MSc Environmental Pollution & Monitoring

Brunel University London, Institute for the Environment

Program Description

MSc Environmental Pollution & Monitoring

Brunel University London, Institute for the Environment

This course is designed to allow those student, whose career choices lie in the field of environmental science, to acquire a broad-based knowledge of the concepts involved. The courses are vocational and provide effective entry into all professions related to environmental pollution, assessment and control.

The taught modules on this programme provide a rigorous academic treatment of the fundamental scientific principles and practice of assessing and controlling the extent of environmental damage by Man's activities. The programme emphasises the processes and techniques related to the reduction of emissions to air, land and water, and the effects of pollution.

The core material for all MSc courses offered within the Institute are concerned with the fundamental principles of environmental science, and in this case, this is backed up by a practical laboratory component.

The course is structured around a programme of formal lectures, practical laboratory work, workshops, directed reading and participation in seminars, discussions and site visits. The students are able to specialise in an area of particular interest to them by careful choice of their dissertation topic which accounts for 60 credits of the 180 credits required to complete the Masters degree. Students on all courses benefit from lectures given by external speakers from the regulatory authorities, governmental departments, local authorities, waste management companies, water companies, environmental consultants and solicitors.

Key features about Brunel and the Course

  • Interdisciplinary course in award winning Specialist Research Institute
  • Excellent staff to student ratio (around 1:4)
  • CIWEM accredited course
  • Full time (2-day contact a week) or part time (1-day contact a week)
  • Start dates in September and January
  • Campus university with excellent facilities and close to London with great transport links

MSc Modules

Compulsory modular blocks

Environmental Monitoring (30 credits)
- Integrated Pollution (30 credits)
- Research and Critical Skills in Environmental Science (15 credits)
- Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional modular blocks

Students normally choose 2 modules from Group A and 1 module from Group B. (If desired, students are also able to choose “1 module from Group A and 2 modules from Group B” or “3 modules from Group A and no modules from Group B” but must understand that this unbalances the 2 terms: 45:75 or 75:45 credits as opposed to 60:60.)

Group A (pick 2)
- Environmental Hazards and Risk (15 credits)
- Environmental Management (15 credits)
- Environment, Health and Societies (15 credits)
- Climate Change: Science and Impacts (15 credits)
- Essentials in Ecotoxicology (15 credits)
- Chemical Regulation and Legislation in the EU (15 credits)
- Biosphere (15 credits)
- Environmental Modelling (15 credits)

Group B (pick 1)
- Sustainable Development in Practice (15 credits)
- Current Practice in Chemical Risk Assessment (15 credits)
- Clean Technology (15 credits)
- Environmental Law (15 credits)
- Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation (15 credits)
- GIS and Data Analysis (15 credits)

Admission Requirement
Normally at least a second class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline eg Environmental Science; Chemistry; Biological Science; Geography; Environmental Health. Applicants with appropriate experience and other qualifications will be considered.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min6 in all areas)
  • TOEFL Paper test: 580 (TWE 4.5)
  • TOEFL Internet test: 92 (R20, L20, S20, W20)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT 65% (min 60% in all areas)

Last updated July 22, 2015
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
6,500 GBP
Start date Sept. 2016
United Kingdom London, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 23, 2016
Duration 1 - 2 years
Price 6,500 GBP
£16,000 for overseas students