The MSc portfolio within our Environment programme has recently been reviewed. This is to ensure that our courses are attractive to prospective students and to make sure that the courses titles and student learning outcomes are relevant to future employers. As a result of the review we are launching new course titles, reorganising and renaming some courses and withdrawing others.

As part of this review, the decision has been taken to remove Waste and Resource Management from our portfolio for 2017/18 registration. We are confident that we can offer a suitable and exciting replacement and believe that the MSc in Environmental Engineering is most closely aligned to this course. Below are links to the other MSc’s in our Environmental programme:

Environmental Management for Business

Land Restoration and Reclamation

Geographical Information Management

Alternatively if you would like to discuss your options further please email enquiries@cranfield.ac.uk.


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At a glance

  • Start dateFull-time: October. Part-time: throughout the year
  • DurationOne year full-time, two-three years part-time
  • DeliveryTaught modules 40%, Group project 20%, Individual project 40%
  • QualificationMSc, PgDip, PgCert
  • Study typeFull-time / Part-time

Who is it for?

The course comprises seven assessed modules, a group project and an individual research project. The modules include lectures and tutorials, and are assessed through practical work, written examinations, case studies, essays, presentations and tests. These provide the 'tools' required for the group and individual projects.

The variety of opportunities within the sector mean that it can appeal to a huge pool of talent and successfully position itself as the place to be for those in search of skilled, long-term employment.  It can offer opportunities in the waste industry; which employs environmental scientists, engineers, biologists, geologists, civil engineers and soil experts to protect today’s environment while developing more sustainable waste management practices. 


Why this course?

This course aims to meet a clear industry need for high-skilled graduates in waste and resource management. We aim to develop high calibre postgraduates with the breadth and depth of advanced technical and professional knowledge in waste and resource technology and management.

The aim of the course is to develop high calibre postgraduates with the breadth and depth of advanced technical and professional knowledge in waste and resource technology and management. The course will:

  • Provide an holistic approach to waste and resource management in response to the proposed waste circular economy.
  • Select and apply appropriate existing and emerging technologies that can achieve lower waste production and landfill diversion via an integrated and cross-disciplinary approach to sustainable waste management
  • Equip students to select and apply scientific, technical and engineering principles
  • Enable the application of scientific, technical and engineering principles, economic consequences and risks of waste management options as best practice.
  • Apply acquired knowledge to team working and independent problem solving.
The MSc in Waste and Resource Management offers a tremendous range of career opportunities in the waste and resource sector. As part of the taught course, there are many opportunities to learn transferable skills that potential employers require.


We aim to provide the optimum learning environment, experience and facilities for students. We provide high quality facilities directly relevant or comparable to the facilities found in industry, business and public sector organisations, in the context of a high quality learning environment.


  • Our staff:student ratio is positioned second among UK universities.
  • Our library facilities are ranked 4th best out of all UK University libraries.
  • Access to state-of-the-art analytical facilities and equipment enabling students to obtain practical experience
  • Access to unique pilot hall treatment facility for waste and wastewater treatment and analysis
  • Access to our pilot facility for pyrolysis, gasification and plasma technologies
  • Access to our unique AD pilot plant (8 m3) kindly provided by Shanks which is coupled to two syngas Caterpillar engines of 745 kW
  • Access to our biomass plant.

Informed by Industry

This course was developed by the our team through engagement with a number of industrial contacts. Industry involvement is central to the delivery of this course, with facility operators granting access to sites and providing samples of waste. In particular Viridor, Shanks, SITA UK, Ricardo Energy & Environment, Golder Associates, RSK, Public Health England, VWP Ltd, ARUP, Mott MacDonald, Defra, CIWM have agreed to play an active role in the delivery of the course, through the sponsorship and support of the group and individual research projects.

Industry practitioners contribute directly to the course by teaching alongside our academics. This does not only provide evidence of the relevance of the programme but allows students to understand the practical implications of their learning. 60% of the course is focussed on applied research projects including group projects (20%) and individual thesis projects (40%) which are both also supported by industry and waste sector organisations.

Waste and Resource Management students also compete for industry sponsored prizes:

Your teaching team

You will be taught by internationally leading academics and practitioners. This will ensure you are aware of cutting-edge tools, techniques and innovations. The course is directed by an industrial advisory committee comprising senior representatives from leading organisations. This means skills and knowledge you acquire from the programme are relevant to employer requirements.



