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Designed to meet the increasing demands to manage and restore degraded land as close as possible to its original status, this course aims to provide the knowledge and skills required to bridge the gap between damaged land and fully restored ecosystems. Read more

Designed to meet the increasing demands to manage and restore degraded land as close as possible to its original status, this course aims to provide the knowledge and skills required to bridge the gap between damaged land and fully restored ecosystems.

Who is it for?

Land reclamation and restoration MSc is suitable for ecology, science, geography and engineering graduates, or professionals from either a science or technical background.

The course comprises eight taught modules, an integrated group project, and an individual thesis project. It provides the skills to assess, plan and implement strategies needed to restore, reclaim and remediate degraded land in order to support ecosystems functions and services.

The course is designed to respond to the industry demands of highly-trained engineers and science professionals able to implement appropriate, innovative and sustainable soil and land management strategies. There is an emphasis on analysis of real problems with practical field work to reinforce learning. This provides the tools required for the group and individual projects.

Why this course?

The postgraduate level Land Reclamation and Restoration course integrates new scientific understanding of environmental processes with relevant engineering and management skills. These skills are then used to develop new, integrated land management solutions at relevant scales including field, city, catchment, national and global.

  • Hands-on practices and visits to relevant land reclamation and ecological restoration sites form a major part of the programme.
  • Close relations to industry, providing practical experience through group and individual projects in collaboration with relevant organisations.
  • Outstanding learning environment with an access to market leading geospatial technologies and state of the art soil and plant research laboratories associated with Agri-Tech Innovation Centres.
  • In depth understanding of principles that influence soil reclamation and restoration in an ecosystem context.

Graduates from this programme are highly sought after by government agencies, businesses, consultancies, and non-government organisations (NGOs).

Accreditation

Land Reclamation and Restoration MSc/MTech/PgCert/PgDip is accredited by Institute of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) and Landscape Institute.

Course details

The modules include lectures and tutorials, and are assessed through written examinations and assignments. These provide the tools required for the group and individual projects.

Group project

This project provides students with the opportunity to take responsibility for a commercially-orientated, consultancy-type project with a UK-based industrial partner, while working in teams under academic supervision. It involves survey design, data collection and analysis, and synthesis and presentation of results to the client. This provides experience equivalent to a real life working environment aiming to provide a solution to a problem faced by industry in an integrated approach drawing upon mixed expertise across various disciplines. 

Individual project

This project provides an opportunity to concentrate on a particular aspect of land reclamation and restoration. It also allows students to demonstrate their ability to research independently, to think and work in an original way, to contribute to knowledge, and to overcome genuine problems in this specialist area of land management. Many of the projects are supported by external organisations.

Assessment

MSc taught modules (six core and two electives) and 40%, group project 20%, individual thesis 40%.

Your career

Takes you on to career opportunities in consultancy, research, education, public and private sector industry. Successful students go on to a wide range of careers such as consulting engineers, conservationists, environmental and design planners/consultants, land and sustainability managers and advisors, researchers, and educationalists. 

Employers include statutory agencies and ministries, conservation trusts, environmental companies, international development organisations, land and natural resource management businesses, large agri-food companies, local authorities, non-government organisations (NGOs), and research organisations.



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Apply your knowledge to real-world issues. You will gain skills in dealing with often-complex Earth systems, evaluate current research and and apply your knowledge to real-world issues, as well as get to work in some really amazing places around the world!. Read more

Apply your knowledge to real-world issues

You will gain skills in dealing with often-complex Earth systems, evaluate current research and and apply your knowledge to real-world issues, as well as get to work in some really amazing places around the world!

Find out more about the Master of Science parent structure.

The Master of Science (Earth Science) at Massey University will develop your skills in a field and laboratory environment that is focussed on solutions to Earth science-based issues facing society.

Explore the world around you

Field work could find you on a volcano top in Vanuatu, exploring ancient volcanoes on Chatham Island or assessing real-time hazards from an erupting volcano. You might find yourself exploring the back country of the Wanganui Basin or its marine terraces, sampling rivers and aquifers to determine groundwater recharge/discharge, or investigating erosion and land use employing both field and remote sensing techniques. 

