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MSc Wastes Management Who is it for?

You are a recent graduate in a recognised environmental science discipline such as physical geography, biology, environmental chemistry, geology or a related area (including engineering) who wishes to pursue a career in this field of expanding opportunities all over the world.

Research Thesis About the Course

The MSc Wastes Management course has been specifically designed to meet the needs and demands of the modern wastes management industry. It aims to provide students from a diversity of backgrounds with the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge at postgraduate level that will enable them to become effective wastes managers.

The course will enable you to develop the critical and analytical skills associated with postgraduate training as well as acquiring an understanding of the principles of wastes management. You will be trained to undertake the research required to fully understand environmental issues, and you will acquire subject-specific skills and knowledge.

You will undertake a research project that explores an issue of your choice and enables you to demonstrate your understanding of the philosophy and principles of research.

Optional Modules

The Politics of Waste The module will help you to understand the complicated government legislation and how waste policy is formed in the UK and around the world.

Wastes Minimisation (Municipal Solid Waste)

This module provides you with the opportunity to critically evaluate previous developments and future pressures that drive local, national and international planning strategies to reduce municipal and household waste.

Wastes Minimisation (Commercial and Industrial)

Course Content

For the award of the MSc you will be required to complete three compulsory modules, three optional modules and a compulsory research thesis.

Compulsory Modules

Wastes Management This module provides you with the opportunity to assess the environmental impact and economics of current waste disposal, treatment and minimisation options.

Environmental and Wastes Management Legislation

This module aims to raise your awareness, knowledge and understanding of how the philosophies and policies of wastes management are implemented and enforced through legal measures.

Research and Analytical Methods

This module develops your abilities to provide research and analytical design for a research project.

You will evaluate the present developments, including their cost-effectiveness in waste minimisation strategies for commercial and industrial businesses.

Advanced Thermal Waste Management Technologies

This module was developed in conjunction with the UK Government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to provide postgraduate training and associated learning materials to Higher Education institutions.

Advanced Biological Waste Management Technologies

You will use scientific, operational, environmental, economic and social influences to evaluate the performance of advanced biological waste management technologies in the UK and worldwide.

Land Contamination and Disposal

The use of landfill sites is a major waste disposal route around the world. This module will provide you with a broad view of issues relating to contaminated land, and in particular, the scientific principles underlying current methodologies for the remediation of contaminated land and the effectiveness of such strategies.

78 Local Authority Wastes Management

This module will provide you with the knowledge and understanding of the roles and responsibilities of local authorities in relation to waste management to enable you to evaluate the approaches and strategies used as well as the constraints within which governments operate.


The programme will be delivered by a range of teaching methods, with particular emphasis being placed upon hands-on experience, through practical sessions introducing a variety of skills for environmental scientists or through work in the field. The course is assessed by assignment only; there are no formal examinations.

Career Opportunities

The growing worldwide awareness of the significance of environmental management, wastes minimisation and pollution control, coupled with recent legislative changes in many countries have resulted in an explosion of exciting job opportunities in the wastes industry. Consequently, there is now a strong demand for wastes management graduates. There are opportunities in industry, local and national authorities, as well as within the specialist wastes management industry.

Duration of Course

The course commences in September and runs for 12 months. You will attend lectures, seminars and workshops throughout two taught semesters followed by a period of supported independent study whilst you complete your dissertation.

Entry Requirements

You will normally hold a recognised First or Second Class Bachelor’s degree in a recognised environmental science discipline. Those with degrees in other social science subjects (including law) will also be considered according to their interests and background. Applicants for whom English is not their first language will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent).

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