Accreditation

Cranfield University’s Waste and Resource Management MSc programme is officially accredited by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), the leading international body for waste and resource management and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).

Accreditation

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Course details

The course comprises seven assessed modules, a group project and an individual research project. Awarded for excellence Some of our students work have been judged by the most respected experts in the sector. These long-standing and well-respected awards are given for outstanding achievement in the sustainability, resource and waste industry - 

  • Ed Cook was awarded the Roger Perry Award for his thesis titled ‘Optimising the non-biological outputs of mechanical-biological treatment facilities’ by CIWM’s Sustainability & Resource Awards 2015
  • Harriet Emkes was also awarded the Roger Perry Award in 2013
  • Russel Harwood was the winner of the Geotech Award in 2010 at the CIWM Professional Awards Ceremony.

Group project

The group project is a multi-disciplinary, team-based activity. It provides students with the opportunity, whilst working in teams under academic supervision, to take responsibility for project tasks, with success dependent on the integration of various activities. Many projects are industrially orientated with support from industry and other external organisations.

Students on the MSc Waste and Resource Management compete for a series of trophies and prizes presented by leading organisations associated with us.

Individual project

A key benefit of the Cranfield MSc is that individual projects are often backed by leading organisations. This means you have the opportunity to develop solutions to real problems - either undertaking the project within the company or working here, using the University's equipment and facilities.

Assessment

Taught modules 40%, Group project 20%, Individual project 40%

University Disclaimer

Keeping our courses up-to-date and current requires constant innovation and change. The modules we offer reflect the needs of business and industry and the research interests of our staff and, as a result, may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons. Changes may also be designed to improve the student learning experience or to respond to feedback from students, external examiners, accreditation bodies and industrial advisory panels.

To give you a taster, we have listed the core modules and some optional modules affiliated with this programme which ran in the academic year 2016–2017. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2017 entry. All modules are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Core modules

Environmental Risks: Hazard, Assessment and Management

Module Leader
  • Jude, Dr Simon S.R.
Aim

    Over the past decade environmental regulators and the public have aimed to improve the quality of environmental management by basing choices on reliable data and assessment. However risk analysts often develop their competencies from their specific profession, for which the requirements can vary across industries, government bodies and geographical borders. There is therefore little consensus on the competencies risk analysts require to be considered proficient. This module aims to provide an understanding of the theory and practice of effective management of all phases of environmental hazards. The module covers key topics including conceptual model development, probability, risk characterisation, and toxicology. In doing so, this module will provide a means of improving the capability and capacity of students to perform European-wide risk assessments.

Syllabus
    • Current legislation for environment (water, air and land) protection and pollution control
    • Public health and health and safety
    • Qualitative, quantitative and probabilistic risk analysis tools 
    • Problem definition and conceptual models
    • Risk screening and prioritisation; assembling strength and weight of evidence
    • Evaluating and communicating sources of uncertainty.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this study the student should be able to:

  • Understand the wide range of environmental risks within the UK (e.g. animal disease, chemical spills, high winds, flooding) and be able to identify and apply appropriate methods of assessing these risks
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the decision process behind the management of such risks and provide justification for the prioritisation of different risk management actions;
  • Recognise the relationship between risk, social, economic, political and technological trends and be able to provide appropriate suggestions for communication of assessment and management of environmental risks related to the influencing factors
  • Analyse and explain the possible consequences in a given situation where environmental risks will occur and their likely impacts on a population and the potential secondary impacts
  • Review, critique and suggest improvements for other risk assessment and management methodologies within the given scenarios.

Circular Waste Management: Recycle, Recover and Dispose

Module Leader
  • Dr Raffaella Villa
Aim

    The aim of this module is to provide specialist understanding of the major processes used for municipal waste management and their role within an integrated – circular - waste management system. In particular the module will focus on the bottom three points of the waste hierarchy: recycle, recover and dispose.