You will also gain transferable skills that will be useful in many different careers. These include observation skills, advanced ability in data collection, analysis and interpretation, problem-solving and lateral thinking skills, self-motivation and resilience, teamwork as well as developing high-level written and verbal communication skills.

Let our expertise become yours

Massey University Earth science staff are actively researching and are members of internationally-relevant related groups. Many also have extensive industry experience, through either employment or consultancy. They bring this expertise to your teaching.

Examine the environmental impact

Massey’s expertise in environmental geochemistry includes remediation of contaminated sites, phytomining, mine site and land reclamation.

You can learn from – and build on – our expertise in the societal impacts of Earth events, such as volcanic activity. These include social, economic, infrastructure and the impact on local communities including iwi.

Specialised equipment

We have a range of specialised equipment which is available to you for your research and study. This includes:

  • A microprobe for spatial geochemical analysis of geological materials. Able to focus down to two microns, it allows measurement of changes in composition across crystals (which record pre-eruption processes in magmas)
  • Laser particle size analyser for measuring grain-size distributions of materials such as tephra
  • FTIR (Fourier Transform Infra-red) microscope. This measures water and CO2 contents in volcanic materials (related to eruption dynamics), but has also been used for analysing compositional differences in horse bones and carbon nanoparticles
  • Pyroclastic Flow simulator
  • Hyperspectral analyser for remote sensing soil,rock and plant materials (an example of use includes detecting mineralised ground by remote sensing)
  • FLYSPEC analyser for measuring SO2 in volcanic eruption plumes
  • XRD analyser for determining mineralogical compositions of a wide range of materials, especially clay minerals
  • TGA/DSC (Thermogravimetric Analyser/Differential Scanning Calorimeter) for uses such as thermal behaviour in volcanic glasses to characterise biochar
  • OEM (Optical Emission Analyser) for geochemical analysis with particular application to environmental geochemistry

In-depth research

This master’s includes an in-depth research project, where you will be able to explore an aspect of Earth science that interests you.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but very rewarding and empowering. The Master of Science (Earth Science) will push you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles. Our experts are there to guide but you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study.

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning and undertaking research.



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This Master of Science programme, taught entirely in English, aims at preparing high level professionals that can deal with a variety of problems common to all development and resource exploitation plans. Read more

Mission and Goals

This Master of Science programme, taught entirely in English, aims at preparing high level professionals that can deal with a variety of problems common to all development and resource exploitation plans. Their expertise will range from the knowledge of modelling of land and ecological systems, to acquisition and analysis of relevant data, geo-referencing and geo-processing, to pollution abatement technologies and reclamation plans. Students following this programme may either specialize in Geomatics or Environmental Engineering with particular emphasis on sustainable development and water resources.

See the website http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/educational-offer/laurea-magistrale-equivalent-to-master-of-science-programmes/environmental-and-geomatic-engineering/

Career Opportunities

In addition to the classic professional opportunities for Environmental and Land Planning Engineering, studying Geomatic Engineering in depth allows to work in national or local bodies involved in cartography, land registries and collection of land data or in the aerospace and ICT industries involved in the management of territorial databases. On the other side, graduates with a deeper knowledge in Environmental Engineering can also found opportunities in the field of international relations, large multinational corporations and in non-governmental organizations.

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See http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/uploads/media/Environmental_and_Geomatic_Engineering_02.pdf
This Master of Science programme, taught entirely in English, aims at preparing high level professionals that can deal with a variety of problems common to all development and resource exploitation plans. Their expertise will range from the knowledge of modeling of land and ecological systems, to acquisition and analysis of relevant data, geo-referencing and geo-processing, to pollution abatement technologies and reclamation plans. Students will increase their understanding of the functioning of ecosystems, learn how to assess the local and global environmental impacts of human activities, and apply advanced methods, techniques and models to identify, describe, quantify and develop integrated systems to support environmental decision-makers. The programme is organized around two main topics: Geomatics or Environmental Engineering, with particular emphasis on sustainable development and water resources. The first specialization aims at creating experts in surveying, monitoring, representing the land shape and processes in terms of information systems, while the second provides the future engineers with a clear understanding of sustainability issues and of their application in the current professional activities.

