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MSc/PGDip/PGCert Waste and Resource Management


Course Description

Developed in consultation with waste industry and environmental management professional bodies, this course represents current and future requirements of these organisations. It provides management skills needed in the industry, which continues to develop as a major area of economic importance.

It is designed for professionals requiring current knowledge of sustainable waste management and those seeking a career in the industry. The underlying ethos is that sustainable waste management requires scientific and managerial expertise as it changes focus from the safe, least-cost disposal of unwanted materials to their best use as a resource, and their optimal management in the long term.

MSc Waste and Resource Management provides a critical approach to theories, techniques and methods in sustainable waste management and provides students with a learning environment in which they will develop their capacity for independent study, their ability to collaborate with others in team settings, and their capacity for critical thought and reflection. The broad areas covered include: environmental management systems, policy regulation and leadership, waste as a resource, practical aspects of waste management and advanced waste treatment technologies.

The course is currently accredited by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM).

A combination of coursework and examinations. The coursework types include technical reports, case studies essays and student-centred work. Examinations will be held on campus.

Teaching will be through lectures, case studies, seminars and site visits, supported by materials developed by external experts. The Dissertation allows for a student-centred study, developing a high level of research skills appropriate to their strengths. Various methods will enhance students' thinking skills, including case studies allowing application of knowledge to real-life scenarios.

Careers are developed throughout waste/environmental management industries. Recent employers include consultancy firms, local government, NGOs, landfill site operators and the Environment Agency. This strong employment record underlines the School’s philosophy in delivering programmes of a high quality.

As part of this course there is the opprtunity to study waste mangement as part of an overseas field trip. Destinations have included Kenya, Poland, Canada and Oman.

Visit the MSc/PGDip/PGCert Waste and Resource Management page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Postgraduate Diplomas, Certificates and Conversion Courses:A recognised British first degree or its equivalent, or a BTEC Higher Diploma/Certificate.Taught Masters Courses:A recognised British honours degree to a good standard, or its equivalent. Applications from all candidates will be considered on their merits and in the light of the nature and scope of the programme or work proposed. Informal enquiries are welcomed and will normally be followed by an initial advisory interview.

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