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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 6.27k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 17.8k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

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    This degree course is designed to meet the growing international need for scientists who can understand and solve environmental problems.

    Since most environmental problems are interdisciplinary in nature, the course is founded upon a variety of environmental science, engineering and social science disciplines. Established over 20 years ago, it now has high-profile international status, attracting students - mainly with good first degrees in a science or engineering discipline - from all across the world.

    Key employers of graduates from this course include private companies and public enterprise, central and local government, consultancies, education and research.

    Course aims The aim of this programme is to

    * provide interdisciplinary foundation training for students from a natural science or engineering background intending to pursue a career, with or without further postgraduate training, in pollution control, environmental management or resource conservation.
    * provide an understanding of the nature of explanation in social science, natural science and engineering as applied to research or other investigative activity in pollution control and environmental management.
    * provide generic and subject-specific training in research design and methods of data collection and analysis.
    * provide subject-specific training in the social, economic, legal, planning and engineering dimensions of environmental protection and resource conservation tailored to the student's research interests and/or career needs.
    * provide subject-specific training on how natural systems function and the perturbations to those systems arising from human activity, again tailored to the student's research interests and/or career needs.
    * meet the needs of employers that require an ability to bring sound science and current thinking to environmental problems.
    * foster interdisciplinary study within the School and within the University through provision of high quality students to carry out projects.
    * enable the student systematically to research the area of environmental pollution via the literature and create an ordered structured report on a subject of relevance to the course and their own interests.

    Module details

    The one year programme consists of a seven month taught component and a project lasting five months. The course may only be taken on a continous full-time basis. The taught component has a broad core covering concepts of pollution damage and economics, research methods and analytical techniques. Students are then able to specialise in

    * Environmental earth, water or atmospheric sciences
    * Engineering
    * Regulation

    The teaching methods include formal lectures but also place a considerable emphasis on interdisciplinary group work, practicals and industrial/field visits. The programme is taught by nearly twenty recognised specialists from Biological Sciences, Earth Sciences, Economic Studies, Planning and Landscape, Engineering and Law.

    The research project involves you undertaking research in any area related to pollution and environmental management. The project may be desk, laboratory or field-based depending upon the individual requirements of the student. Projects are carried out under the guidance of staff within the University and may involve collaboration with the regulatory bodies, environmental consultancies, industry and universities overseas.

    Course collaborators Teaching and research in environmental sciences are facilitated by strong collaborative links with the Greater Manchester Geological Unit, an independent body of consultants engaged in practical urban geoscience in the Manchester area.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    Academic entry qualification overview: Applications are welcome from students with a good first degree (minimum 2.1 or equivalent) in a scientific or technological discipline from a recognised university. First degrees in other subject areas or people with degree-equivalent qualifications may also be considered for entry.English language: Overseas students would also need to demonstrate competence in English language, for example, a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 English Language Requirements CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 60 (Grade C)
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