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Environmental Toxicology and Pollution Monitoring (Distance Learning) - PGDip/MSc

Online Ulster University    School of Geography and Environmental Sciences

Part time September, January MSc, PGCert, PGDip PG Dip: Part-time: 2 years; MSc: Part-time: 3 years 31 January 2025
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Embark on a transformative academic journey with the Environmental Toxicology and Pollution Monitoring programme at Ulster University. This distinguished PGDip/MSc course, the sole one of its kind in the UK, delves into the intricacies of pollution, its impacts on both humanity and the environment, and effective management strategies. Gain expertise in toxicity mechanisms, environmental quality standards, contaminant behaviour, and legislative controls through comprehensive modules. The flexible online distance learning format allows you to study from anywhere, making it ideal for working professionals. Notably, entry requirements are adaptable, accepting relevant work experience in place of traditional qualifications. Benefit from a wealth of resources, experienced mentors, and the option to progress from a Postgraduate Diploma to a Master's degree. Elevate your career prospects, enhance your skills, and contribute to a sustainable future with this esteemed programme.

About the course

This is the only MSc in Environmental Toxicology & Pollution Monitoring in the United Kingdom. Since 1999, we have had over 250 successful graduates.

With over 35 years’ experience of teaching Environmental Toxicology, and 25 years teaching via online distance learning, the course team has a significant track record in Ecotoxicology education. This course investigates why pollution occurs, what the risks are to both humans and the environment, and what approaches to management we might have.

The specific objectives of the course are to develop an understanding of:

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Entry Requirements

Entry to the PgDip:
You must hold an honours degree in a science or other suitable discipline or demonstrate your ability to undertake the course through the accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL).

Entry to the MSc:
You initially register for the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) and if you complete the PgDip with an overall mark of 50% or higher you can proceed to the MSc programme.


Fees

The up-to-date fees (2024/25) can be found at the following link: Please see the university website for further information on fees for this course.

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Rebecca Richardson

I am a Senior Environmental Health Scientist in Australia. Initially I was worried about motivating myself to undertake an online MSc course but I needn’t have worried. The course materials were comprehensive, delivered regularly and in a timely manner. The online support from fellow students, e-tutors and lecturers was fantastic and prompt, with no question too silly to answer. Being able to draw on your own work experiences when undertaking some of the module assessments improves your critical thinking skills in the workplace. The valuable skills and knowledge I gained during this course have provided me with more career opportunities, including a promotion at work and I am about to commence a PhD. I would definitely recommend this course.

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School of Geography and Environmental Sciences

We offer online Masters in GIS, Remote Sensing, Environmental Management, and Environmental Toxicology and Pollution Monitoring. Because our courses are distance learning and fully online, they provide you with the flexibility to study from almost anywhere and to combine study with employment or other commitments. You can choose to work towards a PG Certificate, PG Diploma or Masters, or take individual modules as CPD. We have been teaching Masters courses through e-learning for nearly 25 years, and have the expertise, e-learning resources and experienced staff needed to help you succeed.

Why study at School of Geography and Environmental Sciences?

Established courses with excellent reputation and feedback

Flexibility of location – you can study from almost anywhere

Support and advice from experienced lecturers, tutors, librarians, e-learning and IT staff and a wide range of online resources provided within a dedicated e-learning platform

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About School of Geography and Environmental Sciences

Our School has been teaching and researching environmental sciences and related subjects since 1968. We run undergraduate courses in environmental science, geography and marine science on the Coleraine campus, as well as Masters courses in GIS, remote sensing, environmental management and environmental toxicology and pollution monitoring, taught through online distance learning. Looking after our planet for future generations is of prime importance, and our graduates gain knowledge and skills to understand and address critical issues impacting on environment and society. From water quality in rivers and lakes to melting ice sheets to conflict & peace building, our School’s researchers investigate global problems and confront complex 21st century challenges with a focus on societal good, and our research was ranked joint 1st in the UK for societal impact in Geography and Environmental Studies in the latest Research Excellence Framework (2021). Our research-informed teaching provides students with meaningful and deep learning experiences, enhancing the student experience of real-world issues and helping to develop critical thinking. Students join our Masters programmes to further their career and promotion prospects, and we place strong emphasis on developing academic and professional skills to enhance employability and career progression. Our e-learning experience, resources and dedicated staff ensure high student satisfaction and graduate employment rates.




