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Course content

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.
  • The part-time option will allow practitioners to enhance their professional development within their current employment.

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


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. 

The topic for the group project changes on an annual basis as appropriate. Previous groups projects have included:

  • 2015/16 - Integrated assessment of Quarry Restoration for Broom and Finningley : Funded by Tarmac
  • 2014/15 – Valuing & enhancing carbon sequestration 2014 Coal Authority Integrated Group project: Funded by the Coal Authority.
  • 2014/15 – Integrated Assessment of Quarry Restoration for Dene and Darlton, Derbyshire: Funded by Lafarge-Tarmac.
  • 2012/13 –Towards a framework for evaluation of the ecosystem services provided by Coal Authority passive treatment schemes: Funded by the Coal Authority.
  • 2012/13 – An integrated assessment of the Mancetter quarry restoration: Funded by Lafarge-Tarmac.
  • 2011/12 – Integrated Management Plan for Houghton Regis Chalk Pit for Wildlife Trust of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.
  • 2010/11 – Increasing the value of re-cycled products and ecological services of Naunton Quarry for Huntsmans Quarries Limited.

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.


MSc taught modules (six core and two electives) and 40%, group project 20% (dissertation for part-time students), individual thesis 40%.

Funding Opportunities

To help students find and secure appropriate funding we have created a tool which allows you to search for suitable sources of funding by filtering the results to suit your needs. Visit the funding finder.

Postgraduate Loan from Student Finance England A Postgraduate Loan is now available for UK and EU applicants to help you pay for your Master’s course. You can apply for a loan at GOV.UK

Future Finance Student Loans Future Finance offer student loans of up to £40,000 that can cover living costs and tuition fees for all student at Cranfield University.

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.

Visit the Land Reclamation and Restoration (MSc/MTech/PgCert/PgDip) page on the Cranfield University website for more details!






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