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Contamination, Risk Assessment and Remediation

MSc (Full Time)

UCAS Code:None
Minimum Length:12 Month(s)
Maximum Length:12 Month(s)
Credit Points:180
Director of Studies:Professor KT Semple

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

The MSc in Contaminated Land and Remediation aims to provide students with an understanding of:

  • environmental microbiology;
  • the fate and behaviour of chemicals in the environment;
  • environmental toxicology;
  • foodchain dynamics and human exposure.

Case studies are widely used to illustrate the application of the taught material and specifically include a detailed investigation into the bioremediation of a contaminated land site and risk assessment of a chemical pollution incident.

General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

The course also aims to develop transferable skills appropriate to a career in research, conservation or industry. The range of transferable skills that students are expected to gain includes

IT literacy in mainstream word-processing, analysis and presentation software; presenting information in verbal, electronic and hardcopy media; numerical skills, including statistical analysis; practical laboratory and field skills, and the ability to critically analyse and interpret data.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

Subject specific knowledge is developed through research informed teaching and associated reading. Initially this is achieved through the subject-specific modules that employ a range of delivery and assessment styles including lectures, practical workshops (including paper-based, computer-based, laboratory-based and site-based studies), and seminars. Students are expected to self-learn using reference material to further develop their perceptual models, and to field visits are provided illustrate the associated practicalities. More depth to subject-specific knowledge is added through the specialisation of students in their chosen research projects. The range of subject specific knowledge that students are expected to gain is reflected in the breadth of modules available in the taught programme. These cover a broad range of environmental and chemical modules linked contaminant behaviour, toxicology, risk and remediation.

Students' scientific methodology is developed at all stages of the programme and in particular through their chosen research projects. Initially, scientific method is nurtured through the written and verbal feedback of staff to students during the taught elements of the programme, along with the exposure of students to the scientific literature. The research project affords the opportunity for closer staff-student interactions where a critique of scientific method occurs within a research active environment. The range of scientific disciplines that students are expected to gain include:

- Developing a robust scientific argument

- Formulating and testing hypotheses

- Assessing contrasting scientific theories

- Identifying, abstracting and synthesising scientific information

- Problem solving and decision making

- Identifying, abstracting and synthesising scientific information

- The use of experimentation within a scientific problem solving exercise.

- Handling complexity and uncertainty.

General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

Students completing the MSc programme will be expected to have gained transferable skills, subject specific knowledge and scientific methodology to Masters level. In addition to these outcomes, which are considered in more detail below, the course nurtures working relationships between students and active researchers/practitioners both internally and externally.

Transferable skills achieved through varied methods of delivery and assessment of the subject specific modules which include group presentations, reports and essays, and associated practical and analytical work. The individual research projects consolidate and extend transferable skills both through the execution of the research work and the writing of the associated thesis. The range of transferable skills that students are expected to gain includes:

- IT literacy in industry-standard word-processing, analysis and presentation software.

- Presenting information in verbal, electronic and hardcopy media.

- Numeracy, including mathematical and statistical modelling.

- Project management.

- Interpersonal skills in group settings.


Structure, Features and Regulations: Compulsory and Optional Modules

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Compulsory Modules

LEC 501 Dissertation Project

ENV 431 Pollution Microbiology

ENV 432 Chemical Risk Assessment

ENV 434 Contaminated Land and Remediation

LEC 430 Behaviour of Pollutants in the Environment

Optional Modules

Select TWO optional modules.  Your number of credits across core and optional modules must total 180.  You should aim to balance your taught modules across each term OR take more in the earlier terms.

BIOL 421 Data Analysis and Interpretation

ENV 412 Environmental Radioactivity

ENV 435 Environmental Toxicology

ENV 448 Data Analysis and Programming Skills

GEOG 413 Geoinformatics

GEOG 422 Disaster Management

LEC 422 Data Assimilation and Integration

LEC 425 Environmental Sampling and Analysis for Trace Organics

LEC 426 Environmental Applications of Isotope Geochemistry

LEC 438  Safety and Environmental Impact Assessment: an Industrial Perspective

LEC 440 Numerical Skills (unassessed)

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