Syllabus
    • Integrated waste management: appraisal of national and international legislation and policy
    • Waste properties and characterisation: Mechanical biological treatment, pre-treatment, biodegradable wastes, coupled technologies, technology performance and managing environmental impacts
    • Landfill: biochemistry, leachate and gas production
    • Biowaste technologies: composting and AD
    • Thermal treatment: incineration, gasification, pyrolysis, combined heat and power, waste to energy, solid recovered fuel.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this study the student should be able to:

  • Appraise the role of waste treatment technologies under the circular management agenda - drivers, selection, pre-requisites requirements, waste types treated
  • Understand the properties (physical, chemical, and biological) commonly associated with Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) and integrate them into waste management calculations
  • Critically understand how to assess the performance of treatment processes including how wastes are analysed and data interpreted
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the biological processes treating organic waste. Apply the concepts and principles to the waste degradation context and evaluate and calculate energy potential
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of why and how to control, collect and treat landfill gas (LFG). Appraise the parameters contributing to LFG production and composition, the risks and production controls and calculate their potential impact
  • Evaluate specific process parameters critical to the design of non-landfill treatment processes (e.g. thermal destruction efficiencies; flue gas desulphurisation requirements)
  • Apply process science and engineering (PSE) knowledge in describing key issues regarding emissions, treatment and performance of non-landfill technologies.

Modelling Environmental Processes

Module Leader
  • Corstanje, Dr Ronald R.
Aim

    An introduction to the full suite of environmental models and modelling methods that are currently used to describe and predict environmental processes and outcomes. The objective of this module is to give an overview of the different types of models currently being used to describe environmental processes and how they are being applied in practice.

Syllabus
    • Introduction to the wide range of applications of numerical models in environmental sciences. Lectures will cover examples of models applied in climate, soil, water, natural ecosystems and atmosphere and others
    • Overview of the types of models applied; mechanistic, semi-empirical and empirical models. Why these different forms exist, their strengths and weaknesses, how they are applied
    • Introduction to systems analysis. Overview of the basic concepts and how this relates to model design
    • Introduction to numerical solutions and empirical solutions to model parameterization and calibration
    • Identifying what makes models powerful. Predictions, Scenario and Sensitivity testing
    • Recognizing limits and uncertainties; validating the model. Recognizing the importance of good data
    • Practical applications of environmental models. How this is done, in what programming language?
    • Illustrating the impact of models and model outputs on current policy and scientific discourse from global climate change to local flooding risk.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this study the student should be able to:

  • Examine the major environmental models currently being applied in soil, water, ecosystems and atmosphere
  • Recognise the standard types of numerical models in use in environmental sciences
  • Formulate the generic process of model design, building, calibration and validation and recognize some of the uncertainties introduced in this process
  • Explain how the process of model development might be undertaken in different programming environments
  • Undertake a systems analysis. Relate the model building process to the system under consideration
  • Apply a model of environmental processes into a user friendly environment
  • Demonstrate the impact and relevancy of environmental models to policy and scientific discourse.

Evaluating Sustainability through Lifecycle Approaches

Module Leader
  • Dr Pietro Goglio
Aim

    The goods and services that we consume impose impacts on the environment. These include globally influential ones, like greenhouse gases and local ones, like water pollution. We need to quantify these to compare production or consumption methods and understand what our collective and individual consumption demands impose on the earth’s environment. We must also apply mature, critical thinking to environmental claims.
    A life cycle perspective forms the basis of much of the module. N.B. Economic sustainability is not addressed.

Syllabus
    • Frameworks and approaches: Life Cycle Assessment, Carbon and Water Footprints, Ecological Footprints, Environmental Impact Assessment, Carbon Brainprint, Uncertainty in LCA, , social Life Cycle Assessment, Life Cycle Costing
    • Application areas: Manufacturing, businesses, food production and consumption, energy systems, waste management, fishing and farming. 

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Appraise and apply the principles of environmental Life Cycle Assessment and Water Footprinting to production system chains
  • Apply life cycle approaches in assessing the environmental sustainability to make claims about environmental sustainability.
  • Develop the ability to understand, analyse a production system with regards to environmental, social and economic sustainability.
  •  Provide insight into real life environmental decision making.

Process Emissions and Control

Module Leader
  • Dr Iq Mead
Aim

    The aim of this module is to provide an understanding of the major air pollutants, the associated regulatory frameworks and detection and monitoring techniques. The module will cover principal air pollutants associated with industrial processes such as bioaerosols, odours, dust and particulates, noise and radiations.

