Taught course

Environmental Geology and Contamination

University of Portsmouth · School of the Environment, Geography and Geosciences

Entry requirements

A 2:2 honours degree in an Earth Science, Civil Engineering, Chemistry or Environmental Science discipline. Relevant industrial and work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry


Course content

As a consequence of industrial and mining activity, contaminants in the ground continue to be a major risk to public health and the future of the natural world.

If you're keen to tackle this important issue, take your studies to postgraduate level, and learn specialist skills, our MSc Environmental Geology and Contamination degree course is for you.

On this course, you'll get the knowledge and skills you'll need to manage contaminated sites, and learn the importance of maintaining safe, habitable, and sustainable communities.

You'll get theoretical skills as well as practical experience, and we'll give you the support you need to develop your career too – so once you graduate, you can pursue varied roles in the specialist area of contaminated land consultancy, regulation and remediation, both in the UK and overseas.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:
  • Use our geological and geotechnic labs for practical work on spatial analysis and remote testing
  • Get hands-on experience with instruments such as GPS, Total Stations and 3D laser scanners, as well as developing skills for ground investigation with invasive techniques, in-situ tests and walk-over surveys
  • Learn from recognised experts in the field, with extensive knowledge of groundwater hydrology, environmental geology and contaminated land management
  • Be trained in fieldwork techniques such as walk-over surveys combined with interpretation of remote sensing and aerial photography imagery
  • Learn the techniques for carrying out risk assessments on contaminated land
  • Complete a professional research project, in collaboration with industry partners

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in environmental consultancy.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Careers and opportunities

Contaminated land is one of the key areas in which the UK has a skills shortage. This, combined with the vocational nature of this course, means that your skills will be in high demand from employers.

Career opportunities include:

  • Environmental organisations
  • Geotechnical consultancies
  • Mining companies
  • Local authorities
  • Government agencies

This course will provide you with a variety of transferable skills such as project planning, literature and data reviewing and report writing, along with general communication and presentation skills. It also has strong research and analytical components, ideal if you wish to pursue further research to PhD level.

We'll give you as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

Fees and funding

UK students
Full time: £8,700 Part time: £4,350 p/a* *Fees are subject to annual increase
International students
Full time: £15,900 Part time: £7,950 p/a* *Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions Team
023 9284 5566