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MSc Environmental Monitoring and Analysis

Course Description

Aberystwyth University’s MSc in Environmental Monitoring and Analysis will equip you with thorough and highly practical training in the theories, methodologies and technologies required for monitoring and analysing environmental quality. This vocational Master’s degree addresses a broad, interdisciplinary approach to geochemistry, combining elements of geology, environmental Earth sciences and physical geography. Candidates receive specialist practical experience in both field sampling and laboratory work, underpinned by solid theoretical expertise.

This balance of specialist knowledge and hands-on experience is proven to meet the industry’s demanding recruitment needs precisely. Graduates of this highly successful course are now employed across a range of organisations including the Environment Agency, other government agencies, water companies and private environmental consultancies. Others have undertaken their specialist study further in PhDs here at Aberystwyth and at other leading institutions.

This course welcomes graduates from a range of scientific disciplines including physics, chemistry, biology and computer science, as well as geology, geography and environmental earth science.

See the website http://courses.aber.ac.uk/postgraduate/environmental-monitoring-and-analysis-masters/

Suitable for

This degree will suit you:

- if you desire first rate training in field and laboratory research, monitoring and analysis disciplines;
- if you wish to gain expertise in cutting edge technologies relevant to EMA;
- if you intend to follow an academic study programme where such knowledge is required;
- if you want to enhance your employability in EMA-related fields.

Course detail

At Aberystwyth, the expertise of the teaching staff is augmented by the Geochemistry Research Group in which you will take full part. This group oversees a suite of five analytical laboratories which house the university’s specialist technological tools. In addition to standard sample preparation and digestion facilities, the labs contain quadrupole and high resolution ICP-MS mass spectrometers, solid state or Excimer laser ablation systems, atomic absorption spectrophotometers, ion chromatographs, an anodic stripping voltammeter and a coulometer.

The University’s facilities ensure that you will have access to leading edge technologies with which you can pursue any research topic. By gaining broad experience in the use of such advanced equipment, your employability will be greatly enhanced.

The departmental staff will support and encourage you throughout your studies. Contact time is approximately 8-10 hours per week and our small, friendly classes provide a productive environment where you can engage with your subject matter fully supported by staff and your peers. In addition to these sessions, you will have access to further support through the active Geochemistry Research Group.

As a graduate of Aberystwyth’s MSc in Environmental Monitoring and Analysis, you will amass significant experience in the practical application of geochemical expertise. By combining the best of field and laboratory knowledge with superb technological facilities, this course enables you to fully develop your analytic abilities with practical experience ready for professional activity. Your training in research, monitoring and analysis, enhanced with theoretical expertise proved in practice, will make you highly desirable to employers, academic institutions and other consulting agencies.

Our lecturers are active researchers working at the cutting edge of their disciplines, and you will benefit from being taught the latest geographical theories and techniques. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework assessment (REF 2014) DGES retained its crown of the best Geography department in Wales, with 78% of the research being undertaken classified as either "world leading" or "internationally excellent”. DGES is also in the top ten of UK Geography departments with regard to research power, which provides a measure of the quality of research, as well as of the number of staff undertaking research within the department.


Contact time is approximately 10-14 hours a week in the first two semesters. During semester three you will arrange your level of contact time with your assigned supervisor.


The taught part of the course (Part 1) is delivered and assessed through lectures, student seminars, practical exercises, case studies, course work and formal examinations. The subsequent successful submission of your 12,000-word research dissertation (Part 2) leads to the award of an MSc.


Every aspect of the Aberystwyth Master’s in Environmental Monitoring and Analysis programme is designed to enhance your employability. Successful completion of this degree course alone achieves this by building your CV, but the greater strength lies in the enhanced knowledge, abilities and skills with which you will graduate. This course is vocational, meaning that every aspect of it directly relates to obtaining practical mastery of the field skills, lab disciplines and legislative understanding required to succeed in Environmental Monitoring and Analysis-related professions.

