Faculty of Science and Engineering

MSc Environmental Monitoring and Pollution Analysis

Postgraduate - Taught MSc

Open for admission in 2021

Start in September

Full time Part time
MSc 1 year 2 years

About the course

The environment is currently being subjected to unprecedented anthropogenic change. As we enter the fourth Industrial revolution it is imperative that industries are equipped with professionals who consider, and are able to evaluate, the environmental consequences of new technologies and developments.

This Masters in Environmental Monitoring and Pollution Analysis is designed to provide chemists, biologists and environmental scientists with the skills required to measure natural and man-made chemicals in the environment. Alongside these analytical skills you’ll learn about the impact of pollutants in our atmosphere, water systems and wider ecosystems. And we’ll put this all in context by providing you with detailed knowledge of the policy and management systems that underpin environmental monitoring.

Final validation pending

We regularly review our courses to make sure they continue to meet our academic standards. Any changes to courses go through a re-validation process. 'Final validation pending' means that we intend to offer this programme, but it hasn't received final University approval yet. Please call our Admissions Service on 01482 466850 for confirmation that the course is approved and will be running.



What you'll study

The programme is designed for graduates coming from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds, and so the programme will start by providing a grounding in the fundamentals of chemistry, biology and ecosystems. This will be delivered by blended learning that integrates face-to-face contact, digital activities and group work to nurture a strong learning community and peer-support and peer-to-peer learning networks.

Contact time will utilise a range of formats that encourage active learning to include flipped lectures, problem-based learning, problem solving focused laboratory exercises, field work, seminars, resource-based learning all underpinned by directed reading.

Throughout the programme, you will also be asked to identify and critically evaluate information in order to make coherent evaluations and informed judgements.

Practical experience and skills are essential for any environmental scientist, so laboratory and field work is an important component of the programme. This element will scaffold your learning, building up to the independent research project/dissertation, which will involve all aspects from initial design, including appreciation of ethical and health and safety considerations, through to data gathering and analysis, plus reporting evaluation and reflection.

The laboratory/industry project placements will also include a variety of practical-based work within the confines of a regulatory or industry environment. 

Modules are currently undergoing planning consent but teaching will cover:

  • Analysis and critical evaluation of information and arguments from across disciplines and from a range of different sources.
  • Practical skills necessary to successfully carry out analytical techniques specifically in the context of environmental monitoring, but also more broadly in other industries such as pharmaceuticals, biomedicine and formulation chemistry.
  • Transferable skills such as teamwork, communication, time management and independent thinking.
  • An appreciation of the applications of sciences across disciplines and so develop creative problem solvers.
  • Self management and development. Awareness of the knowledge gaps and development of mechanisms needed to plug the gaps and deal with one’s own limitations.
  • Understand the needs of the consumers of environmental data, including policy makers, and lay audiences. Communicate effectively with these groups.

Subject to validation. We're still finalising this programme, check back soon for module information.

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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“I wanted to be a part of the Energy Estuary in the Humber region, this is a unique opportunity to study a subject that has direct implications on the world today, in the heart of where the change is happening."

Aminah Bibi, MSc in Renewable Energy

Fees and funding

  • Home: £9,000

UK students can take out a Master’s Loan to help with tuition fees and living costs. For 2020 entry, they provide up to £11,222 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas, increasing to £11,570 for entry in the 2021/22 academic year. Find out more about Postgraduate Loans.

  • EU/International: £9,000

International applicants may need to pay a tuition fee deposit before the start of the course. Visit our tuition fee deposit page for more information.

Graduate PGT Scholarship

The University of Hull is pleased to offer graduates progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate taught study a £1,000 scholarship towards the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out if you’re eligible by visiting the University of Hull Graduate PGT Scholarship page.

International Scholarships and Bursaries

For a list of all scholarships and bursaries for international students, please visit the International Scholarships and Bursaries page.

We also offer an International Studentship Scheme Discount of up to £3,500.

UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships to help you with your studies.

For more information, please visit the UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries page.

Study under experts. Our geography and environmental studies research was ranked third in the UK for its impact in the most recent national assessment.

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The Humber – Britain’s ‘Energy Estuary’ – is rapidly becoming the focus of the renewables industry.

We are a member of the GU8 consortium, a group of port city universities from across the world, providing us with international collaborative links that are unrivalled in the UK.

Entry requirements

Generally, we require applicants to hold a Bachelor Honours degree at 2.2 level or above (or international equivalent) in Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Geochemistry, Geology, Biological Sciences or similar.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Future prospects

This programme will provide you with training in analytical chemistry and environmental sciences allowing them to develop the core knowledge, competencies and behaviours to support the needs of commercial, government and charitable sectors as they consider the impact of their activities on the environment.