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Waste and Clean Technologies (MSc)

Course Description

Accredited by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, the programme prepares you for a career in the growing environmental and clean technologies sector, where there is increasing global demand for skilled graduates.

About the programme

The global market in environmental goods and services is currently worth about £3 trillion. Global investment attracted by ‘green technologies’ for electrical power generation recently exceeded that for coal and natural gas. This area is being actively promoted in the UK and Scottish context for economic development.

The programme develops core skills in environmental management, coupled with an understanding of technologies that enhance the
sustainable use of natural resources and minimise the environmental impact of economic activities, exploiting value from industrial process by-products and waste materials.

Our research-active academics are experienced in projects monitoring and assessing environmental impacts, developing innovative treatment technologies and working with industry and business. We have also been involved in support for and development of environmental policy and regulation in the UK, the EU and internationally.

Your learning

The Postgraduate Diploma comprises six taught modules. All MSc candidates undertake a research project/dissertation in Trimester 3.
Subjects include:
• Environmental Systems
• Sustainable Environmental Management
• Concepts and Tools in Environmental Technology
• Pollution Control
• Waste Management Techniques
• Process Principles for Clean Technologies


You will also undertake a Waste Masters dissertation.

Our Careers Adviser says

Graduates build careers across all industrial sectors and within both public and private sectors dealing with environment, pollution
control, waste management, regulation and enforcement in the emerging technologies to improve environmental performance. This includes process based operations as well as management, audit and impact assessment.

Professional recognition

Once enrolled, students can apply to the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) to become a Student Member. When the programme is completed students can apply to CIWM to become a Graduate Member and use the designatory letters Grad MCIWM.

Note: To obtain the MSc, students will usually take 9 months to gain the Postgraduate Diploma and then normally an additional 3 months of study to gain the MSc, from the date of commencement of the project.

February entry may be possible – applicants should consult with the Admissions Officer.

First-class facilities

Get the hands on experience you need to succeed. We have excellent specialist facilities which support our research students and staff. These include an advanced chemical analysis lab: with state-of-theart chemical analysis for isotopic and elemental analysis at trace concentrations using ICPMS/OES and the identification of organic compounds using LCMS; and the Spatial and Pattern Analysis (SPAR) lab: providing high specification workstations, geographical information system (GIS) software, geochemical and image processing facilities to support data management in science research.

Visit the Waste and Clean Technologies (MSc) page on the University of the West of Scotland website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

For the Postgraduate Diploma, applicants must normally hold a relevant science or engineering degree or other equivalent professional qualification or have equivalent experience gained in industry. Applicants may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent. The programme is available to EU and overseas students (full-time only). Overseas students must meet UWS English language requirements.

Course Fees

Scottish/EU Students £3,400, Rest of UK Students £3,400, International Students £11,000

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