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Full time September MSc 1 year full time

About the course

Professional geologists working in consultancies, regulatory authorities and government environmental agencies are required to apply a wide range of transferrable skills to their jobs. Candidates who are able to demonstrate skills in public engagement, communication, professional research and report-writing, in addition to academic knowledge and field skills, are therefore highly sought after in these professions.

This full-time MSc Applied Environmental Geology is part taught and part professional project. We aim to develop your transferrable skills in a professional context and give you a head start in the geology profession of your choice or starting a PhD.

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Where is Cardiff University


Student Profile(s)

Dave Jones

1287.JPG “I work as a hydrogeologist for the Environment Agency, based in Cardiff. I work within the Groundwater and Contaminated Land Team who are responsible for protecting the quality and quantity of groundwater, protecting land and dealing with the legacy of land contamination from past industrial activities.

I have a first degree (BSc) in Geology from Cardiff University, and completed the MSc Environmental Hydrogeology Course in 2007. The skills and techniques I was taught on the MSc course have been essential to my work and are used on a daily basis. As a consultee to planning applications I suggest comments and planning conditions which will protect groundwater quality and groundwater resources, and ensure that brownfield sites can be cleaned up and brought back into beneficial use. I also manage projects such as borehole drilling to supplement our existing network of around 400 groundwater level and quality monitoring sites across Wales.

I am also actively involved with the Geological Society of London: www.geolsoc.org.uk “


Matthew Hogg

"In 2006 I started a BSc in Environmental Geoscience at Cardiff University and on entry into the third year, I completed a dissertation on the remediation of acid mine drainage in Pelenna, South Wales. It was at this point I realised how interesting the contaminated land sector was and decided to undertake the MSc in Applied Environmental Geology that was being offered at Cardiff in order to further my learning in that area. The course was highly relevant and without a doubt the studied modules provided me with a sound level of numeracy and refined analytical skills. I found that the practicals nurtured my investigative nature and provided me with clear written communication skills which were developed throughout the year as clear and concise reports were essential. I was also fortunate to have the opportunity to undertake a placement with the British Geological Society and this led to me writing a thesis investigating relationships between historical land use and ground contamination in Glasgow. On completion of the MSc I spent three months on a voluntary placement with Exeter University studying remediation of peatlands on Exmoor before I was offered a placement at Ashfield Solutions in Abercynon, South Wales. I then joined Ashfield Solutions full time as an Environmental Advisor in March 2011 to complement the existing project management capabilities of the business and provide specialist, independent advice on potential environmental liabilities and statutory requirements with respect to land contamination issues and brownfield redevelopment. The MSc course at Cardiff proved to be the perfect stepping stone between undergraduate degree and gaining graduate employment and I would certainly recommend it to anyone looking to pursue a career in the contaminated land/geo-environmental sector. "


Damian Lee

1511.jpg "I was keen to pursue an MSc in Hydrogeology abroad, and I came across the information about this course from Cardiff University's website. The course structure and the promise of vocational/practical training, together with the inclusion of advance modules in hydrogeology and groundwater modelling seemed to be too good to be missed. So good in fact, that I was away from my young family and left a high-paying job in order to pursue this one year MSc Environmental Hydrogeology course as a full-time and self-funded student. This comprehensive and well-planned practical (and taught) course integrates the environmental and hydrogeology subjects, which are my main areas of interest. Furthermore these subjects and the associated taught modules in the course are very much related to my registered fields of expertise as an EIA Subject Consultant with the Department of Environment Malaysia.

I have some experience in groundwater resource studies and hydrogeological investigations, as well as environmental site assessments prior to this MSc, and yet I have found this course to be enriching and spot-on, i.e. focussing on relevant groundwater issues (fate and transport of contaminants, groundwater source protection and management, remediation needs and technologies, etc.) and at the same time nurturing key skills (site and hydrogeology conceptualisations, evaluation of aquifer tests, groundwater flow and transport modelling, water balance calculations, technical report writing, risk assessments, etc.) that one needs to develop to be an all-rounded and effective consultant hydrogeologist or environmental hydrogeologist/engineer. The School has close links with the relevant people in industry in the UK and I have had the chance to learn not only the theoretical aspects of the subject matters from seasoned and experienced lecturers, but was also privileged to be taught by some of the industry experts and experienced professionals in selected critical modules. I strongly recommend this course for those who wish to pursue a career as a hydrogeologist or environmental consultant/engineer and my only regret is that I did not pursue this MSc earlier!!"


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