If you are a graduate seeking to enhance your prospects in wastes management or change your career direction, then you should consider this Master´s programme. It has been specifically designed to meet the needs and demands of the modern wastes management industry.
The School of Science and Technology at the University of Northampton is a Centre for Excellence in Wastes Management and our MSc course is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Waste Management.
Applicants will normally hold a recognised first or second class honours degree from a UK university or international equivalent in a recognised environmental science discipline such as geography, biology, environmental chemistry, geology or a related area. Those with degrees in other subjects may also be considered according to their interests and background. No work experience is required for admission to these programmes. 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).
In addition to the acquisition of subject-specific skills and knowledge, the programmes of study will equip its graduates with a range of transferable skills.
Special course features
you will be entitled to 12 months´ free student membership of the CIWM, which includes discounted rates on annual conference, training courses and seminars
all modules can be studied in a range of formats, for example traditionally taught (subject to recruitment), intensive residential (subject to recruitment), and distance learning
they can also be studied individually as part of a CPD programme, or can lead to a named award
MSc Programme is fully accredited by the CIWM
study at a Centre for Excellence in Wastes Management
Provides you with the opportunity to assess the legal, environmental and logistic factors associated with a range of waste management disposal, treatment and minimisation options.
Environmental and Wastes Management Legislation
Extends 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
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 as well as 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.
Land Contamination and Disposal
Introduces and develops the concepts of anaerobic degradation of wastes placed in landfill sites resulting in the generation of leachate and landfill gas. You will also examine the broad issues relating to contaminated land including the scientific principles underlying current methodologies for the remediation of contaminated land and the effectiveness of such strategies.
The Political Dimension of Waste
Draws together the different levels of politics providing you with an understanding and awareness of national and local politics and how they interact in the UK.
Critically evaluates current legal developments in waste minimisation for commercial and industrial wastes, and municipal wastes management within the context of local authorities, and typical small and medium enterprises.
Each 20 unit module will be equivalent to 200 hours of study and the module guide, which you will have access to during your studies, has details on how these are allocated. The Research Thesis is worth 60 credits and is therefore equivalent to 600 hours of study.
*Optional modules are subject to staff availability and student interest.
The growing worldwide awareness and 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. Students from this course have also gone on to MPhil and PhD studies at the University of Northampton.
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