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F900 - Master of Environmental Science

Master of Environmental Science

MEnvSci Honours

  • UCAS code: F900
  • Full time
  • 4 years
  • Next start date: September 2022

This four-year MEnvSci degree explores the whole environment. It covers biological organisms, our physical environment and the interactions between them.

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £25200

Entry requirements

  • A Level: ABB
  • IB: 32 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21

Course overview

Our MEnvSci degree is similar to our Environmental Science BSc Honours, but includes a year of advanced study at Master's level.

You'll also study chemistry, physics and geology as applied to the study of the environment. Topics cover a wide range of subjects, including:

  • plant biology
  • ecology
  • sustainability
  • environmental law

You'll learn about the role of social and economic factors, ethics and public perception in environmental management.

In Stage Four, you can choose to specialise in the following areas:

  • agriculture and environmental science
  • clean technology
  • ecosystem management
  • environmental geochemistry

This degree prepares you for a wide range of possible careers, including:

  • geology
  • geomatics
  • geochemistry
  • environmental consultant

Whatever you choose, you'll be equipped with relevant skills in:

  • experimental science
  • fieldwork
  • scientific investigation
  • project management

Your course during COVID-19
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption.

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to guidelines that may be in place from time to time.

View our COVID-19 Study page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2021-22.

See our terms and conditions and student complaints information

Quality and ranking

We have a long tradition of excellence in teaching, recognised in many external surveys and assessments, but also by our own students.

Our commitment to teaching quality and an excellent student experience is reflected through our results in national and international student satisfaction surveys.

Modules and learning

Modules

The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage. 

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

Ecosystem Management

 All candidates shall take the following compulsory modules:

Code

Descriptive title

ACE8016

Habitat Monitoring and Assessment

ACE8041

Ecosystem Management

ACE8099

Earth and Environmental Science Research Project

ACE8116

Forest Ecology

NES8006

Data preparation, analysis, interpretation and

presentation for MSc

 

Agricultural and Environmental Science

All candidates shall take the following compulsory modules:

Code

Descriptive title

ACE8099

Earth and Environmental Science Research Project

ACE8116

Forest Ecology

CEG8608

Remediating Contaminated Land

NES8006

Data Preparation, Analysis, Interpretation and

Presentation for MSc

All candidates shall take 30 credits of optional modules normally selected from the following: 

Code

Descriptive title

ACE8211

Precision technologies and global challenges in

managed animal behaviour and welfare

ACE8909

Precision Agriculture incorporating Non- Combinable Crops

 

Environmental Geochemistry

All candidates shall take the following compulsory modules:

Code

Descriptive title

ACE8099

Earth and Environmental Science Research Project

CEG8112

Air Pollution

CEG8604

Introduction to Microbiology and Microbial Transformation of Pollutants

CEG8605

Aqueous Geochemistry

CEG8606

Sources, Fates and Control of Pollutants

CEG8608

Remediating Contaminated Land

NES8006

Data Preparation, Analysis, Interpretation and Presentation for MSc

 

Clean Technology

All candidates shall take the following compulsory modules:

Code

Descriptive title

ACE8099

Earth and Environmental Science Research Project

CEG8608

Remediating Contaminated Land

CME8012

Business and Environmental

Management

NES8006

Data Preparation, Analysis,

Interpretation and Presentation for MSc

 

All candidates shall take 30 credits of optional modules normally selected from the following: 

Code

Descriptive title

CME8038

Sustainable Industry

SPG8008

Renewable Energy: Biomass and Bioenergy

SPG8009

Renewable Energy: Policy, Politics and

Ethics

SPG8014

Introduction to Hydro, Wind, Wave and Tidal Energy

SPG8016

Design, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

in Science and Engineering

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

Teaching is delivered through lectures and practicals in:

  • microscopy
  • rock and mineral identification
  • geological mapping
  • geochemistry

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assignments – written or fieldwork

  • Coursework

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Essays

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Group work

  • Presentations

  • Projects

Skills and experience

Practical skills

You'll develop your hands-on, practical skills with fieldwork opportunities embedded throughout your degree.

