Wastes Management, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • English (book 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.

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • 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:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class
Recommended score: First Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of First Class or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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).

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    3180 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3180 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2160 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2160 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • International:£3,180 (Year 1, 60 credits) £1,060 per 20 credit module
  • Home/EU:£2,160 (Year 1, 60 Credits) £720 per 20 credit module


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