The University of Wolverhampton

MScEnvironmental Pollution Control

Why choose this course?

Preventing and controlling pollution of the environment is a major challenge facing both developed and developing countries. This applied masters course provides you with a detailed understanding of the key environmental pollutants and of the current methods used to control pollution from land, water and atmospheric sources. The legislative framework for pollution control within Europe is emphasised. The concept of sustainability is key to the approach taken. As a graduate of this MSc you will be equipped to solve environmental pollution problems, through the selection and application of appropriate control and remediation technologies and thus be prepared for careers in a range of pollution control industries, both in the UK and overseas.

What happens on the course?

Typical modules may include:

  • Water pollution control
  • Bioremediation
  • Contaminated land
  • Air pollution control
  • Professional Communication skills
  • Research methods
  • Research project

Why Wolverhampton?

The Department has 20 years experience of delivering applied environmental awards. Students find our staff friendly, approachable and supportive. You will be studying in an international environment, with students from many different countries.

This course offers you an applied approach to the study of pollution control. You will experience pollution control in action through site visits – for example to local brownfield sites and water treatment facilities. You will also learn from consultants and practitioners in pollution industries who contribute to the course as guest lecturers. You will be able to take advantage of the extensive field and laboratory facilities in the Department to undertake your own practically based research. The course will examine the consequences of environmental pollution for both the natural environment and for human health. You will also gain a sound understanding of the European and National legislative framework which underpins all pollution control activity.

Career path

The Department has excellent industrial links, for example with the Environment Agency, Severn Trent Water and Local Authorities. Site visits and keynote speakers from industry ensure the relevance of the course to employment is emphasised. This course will prepare students for employment in the waste, water, pollution control and clean-up industries, including the Environment Agency, Water PLCs, Environmental Consultancies and Local Authorities.

What skills will you gain?

At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a detailed understanding of pollution concepts and current control methods for pollution of air, water and soil, informed by scholarship and research

2. Manage environmental pollution problems, by selecting and applying appropriate control and remediation technologies

3. Undertake an independent research project which tests an appropriate research hypothesis in environmental pollution control

4. Synthesise, summarise and critically evaluate information on pollution control from a range of specialist sources.

5. Communicate scientific information effectively, with specialist and non-specialist audiences, utilising a variety of appropriate media.

Entry requirements

An honours degree at minimum second class honours in a relevant science or engineering subject. Candidates without these qualifications will be considered for entry by assessing levels of professional experience and skills, using School based procedures for APL.

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 in the written test as well as in the overall assessment.

Candidates without these qualifications may be considered for entry by assessing levels of professional experience and skills

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £5,900 £12,200
Part time £2,950

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

Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number [4413]. 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, or 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 ( 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 ( 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


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