Taught course

Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Reconstruction

The University of Manchester · School of Environment and Development

Entry requirements

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.

Months of entry


Course content

This masters programme 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.

The programme is directed by Dr Phil Hughes, with inputs from other physical geographers working on a wide variety of aspects of environmental change. Current research within the School includes: measurements and predictions of global warming; processes of drought and desertification; reconstruction of past environments; acidification of surface waters; upland geomorphology; remote sensing for environmental management; moorland erosion control; water resource management; tropical rainforest management. Several of the course units build on the interests members of staff have in upland environments. The programme also makes use of the proximity of Manchester to the upland areas of the Peak District, and several past MSc students have completed dissertation work in close collaboration with various organisations responsible for land management in the Peak District so that their work has had direct policy relevance.

Informal inquiries, prior to applications, are welcomed. Please contact: Dr Phil Hughes (Programme Director) | Email: philip.hughes@manchester.ac.uk

Information for international students

For more information about entry requirements, including English Language requirements, please see the University website.

Fees and funding

School studentships also available. ORS scheme for overseas applicants. Special scholarships for UK Chinese and North American applicants.

Qualification and course duration


part time
27 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations10
Written coursework / continuous assessment40
Dissertation50 (7500 words)

Course contact details

Recruitment and Admissions Office: School of Environment and Development (SED).
+44 (0) 161 275 7446