This MSc Award in Waste Management focuses on a range of issues and problems encountered by the waste industry in both the private and public sectors. There is a strong emphasis on links to both environmental science and environmental management throughout the course. The Award is broadly divided into two main areas of interest. Firstly, core modules deal primarily with the sustainable management of waste materials and some of the technologies available to successfully treat the different materials, and products or emission streams of such technological solutions. Secondly, core and core option modules introduce a range of the more generic study and personal development skills that a project manager in waste might be expected to demonstrate. Furthermore the programme aims to introduce students to the appropriate methods of sampling, analysis and data handling needed to monitor processes and associated environmental impacts. There is a strong applied and technological perspective to the course, which is designed to equip students for careers in the waste, pollution control and clean-up industries. There is also an opportunity to enhance employability through the experience of postgraduate learning in the workplace, which may be taken as a core option module for students already in relevant employment.
Typical modules may include:
This course has a strong link to the public sector (especially Local Authorities in the West Midlands), who deliver essential up-to-date lectures in some modules and also provide opportunities for student projects based on real-time waste management issues. The private sector also provides field trip opportunities (e.g. tours around an incinerator; visits to a landfill site; zero waste schemes in an industrial complex; material recovery centres). Students therefore receive high quality information from both academics and industry professionals, which improves the employability potential of students and prepares them for potential careers in waste management.
Successful students on this Award may find employment in the public sector (local authorities or their operational partners, e.g. Enterprise, regional government and national government agencies), professional waste management companies (e.g. Biffa, Veolia, Lawrence) or as a waste management officer in a wide range of private companies. Students are encouraged to join the Chartered Institute of Waste Management (CIWM), who offer discount rates for students. An application will be made to CIWM for official recognition of the course during 2011/12 and the University looks forward to enhanced working relationships with CIWM with respect to both teaching and research opportunities.
At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:
1. Apply subject knowledge and understanding to solve waste management issues and problems in complex and unpredictable situations
2. Critically evaluate the thinking, actions and structural factors operating in the practice of waste management, and reflect on specific waste management issues
3. Formulate and test appropriate research questions and hypotheses in waste management
4. Locate, identify and extract information on waste management from a variety of specialist sources using appropriate research methods
5. Design and implement an independent research project with due attention to risk assessment and ethical implications
6. Demonstrate a high level of competence in the professional communication of scientific information using oral and written skills
Cognate honours degree (science, environmental management or geography) at a minimum listing of Second Class Honours (2:2).
Candidates without these qualifications will be considered for entry by assessing levels of professional experience and skills, using School based procedures for APEL.
For students whose first language is not English, a standard of written and spoken English equivalent to IELTS 6.0 is required. Candidates must achieve an IELTS minimum score of 6.0 in the written test as well as in the overall assessment.
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.
Postgraduate Loans: A new system of loans for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England is being introduced from September 2016. The loans will provide a non means-tested loan of up to £10,000 for Masters degrees in all subject areas and modes of study. More information can be found at www.findamasters.com/funding/guides/new-uk-postgraduate-loans-scheme.aspx
Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number . A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.
Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.uk, www.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.
University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-loyalty-discount/): If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.
Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.
If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/howtopay.