University of Manchester: Environmental Monitoring and Modelling and Reconstruction (MSc)

InstitutionUniversity of Manchester
Department School of Environment, Education and Development View department profile
Telephone +44 (0) 161 275 0969
Study type Taught


This master's programme focuses on the analysis of dynamic environments: past. present, and future. Concerns over human impacts on the environment have stimulated demand from governments and industry for the monitoring, analysis and modelling of natural processes in environmental systems. This is essential if we are to improve understanding of the interrelation of environmental variables in order to predict and manage their responses to anthropogenic perturbations.
You will gain:
Advanced theoretical knowledge and practical expertise in order to collect, interpret and analyse contemporary and past environmental data.
Modelling skills, in order to investigate the interrelationships between environmental variables, and to predict their responses to changing internal and external conditions.
Intellectual and practical skills, in order to design and undertake field and/or laboratory experiments in contemporary environmental process-monitoring, or palaeoenvironmental reconstruction, and to design and test appropriate environmental models with the data you collect.

Sponsorship info

The University of Manchester is offering 100 bursaries for master’s students, each worth £3,000 in funding, to UK and EU students who will be starting taught or research master’s courses in September 2017. You can find out more information at:

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Qualification MSc
Level RQF Level 7
Entry requirements

You should hold an Upper Second class Honours degree (or above) or its equivalent, in Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, or Geography. Graduates in Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Mathematics, Engineering, or a cognate discipline are also welcome. We particularly welcome applications from geographers already working in research or policy-related fields. Students whose first language, or language of instruction, is not English may be asked to provide evidence of fluency in English as follows:
IELTS 6.5 overall, 6.5 in writing, no sub-section below 6.0;
TOEFL IBT overall score of 90 with a minimum score of 22 in writing and 20 in the other subsections;
Pearson PTE overall score of 59 with a minimum score of 59 in the writing section and 51 in the other subsections;
Cambridge CAE or Cambridge CPE grade C (Please note that the Cambridge First Certificate in English is not accepted).


Taught units comprise two-thirds of the course and are assessed by a wide range of project work, essays and presentations. There are no formal examinations. The remainder of your course consists of the dissertation.


The course units listed below are subject to change and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study

Mandatory: Environmental Change & Reconstruction; Dissertation Support; Environmental Monitoring and Modelling Practice; Environmental Monitoring and Modelling Concepts. Optional: Environmental Remote Sensing; GIS and Environmental Applications; Coastal Processes: Sea Level Change and Marine Hazards; Applied Study Unit; Digital Image Processing & Data Analysis; GIS and the Web; Issues in Environmental Policy; Climate Change, Disasters and Responses; Environmental Impact Assessment; Planning for Environmental Change.

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EU 9500 GBP for Year 1
England 9500 GBP for Year 1
Northern Ireland 9500 GBP for Year 1
Scotland 9500 GBP for Year 1
Wales 9500 GBP for Year 1
Channel Islands 9500 GBP for Year 1
International 18000 GBP for Year 1

The University of Manchester
School of Environment, Education and Development


The University of Manchester The  School of Environment, Education and Development  (SEED) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in both research and teaching. Our core aim is to understand, and improve the uneven relationships between society, economy, and the environment.

SEED is a working collaboration between five interrelated specialisms: Architecture , Education , Geography , the Global Development Institute , and Planning and Environmental Management .  As a school, we encourage each area to retain their own character while developing our combined, interdisciplinary presence.

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