From water-borne diseases to floods, desertification to the extinction of species, the effects of pollution on our planet are far-reaching and devastating. This course will help you to become an expert on one of the biggest issues facing humanity today. A challenging and rewarding specialism that helps you to make a serious difference to, and even help save, humans, animals and plants.
Our internationally-renowned course is highly technical and practical, using real-life case studies to teach you how to prevent and solve a wide range of pollution problems. We have excellent links with industry bodies, including the Environment Agency, Thames Water, Heathrow airport, the Science Museum, local authorities in London and the Loch Ness and Loch Morar project. Some of these offer placements to our students as a basis for their independent research projects.
Many of our masters students have seen their research taken up by industry and published in high-profile scientific journals. Alageswaren Radiar's research into toxicity at the 2012 London Olympics site was published in the International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology. Wale Adeola's PhD focused on the development of a system for removing pollutants from airport run-off which was subsequently commissioned by Heathrow airport. One student even worked on a project sponsored by the Saudi Arabian government.
What sets our course apart is our belief that it's important to take an integrated approach when tackling pollution. We bring different disciplines together to look not only at the mechanics of how pollution happens and can be tackled, but the wider socioeconomic, ethical, legal and political context.
You'll study the characteristics and sources of different pollutants; their effects on organisms, ecosystems and the climate; how to control them and reduce their impact; natural purification processes; and waste treatment and disposal. You'll also look at the socioeconomic and legal context surrounding pollution, including environmental law, the role of local authorities, and ethical and political factors. You'll learn to compile technical reports, carry out health and safety checks, review literature and give appropriate citations and references, and collect and analyse data. You'll also cover project management, including the principles of statistics, analytical skills, risk assessment and product design.
The course is made up of five core modules, one module from a range of options and the MSc project module.
A major part of the course will be your research project and dissertation. If you are working, you may be able to base your project at your workplace; if not, we can hopefully help you find a placement. If you're an overseas student, you should be able to do your project in your home country if you want to. Some students have also based their projects at the Universitat de Valencia, with which we have links under the ERASMUS scheme.
There are five core modules and a research project. In addition to these five core modules there are a range of optional modules which students may choose to study.
This module provides advanced knowledge in assessing and evaluating the environmental and health risk of indoor and outdoor air pollution and environmental noise; develop skills to critically evaluate ethical, economic and political aspects of air and noise pollution; and provide detailed knowledge in monitoring and managing air and noise pollution.
This module is designed to impart knowledge and technical know-how to remediate and manage contaminated land and solid waste, thus enable students to obtain adequate expertise to tackle environmental challenges poses by land contamination and solid waste disposal. Special emphasis will be paid on the management of solid wastes and their relationships with contaminated land.
In the Waste and Wastewater module you will be equipped with advanced theoretical and applied training, professional knowledge, transferable skill development, and competence in the field water and wastewater pollution and treatment, through an informed, analytical and critical approach to current practice in the field. Key issues will be identified and critically evaluated from academic, technical, professional and managerial perspectives.
This module provides the opportunity to develop an original and independent research investigation aimed at integrating theoretical knowledge and technical expertise to solve a practical problem at a relevant postgraduate level using appropriate research techniques.
This module provides an overview of the whole field and an introduction to each of the component parts. It is likely to be the mostly widely utilised by other MSc programmes and is specifically designed to show how any specialisation can be incorporated into the risk management of organisations.
This module examines both climate change and population growth as drivers of contemporary changes to global environments, within the contested concept of sustainable environment management.
This module deepens the examination of the way that people perceive risks and how these insights can be used to improve stakeholder engagement and risk communication.
This module builds on the theories and concepts covered in the other core modules through the introduction of real world risk management practice developed through guest speakers, case studies and site visits. The module can also be studied without prior exposure to the other modules (i.e. as a stand-alone optional module) because the major concepts will be reviewed in the early part of the module (also providing useful revision and re-examination for those that have studied the rest of the programme).
Flooding is widely recognised globally as one of the most common natural catastrophes and with climate change the frequency and severity of flood disasters is expected to increase. The aim of this module is to introduce how and why floods occur and for students to investigate and evaluate the core principles and concepts of flood risk management.