You'll be equipped with the practical skills that are sought by employers through fieldwork and access to our world-class facilities.

There are lots of opportunities to explore the environment, including:

  • frequent field days, reinforcing classroom learning and helping you apply your knowledge to practical contexts
  • an annual residential field course, in the UK or abroad

Research skills

You'll have access to our world-class analytical laboratories, supported by our research expertise. These include:

  • petroleum geochemistry
  • biogeochemistry
  • global imaging systems
  • remote sensing
  • environmental impact

You'll be able to conduct high-quality research, alongside our expert academic staff. This will complement the teaching and practical classes delivered during your degree.

Opportunities

Study abroad

Experience life in another country by choosing to study abroad as part of your degree. You’ll be encouraged to embrace fun and challenging experiences, make connections with new communities and graduate as a globally aware professional, ready for your future.

You can choose to spend up to a year studying at a partner institution overseas.

If you choose to study abroad, it will extend your degree by a year. 

Find out more about study abroad

Work placement

Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place in stage 3.

You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.

If you choose to take a work placement, it will extend your degree by a year. Placements are subject to availability.

Find out more about work placements

Facilities and environment

Facilities

You will be based on campus at the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences. As a student of Earth and Environmental Sciences you'll have access to our world-class facilities and analytical laboratories, including:

  • gas chromatography
  • gas chromatography mass spectrometry
  • high pressure liquid chromatography mass spectrometry
  • inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry
  • two commercial farms near Newcastle
  • Dove Marine Laboratory on the coast
  • research vessel, The Princess Royal

You'll also have access to two commercial farms near Newcastle.

Our University farms, Cockle Park Farm and Nafferton Farm, will give you an insight into how real-world farms operate, so you're prepared for your future. Our farms are used for research, teaching and demonstration.

You will be taught in the new, and unique, teaching space of the Houston Laboratory: part of a £2m redevelopment of Newcastle University’s Drummond Building.

You'll benefit from the Great North Museum on campus. It's home to over 9,000 geological and mineralogical specimens. The Mining Institute, with one of the world’s most comprehensive collections on mining engineering, is just a short walk away.

The Ridley Building 2

Support

To support you in your studies, all new students entering year 1 or year 2 will receive a tablet. You can download the online learning resources you'll need for your course (helping us to make our campus more sustainable).

You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues.

Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have when starting university.

There's also a staff-student committee, to give you an opportunity to have a say in how your degree works.

Your future

The environmental sector has grown rapidly over the last decade. Increasing environmental legislation means there are many new employment areas in industry and the public sector.

Our graduates have gone on to work for a wide range of organisations including the European Parliament, Meteorological Office and Oxfam.

Graduates from our environmental science course have gone on to undertake roles such as environmental consultancy and environmental engineering, and find employment with:

  • conservation bodies such as Natural England
  • the Environment Agency
  • water companies
  • local government environmental health departments
  • other environmental protection agencies

Make a difference

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Careers support

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK

From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

A Level

ABB

International Baccalaureate

32 points

Other UK and the Republic of Ireland qualifications

(This includes PARTNERS)

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

Contextual offers

Through one of our contextual routes, you could receive an offer of up to three grades lower than the typical requirements.

Find out more and if you’re eligible for a contextual offer or our PARTNERS Programme supported entry route

Entrance courses (INTO)

International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)

Home Fee Students

£9250

International Fee Students

£25200

The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for home fee-paying students is set by the UK government.

As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.

EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.

If you are unsure of your fee status, check out the latest guidance here.

Read more about fees and funding

Scholarships

We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our undergraduate scholarship page for more information.

Year abroad and additional costs

For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year. 

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

Find out more about:

Scholarships

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How to apply

Apply through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:

  • the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
  • the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
  • the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college

If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

Apply through UCAS

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