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Environmental Analysis and Assessment

Course Description

The Master of Research in Environmental Analysis and Assessment is a practically-orientated, 12-month course that will equip students with the theoretical and practical skills to enter a laboratory-based environment undertaking work in environmental analysis, or to continue to a PhD degree. The course content includes the design of monitoring programmes; environmental sampling; the chemical analysis of a wide range of pollutants, with an emphasis on hydrocarbons and oilfield chemicals; the use of biomarkers in environmental assessment; and the identification and role of microorganisms in the degradation of pollutants.

The course is structured into three units: two in Semester 1 and one in Semester 2. Each unit comprises a theoretical module and an accompanying practical module. The practical modules will focus on the production of different outputs: a research report, a 'consultancy style' report, a 'conference style' presentation and a scientific paper, and develop critical skills in research planning, problem solving and data evaluation. The student will then carry out a practical research study, commencing in Semester 2 and extending over the summer period, culminating in the production of a dissertation.


Environmental Sampling and Analysis
Practical Environmental Sampling and Analysis
Marine Ecotoxicology
Practical Marine Ecotoxicology
Research Project and Dissertation

Visit the Environmental Analysis and Assessment page on the Heriot-Watt University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2:2 minimum

Course Fees

Academic Year 09/10 were £3,790 (Home/EU); £12,280 (Overseas). Academic Year 10/11 fees subject to confirmation.

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