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  • 12 months
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As a consequence of industrial and mining activity, contaminants in the ground continue to be a major risk to public health and the future of the natural world. If you're keen to tackle this important issue, take your studies to postgraduate level, and learn specialist skills, our MSc Environmental Geology and Contamination degree course at University of Portsmouth is for you.

About

What you will experience?

On this course, you'll:

  • Use our geological and geotechnic labs for practical work on spatial analysis and remote testing
  • Get hands-on experience with instruments such as GPS, Total Stations and 3D laser scanners, as well as developing skills for ground investigation with invasive techniques, in-situ tests and walk-over surveys
  • Learn from recognised experts in the field, with extensive knowledge of groundwater hydrology, environmental geology and contaminated land management
  • Be trained in fieldwork techniques such as walk-over surveys combined with interpretation of remote sensing and aerial photography imagery
  • Learn the techniques for carrying out risk assessments on contaminated land
  • Complete a professional research project, in collaboration with industry partners

Career

Contaminated land is one of the key areas in which the UK has a skills shortage. This, combined with the vocational nature of this course, means that your skills will be in high demand from employers.

Career opportunities include:

  • Environmental organisations
  • Geotechnical consultancies
  • Mining companies
  • Local authorities
  • Government agencies

This course will provide you with a variety of transferable skills such as project planning, literature and data reviewing and report writing, along with general communication and presentation skills. It also has strong research and analytical components, ideal if you wish to pursue further research to PhD level.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Soil Mechanics
  • Desk Studies and Ground Models
  • Ground Investigation Techniques
  • Contaminated Land Risk Assessments
  • Field Reconnaissance and Walk-Over Survey
  • Spatial Analysis and Remote Sensing
  • Independent Research Project

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Make your application as soon as possible.

  • Programme intensity

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

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • 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:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A 2:2 honours degree in an Earth Science, Civil Engineering, Chemistry or Environmental Science discipline. Relevant industrial and work experience will be considered on an individual basis.
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15100 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7700 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

  • Part time: £3,850

International students 

  • Part time: £7,550

Living costs for Portsmouth

  • 710 - 1100 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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