This module aims to provide knowledge and critical insight into environmental practices of pollution prevention. A particular focus on relevant environmental practitioner requirements in industry is provided. It focuses upon common commercial pollutants and the systems that govern their control and management in the workplace also considering the policy and legal basis. Practitioner management techniques and methods are provided with the objective of developing competence in assessing and managing workplace environmental aspects to improve legal compliance and environmental performance.
You will take part in practical fieldwork, site visits and laboratory sessions, as well as attending lectures – including some from external experts - workshops and seminars. You will work on group and individual projects, as well as case study analyses, problem-solving and data analysis exercises, blogs and presentations, and submit essays and laboratory reports. You will supplement all this with your own independent study and research, including the use of online resources.
You will be assessed through exams, tests, your project and dissertation, and other coursework. This will include group and individual projects and reports, and written work including essays, laboratory reports and logbooks, and a critical review of an environmental management project. You will also be assessed on case study analyses, presentations, and problem-solving, data analysis and time management exercises. Your dissertation will be accompanied by a viva voce exam.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.
If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, portfolio or audition.
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the university. Please visit our Postgraduate application page for further information and to apply.
There is a growing demand within industry for experts with an in-depth knowledge of environmental problems and the skills to tackle them. Pollution control is an area on which, as the impact humankind has upon the planet becomes increasingly severe, there is likely to be an ever-greater focus.
Our graduates have found employment with local authorities and non-governmental organisations, in industry in sectors including engineering, water and petroleum, and with environmental consultancy firms. Many have gone on to do further academic research. The qualification is designed to equip you for work at a local, national or international level.
As well as in-depth knowledge of your subject, our course will provide you with many transferable skills. It will improve your research, data collection and interpretation, communication, presentation and teamwork skills, as well as your confidence and your ability to work under your own initiative and manage your own time.
The programme incorporates a new two term-long professional experience module where students will be assisted and supported closely to secure a placement. This module will provide skills for all the stages of a job application. This process puts employability at the heart of the programme and will be immensely valuable in preparing students to enter the employment market.
Wale Adeola works as a Process Engineer with the Health Safety and Environment Department (HSE) of Shell Exploration and Production Company UK in Scotland. He has worked on a number of Project teams across different aspects of the company operations with particular focus on environmental pollution prevention and control.
Wale completed his Masters in 2003 and his PhD in 2006 at Middlesex University. His PhD research focused on the use and optimisation of a combined wetland/aerated pond treatment system for pollutant removal from airport runoff. This innovative treatment system worth £20 million was commissioned in the winter of 2002 as part of London Heathrow Airport's strategy for sustainable management of surface water.
"I came to Middlesex University for MSc in Integrated Pollution Control after my BSc in Chemical Engineering at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. I had no problems choosing the school and program because I knew exactly what I wanted. I wanted a program, which combined aspects of Environment sciences, management and Law in one course which some school actually offer as three separate courses. To me this was good value for the fees I would be paying.
"Settling into the program wasn't a problem for me even though I came from an entirely different culture. My background in Chemical engineering allowed me to grasp certain aspects of the course faster although the microbiology bit was initially a problem. The style of teaching and the willingness of the module leaders to assist soon helped me overcome the problem. I found the staff, academic and non-academic, quite friendly and very approachable. I really took advantage of this throughout the entire program, especially during my research project.
"For me, one of the main advantages of studying this degree at this University was the opportunity it gave me to work alongside an active research community in urban pollution control. This helped to boost my confidence. The course served as a very good platform for the career I have always wanted as an Environmental Specialist in the Oil and Gas Industry. I will like to further my career as an Environmental Expert, taking a day at a time and see where I go from there!".
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MSc Environmental Pollution Control
This course is offered full-time or part-time. The fees below refer to the 2016/17 academic year unless otherwise stated.
|Full-time course fees 2016||UK/EU Students||International Students|
|Part-time course fees 2016*||UK/EU Students||International Students|
|Masters (120 taught credits |
+ 60 credits for dissertation)
|£55 (per taught credit) |
£27 (per dissertation credit)
|£84 (per taught credit) |
£42 (per dissertation credit)
|PG Dip (120 taught credits)||£55 (per taught credit)||£84 (per taught credit)|
|PG Cert (60 taught credits)||£55 (per taught credit)||£84 (per taught credit)|
*Course fees are subject to annual inflation so the total costs for part-time study are shown here as a guide.
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