Taught course

Air Pollution Management and Control

University of Birmingham · School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Entry requirements

Candidates for the MSc should possess one of the following:

  • At least a Second Class Honours degree awarded by an approved University or Institution in an appropriate subject;
  • A degree without Honours, awarded by an approved University or Institution in an appropriate subject, followed by at least two years appropriate postgraduate experience.

For the Postgraduate Diploma: As above; Diplomas or other qualifications judged satisfactory for the purpose.

Months of entry


Course content

The course combines taught modules with an independent major research project. The taught modules introduce the nature of our atmosphere, its composition and meteorology, air pollutant emissions, air pollution chemistry and climate change / carbon management, together with the practical measures used to limit emissions from sources ranging from power stations to vehicles and the legislative and policy framework used by national and local authorities to enforce air quality objectives.The research project allows students to undertake an in-depth investigation of a particular aspect of air pollution of interest to them, and further their level of understanding.
This programme is run jointly by the Division of Environmental Health and Risk Management in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, and the School of Chemical Engineering.
We offer two qualifications in this area:
  • MSc in Air Pollution Management and Control
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Air Pollution Management and Control
The full-time MSc course runs over a 12-month period, starting in October. The taught modules are delivered in the autumn and spring terms, while the summer months focus on the major research project. Teaching is scheduled in a block or day release format (i.e. lectures concentrated on one or two days per week) to facilitate part-time study alongside employment. The full-time Postgraduate Diploma (taught modules only) lasts 9 months, from October through to June of the following year.
Both courses are also available on a part-time basis, running over two years.
Taught Modules
The course has 9 taught modules, representing 120 credits in total:
  • Causes and Effects of Air Pollution
  • Atmospheric Composition and Physics
  • Air Pollution Meteorology
  • Air Pollution Chemistry
  • Industrial Gas Discharge Control
  • Air Quality Management
  • Physical Climatology & The Climate System
  • Carbon Management
Research Component
The research component of the course comprises a Research Methods module (10 credits) and an individual research project into an area of the students’ choice (50 credits).

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Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
£9,250 FT - £4,625 PT (MSc) £6,167 FT - £3,083 PT (PGDip)
International students
£21,690 FT - £10,845 PT

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Val Walker
0121 414 3077