Wastes Management, M.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Module)
    Tuition (Module)
  • English (take IELTS)
The School of Science and Technology at the University of Northampton is a Centre for Excellence in Wastes Management and we are well placed to offer a suite of courses relating to a wide range of topics within the wastes management industry.


This MSc Wastes Management programme has been specifically designed to meet the needs and demands of the modern wastes management industry.

This award is suitable for recent graduates wishing to enhance their employability options or change their career direction. All courses are accredited by the Chartered Institution of Waste Management.

You can take modules as a 'one off', either as a taster before deciding whether to study the course in full, or as an opportunity to update your skills in a particular area.

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.

Career Opportunities

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.

Methods of Learning

The basis for online learning (at a distance) is the module learning material, which contains essential study material covering all learning outcomes. NILE is where the Module Tutors provide module materials, web links and further reading resources. Candidates can expect one-to-one support with the tutors via NILE, email, telephone, Skype and face-to-face if required.

The culmination of the MSc is completion of the 60 credit independent research project. You should be considering the area of research you want undertake while completing your other modules.


Length of study
  • Three years (typically) via Distance Learning.
Start date
  • September, February and May (distance learning)


Assessment is by coursework, oral presentations, group work, practical reports, critical reviews and all Master's level students undertake a substantial independent research thesis. Students can expect between two and three items of assessment per 20 credit module. Assignments are submitted electronically via NILE unless otherwise instructed to do so. These are then marked, with the feedback and grades made available to students through NILE.


The University of Northampton Emblem, Holdenby Education has an extensive history in Northampton dating back to the 13th century whilst the University of Northampton has evolved from the beginning of the 20th century.

1924 Northampton Technical College was established. The St George's Avenue building was opened by the Duke and Duchess of York in 1932. The School of Art opened in 1937.

1972 Margaret Thatcher opened the College of Education at Park Campus in 1972.

1975 Nene College was formed from the amalgamation of the College of Education, College of Technology and College of Art.

1992 Nene College transferred its further education provision to further education colleges in Northamptonshire and focused on higher education.

1993 Nene College incorporated St Andrew's School of Occupational Therapy and was granted undergraduate degree awarding powers.

1994 The Leathersellers College in London was integrated into Nene College.

1997 Sir Gordon Roberts College of Nursing and Midwifery was also incorporated into Nene College.

1999 Nene College became University College Northampton.

2005 The University of Northampton was established, having been awarded full university status and research degree awarding powers.

Programme Structure

The programme is divided into three stages. To complete the Master's level qualification you must complete six modules and an independent research thesis to a total of 180 credits. During the course, you complete three compulsory modules and choose three optional modules in stages one and two. Optional modules are subject to staff availability and student interest. 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.

The research thesis (dissertation) is the final compulsory module in stage three. This ensures that you study the same broad themes within wastes management, but are also able to tailor the focus and level of the qualification to suit your individual needs, experience, interests and career aspirations.

You can also take certain modules as a 'one off', either as a taster before deciding whether to study the course in full, or as an opportunity to update your skills in a particular area.

Professional Membership

As a CIWM Accredited Course, students studying wastes management are entitled to 12 months free student membership of the CIWM.

Benefits of membership include:

  • free copy of CIWM Journal delivered on your doorstep each month
  • free weekly email news service, News Online, delivered to your Inbox
  • discounted rates on annual conference, training courses and seminars
  • networking opportunities through CIWM Regional Centres
  • access to CIWM NGG (New Generation Group) events
  • free technical advice and use of CIWM Library Services
  • professional and career development

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Study intensity Part-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

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Academic Requirements

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).

If you do not meet our standard entry requirements, it is possible to undertake a single module and, upon successful completion of this module, progress to the full MSc qualification, contact us at science.admin@northampton.ac.uk to discuss this option.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You don’t need a visa to study in this programme.

Tuition Fee Per Module

  • GBP 700 International
  • GBP 700 EU/EEA
Distance Learning:
  • £2,100 (60 Credits) £700 per 20 credit module
  • £3,120 (60 credits) £1,040 per 20 credit module


Money is often the biggest concern for people entering higher education. However, students may be eligible to apply for support towards their tuition fees and living costs from a variety of sources. These include the University of Northampton's scholarships, bursaries and awards as well as a range of support from the Government (such as Student Finance loans, NHS bursaries,disabled students allowance and childcare support). Please note that a student's eligibility to receive funding will depend on them meeting certain criteria which may include course, residency status, household income and previous higher education study. As well as funding from loans and grants, students may be eligible to receive either a discount or an exemption from paying council tax and assistance with paying healthcare costs.

The university's Financial Guidance Team offer students a range of support including information and guidance on funding available to support your study as well as information on short term loans and grants available should the need arise.

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