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Why choose this course?. This course is accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences. Gain an in-depth and holistic understanding and knowledge of contaminated land and freshwater environments, as well as strategies to prevent, manage, and control contamination of these environments. Read more

Why choose this course?

This course is accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences

Gain an in-depth and holistic understanding and knowledge of contaminated land and freshwater environments, as well as strategies to prevent, manage, and control contamination of these environments

You'll have the opportunity to undertake a work placement to experience working with employers in a range of settings, from practical-based training to practitioner-based learning

This course will prepare you to apply the knowledge gained to real world situations and critically evaluate the outcomes to make strategic decisions

This course provides study aspects that develop an insight and skills for professionals in the government, industry, consultancy, academia, and other statutory bodies within the UK and overseas to evaluate contaminated land and freshwater management policies and strategies to achieve effective governance of these environments

We offer a learning approach suitable for recent graduates seeking a full-time study approach, and mature students in current employment a part-time route to suit their time commitments.

About this course

This is a creative programme that addresses human intervention strategies towards problem-solving in the real world, on examples such as flood defence, through the processes involved in decision-making at local authorities. This will be achieved by linking with external organisations to include practical experience through field and laboratory work, and practitioner training through placements.

Aspects of contaminated land will include legislation and regulation, identification, analysis and remediation, and human health exposure assessment through a case study approach using research informed teaching, as well as practitioner training. Within the water aspects of our course, you will focus on the environmental monitoring and assessment of freshwater, legislation and regulatory aspects, management of freshwater towards prevention and control of contamination, drinking water quality and human health, and a focus on flood defence.

A number of factors ensure you are prepared for the workforce you will seek to join on completion of the programme; these include placement experience with employers, and field and laboratory skills. Additionally, the course is currently undergoing accreditation with the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES), meaning students could be studying on a professional body accredited course with free student membership of the professional body and eligibility to apply for higher levels of membership upon completion.

Face-to-face delivery of modules and placements will aid your development of transferrable soft leadership and management, and communication skills required to meet the demands of current employers. Most of our student employment will be within collaborative and multi-disciplinary teams. Moreover, you will be supported in your PDP through reflection upon your own learning, performance and achievement, and planning for your personal, educational, and career development.



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Summary. The ability to have a professional outlook supported by a broad understanding of the environment is the focus of this diverse course, which aims to develop the interdisciplinary skills required for a career as an environmental scientist in this exciting and fast-growing industry. Read more

Summary

The ability to have a professional outlook supported by a broad understanding of the environment is the focus of this diverse course, which aims to develop the interdisciplinary skills required for a career as an environmental scientist in this exciting and fast-growing industry. This course offers a wider choice of options compared to our other Environmental Science masters courses.

Modules

Compulsory modules include: Environmental Impact Assessment; Natural Resource Governance; MSc Research Project; Advanced Quantitative Methods

Optional modules include: Sustainable Resource Management; Environmental Law and Management; Environmental Pollution; Geographical Information Systems; Environmental Management Systems; Global Change Biology; Environmental Modelling and Spatial Analysis; Freshwater Ecosystems; Coastal Flood Defence; Coastal and Maritime Engineering and Energy; Energy Resources and Engineering; Coastal Morphodynamics; Air Quality and Environmental Pollution; Waste Resource Management; Bioenergy; River and Fisheries Restoration

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Summary. The coastal zone is widely recognised as important at national, European and global levels. Skilled graduates who can understand environmental issues and apply this to engineering problems are in high demand. Read more

Summary

The coastal zone is widely recognised as important at national, European and global levels. Skilled graduates who can understand environmental issues and apply this to engineering problems are in high demand. Designed with your future career in mind, this course will enable you to acquire core knowledge of environmental coastal engineering, develop key skills such as the use of numerical models and Environmental Impact Assessment, understand the design of coastal structures, and enable you to apply this knowledge to address real problems in the coastal zone. This unique one-year course is taught jointly by Engineering and the Environment and Ocean and Earth Science, with extensive input from industry.

