M.Sc. Wastes Management (online study)

The University of Northampton

Tuition fee:
  • £ 5,350 / Year (International)
Start date: June  2015, September  2015, October  2015, January  2016
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: Online
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time
Structure: Fully structured
Student interaction: Online group works/assignments
Attendance: No Attendance
Teacher support: Continuous support with feedback on request

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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.


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. 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.

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 Minimisation

Typical modules
Not all the designated modules may run or be offered due to staff availability or low numbers of students choosing a module.

Compulsory Modules

* 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 as well as health and safety assessments and guidance.
* Research Thesis
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.
* Wastes Management
Provides you with the opportunity to assess the legal, environmental and logistical factors associated with a range of waste management disposal, treatment and minimisation options.

Optional Modules

* Advanced Biological Wastes Management Technologies
Evaluates the performance of advanced 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.
* Advanced Thermal Wastes Management Technologies
Examines the performance of advanced thermal waste management technologies encompassing scientific, operational, environmental, economic and social implications of different strategies.
* 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.
* Local Authority Waste Management
Provides you with the knowledge and understanding of the roles and responsibilities of local government in relation to waste management to enable you to evaluate the approaches and strategies adopted by Local Authorities to fulfil their wastes management duties and responsibilities as well as the constraints within which they operate.
* The Politics of Wastes
Provides you with an insight into the workings of Westminster and the mobilisation of power in the development of waste policy.
* Wastes Minimisation (Commercial and Industrial)
Critically evaluates current legal developments in waste minimisation for Commercial and Industrial Wastes within the context of typical small and medium enterprises.
* Wastes Minimisation (MSW) Municipal Solid Waste
Evaluates current legal developments driving municipal and household waste reduction. You will examine recent strategy and policy documentation as well as analysing research-based, pro-environmental behaviour insights.


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.

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.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.



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.

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