Syllabus
    • Air Quality Parameters indoor and outdoor, pollution sources, their impact and regulation (UK and EU)
    • Air sampling and sampling strategies
    • Advanced data analysis and dispersion modelling
    • Specific pollutants: dust and particulates, odour, bioaerosols and biogas.
Intended learning outcomes

After this module the student should be able to:

  • Explain the extent, impact and implications of air pollution from industrial processes
  • Describe the practical requirements for air quality monitoring: including designing appropriate sampling strategies, selecting sample locations, applying sampling methods correctly, conducting standard tests and evaluating the results
  • Understand the most common traditional analytical techniques used in air monitoring
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the critical issues affecting these analytical techniques and be able to recognise the relative strengths and weaknesses of the techniques covered and how these relate to the quality of the data acquired.

Risk, Toxicology, Exposure and Health

Module Leader
  • Rocks, Dr Sophie S.A.
Aim

    The aim of this module is for the student to be conversant in the general application of toxicological, exposure and risk assessment methodologies for human health endpoints related to amenity impacts, chemical exposure, the selection of risk management options and the communication of risk.

Syllabus
    • The purpose and process of risk assessment
    • Concept of human exposure monitoring - overview of sources and pathways of exposure, exposure assessment approaches and applications
    • Acute and chronic toxicological end-points in mammals (target organ toxicology)
    • Hazardous and pathogenic wastes
    • Components included in undertaking a health impact assessment (HIA).
Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:
  • Explain the overall process of risk assessment and delineate this from risk management and communication.
  • Describe how chemical and biological substances cause harm to humans and other organisms and how this harm and related exposure can be monitored and used to inform risk assessment.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the principles and techniques for amenity impact measurement and control.
  • Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the range of acute and chronic harmful effects that can be caused by short and long-term exposure in environmental and occupational settings.
  • Explain the objective and elements that may be required in an environmental or a health impact assessment, including scientific, health and social science aspects.

Pollution Prevention and Remediation Technologies

Module Leader
  • Professor Frederic Coulon
Aim
    The module introduces the extent and consequences of pollution in the environment, identifies and evaluates technologies for prevention and remediation and exposes students in using decision support tool and modelling to deal with pollution prevention and remediation.
Syllabus
    • Environmental pollution and prevention technology
    • Contaminated land issues and market size
    • Soil and groundwater remediation technologies
    • Sustainable remediation practices
    • Monitoring and modelling contaminants
    • Hazard appraisal and risk assessment
    • Decision support tools.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this study the student should be able to:

  • Understand and evaluate the key issues related to environmental pollution prevention and remediation
  • Critically appraise the range of remediation technologies for soil and groundwater
  • Understand and appraise the key indicators for sustainable remediation approach
  • Select and evaluate accepted decision tools to assess remediation performance and end-points.

Fees and funding

European Union students applying for university places in the 2017 to 2018 academic year and the 2018 to 2019 academic year will still have access to student funding support. Please see the UK Government’s announcement (21 April 2017).

Cranfield University welcomes applications from students from all over the world for our postgraduate programmes. The Home/EU student fees listed continue to apply to EU students.

MSc Full-time £7,800
MSc Part-time £1,500 *
PgDip Full-time £6,000
PgDip Part-time £1,500 *
PgCert Full-time £3,000
PgCert Part-time £1,500 *
  • * The annual registration fee is quoted above and will be invoiced annually. An additional fee of £1,230 per module is also payable on receipt of invoice. 
  • ** Students will be offered the option of paying the full fee up front, or in a maximum of two payments per year; first instalment on receipt of invoice and the second instalment six months later.  

Fee notes:

  • The fees outlined apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018.
  • All students pay the tuition fee set by the University for the full duration of their registration period agreed at their initial registration.
  • A deposit may be payable, depending on your course.
  • Additional fees for extensions to the agreed registration period may be charged and can be found below.
  • Fee eligibility at the Home/EU rate is determined with reference to UK Government regulations. As a guiding principle, EU nationals (including UK) who are ordinarily resident in the EU pay Home/EU tuition fees, all other students (including those from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man) pay Overseas fees.

For further information regarding tuition fees, please refer to our fee notes.