Our School is based on Ulster University’s Coleraine campus, close to the world-famous Giant’s Causeway and Northern Ireland’s spectacular coastline. While Masters students are welcome to visit the campus to meet staff or use on-campus facilities, there is no requirement to travel to the campus at any time because the postgraduate courses are completely online.

I am a Senior Environmental Health Scientist in Australia. Initially I was worried about motivating myself to undertake an online MSc course but I needn’t have worried. The course materials were comprehensive, delivered regularly and in a timely manner. The online support from fellow students, e-tutors and lecturers was fantastic and prompt, with no question too silly to answer. Being able to draw on your own work experiences when undertaking some of the module assessments improves your critical thinking skills in the workplace. The valuable skills and knowledge I gained during this course have provided me with more career opportunities, including a promotion at work and I am about to commence a PhD. I would definitely recommend this course.

My academic background was in Human Rights and I wanted to gain a qualification in GIS and Remote Sensing as I was aware how powerful a tool it can be in the field of Human Rights. I chose Ulster because the course was online so I could continue working whilst I studied, and also because the course did not require an undergraduate degree in a related discipline. I had not studied a science or mathematics related subject for 10 years when I started the course, and I was initially worried that I may struggle to keep up however this was not the case; I found that I grasped all of the subject material very quickly and did not feel disadvantaged.

I am aiming to pursue a career in the humanitarian field; helping to create geospatial technical solutions in response to humanitarian disasters. I definitely would not be able to pursue this career if I did not have this qualification. The course is very practical which is extremely important for applying the knowledge in the real world. I especially liked doing the Programming for GIS module as Programming is such a useful skill in real-world applications and also sets a good foundation in developing in other areas such as machine learning. I liked that in the assignments we had a lot of flexibility about how we chose to apply the skills we had learned; I wanted to learn about the application of GIS and Remote Sensing for human rights so I chose to base my assignments around this (for example I completed assignments identifying the impact of war and conflict on crop health, and using Synthetic Aperture Radar to identify damaged buildings in the war in Ukraine). This flexibility meant that we could tailor our experiences to the field we aspired to work in.

The faculty and staff were extremely helpful in addressing our queries. For each module we had a discussion forum where we could post our questions and I always received a response within 24 hours. Some of the forums had a huge amount of discussion questions on them and I was really impressed that the professors were able to maintain answering all the questions on there. Some of the staff also had office hours that we could dial in to remotely which was helpful. I am currently completing my thesis and my supervisor is also really great at getting back to my queries quickly and they are really generous with their time on supervision meetings.

I am employed within an industry that makes use of GIS. I have taken this course to formalise and upskill my existing GIS abilities as well as develop new remote sensing skills. The main reason for choosing to enrol in UUs program was the reputation of the coarse and its pre-covid online experience in its teaching structure. I believe my career will definitely benefit from completing this course. As someone currently employed in an industry that utilises GIS and remote sensing, I know that the majority of the modules have a direct real-world application in a wide range of roles.

There is a good degree of flexibility within the course which changes depending on the individual modules. I found all module coordinators very communicative and responsive. I have chosen to complete my course within an accelerated timeframe and as a result balance between my full-time employment, personal life commitments and studies was sometimes difficult. However, the flexibility and communicative nature of the module coordinators allowed for these issues to be overcome when needed.

Currently I’m working as a LiDAR Engineer for a Japanese Company. There were limited MSc programs that covered LiDAR and photogrammetry subjects under the GIS and Remote Sensing course. Upon online research, it emerged as the most flexible option among the available choices. I am suppose get a promotion upon completing the MSC program. Enrolling in this course is immensely beneficial for those aspiring to become GIS specialists. This well-recognized qualification will open doors to job opportunities worldwide, providing the flexibility to pursue employment anywhere on the globe.

Being a part-time student enables me to pursue my studies while maintaining a full-time job. Occasionally, I find myself working on assignments until 2 am, given that my job concludes at 6 pm. Despite the challenges, it remains manageable, and the satisfaction of completing an MSC while actively working is immense. I appreciate the fact that I didn't have to take a lengthy break to complete my studies. It gives me enough flexibility as I have access to all the materials online at any time of the day. It helps me to plan everything accordingly with my Job.

Thus far, the learning experience has been highly positive, proving beneficial for my work. I've acquired new techniques and received valuable tips, making my professional life more manageable. The accessibility to course materials and lectures is convenient, allowing me to accomplish tasks from any part of the world.

