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University of Sunderland, Full Time MSc Degrees in Environmental Sciences

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This course is one of few in the UK to bring together both Environmental Management and Health and Safety. Read more
This course is one of few in the UK to bring together both Environmental Management and Health and Safety.

Course overview

Do you want a Masters qualification to help you move into the rewarding areas of Environmental Management and Health and Safety? Alternatively, do you want to enhance your career prospects by undertaking job-relevant postgraduate training? We have designed this course to deliver on both objectives.

The course is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the leading chartered body for Health and Safety professionals. On completion of the Masters, you can become a graduate member of IOSH. More and more employers are looking for membership of IOSH when it comes to recruitment and promotion.

The distance learning format allows you to study when and where you like. Our academic staff will guide you through the course and provide the support you need, no matter where you are based. Modules include ‘Environment Auditing and Management Systems’, ‘Risk Assessment and Management’ and ‘Health and Safety’.

For the Masters research project, you can negotiate a topic that reflects your personal interests and career aspirations as well as our supervisory expertise. Sunderland’s research specialisms include air pollution, contaminated land, environmental sustainability, and behavioural safety.

This course is available via distance learning either full-time over 1 year or part-time over 3 years.

Course content

The content of the course is entirely delivered through distance learning, making it a very flexible way to achieve a Masters qualification. Modules on this course include:
-Environmental Awareness (15 Credits)
-Data Analysis and Research Methods (15 Credits)
-Pollution Monitoring and Control (15 Credits)
-Environmental Auditing and Management Systems (15 Credits)
-Health and Safety (30 Credits)
-Risk Assessment and Management (30 Credits)
-Masters Research Project (60 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

This distance learning course is delivered via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment. Our teaching and learning methods include web-based reading packs, e-books, e-journals, relevant websites, multimedia and e-discussions.

Before applying for the course, we advise that you carefully consider your work and other commitments. The full-time course requires around 40 hours of study per week, every week for 13 months. The part-time course is designed for people who are working and requires around 20 hours of study per week, for the duration of each module. You will take three modules per year.

The majority of students on this course are in employment and choose to study part-time. Part-time mode normally takes three years to complete. As modules occur at fixed times, any other programme of study will need to be negotiated and agreed with the Programme Leader.

Facilities & location

This course can be studied anywhere in the world that has internet access. The course is delivered by the University's Virtual Learning Environment using learning reading packs, e-books, e-journals, relevant websites and multimedia.

You will have full access to our libraries and, as a distance learning student, you will particularly benefit from our web-based ‘Discover’ search tool. This helps you gain remote access to online journals, articles and e-books – whenever and wherever you happen to be studying.

Employment & careers

Legislation and stakeholders are demanding ever higher standards of quality and accountability in Health and Safety and Environment Management. This is generating new roles with higher expectations of professionalism and knowledge. This course equips you to take up those roles, which are increasingly central to the way that organisations do business.

Potential roles include:
-Health and Safety manager or consultant
-Environmental manager, project leader, consultant or auditor
-Health, Safety and Environmental manager
-Environmental and Sustainability manager
-Waste manager
-Pollution control agency manager

At management level, salaries are in the range of around £35,000 up to around £50,000 in large companies. Employers typically require proven expertise in health, safety and environmental systems, an in-depth knowledge of relevant legislation and standards, and the ability to work effectively with others in order to take proactive measures and to communicate with all stakeholders.

Increasingly, employers expect candidates to be members of professional bodies such as IOSH. Our course is accredited by IOSH and provides the basis for graduate membership.

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With an increased international focus on health and safety and environmental issues, there is an international demand for SHE (Safety, Health and Environmental) Managers. Read more
With an increased international focus on health and safety and environmental issues, there is an international demand for SHE (Safety, Health and Environmental) Managers. Our course is the perfect preparation for such a role.

Course overview

Sunderland’s postgraduate training is designed to give you the skills and professionalism needed to take up these opportunities. Our course is accredited by The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) which is the leading professional body for people working in the field of Health and Safety, which demonstrates the real-world value of this Masters.

This Masters is one of the few postgraduate courses to include an eight-week placement for all students. This allows you to apply your new skills in the workplace. The placements can be extended by a further 12 weeks and many placements have led to job offers.
You will be taught by academic staff with wide practical experience as well as active research interests. Research specialisms include behavioural safety, air pollution, contaminated land and life cycle assessment.

The taught modules will cover the management of both health safety and environment, covering risk assessment, accredited management systems and monitoring and control of environmental and health and safety hazards. You can negotiate the topic of your research project to fit your personal interests and career aspirations.

Course content

The course mixes taught elements with independent research and supportive supervision. At MSc level, responsibility for learning lies as much with you as with your tutor. Modules on this course include:

Core modules
-Data Analysis and Research Methods (15 Credits)
-Health and Safety 1 (15 Credits)
-Health and Safety 2 (15 Credits)
-Environmental Auditing and Management Systems (15 Credits)
-Environmental Impact Assessment (15 Credits)
-Pollution Monitoring and Control (15 Credits)
-Risk Assessment and Management (15 Credits)
-Life-Cycle Analysis (15 Credits)
-Research Project (50 Credits)

Choose one of the following:
-Work Experience Placement (10 Credits)
-Dissertation (10 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, seminars, group activities, guest speakers and site visits.

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working. Assessment is mainly through coursework and the research project.

Facilities & location

Sunderland has excellent facilities that have been boosted by multi-million pound redevelopments.

Sciences Complex
This course is based in the Sciences Complex at our City Campus, which has benefited from multi-million pound investment in modern facilities. The technical equipment is backed up with excellent IT facilities, with hundreds of workstations available for students to use. If you have any computer problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

University Library Services
The University boasts a collection of more than 430,000 books in total, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. There are nearly 9,000 journal titles, mostly in electronic format. Each year the University invests around £1 million in new resources.

Learning environment
Overall Sunderland offers a vibrant learning environment with an international dimension thanks to the presence of students from around the world. At the same time, the University is fully plugged into relevant environmental safety industry organisations, with strong links and an exchange of ideas and people.

Employment & careers

Employers in the Health and Safety sector increasingly expect candidates to be members of professional bodies such as IOSH.

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