University of Northampton

University of Northampton

Wastes Management

This programme has been specifically designed to meet the needs and demands of the modern wastes management industry. This award is suitable for recent graduates wishing to enhance their employability options or change their career direction. All courses are accredited by the Chartered Institution of Waste Management. A module can be taken as a taster before deciding whether to study the course in full, or as an opportunity to update skills in a particular area. The programme is divided into 3 stages, to complete the Master's level qualification students must complete 6 modules and an independent research thesis to a total of 180 credits. During the course, students complete 3 compulsory modules and choose 3 optional modules. This ensures that students study the same broad themes within wastes management, but are also able to tailor the focus and level of the qualification to suit individual needs, experience, interests and career aspirations.

Entry requirements

Applicants normally hold a recognised 1st or 2nd Class Honours degree from a UK university or international equivalent in a recognised environmental science discipline such as geography, biology, environmental chemistry, geology or a related area. Those with degrees in other subjects may also be considered according to their interests and background. No work experience is required for admission to these programmes. Applicants for whom English is not their 1st language will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent). If an individual does not meet standard entry requirements, it is possible to undertake a single module and, upon successful completion of this module, progress to the full MSc qualification.

Course modules

Compulsory modules: wastes management; environmental and wastes management legislation; research and analytical methods; research thesis. Optional modules; advanced thermal and biological wastes management technologies; land contamination and disposal; the political dimension of waste; wastes minimisation.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by coursework, oral presentations, group work, practical reports, critical reviews and all Master's level students undertake a substantial independent research thesis.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 6,200 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
PgCert Part-time - 1 years
PgCert Distance learning - 1 years
PgDip Part-time - 1 years
PgDip Distance learning - 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 6,200 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 11,700 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 680 per Credit module (home fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time £ 680 per Credit module (EU fees) 2 years
MSc Distance learning £ 1,020 per Credit (home fees) 2 years
MSc Distance learning £ 11,700 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
MSc Distance learning £ 1,020 per Credit (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Distance learning
Avenue Campus Northampton NN2 6JD East Midlands

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