature of environmental problems and how to solve them in a sustainable manner. The module will explore major environmental problems in different parts of the environment and the key environmental management tools and techniques available to environmental professionals and organisations for dealing with them. While a range of tools will be introduced, a significant portion of the module will focus on environmental management systems (EMS) and environmental audits as key environmental management tools.

The module will be delivered fully online through study materials via the blackboard platform which will include interactive materials, live-classroom sessions, word documents and power point presentations with voiceovers. The module is designed to include a reflective element and students will be required to engage in reflective practice through formative assessments in discussion forums throughout the module. Tutor support will be provided through the discussion forum, e-mail and personal tutoring as appropriate.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate the main concepts of the natural environment and the earth system
  2. Critically evaluate the idea of environmental risk, environmental change, pollution linkages and their impacts
  3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principles of major environmental management tools and their application
  4. Demonstrate the ability to work effectively in a professional multi-disciplinary team for the application of a major environmental management tool

Module content

  • Natural Cycles, environmental limits major global environmental issues and sustainable development
  • Identifying and Assessing Environmental Risks
  • Pollution sources linkages and impacts in air, water and soil
  • Environmental Management Systems (history, types, advantages and disadvantages)
  • ISO 14001 Requirements and Implementation
  • Environmental Auditing within EMS (ISO 19001; Principles, stages, advantages and disadvantages)
  • Other types of environmental audits (Compliance, waste, energy etc)
  • Other environmental management tools (Life Cycle Assessment, Environmental Impact Assessment, Strategic Environmental Assessment, Cost Benefit Analysis, Ecological Impact Assessment, Footprinting, Environmental Management Plans)
  • Collaboration and Innovation for sustainable production
  • Employability Skills
  • Digital skills
  • Research skills
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20 Credits
core

Code: 7EV995

Independent Scholarly Activity

This module represents a significant opportunity for students to apply the knowledge and understanding gained from the taught modules within their Programme of study to a specific research based investigation. Students will have the opportunity to apply, creative thinking and organisational and time management skills to a specific topic or hypothetical/existing problem. Early in the module, emphasis will be placed on the research and communication skills necessary to execute an independent, investigative study. Students will be expected to devise a research proposal and then execute the study over a given time frame.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate initiative and critical thinking skills in selecting a problem for investigation and identifying appropriate methodologies for their implementation
  2. Critically evaluate existing literature in their chosen field of study
  3. Collect, interpret and critically evaluate primary/secondary data and discuss its significance in the context of the investigation and of related studies

Module content

Students will receive research skills tutoring through a combination of on-line materials with formative self-assessment exercises to consolidate those received in earlier modules for the development of a research based investigation. An understanding of the basic principles of experimental methodology of a range of research investigations will be explored including both qualitative and quantitative principles of research design. There will be directed study and tutorials covering the following elements:

  • Literature review techniques
  • Critical review of scientific literature
  • Tools for data gathering
  • Statistical methods of hypothesis testing
  • Data interpretation
  • Thesis structure, organisation and presentation
  • Research or Report paper organisation and presentation
  • Health and safety implications
  • Ethical issues
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60 Credits
core
Coursework

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.

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.

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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 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.

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.

Fees and funding

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £880 7 (six 20 credit modules and one 60 credit module) £7,920

† Prices correct for 2019/20 new students. Subject to potential annual increase in September 2020.

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 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.

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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Careers

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.

Programme leader

Dr Richard Pope

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Prices correct for 2019/20 new students. Subject to potential annual increase in September 2020.

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