M.Sc. Wastes Management (Msc)

The University of Northampton

Tuition fee:
  • € 5,375 / Year (EEA)
  • € 10,791 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: October  2014
  • English
Delivery mode: Blended
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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MSc Wastes Management and associated interim awards have been specifically designed to meet the needs and demands of the modern wastes management industry. Delivered in a range of formats (part-time, full-time and distance learning) 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 an effective waste manager.

The aim is for students to develop the critical, analytical skills associated with postgraduate training as well as acquiring a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the principles of wastes management, and be trained to undertake the research required to tackle environmental issues.

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.

The mode of delivery dictates the range of teaching and learning strategies adopted, but could typically include lectures, seminars, fieldwork and supported by independent study. On-campus students attend weekly lectures. The basis for distance learning study is Module Learning Packs, which contain essential study material covering all learning outcomes. Where appropriate the Module Learning Packs also include a variety of journal articles as well as other reference materials and further reading lists. The University of Northampton virtual learning environment (NILE) facilitates communication and discussion with both fellow students and course tutors, as well as serving as a notice board and repository for posting news and developments in wastes management.


Special course features

* All modules can be studied in a range of formats i.e. traditionally taught, intensive residential (subject to recruitment), e- and distance learning
* They can be studied individually as part of a CPD programme, or can lead to a named award

Typical modules

All modules are 20 credits except the research thesis which is 60 credits. Students undertake the three compulsory modules and three designated modules, plus the research thesis (total of 180 credits). Modules available for study include:

* Wastes Management (compulsory)
* Research and Analytical Methods (compulsory)
* Environmental and Wastes Management Legislation (compulsory)
* The Politics of Waste (designated)
* Wastes Minimisation (MSW) (designated)
* Wastes Minimisation (Commercial and Industrial) (designated)
* Advanced Thermal Wastes Management Technologies (designated)
* Advanced Biological Wastes Management Technologies (designated)
* Land Contamination and Disposal (designated)
* Local Authority Wastes Management (designated)
* Research thesis (MSc only)

A range of other postgraduate Wastes Management courses are also available. Please check the University course pages for details:

* PgCert Advanced Wastes Management Technologies
* PgCert Local Authority Wastes Management
* PgCert Wastes Management Policy and Legislation
* PgCert Wastes Minimisation
* PgCert Wastes Management

Students wishing to undertake the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) would undertake the three compulsory modules and three designated modules (120 credits), but not the research thesis module.

Postgraduate Certificates (PgCert) are normally delivered via distance learning. Students must take three modules (60 credits). Please check the University course pages for details.


Applicants should usually possess a first or second class honours degree from a UK institution or the Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA), or equivalent. That degree will normally be in a recognised environmental science discipline such as physical geography, biology, environmental chemistry, geology or a related area (including engineering). Those with degrees in other social science subjects including law will also be considered, according to the interests and background of the candidate.

English Language Requirements

CAE score: 60 (Grade C)

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