The programme is taught in English.

Subjects

- Mandatory courses:
Modeling and Simulation, Statistical Analysis of Environmental Data, Natural Resources Management, Environmental and Natural Resources Economy and Geographic Information Systems

Eligible courses:
1. Geomatics
Remote Sensing, Image Analysis, Satellite Navigation and Monitoring; Geophysical Prospecting;

2. Environmental Engineering
Hydraulic Engineering and River Basin Reclamation, Environmental Technology, Engineering and Cooperation for Global Development and Energy for sustainable Development.

See the website http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/educational-offer/laurea-magistrale-equivalent-to-master-of-science-programmes/environmental-and-geomatic-engineering/

For contact information see here http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/educational-offer/laurea-magistrale-equivalent-to-master-of-science-programmes/environmental-and-geomatic-engineering/

Find out how to apply here http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/how-to-apply/

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This programme aims to introduce students to the concepts of soil for the 21st century and is suitable for students wishing to pursue a career in land-based management or environmental protection. Read more

This programme aims to introduce students to the concepts of soil for the 21st century and is suitable for students wishing to pursue a career in land-based management or environmental protection.

Soils underpin the sustainability of terrestrial ecosystems and are key to food production. Soils form the basis of all agricultural production, but they also store water, mediate the impact of pollutants, provide biological habitats, have an impact on the accumulation of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, are involved in dealing with society’s waste, are a source of extractable minerals and provide the foundations for the housing and roads on which society depends.

You will learn about soil function and management, and soil classification, assessment and analysis, with a strong emphasis on practical skills. You will gain expertise in the relationship between soil and sustainable approaches to land resource use.

This programme is run in collaboration with Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).

Programme structure

This programme involves two semesters of compulsory and option taught courses followed by a period of individual dissertation project work.

Compulsory courses typically will be:

  • Soil Protection and Management
  • Soils Science Concepts and Application
  • Professional Research Skills in Practice
  • Dissertation

Option courses:

In consultation with the Programme Director, you will choose from a range of optional courses^. We particularly recommend:

  • Analysing the Environment
  • Analysing the Environment Study Tour
  • Culture, Ethics & Environment
  • Ecosystem Dynamics and Functions
  • Human Dimensions of Environmental Change and Sustainability
  • International Development in a Changing World
  • Principles of Environmental Sustainability
  • Principles of GIS
  • Project Appraisal
  • Atmospheric Quality and Global Change
  • Frameworks to Assess Food Security
  • Integrated Resource Management
  • Spatial Modelling
  • Ecosystem Values and Management
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Land Use/Environmental Interactions
  • Participation in Policy and Planning
  • Sustainability of Food Production
  • Interrelationships in Food Systems

Courses are subject to timetabling and availability and are subject to change.

Field trip

An integral, week-long study tour lets you refresh skills learned on the programme and develop new tools and techniques, useful during the dissertation process. The tour has historically been held in Mende, France. In addition to the formal taught component, students had the opportunity to go rafting and visit the Aven Armand caves.

There may also be a short tour during induction week, to give students a chance to get to know each other.

Learning outcomes

Students will:

  • gain a knowledge and understanding of the relationship between soils and sustainable land management
  • gain an understanding of soil sampling and analysis, interpretation and reporting
  • be able to assess soil management issues and develop improved management plans
  • understand the function of soils in relation to sustainable land use and societal needs

Career opportunities

A recent report by the British Society of Soil Science (BSSS) identified soil science as an area in which there are critical skills shortages, meaning graduates will be in high demand.

Soil scientists are employed in a broad range of vocations including environmental consultancy, research, overseas development, environmental impact assessment and analysis, site reclamation and remediation, and conservation as well as advising on government policy, archaeological excavations and laboratory analyses, forensics, and landscape design.

Student experience

Would you like to know what it’s really like to study at the School of GeoSciences?