Modules

Introductory and core modules: Modelling Coastal Processes; Coastal Flood Defence; Coastal Morphodynamics; Coastal Sediment Dynamics, Environmental Impact Assessment; GIS; Understanding Civil Engineering (Hydraulics) (for nonengineers); Introduction to Marine Geology (for engineers); Key Skills and Applied Coastal Oceanography; Coastal and Maritime Engineering and Energy

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Summary. This programme will provide you with a sound understanding of civil engineering design and applications through a series of specialist modules in coastal, environmental, infrastructure, and transport engineering. Read more

Summary

This programme will provide you with a sound understanding of civil engineering design and applications through a series of specialist modules in coastal, environmental, infrastructure, and transport engineering. A wide range of laboratory projects are available, which enable students to deepen their understanding of a subject that is of particular interest to them and their future careers. The programme is accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers and meets the further learning requirements to become a chartered civil engineer. We also offer a conversion degree pathway aimed at non-civil engineering graduates who wish to transfer into the civil engineering industry.

Modules

Compulsory modules: MSc Research Project; Data Analysis and Experimental Methods for Civil and Environmental Engineering

Optional modules: Understanding Civil Engineering (compulsory for non-civil engineering graduates); Coastal and Maritime Engineering and Energy; Earthquake Engineering; Project Economics and Management; Groundwater Hydrology and Contamination; Water Resources Planning and Management; Highway Engineering; Waste Resource Management; Advanced Structural Engineering; Advanced Foundation Engineering; Energy Performance Assessment of Buildings; River Engineering; Water and Wastewater Engineering; Advanced Finite Element Analysis; Transport Management and Safety, Coastal Flood Defence; Law and Contracts for Civil and Environmental Engineers . The following modules are not available for non-civil engineering graduates: Applied Hydraulics; Geotechnical Engineering; Railway Engineering and Operations; Structural Engineering

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Summary. Water scientists and engineers are vital for the conservation and enhancement of our aquatic environment, both locally and globally. Read more

Summary

Water scientists and engineers are vital for the conservation and enhancement of our aquatic environment, both locally and globally. This MSc develops students’ ability to accurately assess the potential and existing impacts on the water environment from industrial practices, abstraction and agriculture. It focuses on developing the professional skills required for a rewarding career as a water focused environmental scientist.

Modules

Compulsory modules include: Freshwater Ecosystems; Environmental Pollution; Rivers and Fisheries Restoration; Natural Resource Governance; MSc Research Project; Advanced Quantitative Methods

Optional modules include: Geographical Information Systems; Sustainable Resource Management; Environmental Law and Management; Environmental Management Systems; Coastal Flood Defence; River Basin Management; Coastal and Maritime Engineering and Energy; Coastal Morphodynamics; Waste Resource Management; Water and Wastewater Engineering

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Summary. Environmental pollution experts play a crucial role in the safe and responsible management of our environment. This MSc equips students with the ability to accurately monitor emissions and mitigate their harmful impact. Read more

Summary

Environmental pollution experts play a crucial role in the safe and responsible management of our environment. This MSc equips students with the ability to accurately monitor emissions and mitigate their harmful impact. Students will develop the professional skills required for rewarding careers as environmental pollution scientists in this international industry.

Modules

Compulsory modules include: Environmental Pollution; Sustainable Resource Management; Environmental Law and Management; Air Quality and Environmental Pollution; MSc Research Project; Advanced Quantitative Methods

Optional modules include: Environmental Management Systems; Geographical Information Systems; Freshwater Ecosystems; River Basin Management; Coastal and Maritime Engineering and Energy; Energy Resources and Engineering; Coastal Flood Defence; Waste Resource Management; Waste and Wastewater Engineering; River and Fisheries Restoration

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Summary. Environmental management professionals play a critical role in the safe and responsible governance of our environment. Read more

Summary

Environmental management professionals play a critical role in the safe and responsible governance of our environment. The importance of accurate monitoring of environmental data and assessment of predicted change sits at the heart of this diverse course Students will develop the professional skills required for a career as an environmental scientist in this fast-growing and rapidly-changing industry.

Modules

Compulsory modules include: Environmental Impact Assessment; Environmental Management Systems; Sustainable Resource Management; Environmental Law and Management; MSc Research Project; Advanced Quantitative Methods

Optional modules include: Geographical Information Systems; Air Quality and Environmental Pollution; Natural Resource Governance; Energy Resources and Engineering; Coastal Flood Defence; Bioenergy; Environmental Modelling

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The importance of the coastal zone is now globally-recognised and there is a growing demand for skilled engineers who can understand environmental issues in such sensitive and often densely populated areas. Read more
The importance of the coastal zone is now globally-recognised and there is a growing demand for skilled engineers who can understand environmental issues in such sensitive and often densely populated areas. This programme will give you a broad understanding of environmental engineering and oceanographic issues.

