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Our MSc Waste and Resource Management is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management and prepares you for a career in the growing environmental and resource management sector, where there is increasing global demand for skilled graduates.

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.

By undertaking this course you will develop 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.

This MSc is also available on an 18 month full-time option by undertaking an additional 60 credits of industrial placement over an extra term. This will benefit you by being able to immediately apply your new knowledge into the work environment giving you a competitive advantage in the employment market; undertaking this option, you will be awarded MSc Waste & Resource Management (Professional Practice).

Start Dates & Duration

There are two award options for this master's degree: MSc Waste & Resource Management and MSc Waste & Resource Management (Professional Practice). In addition, there are two start dates: January and September each year. Full details on the satrt dates and typical durations are as follows:

  • MSc Sept entry: 1 year full-time, typically 2 years part-time 
  • MSc Jan entry: 1.5 years full-time, typically 2-3 years part-time 
  • MSc Waste & Resource Management (Professional Practice) Sept entry: 1.5 years full-time, typically 2-3 years part-time 
  • MSc Waste & Resource Management (Professional Practice) Jan entry: typically 2 years full-time and 2-3 years part-time 

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Professional Approval and Accreditation

Our course is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM). Once enrolled, you can apply to the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) to become a Student Member. When you have completed our course you can then apply to CIWM to become a Graduate Member and use the designatory letters Grad MCIWM.

Career Prospects

Graduates from this course 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 and resource utilisation. Our recent Graduates have become Process Sustainability Managers in clinical waste companies, Process Chemists at anaerobic digestion sites, and consultants within waste management companies.

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Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience

If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Postgraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

The programme is available to EU and non-EU students (full-time only). Non-EU students must meet UWS English language requirements(see below).

Academic Requirements

For the Postgraduate Diploma, you must normally hold a relevant science or engineering degree or other equivalent professional qualification or have equivalent experience gained in industry.

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

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
  • PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

 

TOEFL IBT

TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:

  • Reading: 17;
  • Listening: 17;
  • Speaking: 17;
  • Writing: 17

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

 

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE)

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*

  • C6 or above in English

*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.

 

Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course details

Our Waste and Resource Management course will develop your core skills in the management of resources. This is 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.

For the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) stage, you will study the following core modules:

  • Environmental Systems (20 credits)
  • Principles of Sustainability (10 credits)
  • Risk Management (10 credits)
  • Interpersonal Skills and Change Management (10 credits)
  • Pollution Control (20 credits)
  • Waste Management (20 credits)
  • Research Methods (10 credits)
  • Clean Technology and Resource Management (20 credits)

Successful completion of the PgDip allows you to proceed to the master's dissertation module:

  • MSc Waste & Resource Management Dissertation (60 credits)

Successfully completing the dissertation results in the award of MSc Waste & Resource Management.

For those students seeking to undertake the Professional Practice element over another term, they would undertake the following core module:

  • Professional Practice (60 credits)

Successfully completing this module plus the dissertation results in the award of MSc Waste & Resource Management (Professional Practice).

Teaching and Assessment

You will attend lectures and tutorials and extend your studies through independent learning and seminars with problem solving scenarios using field exercises and case studies.

Our Waste and Resource Management degree uses a variety of assessment methods. The below list provides a guide to the types of assessment methods you can expect:

  • Coursework assignments 
  • Unseen examinations 
  • Oral presentations 
  • Final MSc dissertation

Course Structure

Postgraduate Tuition Fees

Lab-based (Scottish campuses) 2019/20

Scottish & EU

£5,500 per year of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£7,300 per year of study

Channel Island & Isle of Man

£7,300 per year of study

International (Non-EU)

£14,600 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Module Fee: Lab-based (Scottish campuses) 2019/20

Scottish & EU

£790 per module (20 credits)

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£1,045 per module (20 credits)

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£1,045 per module (20 credits)

International (Non-EU)

£2,350 per module (20 credits)

More on current & future tuition fees

Postgraduate fees for this course 2020/21

Scottish & EU

£6,500 cost per year of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£6,500 Cost per year of study

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£6,500 Cost per year of study

International (Non-EU)

£16,000 Per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Postgraduate fees for the Prof. Practice version of this course 2020/21

Scottish & EU

£8,500 cost of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£8,500 cost of study

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£8,500 cost of study

International (Non-EU)

£19,000 cost of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) postgraduate tuition fee and living cost loans may be available for eligible (Scottish/EU) students. Check SAAS website for more information.

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.

In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.

Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses

The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.

You can also find additional information in our Postgraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

Tuition Fees & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as a postgraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for English, Welsh & Norther Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at postgraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find our more.

Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at postgraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find out more.

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Waste & Resource Management - Additional Costs

Field Trips

During your time on the programme you will undertake a number of site visits and field trips.

  • We recommend that you purchase steel toe safety boots; these are available on the high street and online from £40 - £100
  • Additionally, field trips will take place during winter months when it may be wet and cold therefore you should have suitable weatherproof jackets and shoes

Teaching & Assessment

  • All our lecture material is available online, however you can print these and could cost approximately £50 - £60
  • Printing posters as part of your assessments can cost £20
  • Printing one hard bound copy of your MSc dissertation costs £20 - £30

Professional Membership

  • You can become a Student Member of the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management which is free

Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

Find out more.

Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

Find out more.

Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

Find out more.

Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

Find out more.

How to apply

Postgraduate courses (MA, MSc, MEd, MBA, DBA, PG Cert, PG Dip, etc.) & some Post-experience courses (CertHE, BA, Grad Cert, Grad Dip, etc.)

All students should apply directly to the University through our online application system. Before you apply, you should check that you meet our entry requirements and you should have all your supporting documents ready.

The first stage of the process is to create a profile; you don't have to complete the application in one session - you can complete it in stages by saving each section and return to complete it at a later date.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but they will close when they are full; apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

Before you begin your application, it is important to read the Postgraduate & Post-Experience application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.

 

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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