Visit our student experience blog where you can find articles, advice, videos and ask current students your questions.



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Those who study the Masters in Civil Engineering will gain advanced knowledge and associated analytical and problem-solving skills in a range of key sub-disciplines of Civil Engineering, and develop the ability to apply this knowledge in engineering design and to the solution of open-ended and multi-disciplinary problems. Read more
Those who study the Masters in Civil Engineering will gain advanced knowledge and associated analytical and problem-solving skills in a range of key sub-disciplines of Civil Engineering, and develop the ability to apply this knowledge in engineering design and to the solution of open-ended and multi-disciplinary problems. The MSc in Civil Engineering is intended for students with a first degree in Civil Engineering or a closely related discipline who wish to extend their expertise to a higher level in preparation for a professional career.

Why this programme

◾Civil engineering at the University of Glasgow is ranked 4th in the UK and 1st in Scotland (Guardian University Guide 2017).
◾The University of Glasgow’s School of Engineering has been delivering engineering education and research for more than 150 years and is the oldest School of Engineering in the UK.
◾You will select courses from key sub-disciplines of Civil Engineering, notably structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering, computational mechanics and transportation engineering.
◾With all lecture courses selected from sets of options, you can choose to develop a degree of specialization in a given sub-discipline or to remain broad-based, thus tailoring the programme to suit your interests and career aspirations.
◾Two major design project courses will develop your abilities to apply your knowledge of Civil Engineering to design of engineering projects. One of these projects is specifically civil engineering in content, but the other is multi-disciplinary in nature and will also involve MSc students from other engineering disciplines, working in teams to tackle a broad-based design problem.
◾You will also undertake an individual project, allowing you to investigate a specific topic in considerable depth.
◾You will be taught by staff who are leading researchers in their fields, so that course content can reflect state-of-the-art understanding, relevant to future challenges for civil engineering industry and the profession.
◾The programme is designed to provide the advanced education required of civil engineers of tomorrow.
◾With a 93% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2016, Civil Engineering at Glasgow continues to meet student expectations combining both teaching excellence and a supportive learning environment.

Programme structure

Modes of delivery of the MSc Civil Engineering include lectures, tutorials, design classes and computing labs, and give you the opportunity to take part in team design projects, other coursework and project-based activities, and a major individual project.

Core courses
◾Civil design project
◾Integrated systems design project.

Optional courses

Select a total of 8 courses, at least 5 of which must be from List A:

List A
◾Advanced soil mechanics 5
◾Advanced structural analysis and dynamics 5
◾Applied engineering mechanics 4
◾Computational modelling of non-linear problems 5
◾Introduction to wind engineering
◾Principles of GIS
◾Reclamation of contaminated land 5
◾Structural concrete C5.

List B
◾Environmental biotechnology 4
◾Geotechnical engineering 4
◾Ground engineering 4
◾Renewable energy 4
◾Structural analysis 4
◾Structural design 4
◾Transportation systems engineering 4.

Projects

◾To complete the MSc degree you must undertake an individual project worth 60 credits.
◾Projects can involve laboratory work, computational modelling, fieldwork, theoretical development, design or a study of industry application.
◾The project is an important part of your MSc where you can apply your newly learned skills and show to future employers that you have been working on cutting edge projects relevant to industry.
◾Your project is completed under the supervision of an academic staff member. You can choose a topic from a list of MSc projects in Civil Engineering. Alternatively, should you have your own idea for a project, staff members are always open to discussion of topics.

Example projects

Examples of projects can be found online

*Posters shown are for illustrative purposes

Industry links and employability

◾The School of Engineering has extensive contacts with industrial partners who contribute to several of the taught courses, through active teaching, curriculum development, and panel discussion.
◾The two design projects courses represent the types of projects undertaken in industry, and typically there will be input from industry practitioners in setting up the projects used in these courses.
◾Some MSc individual projects will involve interaction with industry.

Career prospects

Career opportunities include positions in civil engineering, structural engineering and environmental engineering, and working with design consultants, contractors and public authorities or utilities.

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