Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Reconstruction, M.Sc.

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This Master of Science in Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Reconstruction programme offered by The University of Manchester focuses on the analysis of dynamic environments, past. present, and future. Concerns over human impacts on the environment have stimulated demand from governments and industry for the monitoring, analysis and modelling of natural processes in environmental systems. This is essential if we are to improve understanding of the interrelation of environmental variables in order to predict and manage their responses to anthropogenic perturbations.
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With this Master of Science in Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Reconstruction programme offered by The University of Manchester you will gain:
  • Advanced theoretical knowledge and practical expertise in order to collect, interpret and analyse contemporary and past environmental data.
  • Modelling skills, in order to investigate the interrelationships between environmental variables, and to predict their responses to changing internal and external conditons.
  • Intellectual and practical skills, in order to design and undertake field and/or laboratory experiments in contemporary environmental process-monitoring, or palaeoenvironmental reconstruction, and to design and test appropriate environmental models with the data you collect.

These skills are highly relevent if you wish to pursue a career in environmental management, or consultancy, and provide a firm grounding for reserach in the environmental sciences.

Dr Jason Dortch directs the course, with input from other physical geographers working on a wide variety of aspects of environmental change. Current research includes:

  • Measurements and predictions of climate change
  • Glaciers and ice sheets (past and present)
  • Biogeogrpahy
  • Palaeoecology
  • Environmental pollution
  • Upland geomorphology (low relief, e.g. British uplands, and high relief, e.g. Himalayas)
  • Remote sensing for environmental management
  • Moorland erosion control
  • Hydrology
  • Water resource management
  • Fire management
  • Tectonic geomorphology

We also use the proximity of Manchester to the upland areas of the Peak District; several past MSc students completed dissertation work in close collaboration with various organisations responsible for land management in the Peak District, giving their work direct policy relevance.

Programme Structure


Core course units typically cover:

  • Generic Research and Personal Skills
  • Environmental Change
  • Environmental Remote Sensing
  • Environmental Monitoring and Modelling Concepts
  • Environmental Reconstruction
  • GIS Applications in Environmental Monitoring & Modelling
  • Environmental Monitoring and Modelling Practice

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 27 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You need the following CAE score:

  • Minimum required score (Grade C): 180

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the English language.

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Academic Requirements

Full entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview: Applicants should hold a Second Class Honours degree, or its equivalent, in Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, or Geography. Graduates in Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Mathematics, Engineering or a cognate discipline are also welcome. We particularly welcome applications from geographers already working in research or policy related fields.

English language:

Applicants whose first language is not English should meet the following language requirements:

  • an IELTS Test score of 7.0 or more overall with a minimum writing score of 7
  • or a TOEFL Test (Paper-based) score of 600 or more with a minimum score in Test of Written English of 5
  • or a TOEFL Test (Computer-based) score of 250 or more with a minimum essay rating of 5
  • or an NCUK PMP EAP Grade A

Applicants whose language of academic instruction for at least 1 year has been English may be exempted from this requirement, at the discretion of the School.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 15500 International
  • GBP 7700 EU/EEA

MSc (full-time)

  • UK/EU students (per annum): £7,700
  • International students (per annum): £15,500

MSc (part-time)

  • UK/EU students (per annum): £3,850
  • International students (per annum): £7,750


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