Employers value adaptable experience and a proven track record of applied specialist knowledge. This Master’s degree course provides more than that; the dissertation task is set within the corporate context of the Geochemistry Research Group. This requires students to operate in a setting comparable to an independent agency, whilst managing their chosen technology and their own project deadlines. This practical working experience will greatly strengthen any application our students make upon entering both private sector and governmental employment.

- Strength and Breadth in Professional Competencies:
This MSc will ensure you are equipped with knowledge of a wide range of research skills and techniques upon which you will rely in all areas of environmental employment or within subsequent fields of academic research. Modules like Field Techniques in Environmental Geochemistry, Laboratory Techniques and Geochemistry of the Primary and Secondary Environments will provide specific training in analytical and theoretical geochemistry and other core disciplines such as sampling, which are critical to the study and understanding of the environment. In addition, you will gain a grounding in understanding legislation, when you tackle The Water Framework Directive module regarding water quality. Such foundational skills are highly relevant to a career in environmental quality.

- Professionally-Relevant, Specialist Dissertation:
The single most significant project within the Master’s in Environmental Monitoring and Analysis is the dissertation. This is an authentic reflection of the investigative analysis which you will undertake as an employed graduate. By deploying the skills you will learn in semesters one and two, and by exploiting the array of technological tools at your disposal, your semester three dissertation will prepare you for real EMA work and the competitive field of the jobs’ market. Because you will have mastered systematic approaches to problem solving and developed your own repertoire of preferred investigative methods, your final project will prove your professional competence and employability which are integral to the successful outcomes of this Master’s Degree course.

Previous research dissertations have investigated metal loading and contamination in from abandoned metal mines, trace metal chemistry and fuel type of spheroidal carbonaceous particles, the geochemistry of urban sediments, and domestic water quality. Like these, your project will fall within an area of active research for the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences. Some past projects have been pilot studies which led on to PhD research projects; others were part of larger research projects within the IGES and involved all the MSc students in the research culture of the Institute. This engagement with professional-quality projects that contribute to the advancement of understanding is exactly what employers are looking for.

Find out how to apply here https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/howtoapply/

Visit the MSc Environmental Monitoring and Analysis page on the Aberystwyth University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Aberystwyth Masters Scholarship 2015 - 20+ Awards

Scholarships, each worth £1,000 towards tuition fees will be available for UK/EU students commencing full-time Taught Masters courses in September 2015. Part-time students would be eligible for £500 for Year 1 and Year 2 of their Masters. The scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree or the equivalent award. In order to be considered for one of these awards, an application for a place on a taught Masters degree at Aberystwyth University must be received by 31st July 2015.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Students from the UK/EU that will be studying an on campus taught Masters and that have good results from their undergraduate degree will be entitled to an Aberystwyth Masters Scholarship worth around £1000.

Application Procedure

Separate application forms are not required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place be received by the (AU) Postgraduate Admissions Office by 31st July 2015 at the very latest.

Further Information



International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship - 20+ Awards

The scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree or the equivalent award, either already achieved or predicted by the candidate’s awarding university).In order to be considered for one of these awards, an application for a place on a taught Masters degree at Aberystwyth University must be received by 31st August 2015.Up to 72 scholarships worth £2500 towards tuition fees for full-time non-EU students on taught Masters courses are available for students who commence their studies in September 2015 on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Up to 72 scholarships, each worth £2,500 towards tuition fees will be available for non-UK/EU students commencing full-time Taught Masters courses in September 2015.

Application Procedure

Separate application forms are not required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place be received by the AU Postgraduate Admissions Office by 31st August 2015 at the very latest. Selection will be on the basis of academic excellence and the applicant’s suitability for their proposed course. A minimum (UK) 2.i Honours (or equivalent) is required for an award. Information on the comparability of non-UK degrees is available at http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/howtoapply/before-you-apply/comparability/.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Good Undergraduate degree 2.2 (UK) (or above) equating to a mark of 56.5 or above in a related subject. Those who are not graduates must satisfy the University that they are of the required academic standard to pursue postgraduate study.

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