This MSc course addresses scientific, technological and legislative aspects of the diagnosis (analysis and assessment) and management (remediation and restoration) of important environmental issues concerned with contaminated land, water quality, air pollution and waste.
It has been designed with industry advice to enable good science and engineering graduates begin and advance successful careers in the environmental sector, and pursue postgraduate scientific research. The MSc is delivered in first-class teaching and research facilities by a dedicated team of internationally renowned environmental scientists, and presents considerable interaction with environmental consultancies and engineers, industry, local and regulatory authorities, and research institutes.
During 2006- 2011, the course was supported by 6 NERC studentships, the most awarded annually to an environmental MSc. Students on the course have won the most EMpower research projects funded by companies within the nuclear industry, and since 2008, a Prize for Best Performance Overall has been awarded annually by Arup, a global environmental engineering and consultancy company.
You will study seven taught course units, three case studies and complete an Independent Research Project:
Communication & Co-operation Skills
You will be provided with practical training in written and verbal communication media; project, team and time management; careers advice and a mock job interview.
Environmental Inorganic Analysis
This unit consists of a practical laboratory and field-work based introduction to quality assured sampling strategies, preparation processes and analytical methods for heavy metals in soils, surface waters, and vegetation. You will also take part in a study visit to an accredited government laboratory that analyses radio-nuclides in food.
Diagnostic & Management Tools
This unit provides practical computer-based training in statistical analysis of environmental data, geographical information systems, and environmental impact assessment.
Environmental Organic Analysis
You will be given a practical laboratory-based introduction to quantitative analysis of organic compounds in soil, water and air; environmental behaviour and fate of organic compounds.
Contaminated Land Case Study
This case study will consist of a practical laboratory and field-work based human health risk assessment of pollutant linkages at a former gravel extraction and landfill site. It will comprise desk-top study, site investigation and sampling, laboratory analysis, data interpretation, quantitative risk assessment, and remediation options.
Water Quality: Diagnosis & Management
You will be provided with a practical laboratory and field-work based introduction to aquatic science, hydrogeology, treatment of water and wastewater, and chemical, biological and physical monitoring of water quality. The unit includes a study visit toa global manufacturer of pesticides and herbicides.
South Florida Watershed Case Study
This case study consists of international field-work study of water quality and treatment, ecological surveys of fauna and flora, and investigation of pollutant linkages. You will also be provided with an overview of federal and state projects to remediate environmental and ecological issues.
Air Pollution: Monitoring, Impacts & Management
This unit will cover: sources, sinks, dispersion, conversion, monitoring, impacts and management of air pollutants. Study visits to a local authority, and a UK air quality monitoring network and flagship site will be included.
Royal Holloway Campus Air Quality Case Study
This case study involves a consultancy company-style investigation of ambient and indoor air quality within the confines of RHUL campus; and combines desk-top research with practical fieldwork and laboratory analysis.
Waste Management & Utilisation
You will consider municipal, industrial and radioactive waste management options, and take part in study visits to a landfill site, a waste incinerator and recycling centre, a regulatory agency, and a nuclear waste reprocessing facility.
Independent Research Project
The project consists of a four-month, independent scientific investigation, usually in collaboration with environmental consultants and engineers, local and regulatory authorities, industry, research institutes, and academia. Projects may comprise a desk-top study or practical laboratory and field investigation, they may be funded, and often lead to employment or to PhD research. Final results are presented at the Research Project Symposium to an audience from within the environmental sector
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.
No work experience is required.
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