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Environmental Pollution and Monitoring

Course Description

This postgraduate programme in Environmental Science: Pollution and Monitoring provides a rigorous academic treatment of the fundamental scientific principles and practice of assessing and controlling the extent of environmental damage by Man’s activities. The course emphasises the technology and principles behind the processes and techniques related to the reduction of emissions to air, land and water and the effects of pollution.

The course develops understanding of the complex interactions of societies and their environments, and a critical awareness of how these interactions are unevenly experienced. The course seeks to raise your ability to understand the influence of human activities on ecological system including the relationship between hazard and risk. You will be able to study the environmental and technological issues in the management and control of air, soil and water pollution. In addition, you will learn how to collect representative samples of air, soil and water for environmental monitoring. Hands on experience on the use of various analytical techniques and the use of various statistical analyses for data quality assessment (DQA) are also provided.


The MSc in Environmental Science: Pollution and Monitoring is accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM). This entitles students to free student membership of the IES and CIWEM.


For our September intake we have 2 specific scholarship schemes available: the Queen's Anniversary Prize Scholarships provide 6 x £3000 fee waiver scholarships to our best applicants (no additional application is required for these); and the £4000 Water Conservators Bursary is awarded to one student who writes the essay on water and the environment (some years we split the scholarship between 2 exceptional applicants). Brunel Univeristy London also has some scholarship schemes available for applicants to any MSc programme.

Designed to suit your needs

This MSc course can be taken in part-time (from 1 day a week for 2 years) or full-time (from 2 days a week for 1 years) mode. Students can start in September or January.


Our alumni have gone on to work in key public and private sector organisations as well as more entrepreneurial pursuits. Employability is a major focus within the university with support for transferable skills, CV and application writing, interview skills and opportunities for internships and work placements.

Course modules

Compulsory modular blocks
- Environmental Monitoring (30 credits)
- Integrated Pollution (30 credits)
- Research and Critical Skills in Environmental Science (15 credits)
- Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional modular blocks
Students normally choose 2 modules from Group A and 1 module from Group B. (If desired, students are also able to choose “1 module from Group A and 2 modules from Group B” or “3 modules from Group A and no modules from Group B” but must understand that this unbalances the 2 terms: 45:75 or 75:45 credits as opposed to 60:60.)

Group A (pick 2)
- Environmental Hazards and Risk (15 credits)
- Environmental Management (15 credits)
- Environment, Health and Societies (15 credits)
- Climate Change: Science and Impacts (15 credits)
- Essentials in Ecotoxicology (15 credits)
- Chemical Regulation and Legislation in the EU (15 credits)
- Biosphere (15 credits)
- Environmental Modelling (15 credits)

Group B (pick 1)
- Sustainable Development in Practice (15 credits)
- Current Practice in Chemical Risk Assessment (15 credits)
- Clean Technology (15 credits)
- Environmental Law (15 credits)
- Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation (15 credits)
- GIS and Data Analysis (15 credits)

Dissertation (60 credits)

Visit the Environmental Pollution and Monitoring page on the Brunel University London website for more details!

(Student Profile)


Current employment: PhD student in the Institute for the Environment

Satwant said: "I’ve always been interested in ecology, environmental issues and their impacts. When I was planning to do postgraduate study in this field, I found out about Brunel, which is ranked as one of the best universities in environment research, and some of best known names in environmental studies are based here.

A big advantage is that the teaching links theoretical knowledge with practical applications. Since I finished my course, I’ve continued to work as a research assistant at the Institute for the Environment."

(Student Profile)


Current work: Recycling Advisor, City of London Corporation

Anthony said: "I was greatly impressed by how my course was comprehensively packaged and delivered, giving students a broad based knowledge of the concepts involved. The modules were thoroughly taught and supported by practical laboratory works, group discussions, seminar presentations, lectures by leading academics and environmental consultants. I particularly developed key presentation skills and team spirit as a result of the various seminar presentations, group task and discussions.

The Institute parades a wonderful team of staff that provided students with the so much needed support and advice with both academic work and life on campus which I particularly benefited from as a foreign student. The institute also prides itself in its good contact with a wide range of public and private environmental organisations and agencies across the UK. This presented me with the opportunity of developing useful experience in the field by working part-time for some of the organisations during my study.

The main highlight of my programme is my participation in a major research project. Besides enjoying the support and encouragement of my supervisor and other members of the research team, I was able to also develop key technical experience and insight into the relevant industry. For me, studying at the institute was not only academically rewarding but enjoyable."


Water Conservation Bursary - 2 Awards

This award is funded by a Livery Company of the City of London. The Worshipful Company of Water Conservators has particular interest in issues related to the River Thames and London, and although it is not a requirement that candidates have a specific interest in this area, candidates with particular experience, or ideas for dissertation topics which are of particular relevance may have an advantage.Successful applicants will show an interest in, and understanding of, issues related to water, which may be demonstrated through previous studies, membership of organisations or voluntary groups. You will be able to show an ability to communicate effectively, both through the written word as evidenced in the application document and through your academic qualifications.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Students applying for this bursary must have completed a full application form and have been offered a place on one of the Institute's Masters courses in Environmental Science.

Application Procedure

Once you have received your offer of a place on one of our MSc courses you must submit a 500 word essay or report which clearly indicates your interest in environmental issues related to water. The document may also contain information on ideas that you have in relation to your dissertation topic, as successful applicants will be required to undertake a dissertation project that is focussed on issues related to water.

Further Information



Queen's Anniversary Prize Scholarships - 6 Awards

This is a fee waiver scholarship.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Students require a minimum 2:1 and to have applied by mid-July.

Application Procedure

Scholarships will be awarded to best 6 applicants each year. There is no specific application process.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants will be admitted with a Science based degree with a minimum grade of a 2:2 (or equivalent). A wide range of disciplines are acceptable, for example: Environmental Science; Engineering; Physics; Chemistry; Biology; Geography; Environmental Health; Marine Science; Maths; Agricultural Science; Law, Business and Economics.

Course Fees

6500 (FT) or 3205 (PT) for Home/EU students; 16500 (FT) for non-EU students

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