Taught course

Environmental Science: Pollution and Monitoring

Institution
Brunel University London · Health and Life Sciences
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

Applicants will be admitted with a science-based degree with a minimum grade of a 2:2 (or equivalent) from a British University (or equivalent). A wide range of disciplines are acceptable, for example: Environmental Science; Engineering; Physics; Chemistry; Biology; Geography; Environmental Health; Marine Science; Maths; Agricultural Science; Law, Business and Economics. Applicants with a third class honours degree or other qualifications will be considered if supported by science A-level (or equivalent) and relevant work experience. Such applicants may be required to attend an interview. Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This postgraduate programme in Environmental Pollution and Monitoring (EPM) provides a rigorous academic treatment of the fundamental scientific principles and practice of assessing and controlling the extent of environmental damage by man’s activities.

The course emphasises the technology and principles behind the processes and techniques related to the reduction of emissions to air, land and water and the effects of pollution. It develops your understanding and critical awareness of:

  • The complex interactions of societies and their environments
  • How these interactions are unevenly experienced
  • The influence of human activities on ecological system including the relationship between hazard and risk.

You will be able to study the environmental and technological issues in the management and control of air, soil and water pollution. In addition, you will learn how to collect representative samples of air, soil and water for environmental monitoring. Hands on experience on the use of various analytical techniques and the use of various statistical analyses for data quality assessment (DQA) are also provided.

During your MSc you will be based in the Environmental Sciences group within the College of Health and Life Sciences, which is closely linked to one of Brunel’s flagship research institutes: the Institute of Environment, Health and Societies (IEHS). IEHS is a rapidly expanding research centre housing a strong team of leading experts held in high international regard in their respective fields. In 2011, our research revealing the link between chemicals in rivers and reproductive health won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education. Given this background, we are committed to research-led and innovative teaching.

This MSc is accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).

Aims

  • You will gain understanding of the fundamental scientific aspects of environmental pollution with an emphasis on sources, pathways and receptors and technical approaches to controlling exposure.
  • You will be able to understand the environmental and technological issues in the management and control of air, soil and water pollution.
  • You will learn the key analytical techniques and develop the practical skills in monitoring of environmental pollution.
  • You will study the practical methods for the investigation of air, soil and water quality.
  • The course places a lot of emphasis on individual student development but also involves team-working and presentations to develop your interpersonal skills.

Who is this course suitable for?

This MSc course is suitable for graduates or those with relevant experience who wish to develop a career in practical environmental monitoring and control for industry, consultancies and public bodies using applied environmental science.

This programme is designed to allow those whose career choice lies in fields such as environmental science, environmental management and regulatory processes, to acquire a broad based knowledge of the concepts involved. After completing this course you will be able to take up roles as environmental analysts and environmental mangers with an emphasis on environmental monitoring and pollution control.

Through the specialist modules in environmental impact and monitoring, with a focus on the technology used in the control and measurement of emissions and pollutants, training is given to students who wish to have a career as environmental practitioners.

About Environmental Sciences at Brunel

During your MSc you will be based in the Environmental Sciences group within the College of Health and Life Sciences, which is closely linked to one of Brunel’s flagship research institutes: the Institute of Environment, Health and Societies (IEHS). IEHS is a rapidly expanding research centre housing a strong team of leading experts held in high international regard in their respective fields. In 2011, our research revealing the link between chemicals in rivers and reproductive health won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education. Given this background, we are committed to research-led and innovative teaching.

Information for international students

Accommodation provided on campus. Please contact Brunel's International Office. English Language Requirements: IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas); Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores); BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas).

Fees and funding

UK students
£7,300 full-time; £3,650 part-time
International students
£15,400 full-time; £7,700 part-time

Scholarship schemes available for this MSc course.

The Queen’s Anniversary Prize Scholarships.

Postgraduate Loans: From 1 August 2016, students who live in England will be able to apply for a Postgraduate Loan in academic year 2016/17 of up to £10,000. Find out more.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations20
Written coursework / continuous assessment46
Dissertation34 (10000 words)

Course contact details

Name
Dr Abdul Chaudhary
Email
Abdul.chaudhary@brunel.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1895 266105