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.