We have strong links with industry and local authorities responsible for coastal engineering and management.

Core modules:

− Introduction to Civil Engineering (for non-engineers)
− Introduction to Marine Engineering (for engineers)
− Coastal Flood Defence
− Coastal Morphodynamics
− Coastal Sediment Dynamics
− Geographic Information Systems
− Key Skills and Applied Coastal Oceanography
− Maritime and Coastal Engineering

Optional modules:

− Applied Coastal Sediment Dynamics
− Environmental Audit and Risk Assessment

Assessment method:

Examinations, coursework and dissertation.

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Understanding about hazards, vulnerability and the risk of disaster, underpinned by a practical awareness of the planning and logistics of an emergency, are at the core of this degree. Read more

Why take this course?

Understanding about hazards, vulnerability and the risk of disaster, underpinned by a practical awareness of the planning and logistics of an emergency, are at the core of this degree. Our internationally-recognised academics, with cross-disciplinary expertise from our School of Earth and Environmental Sciences and our Business School, will ensure you gain the ability to contribute successfully in the face of a crisis.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Be taught by experts with strong research proposals, who have extensive industrial and consultancy experience with government agencies, businesses and NGOs.
Gain experience of using disaster risk reduction techniques, plus a range of other skills such as mapping using GIS, GPS and remote sensing technologies
Opt to do a work placement with an emergency planning, crisis management or disaster response organisation

What opportunities might it lead to?

We will give you the knowledge and practical skills to ensure an interesting and rewarding career in the emergency planning, crisis management or disaster response sectors, both in the UK and overseas.

The Crisis and Disaster Management course is endorsed by the Emergency Planning College (EPC) of the UK Cabinet Office. If you have attended appropriate professional development short courses at the Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College (EPC) you may be eligible for exemption from attendance of up to two thirds of our degree programme. Accreditation of Prior Learning requires evidence of good practice in the topics of study and of applying this appropriately at your workplace. If you wish to take advantage of this offer, after enrolment on the course a personal tutor will aid you in submission of your evidence.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

Contingency planning
Humanitarian aid organisations
Community resilience
Flood management
Military-civilian emergency liaison
(Re)insurance and risk management

Module Details

The course is a mixture of taught units and a research project, covering:

hazard, vulnerability and risk assessments; disaster risk reduction; emergency planning; crisis management; logistics and financial planning; business continuity; community resilience; humanitarian emergency response, and disaster management techniques, such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

The course consist of the following core units:

Disasters: Hazard, Vulnerability and Risk
Emergency Management and Planning
Disaster Management Techniques and Study Visits
Crisis Management and Governance (option)
Humanitarian Emergency Response and Recovery (option)
Research Project 


Programme Assessment

You will be part of a large postgraduate community in a vibrant and friendly department. The course units are delivered as a series of three-day teaching blocks, at three to four-week intervals from October to May, with all assessment by coursework assignments. Formal classes, such as lectures and seminars, enable you to gain the relevant knowledge, which is developed further through activity-based practicals, simulation exercises and study visits. The in-class teaching is supplemented by extensive use of web-based and library learning resources.

Assessment is varied, aimed at developing skills relevant to a range of working environments. Here’s how we assess your work:

3000-word illustrated reports
Poster and oral presentations
Literature reviews and research proposals
An individual Research Project

Student Destinations

The vocational nature of the course will give you transferable skills such as project planning, literature and data reviewing, field mapping, report writing, meeting deadlines, team work, presentation, communication and emergency simulation exercises. It also has strong research and analytical components, providing training for those who are interested in pursuing further research at PhD level.

You will have the opportunity to complete voluntary work placements with organisations (businesses, government departments, NGOs) in the emergency planning and disaster management sector, in the UK and overseas. Jobs are largely within the following sectors: emergency planning, crisis communication, epidemiology, risk management, insurance and re-insurance, utility companies, emergency logistics, civil defence and disaster relief.

The Crisis & Disaster Management MSc course is endorsed by the Emergency Planning College of the UK Government Cabinet Office.

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