Environmental Geology and Land Contamination, M.Sc. | University of Portsmouth | Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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On this Environmental Geology and Land Contamination Master's degree course from the University of Portsmouth, you'll learn how to investigate and understand contaminated sites. 

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You'll learn how the whole geo-environmental system influences the movement of contaminants from source to potential receptors, through modules that cover hydrology, geochemistry, site investigation, geotechnics, and land assessment.

Many countries have a significant legacy of contaminants in the ground caused by industrial and mining activity. These pollutants can pose a significant risk to human health and the environment, so specialist expertise is required to ensure land is safe for use or development.

This Environmental Geology and Land Contamination course from the University of Portsmouth provides practical training in every aspect – from field and site work, to laboratory analysis and data interpretation – so once you graduate, you can pursue varied roles in the specialist area of contaminated land consultancy, regulation and remediation, both in the UK and overseas.

Course highlights

  • Learn from experts in the field, with extensive knowledge of groundwater hydrology, environmental geology and contaminated land management
  • Benefit from our industry links and complete a professional research project in collaboration with industry partners
  • Use our geotechnical and analytical labs, gaining practical experience in the use of a range of soil and environmental testing facilities in our environmental chemistry analysis laboratory
  • Train in fieldwork techniques such as walk-over surveys, sample collection and testing, and the use of GIS and interpretation of remote sensing
  • Produce professional conceptual site models (CSM) and learn about risk assessment approaches for contaminated land and water

Careers and opportunities

Environmental geologists and specialists in the identification and treatment of contaminated land are employed by Government and non-Government organisations, as well as commercial land and property developers.

Demand for expertise is increasing, and in the UK alone the market for environmental consultancy is expected to grow by almost £10 billion to £16 billion by 2027 (Consultancy UK).

Graduates also go into academic or commercial research roles, or a postgraduate research degree in earth and environmental sciences.

Graduates of this course have gone onto roles such as:

  • Environmental consultant
  • Geo-environmental consultant
  • Geo-environmental engineer
  • Engineer

Career outcomes shown are sourced from the latest available graduate outcome surveys. The data shows career outcomes at 15 months after graduation.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Core

  • Principles and Analysis of Pollution with Metals - 30 credits

  • Research Skills and Project - 60 credits

  • Contaminated Land and Groundwater Protection - 30 credits

  • Optional

  • Principles of GIScience - 30 credits

  • Environmental Assessment - 30 credits

  • Ground Models and Ground Investigation - 30 credits

  • Terrain Evaluation and Natural Hazards - 30 credits

  • Ecotoxicology and Pollution - 30 credits

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Academic requirements

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General requirements

  • A second-class honours degree in Geology, Geography, Earth Science, Applied Geology, Civil Engineering, Chemistry, Environmental Science or a related discipline. Relevant industrial and work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

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710 - 1099 GBP /month
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