Waste management is a fast paced and rapidly changing sector. Working in the sector therefore requires the skills, competencies and knowledge to be able to work in this challenging environment, at a local, national and global level. The MSc International Wastes Management course has been specifically designed to help decision-makers, practitioners and ordinary citizens across the world understand how a solid waste management system works and to inspire people everywhere to make their own decisions on the next steps in developing a solution appropriate to their own city´s particular circumstances and needs.
Using a range of case studies from around the globe, the Course provides a unique perspective of how waste is managed in a number of different countries, and highlights what strategies might be employed to ensure more sustainable approaches.
Applicants will normally hold a first or second class honours degree from a UK university or international equivalent. The degree will normally be in a recognised environmental science discipline such as geography, biology, environmental sciences, geology or a related area. Those with degrees in other subject areas will be considered according to the interests and background of the candidate. 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).
International Environmental Management Policy and Control
Examines the legal rules and principles governing the regulation of the global environment. You will appraise the regulatory options and mechanisms available to policy makers for monitoring, controlling and enforcing environmental management practices. The module will also explore the complex social, economic and political contexts in which international environmental law exists, using legal and non-legal materials as examples.
International Wastes Management
Assesses the environmental impact and economics of current waste disposal practices in urban areas, the system deficiencies that exist as well as the steps that need to be taken to correct solid wastes management practices in both developed and developing countries using ´best practice´ examples adopted around the world.
Research and Analytical Methods
Develops your ability to independently design a research project. Specifically, you will focus on the acquisition, processing and delivery of information; approaches to analysis and interpretation methodologies; effective communication; recommendations to academic, professional and other audiences; the design of ethical and health and safety assessments and guidance.
You will undertake a substantial element of independent research, demonstrating your conceptual understanding as well as the application of cross-disciplinary research and analysis skills.
Advanced Thermal and Biological Wastes Management Technologies
Evaluates the performance of advanced thermal and biological waste management technologies encompassing scientific, operational, environmental, economic and ´social´ performance as well as the track record, reliability and risk issues of these technologies.
Hazardous Wastes Management Worldwide
Complements other international wastes management modules by providing you with an awareness, knowledge and understanding of managing hazardous wastes in both developed and developing countries. The learning material is based on that developed by the International Solid Waste Association and the United National Environment Programme.
Successful graduates will be able to develop careers in specialist wastes management, pollution control and natural resource management or in environmental education. Graduates have gained technical and managerial posts within government agencies, environmental consultancies and major national and international companies. You are encouraged to join the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) with the opportunity to become chartered wastes managers.
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