Taught course

Pollution and Environmental Control (online)

The University of Manchester · School of Environment, Education and Development

Entry requirements

We require an Upper Second (2:1) Class Honours degree in a science subject (or the overseas equivalent).

If you do not have a 2:1 but have relevant work experience you may be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

Help build a better future

Pollution is transforming our environment, distorting habitats and wiping out biodiversity. It’s a major contributor to the escalating global climate crisis, and threatens our way of life, our wellbeing and our safety. As our environment evolves and human behaviour adapts, new challenges emerge, and we need a new generation of environmental scientists to tackle those challenges head on, and shift the trajectory of our planet.

Our online MSc in Pollution and Environmental Control will arm you with the multidisciplinary knowledge and wide-ranging practical skills to influence positive environmental change and help build a better future.

Who this course is for

Whether you’re working in the environment sector, or want to move in that direction, if you’re passionate about creating a greener future and have a background in science, this course is for you. We’ll help you build your specialist knowledge and develop the quantitative and qualitative skills required to manage pollution effectively, drawing on a multidisciplinary approach to new and existing environmental issues.

Designed in parallel with the established on-campus Pollution and Environmental Control MSc, this online version offers the same high-quality content and top-tier teaching, but with built-in flexibility to fit your studies into your current commitments. With the option to pay in instalments as well as various scholarships and bursaries on offer, this course is open to you, whatever your circumstances, wherever you are in the world.

If you’re ready to take the next step in your career and want to transform the future for your local and global community, you’re in the right place.

What you will learn

  • Learn how to measure pollution, predict its mobility and recognise the quality of your measurements.
  • Address the effects of human activities on the biosphere, through the study of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.
  • Get to grips with the structure of the atmosphere, and how weather and air motions affect the spreading of pollution.
  • Become skilled at environmental modelling, focusing on water movement and pollution.
  • Use industry models to examine real-world problems with GIS and environmental data.

Where and when you will study

Wherever you are in the world, you can benefit from internationally-renowned teaching at The University of Manchester – the 27th best university in the world according to the latest QS World University Rankings, 2022 – right from your desk.

This course is designed specifically for people who want to study while keeping up with existing work, family or social commitments. There’s no need to relocate, and no reason to pause your career, with flexible online content and part-time options.

You’ll study through a virtual learning environment (VLE), accessing a series of recorded lectures, instructor-led labs and computer practicals, as well as online course content including videos, podcasts and reading materials, whenever it’s convenient for you. This is complemented by engaging online discussion boards, a minimum of three real-time tutorials per semester, and regular opportunities to chat online with your tutor.

We’ve also made it possible for online students to attend field trips virtually, accessing site information and field data online with video and audio guides to support you.

How it will benefit your career

  • The on-campus version of this course has 45 years of success behind it, giving your degree the prestige to stand out.
  • Sought-after specialist knowledge and advanced qualitative and quantitative skills will empower you to influence change.
  • Real-life scenario work and virtual field trips will prepare you to hit the ground running and lead in a new role.
  • A global network of like-minded professionals will support your development and broaden your horizons.
  • Our multidisciplinary approach will give you a broad range of tools to draw upon, enabling you to think differently and find innovative solutions.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Early application discounts are available. Please view the course page on The University of Manchester website for more details.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    60 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Environment, Education and Development