Environmental Resource Assessment MSc

Environmental Resource Assessment MSc

Full time: 12 months, part time: 24 months


Increased environmental degradation and legislation, and a drive for greater environmental protection have created a demand for scientists skilled in environmental resource assessment and problems associated with their exploitation. This course gives you the skills required for careers in the environmental assessment industry, or organisations with a statutory involvement in the environment.

This interdisciplinary course in Environmental Resource Assessment is suitable for students with a first degree in biology, environmental science, hydrology, physical geography or a related subject.

The course is comprised of compulsory and optional modules, giving you the opportunity to tailor your studies to your personal interests. Through the compulsory modules you will develop knowledge and skills in core concepts such as:

  • environment and habitat assessment
  • ecological survey techniques
  • land-water interfaces
  • global ecosystems, land use and environmental change
  • geographical information systems and remote sensing

You will also undertake a major project, similar to one you might experience in the workplace. You will be supported through training in designing and delivering a laboratory project or field-based investigation. After choosing your topic you will collect, analyse and interpret data to produce a thesis reporting your investigation and results in a critical manner. This research project and thesis may be undertaken overseas.

Our staff

You will benefit from being taught by lecturers who are industry experienced and research active. Our research in integrated agricultural production focuses on soil science, plant science and ecology, spanning a range of scales from: pot – plot – farm – landscape.

Strategic research embraces work on:

  • soil quality
  • rhizosphere function
  • plant-soil feedback
  • soil-carbon dynamics
  • nutrient cycling

Applied research addresses issues of:

  • climate change mitigation (including biofuels)
  • ecological (organic) farming systems
  • low-input crop systems
  • agriculture-environment interactions

The Degree Programme Director is Dr Simon Peacock. Simon's research is centred on how ozone pollution can influence the diversity and community structure of plants of conservation importance, both individually and within a community.


The course is taught in a block format with one, six week block and then smaller two week teaching blocks.

You will be taught through:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • practical and field classes
  • tutorials
  • case studies
  • small group discussions

You will be expected to undertake independent study outside of these structured sessions. Your knowledge and understanding will be assessed through written examinations, coursework, presentations and your final major project.

You can also study through the Credit Accumulation Transfer Scheme (CATS). This allows us to award postgraduate level qualifications using credit-bearing stand-alone modules as 'building blocks' towards a qualification. This means that the credits from modules undertaken within a five year period can be 'banked' towards the award of a qualification.

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Module changes

Module changes

Modules change annually to take account of:

  • changing staff expertise
  • developments in the discipline
  • the requirements of external bodies and partners
  • student feedback.

Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.

Fees & Funding

2018-2019 fees

The fees displayed here are per year.



Full time: £10,200
Part time: £5,100


Full time: £10,200
Part time: £5,100


Full time: £21,600

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or an international equivalent, in a relevant subject, such as:

  • biological sciences
  • earth sciences
  • geography
  • environmental sciences
  • agricultural sciences

You will be considered on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications and significant, relevant industry experience.

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English Language Requirements

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If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.

There is no closing date for this course. We recommend that international students apply at least two months before the course starts in September so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.

When you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University, if you live outside the UK/EU you are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for your chosen course. This deposit is non-refundable, but will be deducted from your tuition fees upon registration.


Dr Simon Peacock
Degree Programme Director
Postgraduate Office
School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6900

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