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Sustainable Waste Management MSc(Eng)

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  • Objectives
    Upon successful completion of the course students will gain * An understanding of engineering approaches to achieving waste management improvement; * An awareness of best practice techniques for turning waste management into resource conservation; * Good appreciation of the multidisciplinary nature of the industry, the range of work waste management professionals undertake and the organizations they work for; * The ability to integrate and apply theoretical concepts, ideas, tools and techniques in practice.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements English language requirements: * All applicants whose first language is not English, or who have not previously studied in an English speaking country for at least a year have to provide evidence of English language ability before they can register. The two international English language tests which are acceptable to the University are IELTS and TOEFL. * A minimum overall score of 6.0 is required from the IELTS test, with not less than 5.5 in listening and reading, and not less than 5.0 in speaking and writing. * From a TOEFL paper based test the requirement is a minimum score of 580, with 4.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE). From a TOEFL computer based test the requirement is a minimum score of 240, with 4.0 on the essay rating. * If your English language is does not meet the above requirements it is possible to take a pre-sessional English language course at the University prior to registration as a postgraduate student. Further information on the English language requirements and on pre-sessional English language courses run by the University can be found at the University Language Centre Webpages. Academic entry requirements: * A minimum UK second class honours degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent. Consideration will be given to applicants with equivalent academic or professional qualifications in an engineering or natural science subject. Given the nature of the course and the broad range of skills required by professionals working in these topic areas, students with degrees from other disciplines (e.g. social sciences. economics), and students without formal qualifications but a proven track record in work, will be considered.
  • Academic Title
    Sustainable Waste Management MSc(Eng)
  • Course description
    Major changes have occurred in the last 10 - 20 years in the way society views waste. The old ‘cover and forget’, ‘dilute and disperse’, ‘end of pipe’ approaches that typified waste management in the past have been modified by the realisation that sustainability cannot be achieved by ignoring the consequences of production and consumption in our desire for goods and services.

    Consequently the MSc in Sustainable Waste Management encapsulates the primary goals of the modern ‘waste manager’, those of minimisation, reuse and recycling, and examines disposal option selection and design on the grounds of environmental effectiveness as well as cost. Students also study the policy and legislative framework within which waste is managed along with the methods available for recovery, treatment and disposal. This is supplemented with a sound grounding in management techniques and methods for assessing the environmental and financial impacts of waste management activities.

    Therefore the course enables students to acquire the understanding and skills necessary to contribute to the provision of environmentally sound and economically sustainable systems and technologies, and to meet the present needs and future challenges of waste minimisation and management.

    Staff in the School of Civil Engineering achieved a 5 rating (ratings range from 1-5*) in the recent UK Government Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). Not only does this confirm our status as one of the foremost Civil Engineering research and learning centres, it also means that our teaching staff are at the leading-edge of their field so students benefit from world-class cutting-edge learning and teaching.

    The postgraduate research programmes are operated within the Civil Engineering Research Institute (CERI), which is part of School of Civil Engineering. With a worldwide reputation for the quality and scope of its research programmes, the Institute offers a variety of research grant, contract and consultancy services; taught postgraduate courses and doctoral research programmes.

    What you study

    The following compulsory and optional models are available:

        * Waste Policy and Evaluation
        * Environmental Law and Pollution Control
        * Profession and the Industry
        * Project Management
        * Waste Minimisation and Recycling
        * Biological Treatment and Production Utilisation
        * Waste Water Engineering
        * Harzardous Wastes and Contaminated Land
        * Thermal Conversion of Waste
        * Landfill Process and Design

    Students will also undertake a dissertation and may select a topic from a range of field, laboratory, computer or literature based projects, or may prose a topic of their choice. In all cases a member of academic staff will be assigned as a supervisor for the project.

    (As a fast moving area these options are liable to change so for up to date information please contact us directly).

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