MSc Full-time £17,500
MSc Part-time £17,500 **
PgDip Full-time £14,500
PgDip Part-time £14,500 **
PgCert Full-time £10,380
PgCert Part-time £7,000 **
  • * The annual registration fee is quoted above and will be invoiced annually. An additional fee of £1,230 per module is also payable on receipt of invoice. 
  • ** Students will be offered the option of paying the full fee up front, or in a maximum of two payments per year; first instalment on receipt of invoice and the second instalment six months later.  

Fee notes:

  • The fees outlined apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018.
  • All students pay the tuition fee set by the University for the full duration of their registration period agreed at their initial registration.
  • A deposit may be payable, depending on your course.
  • Additional fees for extensions to the agreed registration period may be charged and can be found below.
  • Fee eligibility at the Home/EU rate is determined with reference to UK Government regulations. As a guiding principle, EU nationals (including UK) who are ordinarily resident in the EU pay Home/EU tuition fees, all other students (including those from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man) pay Overseas fees.

For further information regarding tuition fees, please refer to our fee notes.

Funding Opportunities

To help students in finding and securing appropriate funding we have created a funding finder where you can search for suitable sources of funding by filtering the results to suit your needs.

Visit the funding finder.

Future Finance Scholarship

All students starting a full-time Masters course in 2017/18 can apply for the Future Finance Scholarship worth £5,000 toward course tuition fees.

The Cranfield Scholarship

We have a limited number of scholarships available for candidates from around the world applying for the 2017 intake. Scholarships are awarded to applicants who show both aptitude and ability for the subject they are applying. Find out more about the Cranfield Scholarship

Postgraduate Loan from Student Finance England

A Postgraduate Loan is now available for UK and EU applicants to help you pay for your Master’s course. You can apply for a loan at GOV.UK

Santander MSc Scholarship

The Santander Scholarship at Cranfield University is worth £5,000 towards tuition fees for full-time master's courses. Check the scholarship page to find out if you are from an eligible Santander Universities programme country.

Chevening Scholarships

Chevening Scholarships are awarded to outstanding emerging leaders to pursue a one-year master’s at Cranfield university. The scholarship includes tuition fees, travel and monthly stipend for Master’s study.

Commonwealth Scholarships for Developing Countries

Students from developing countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the UK can apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship which includes tuition fees, travel and monthly stipend for Master’s study.

Future Finance Student Loans

Future Finance offer student loans of up to £40,000 that can cover living costs and tuition fees for all student at Cranfield University.

Erasmus+ Student Loans

This new loan scheme for EU students is offered by Future Finance and European Investment Fund and provides smart, flexible loans of up to £9,300.

Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme (CPLS)

The Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme (CPLS) is a funding programme providing affordable tuition fee and maintenance loans for full-time UK/EU students studying technology-based MSc courses.

Conacyt (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia)

Cranfield offers competitive scholarships for Mexican students in conjunction with Conacyt (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia) in science, technology and engineering.

Entry requirements

A first or second class UK Honours degree in a relevant science, engineering or related discipline, or the international equivalent of these UK qualifications.  Other relevant qualifications, together with significant experience, may be considered.

English Language

If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. Our minimum requirements are as follows:

In addition to these minimum scores you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.

We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).

Students requiring a Tier 4 (General) visa must ensure they can meet the English language requirements set out by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and we recommend booking a IELTS for UKVI test.

Applicants who do not already meet the English language entry requirement for their chosen Cranfield course can apply to attend one of our Presessional English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses. We offer Winter/Spring and Summer programmes each year to offer holders.

Your career

Career prospects for students on the Waste and Resource Management course are excellent. The waste management industry is undergoing a change in strategy as a result of the introduction of increasingly arduous legislation, tougher enforcement, and better educated consumers making demands about the environment (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – DEFRA, 2006 and 2011; Energy and utility skills, 2010). This is stimulating considerable investment by the waste industry in alternative technologies to reduce and reuse waste, rather than rely on simple landfill. This sector therefore has an urgent requirement for well qualified staff with management expertise who can meet the challenges of this future sustainable agenda.

Applying

Online application form. UK students are normally expected to attend an interview and financial support is best discussed at this time. Overseas and EU students may be interviewed by telephone.

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