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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months


The MSc Environmental Assessment and Control at University of Derby gives you insights and skills in addressing land and water contamination problems both strategically and creatively.

Build specialist expertise

This is a multidisciplinary MSc bringing together expertise in areas such as conservation, biology, ecosystems and geoscience. In response to the needs of employers, it also takes an integrated approach to land and water management. Our teaching is underpinned by latest research and we place an emphasis on linking theory to live case studies.

You will explore aspects of contaminated land including legislation and regulation, identification of environmental issues, analysis and remediation, and human health exposure assessment. You will also focus on the environmental monitoring and assessment of freshwater, prevention and control of contamination, drinking water quality and flood defence.

A focus on practical experience

We have joined forces with a range of organisations – local authorities, government agencies, industries and environmental consultancies – to develop the MSc.

Workplace experience is a cornerstone of the programme. Our external partnerships enable you to enhance your practical skills via field and laboratory work and to undertake practitioner training through work placements. While on placement, you will be supported by work-based learning mentors.

Throughout the course, you will gain insights into problem-solving, decision-making and how environmental sampling and analytical techniques are applied in the workplace. Case studies, guest lectures and fieldtrips will bring an extra dimension to this ‘real-world learning’ approach.

Careers and employability

This course paves the way to careers with government bodies like the Environment Agency and DEFRA, international organisations such as the UN, local authorities, environmental consultancies, water companies and in a wide range of industries where environmental assessment and control is vital. If you are already in employment, it will enhance your promotion prospects and confidence in applying for more senior roles.

The MSc also represents a valuable qualification for professionals working in allied areas who want to broaden their skills. If you are an environmental consultant, for example, you may wish to gain more specialist knowledge of issues like land remediation.

In addition, your studies will give you a firm basis for higher-level qualifications including MPhil/PhD research degrees.

Programme Structure

You will study modules such as:

  • Contaminated Land and Remediation 
  • Freshwater Management 
  • Independent Scholarly Activity in Conservation, Biology and Ecosystems

You will also choose four of these modules:

  • Critical Issues in the Environment (online module
  • Practical Training-Based Placement module 
  • Ecological Surveying 
  • Analytical Methods for Ecologists 
  • Habitat Management
  • Environmental Management: Critical Perspectives
  • Waste Management Control (online module) 
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (online module)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

Entry requirements for UK students: You will usually need either an honours degree in a related scientific subject (at least second class) or equivalent experience

Entry requirements for EU/international students: Please contact the University for further information.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    13500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13500 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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  • UK/EU £715 per 20 credits for both full time and part time

Living costs for Derby

  • 540 - 860 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


  • From 2017/18, the Government will provide a loan of up to £10,280 per student for postgraduate Master’s study.
  • Postgraduate Loan (PGL) for Master’s study will be:
  • A contribution towards the costs of study, i.e. it will be at the student’s discretion to use the loan towards fees, maintenance costs or other costs;
  • Non-means tested;
  • Paid directly to the student into a UK bank account.

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