For me, this (course) was more about equipping me with greater skills and knowledge in my existing role, which has occurred on a major scale. However, it is clear that if I wanted to move into a more dedicated GIS/Remote Sensing role, this course has equipped me with many of the typical job description essentials. In terms of real-world applications, very much so – I have used a range of learnt skills already to contribute to my day job on a local and regional scale.

As a full-time worker and running my own household, it has been critical as to the great flexibility offered by the online format, and the sheer quality of the learning materials. Main motivation - the breadth and depth of course content. Also, the value for money, online flexibility, 100% distance learning.

This course has helped me network on a more advanced basis with professionals within my own organisation and others, which has been extremely valuable.

I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences and started a career in conservation and ecology working for a variety of environmental organisations and ecology based charities. After moving to Ireland and setting up my own environmental consultancy, I decided I wanted to take a slightly different route and to further develop my GIS skills. I enrolled on the MSc GIS Distance Learning course at the University of Ulster so I could continue working whilst studying and achieved a Masters with Distinction as well as winning the Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland “Award for Outstanding Contribution to GIS” for my Masters dissertation. I continue to work in the ecological sphere, now as Head of GIS and Data Management for an environmental consultancy based in Scotland with ecological expertise in both land-based and marine projects. My work is varied, which I love, and involves everything from building and maintaining our database, to providing training on GIS software, as well as undertaking GIS analyses for the ecologists in the organisation. My main role is to progress the business forward strategically regarding GIS and data management. This means that I am involved in the innovation, research and development side of things; finding solutions and looking at ways to commercialise them for our business. The Masters course at the University of Ulster course gave me an invaluable foundation on which I have built my career in GIS. The flexibility of the distance learning really worked for me; I could fit my studies around when I needed to work. I never felt as though I was missing out not being on campus, I had access to a vast library of information, and the discussion forum helped me stay in contact with other people. All the course materials were detailed and of high quality, and the feedback and support I got from staff was always clear and useful. The whole course structure and content really worked for me and I achieved a better result than I thought I was capable of!

The first time I used a GIS was while collaborating, during my last year of a BSc in Mechanical Engineering in Spain, with an NGO in El Salvador in WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) related projects. After that experience I decided to improve my skills in GIS and the MSc offered by Ulster University was the best option I found in the UK for studying online and part-time while working in the hospitality sector. I completed the PgDip and the MSc in 2018. It’s been an extremely valuable learning experience of which I would like to highlight and thank for the flexibility and support provided. Completing the PgDip gave me the opportunity to find a job as a GIS technician in a UK based Geospatial company and later on in an international organisation working on Disaster Management related projects in East Africa. I then returned to Ulster University and enrolled on the MSc Project, received freedom and encouragement when developing the project proposal, both in terms of topics and tools. Completing the MSc Project was key to gaining a scholarship for a PhD project in Geography, which I have now finished successfully.


The course is taught by our School's academic staff and supported by e-learning tutors. Many of our tutors are graduates of our online Masters, and all are experienced specialists working in relevant occupations in places such as government departments, environmental consultancies, private companies or research institutions. Students use the Blackboard teaching platform to discuss course-related matters with staff and other students, and can contact us via email, phone or video call. We also use Blackboard to provide study advice and further information and resources. Other staff within the School and University are available to provide information and support with non-academic matters, such as IT queries and career development. The library provides access to a wide range of electronic journals, ebooks, databases and other resources, as well as subject guides and assistance from experienced staff.

Assessment is entirely by coursework – there are no formal university exams. Coursework consists of a mixture of assignments, which may include project reports, practical write-ups, presentations and online discussions, quizzes and tests. We place strong emphasis on developing and enhancing academic and professional skills such as data analysis and report-writing. The Masters project is written up in the form of a research paper, which in some cases can be submitted for publication following completion of the course.

Most of the course materials, student support and general study guidance and resources are provided via an e-learning platform called Blackboard. Students access digital teaching materials such as lectures, podcasts, reading material or other resources each week and work through them at their own convenience. Coursework is also submitted via Blackboard. Unlike a traditional classroom environment, students studying online use communication mechanisms such as discussion boards, email or video-conference tools to interact with staff and other students, and are not required to attend the campus at any time during the course (though they are welcome to visit the university to use its facilities or meet with staff). Many students choose to study by distance learning because they do not have the option of enrolling for an on-campus course, while others prefer the flexibility of time and location afforded by studying online.


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Ulster University

Belfast

Northern Ireland

United Kingdom

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