University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

Environmental Science

This multidisciplinary MSc programme aims to train you to recognise and understand the threats and conflicts in the environment today and appreciate the steps required to develop solutions. The systematic approach of this MSc programme enables you to deal with all scales of the environment. Throughout your studies you will have various opportunities to participate in work outdoors and apply your classroom and field work knowledge to real life situations. You will also gain experience using a range of tools for biological, chemical and physical measurement as well as models and data handling methods. Most importantly, at Aberdeen you will be part of a community that will help improve your knowledge and awareness of environmental science. The MSc is aimed at graduates looking to specialise, those looking to enhance their skills and knowledge or retrain in environmental science and academics and Government employees looking to further their career, develop industry contacts and remain at the forefront of the science.

Entry requirements

Prospective students should normally have, or expect to be awarded, a minimum of a Lower 2nd Class Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject, from a recognised university. Enquiries are welcomed from all prospective students, regardless of first degree subject, who can demonstrate an adequate level of competence and ability for postgraduate training. In recent years students who have completed the programme successfully have come from backgrounds including biology, zoology, ecology, chemistry, physics, engineering, geology, geography, agriculture, psychology, and health sciences. Interviews will be required for applicants with non-conventional qualifications. Even if you have been educated in the medium of English you must meet our English Language requirements (certain countries may be exempted from this requirement). This programme requires that you meet the 'Postgraduate Standard' level of English proficiency. If you are in doubt about your proficiency in English, contact the British Council office or its equivalent in your country. If your first language is not English, it is important that your proficiency in English is good in order for you to study successfully at the University of Aberdeen. Without this ability you will find great difficulty in understanding lectures, producing written work and sitting examinations.

Course modules

The taught part of our MSc Environmental Science programme involves students taking 8 courses over 2 terms. Course options are varied and are usually chosen from those available within the environmental sciences timetable. However, other courses maybe chosen from those available through the School of Biological Sciences' level 5 modular options. In addition, the MSc programme includes activities with external speakers, site visits, applied technique sessions and a residential field trip. The final 3 months of the programme is dedicated to carrying out the research project. This is a detailed piece of work that provides training in technical skills, recording results and observations and analysing results. Longer projects are available for students seeking a more advanced programme.

Assessment methods

Research Project: Advanced project (90 Credits): For students that select to undertake the MRes Programme this reflects a higher credit bearing project with longer duration. The overall aims, objectives and assessment are the same as those described for the Project in Environmental Science. Read full details in our course catalogue.
Project in Environmental Science (60 Credits): A module underpinned by a research theme within the discipline of environmental science. This could be in a range of different areas of environmental science including; environmental monitoring, risk assessment, remediation, climate change, pollution mitigation, analytical development or modelling. It could be terrestrial, freshwater, marine or atmospheric in outlook.
Projects can be field, laboratory or desk based, or indeed a combination of these. Students may undertake this in Aberdeen or from an alternative national or international base.
Supervision is by means of a designated supervisor with whom there should be frequent meetings. Assessment is by thesis which may take the form of a scientific manuscript or a consultancy report or a technical memoir- depending upon the nature of the project. There is consideration of project planning, experimental performance and critical interpretation in terms of the award of the final mark.

Sponsorship information

There are various sources of funding to support you during your period of study. We have a number of scholarships and bursaries available to our students, and external sources of funding available.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MRes Full-time September 2016 GBP 17,200 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MRes Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,052 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MRes Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,052 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MRes Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,052 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MRes Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,052 per Year 1 (EU) 12 months
MRes Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,052 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MRes Part-time September 2016 - 24 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (EU) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 17,200 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MSc Part-time September 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
King's Campus Aberdeen AB24 3FX Scotland

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Key information

Contact: 
Postgraduate Taught Secretary, Graduate School
Telephone number: 
01224 272692