Land reclamation and restoration MSc is designed to meet the increasing demands to manage and restore greenfield and brownfield sites to the amenity, natural habitat or agricultural use engendered by UK Government and EU directives. This course aims to provide the knowledge and skills required to bridge the gap between damaged land and fully restored ecosystems. It provides the skills to assess, plan and implement strategies needed to restore, reclaim and remediate damaged land in the public and corporate sectors.
Why this course is unique?
- Course is designed to respond to the industry demands of highly-trained engineers and science based professionals able to implement appropriate, innovate and sustainable soil and land management strategies.
- Hands-on practices and visits to relevant land reclamation and ecological restoration sites form a major part of the programme.
- Close relations to industry, providing practical experience through group and individual projects in collaboration with relevant organisations.
- Outstanding learning environment with an access to market leading geospatial technologies and fist-class soil research laboratories.
- The part-time option will allow practitioners to enhance their professional development within their current employment.
The course comprises eight taught modules, an integrated group project, and an individual thesis project. The modules include lectures and tutorials and are assessed through appropriate assignments or exams. There is an emphasis on analysis of real problems, with practical field work to reinforce learning. This provides the 'tools' required for the group and individual projects.
This project provides students with the opportunity to take responsibility for a commercially-orientated, consultancy-type project with a UK-based industrial partner, while working in teams under academic supervision. It involves survey design, data collection and analysis, and synthesis and presentation of results to the client.
The topic for the group project changes on an annual basis as appropriate. Previous groups projects have included:
2014/15 - Valuing & enhancing carbon sequestration 2014 Coal Authority Integrated Group project: Funded by the Coal Authority
2014/15 - Integrated Assessment of Quarry Restoration for Dene and Darlton, Derbyshire: Funded by Lafarge-Tarmac
2012/13 -Towards a framework for evaluation of the ecosystem services provided by Coal Authority passive treatment schemes: Funded by the Coal Authority
2012/13 – An integrated assessment of the Mancetter quarry restoration: Funded by Lafarge-Tarmac
2011/12 - Integrated Management Plan for Houghton Regis Chalk Pit for Wildlife Trust of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
2010/11 - Increasing the value of re-cycled products and ecological services of Naunton Quarry for Huntsmans Quarries Limited.
This project provides an opportunity to concentrate on a particular aspect of land reclamation and restoration. It also allows students to demonstrate their ability to research independently, to think and work in an original way, to contribute to knowledge, and to overcome genuine problems in this specialist area of land management. Many of the projects are supported by external organisations.
The modules include lectures and tutorials, and are assessed through written examinations and assignments. These provide the tools required for the group and individual projects.
Principles of Sustainability
Principles of Sustainability
Soil Plant Environment Science
Soil Engineering, Contaminant and Nutrient Management
Land Engineering and Water Management
Soil Erosion Control for Catchment Management
MSc taught modules 40%, group project 20% (dissertation for part-time students), individual thesis project 40%.
Takes you on to career opportunities in consultancy, research, education, public and private sector industry. Successful students go on to a wide-range of careers such as consulting engineers, conservationists, environmental and design planners/consultants, land and sustainability managers and advisors, researchers, and educationalists.
Employers include statutory agencies and ministries, conservation trusts, environmental companies, international development organisations, land and natural resource management businesses, large agri-food companies, local authorities, non-government organisations (NGOs), and research organisations. The Landscape Institute, which accredits the programme, also offers careers advice through its website - http://www.iwanttobealandscapearchitect.com/
For further information on this course, please visit our course webpage - http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/masters/land-reclamation-and-restoration.html
A first or second class UK Honours degree in a relevant science, engineering or related discipline such as engineering, agriculture, environmental science or physical geography, or the international equivalent of these UK qualifications. Other relevant qualifications, together with significant experience, may be considered.