Taught course

Pollution and Environmental Control

The University of Manchester · School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences

Entry requirements

Applications are welcome from students with a good first degree (minimum 2.1 or equivalent) in a scientific or technological discipline from a recognised university. First degrees in other subject areas or people with degree-equivalent qualifications may also be considered for entry.

Months of entry


Course content

This degree course is designed to meet the growing international need for scientists who can understand and solve environmental problems.

Since most environmental problems are interdisciplinary in nature, the course is founded upon a variety of environmental science, engineering and social science disciplines. Established over 20 years ago, it now has high-profile international status, attracting students - mainly with good first degrees in a science or engineering discipline - from all across the world.

Key employers of graduates from this course include private companies and public enterprise, central and local government, consultancies, education and research.

Course aims:
The aim of this programme is to-

provide interdisciplinary foundation training for students from a natural science or engineering background intending to pursue a career, with or without further postgraduate training, in pollution control, environmental management or resource conservation.
provide an understanding of the nature of explanation in social science, natural science and engineering as applied to research or other investigative activity in pollution control and environmental management.
provide generic and subject-specific training in research design and methods of data collection and analysis.
provide subject-specific training in the social, economic, legal, planning and engineering dimensions of environmental protection and resource conservation tailored to the student's research interests and/or career needs.
provide subject-specific training on how natural systems function and the perturbations to those systems arising from human activity, again tailored to the student's research interests and/or career needs.
meet the needs of employers that require an ability to bring sound science and current thinking to environmental problems.
foster interdisciplinary study within the School and within the University through provision of high quality students to carry out projects.
enable the student systematically to research the area of environmental pollution via the literature and create an ordered structured report on a subject of relevance to the course and their own interests.

Information for international students

Overseas students would also need to demonstrate competence in English language, for example, a minimum IELTS score of 6.5

Fees and funding

Please see: www.seaes.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/funding/

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations32
Written coursework / continuous assessment18
Dissertation50 (20000 words)

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
+44 (0)161 306 9379