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Environmental Diagnosis and Management MSc

UCAS code
Year of entry 2017
Course Length
1 year full time
2 years part time
Department Earth Sciences »

Humankind’s ceaseless pursuit of progress has brought countless advances in our quality of life, but has often had an adverse effect on the world around us. Our environment is vulnerable to threats including contamination, pollution and waste, and as such it’s the work of professionals in the environmental sector to preserve and restore our important natural resources for the benefit of future generations.

Study Environmental Diagnosis and Management at Royal Holloway, University of London and you’ll develop the skills and knowledge you need to address some of our most important environmental issues. This thorough Masters programme has been developed with expert industry advice to help graduates progress into rewarding careers in the environmental sector or go on to further postgraduate study. You’ll benefit from first-class research-led teaching, and get the chance to network with environmental consultancies and engineers, local and industry regulatory authorities and leading research institutes.

You’ll study in a department consistently ranked among the UK’s top 10 (The Complete University Guide and The Guardian 2016), and contribute to our renowned research culture through your own Independent Research Project. Follow your passion for the environment at Royal Holloway and graduate with a Masters degree geared towards securing you a rewarding career in the environmental sector. 

  • Benefit from a pioneering research culture, with 94% of Department of Earth Sciences research ranked world-leading or internationally excellent – no.2 in the UK. (REF 2014)
  • Graduate with a Masters degree from a department consistently ranked among the UK’s top 10 (The Complete University Guide and The Guardian 2016).
  • Follow a programme developed with expert industry advice to maximise your prospects for employability and postgraduate study.
  • Environmental Diagnosis and Management students have been awarded numerous EMpower research projects, funded by companies within the nuclear industry.
  • Work towards the Arup Prize for Best Performance Overall, awarded to the programme’s best student. 

Core modules

Year 1

Independent Research Project

Case Studies, which comprise:

Contaminated Land Case Study

River Thames Basin Case Study

Royal Holloway, University of London Campus Air Quality Case Study

Environmental Diagnosis, which comprises:

Communication, Co-operation and Careers

Environmental Inorganic Analysis

Diagnostic & Management Tools

Environmental Organic Chemistry, Pathways & Toxicology

Environmental Management, which comprises:

Water Quality: Diagnosis & Management

Air Pollution Monitoring, Impacts & Management

Waste Management & Utilisation

  • Written examinations test understanding of the principles and concepts taught in the modules and case studies, and the ability to integrate and apply them to environmental diagnosis and management.
  • Assessment of module work and practical computing, laboratory and fieldwork evaluates critical understanding of the environmental science taught, and mastery of producing quality assured data, and its analysis, interpretation, presentation and reporting.
  • Assessment also reflects the ability to work independently and in teams, and to learn during study visits.
  • Assessment of research projects is based on the ability to manage and report on an original piece of independent scientific work.
  • All assessed work has significant confidential written and verbal feedback.

Entry criteria:

UK First (1st) or Second Class Honours degree (2:1 or 2.2), or equivalent, in a Biological, Chemical, Earth, Ecological, Engineering, Environmental, Marine or Physical Science subject.

Applicants with relevant professional work experience and other qualifications should contact the Course Director prior to making an application

English language requirements:

IELTS 6.5 overall and a minimum of 5.5 in all other subscores. For equivalencies, please see here.

If you require Royal Holloway to sponsor your study in the UK, your IELTS must be a UK government-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT)

International and EU entry requirements

Please select your country from the drop-down list below

Students from overseas should visit the International pages for information on the entry requirements from their country and further information on English language requirements. Royal Holloway offers a Pre-Master’s Diploma for International Students and English language pre-sessional courses, allowing students the opportunity to develop their study skills and English language before starting their postgraduate degree.

 Additional information:

  • You will also be required to submit a copy of your C.V. as part of your application.
  • Applicants meeting the entry requirements are invited to view the teaching and research facilities utilised within the Department and elsewhere on campus. They are also informally interviewed using a standard set of questions, preferably in person, but more often for international applicants, by telephone. 

A successful applicant will usually have the following qualities:

  • High motivation and initiative
  • Relevant academic and vocational experience
  • Good ICT skills
  • Relevant experience of practical laboratory- and field-work.

Environmental Diagnosis and Management at Royal Holloway, University of London has been developed alongside expert industry advice to help graduates achieve rewarding careers in the environmental sector and progress to further postgraduate study.  

You’ll have the chance to network and interact with environmental consultancies and engineers, local and industry regulatory authorities and research institutes, helping you to develop up-to-date knowledge and bring relevant industry connections into the workplace. You’ll graduate with a Masters degree from one of the UK’s top departments, and develop advanced research skills that will make you a highly employable candidate in the environmental sector and beyond.

  • Jobs fairs, skills workshops and visits from industry representatives provide students with excellent career opportunities.
  • Programme developed with expert advice to provide graduates with excellent employability prospects.

Home and EU students tuition fee per year 2017/18*: £8,300

Overseas students tuition fee per year 2017/18*: £17,000

Other essential costs**: £520

Find out more about funding options, including loans, grants, scholarships and bursaries.

*The tuition fees given above apply to students enrolled on a full-time basis.  Students studying part-time are charged a pro-rata tuition fee and information is available from the Royal Holloway Student Fees Office on Student-Fees@rhul.ac.uk. All fees are likely to rise annually in line with inflation but no more than 5 per cent per year.

For further information, please see Royal Holloway’s Terms & Conditions.

** These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing etc., have not been included.

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