This premier MSc course addresses scientific, technological and legislative aspects of the diagnosis (analysis and assessment) and management (remediation and restoration) of environmental issues concerned with contaminated land, water quality, air pollution and waste.
It has been designed with input from an Industry Advisory Panel to enable good science and engineering graduates to begin and advance successful careers in the environmental sector, and to pursue postgraduate scientific research. The MSc is delivered in first-class teaching and research facilities by a dedicated team of internationally renowned environmental scientists.
Career prospects are excellent and are enhanced significantly via interaction with several professional experts from environmental consultants, industry, local and regulatory authorities, who teach, present seminars, host study visits, and co-supervise research projects.
The EDM MSc course was supported annually by 6 NERC studentships during 2007-2011, the most awarded to an environmental MSc. EDM students have also won 18 EMpower research projects funded and hosted by several companies within the nuclear industry, the most by a single course. RHUL Science Faculty annual reviews of the MSc during 2007-14, cite several examples of best practice and many commendations.
Since 2007-08, a Prize of £250 for Best Performance Overall has been awarded at the Research Project Symposium by Arup, a global environmental engineering and consultancy company. Prizes and certificates are presented by Chris Barrett, an Associate at Arup and Leader of the London Contaminated Land Team, and by EDM MSc Course Director, Kevin Clemitshaw.
Arup Prize winners: Emily Boram and Michelle Lewis (2007-08); Marie Sanchez (2008-09); Shirley Cade and Ben Smith (2009-10); Chris Ball (2010-11); Lauren Dombowsky and Ellen Jones (2011-12); Christina Clarke (2012-13).
The Department of Earth Sciences is internationally-renowned for the high quality of its teaching and research activities. It aims to foster academic excellence at all levels of study. An Overall Student Satisfaction rating of 99% in the 2013 National Student Survey ranked the Department 2nd in the UK.
The Department was ranked 10th in the 2015 Times Good University Guide, and 6th in the 2015 Guardian University Guide.
The 2014 Research Excellence Framework panel for Earth Systems and Environmental Science ranked the Department joint 2nd in the UK for 4* (world leading) and 3* (internationally excellent) research. Current research addresses environmental, geochemistry and geophysics, magmatic processes, palaeobotany, and structural and sedimentary geology.
Royal Holloway University of London was ranked 118th in the 2014-15 Times Higher Education World University Rankings and 17th overall in the UK, and described as "truly world class". It is one of the World’s premier research institutions, highly rated for the wide-reaching impact of its research, and as such scored 100% for citations.
Most teaching occurs in a dedicated MSc room with network access, presentation facilities, and a versatile layout for lectures, seminars, small group work, private study, discussion meetings, and examinations.
Computing facilities are used extensively to analyse and interpret environmental data using GIS, statistics, and numerical models. They are also used to prepare verbal and poster presentations and written reports, and provide access to a wide range of on-line search facilities.
Video conferencing facilities are available to liaise with external research project partners in environmental consultants and engineers, local and regulatory authorities, industry, research institutes and academia.
Field equipment to collect samples of soil, sediment, vegetation, water, and air is supported by extensive laboratory facilities to prepare samples for quantitative analysis for heavy metals by ICP-MS, ICP-AES, AAS and XRF, for ions by HPLC-IC, for mineralogy by XRD and SEM, and for radioactivity.
Portable instrumentation is also used to measure in-situ physical and chemical properties of soil, water and air. Data quality is assured in all cases by using certified reference materials and approved operating procedures.