Waste & Resource Management

UCAS codes

Course contact

Mr Jan Miller/Dr Simon Cuthbert
0800 027 1000 (44 141 849 4101 outwith UK)

Qualifications and durations

  • MSc (full-time/part-time)
    1 year*/2 years
  • Postgraduate Diploma (full-time/part-time)
    9 months/18 month


Start date(s)

  • January and September

Tuition Fees

Additional costs
Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.
Accredited by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, the programme prepares you for a career in the growing environmental and resource management sector, where there is increasing global demand for skilled graduates.
For the Postgraduate Diploma, applicants must normally hold a relevant science or engineering degree or other equivalent professional qualification or have equivalent experience gained in industry.

Applicants who have previously completed a Postgraduate Diploma in an appropriate discipline may be admitted at an appropriate stage.

The programme is available to EU and overseas students (full-time only). Overseas students must meet UWS English language requirements.
The global market in environmental goods and services is currently worth about £3 trillion. Global investment attracted by ‘green technologies’ for electrical power generation recently exceeded that for coal and natural gas. This area is being actively promoted in the UK and Scottish context for economic development.

The programme develops core skills in the management of resources, coupled with an understanding of technologies that enhance the sustainable use of natural resources and minimise the environmental impact of economic activities, exploiting value from industrial process by-products and waste materials.

Our research-active academics are experienced in projects monitoring and assessing environmental impacts, developing innovative treatment technologies and working with industry and business. We have also been involved in support for and development of environmental policy and regulation in the UK, the EU and internationally. 

Your Learning

The Postgraduate Diploma comprises six taught modules. All MSc candidates undertake a research project/ dissertation in Trimester 3.

Subjects include:

  • Environmental Systems 
  • Sustainable Environmental Management 
  • Concepts and Tools in Environmental Technology 
  • Pollution Control 
  • Waste Management Techniques 
  • Process Principles for Clean Technologies


You will also undertake a Waste Masters dissertation.
Graduates build careers across all industrial sectors and within both public and private sectors dealing with resources, environment, pollution control, waste management, regulation and enforcement in the emerging technologies to improve environmental performance. This includes process based operations as well as management, audit and impact assessment Once enrolled, students can apply to the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) to become a Student Member. When the programme is completed students can apply to CIWM to become a Graduate Member and use the designatory letters Grad MCIWM.

Useful Information

  • * To obtain the MSc, students will usually take 9 months to gain the Postgraduate Diploma and then normally an additional 3 months of study to gain the MSc, from the date of commencement of the project.