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.
For more information on the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, visit the CIWM Website.
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.
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
Course modules (16/17)
Environmental and Wastes Management Legislation
- Module code: ENVM021
- Core module Y
You will examine the legal rules and principles governing the regulation of the global environment. In addition to analysing selected aspects of substantive international environmental laws, the module will also consider the regulatory options and mechanisms available to policy makers for monitoring, controlling and enforcing environmental sound practices.
Research and Analytical Methods
- Module code: ENVM002
- Core module Y
Develops your ability to independently design a research project. Specifically, you will focus on the acquisition, processing and delivery of information, approaches to analysis and interpretation methodologies, effective communication, recommendations to academic, professional and other audiences as well as the design of ethical and health and safety assessments and guidance.
- Module code: ENVM011
- Core module Y
You will undertake a substantial element of independent research, demonstrating your conceptual understanding as well as the application of cross-disciplinary research and analysis skills.
Advanced Thermal and Biological Wastes Management Technologies
- Module code: ENVM049
- Core module N
Evaluates the performance of advanced thermal and biological waste management technologies encompassing scientific, operational, environmental, economic and 'social' performance as well as the track record, reliability and risk issues of these technologies.
Land Contamination and Disposal
- Module code: ENVM023
- Core module N
Introduces and develops the concepts of anaerobic degradation of wastes placed in landfill sites resulting in the generation of leachate and landfill gas. You will also examine the broad issues relating to contaminated land including the scientific principles underlying current methodologies for the remediation of contaminated land and the effectiveness of such strategies.
- Module code: ENVM050
- Core module N
Critically evaluates current legal developments in waste minimisation for commercial and industrial wastes, and municipal wastes management within the context of local authorities, and typical small and medium enterprises.
- Module code: ENVM009
- Core module Y
The Political Dimensions of Waste
- Module code: ENVM048
- Core module N
Methods of Learning
The basis for online learning (at a distance) is the module learning material, which contains essential study material covering all learning outcomes. NILE is where the Module Tutors provide module materials, web links and further reading resources. Candidates can expect one-to-one support with the tutors via NILE, email, telephone, Skype and face-to-face if required.
The culmination of the MSc is completion of the 60 credit independent research project. You should be considering the area of research you want undertake while completing your other modules.
Length of study
Three years (typically) via Distance Learning.
September, February and May (distance learning)
Assessment is by coursework, oral presentations, group work, practical reports, critical reviews and all Master’s level students undertake a substantial independent research thesis. Students can expect between two and three items of assessment per 20 credit module. Assignments are submitted electronically via NILE unless otherwise instructed to do so. These are then marked, with the feedback and grades made available to students through NILE.
Facilities and Special Features
Students are able to access all of the learning tools and information they need for a successful student experience from one place – the online Student Hub. The Hub allows students to easily view learning resources via our Skills Hub, read course handbooks and documents, access support and services, submit assignments via NILE and keep up to date with news and events. All University of Northampton students are also able to download and use Microsoft Office 365 for free.
- you will be entitled to 12 months’ free student membership of the CIWM, which includes discounted rates on annual conference, training courses and seminars
- all modules can be studied via distance learning
- they can also be studied individually as part of a CPD programme, or can lead to a named award
- MSc Programme is fully accredited by the CIWM
- study at a Centre for Excellence in Wastes Management
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.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
Distance learning applications can be made throughout the year, with September, January and May starts available.
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss this option.
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 16/17 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Distance Learning:||£2,100 (60 Credits) £700 per 20 credit module|
|International:||£3,120 (60 credits) £1,040 per 20 credit module|
Years two and three fee may be subject to an inflationary increase.
Please note that this course is not eligible for Postgraduate Loan funding. See our scholarships page for more information on the funding that may be available to you at the University of Northampton.
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.