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Wastes Management MSc

Course Description

If you are a graduate seeking to enhance your prospects in wastes management or change your career direction, then you should consider this Master’s programme. It has been specifically designed to meet the needs and demands of the modern wastes management industry.

The School of Science and Technology at the University of Northampton is a Centre for Excellence in Wastes Management and our MSc course is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Waste Management.

If you do not meet our standard entry requirements, it is possible to undertake a single module and, upon successful completion of this module, progress to the full MSc qualification, contact us at to discuss this option.

Course content

The programme is divided into three stages. To complete the Master’s level qualification you must complete six modules and an independent research thesis to a total of 180 credits. During the course, you complete three compulsory modules and choose three optional modules in stages one and two. Optional modules are subject to staff availability and student interest. Each 20 unit module will be equivalent to 200 hours of study and the module guide, which you will have access to during your studies, has details on how these are allocated. The Research Thesis is worth 60 credits and is therefore equivalent to 600 hours of study.

The research thesis (dissertation) is the final compulsory module in stage three. This ensures that you study the same broad themes within wastes management, but are also able to tailor the focus and level of the qualification to suit your individual needs, experience, interests and career aspirations.

You can also take certain modules as a ‘one off’, either as a taster before deciding whether to study the course in full, or as an opportunity to update your skills in a particular area.

Professional Membership

As a CIWM Accredited Course, students studying wastes management are entitled to 12 months free student membership of the CIWM.

Benefits of membership include:
-Free copy of CIWM Journal delivered on your doorstep each month.
-Free weekly email news service, News Online, delivered to your Inbox.
-Discounted rates on annual conference, training courses and seminars.
-Networking opportunities through CIWM Regional Centres.
-Access to CIWM NGG (New Generation Group) events.
-Free technical advice and use of CIWM Library Services.
-Professional and career development.


The growing worldwide awareness and significance of environmental management, wastes minimisation and pollution control, coupled with recent legislative changes in many countries have resulted in an explosion of exciting job opportunities in the wastes industry. Consequently, there is now a strong demand for wastes management graduates. There are opportunities in industry, local and national authorities, as well as within the specialist wastes management industry. Students from this course have also gone on to MPhil and PhD studies at the University of Northampton.

Visit the Wastes Management MSc page on the University of Northampton website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally hold a recognised first or second class honours degree from a UK university or international equivalent in a recognised environmental science discipline such as geography, biology, environmental chemistry, geology or a related area. Those with degrees in other subjects may also be considered according to their interests and background. No work experience is required for admission to these programmes. Applicants for whom English is not their first language will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent).

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