The programme is designed to meet the growing need, internationally, for scientists who are able to understand and solve environmental problems. Since most environmental problems are interdisciplinary in nature, the MSc Pollution and Environmental Control is founded upon a variety of environmental science, engineering and social science disciplines. It was established over 20 years ago and now has an international status, attracting students, mainly with good first degrees in a science or engineering discipline, from all parts of the world. Key employers of graduates from this course include companies and public enterprise, central and local government, consultancies and education and research.
The one-year programme consists of a seven month taught component and a project lasting five months. The course may only be taken on a continous full-time basis. The taught component has a broad core covering concepts of pollution damage and economics, research methods and analytical techniques. Students are then able to specialise in:
Earth, water or atmospheric sciences
The teaching methods include formal lectures but also place a considerable emphasis on interdisciplinary group work, practicals and industrial/field visits. The programme is taught by nearly twenty recognised specialists from Biological Sciences, Earth Sciences, Economic Studies, Planning and Landscape, Engineering and Law.
The research project involves you undertaking research in any area related to pollution and environmental management. The project may be desk, laboratory or field-based depending upon the individual requirements of the student. Projects are carried out under the guidance of staff within the University and may involve collaboration with the regulatory bodies, environmental consultancies, industry and universities overseas.
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.