University of Reading

University of Reading

Soils and Environmental Pollution

This programme aims to provide a thorough understanding of the key principles of soil science which are widely applicable to vocational specialisations in environmental assessment, protection and management. It provides the intellectual tools required by professionals in environmental consultancy and regulation. In addition to the scientific principles, training in transferable skills forms an important component of the programme and these are reinforced in the modules through student presentations in seminars, report writing and team projects. Lecturers come from the academic, business and regulatory communities.

Entry requirements

Good Honours degree in a related field, e.g. environmental science; earth/geoscience; chemistry; biology; geography; and agriculture; applicants without formal qualifications possessing relevant experience are welcome.

Course modules

Term 1 provides an in-depth coverage of the chemical, biological and physical principles of environmental pollution. Presentation and business skills are also a part of the programme. Term 2 contains the specialist modules which cover land contamination; remediation; soil and water quality; analysis of soils data; environmental law and risk assessment.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 5,500 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 12,600 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PgDip Full-time £ 5,500 per Academic year (home fees) 8 months
PgDip Full-time £ 12,600 per Academic year (overseas fees) 8 months
MSc Part-time £ 3,025 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months
MSc Part-time £ 6,930 per Academic year (overseas fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Reading Reading RG6 6UR South East

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions
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0118 378 5289