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This programme offers a remarkable opportunity to learn cutting-edge technological techniques underpinned by advanced theoretical knowledge from some of the world’s foremost authorities in environmental monitoring, modelling and reconstruction.

Hands-on experience of higher-level skills in environmental monitoring will begin with a week-long fieldtrip to the Arctic at the start of the course, where you will be immediately immersed in this thriving and inspiring research culture.

Over the following twelve months you will continue to develop your practical skills and theoretical understanding of contemporary measurements, by intertwining it with reconstruction of past environments and computer modelling of the behaviour of past and future environmental systems.

Our applied approach will allow graduates from any scientific background to develop the in-demand skills and theoretical understanding to succeed in industry, environmental management and consultancy, or further academic research.

This innovative new Masters offers:

A stepping stone from any scientific discipline to a range of careers in environmental management and consultancy, geosciences or further academic research

A taught course with a skills focus – you will learn how to apply high-level skills required for core environmental roles in the workplace or further academic research

A tailored experience – you will design and carry out your own research in conjunction with staff who are leading experts in environmental geosciences

A field trip to the Arctic – a remarkable opportunity to practise a wide range of high-level data collection and analysis skills in a unique location (included in the course fee).

** SUBJECT TO VALIDATION **

This programme offers a remarkable opportunity to learn cutting-edge technological techniques underpinned by advanced theoretical knowledge from some of the world’s foremost authorities in environmental monitoring, modelling and reconstruction.

Hands-on experience of higher-level skills in environmental monitoring will begin with a week-long fieldtrip to the Arctic at the start of the course, where you will be immediately immersed in this thriving and inspiring research culture.

Over the following twelve months you will continue to develop your practical skills and theoretical understanding of contemporary measurements, by intertwining it with reconstruction of past environments and computer modelling of the behaviour of past and future environmental systems.

Our applied approach will allow graduates from any scientific background to develop the in-demand skills and theoretical understanding to succeed in industry, environmental management and consultancy, or further academic research.

This innovative new Masters offers:

A stepping stone from any scientific discipline to a range of careers in environmental management and consultancy, geosciences or further academic research

A taught course with a skills focus – you will learn how to apply high-level skills required for core environmental roles in the workplace or further academic research

A tailored experience – you will design and carry out your own research in conjunction with staff who are leading experts in environmental geosciences

A field trip to the Arctic – a remarkable opportunity to practise a wide range of high-level data collection and analysis skills in a unique location (included in the course fee).

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
1 year Full Time

Department
Geography and Environmental Sciences

Location
Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

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Visit an Open Day to get an inside view of what it's really like to study Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Reconstruction at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

You will be part of a cohort of dedicated students, learning in small groups through seminars and practical skills workshops. 

The first semester will include a contextual module ‘Frontiers in Geography’, during which you will travel on a week-long field trip to Abisko in Sweden’s Arctic region. There you will undertake advanced monitoring techniques with substantial responsibility for scientific decision-making in the field to prepare you for professional life.

The theme of environmental monitoring will continue throughout the first semester, where you will develop skills across a wide range of advanced techniques. These will include assessment of erosion using drones and laser scanning; air pollution and toxicity in soils or water in relation to policy and legal enforcement; river quality assessment through ecological and geochemical analyses; sea level change and ocean acidification.

In semester two you will study two intensive analytical modules exposing you to new computational and laboratory skills, focusing on modelling and reconstruction respectively. You will learn through technical demonstrations, project work and the opportunity to run complex computational models in a variety of industry-leading, research-grade computer languages regularly used by SMEs in the sector. In addition, you will study ‘Contemporary research in Geography’ to equip you with the critical skills required to carry out a final major project in a topic of your choice, which you will begin to design yourself working closely alongside academic staff.

In the final semester you will undertake independent study and present the findings of your work to academics and peers, developing the strong scientific communication skills that will be vital in your future career.

Interactive map / Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Reconstruction

Your tutors and fellow students undertake research and work with partners all over the globe. Discover a project that inspires you through our interactive map.

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Visit an Open Day to get an inside view of what it's really like to study Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Reconstruction at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

Our internationally respected Cold and Palaeo-Environment Group (CAPE) attracts world-leading academics, staff who are at the forefront of creating new subject-specific knowledge and keen to inspire the next generation of environmental scientists.

Our staff have a vast range of experience across global academic and industrial research projects, including work with NASA, the British Antarctic Survey, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research, amongst many others.

They continue to work on innovative research, and will involve you in their work as it progresses over the course of your Masters. You will learn from lecturers and technicians and at the top of their game in cutting-edge technology, and can draw on their diverse experience and expertise to support any major project topic.

Teaching staff / Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Reconstruction

Here are just a few of the world-leading academics who will be sharing their knowledge with you on this course. Click through to 'All staff profiles' to explore the full list.

Fieldwork / Around the world

Our staff and students regularly undertake fieldwork in locations across the globe. Follow the Cold and Palaeo-Environment Group's Flickr photostream to discover more.

Book an Open Day / Experience Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Reconstruction

Visit an Open Day to get an inside view of what it's really like to study Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Reconstruction at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

Working at Masters level will give you access to all of our department’s state-of-the-art fieldwork, laboratory and computational technologies.

You will spend much of your time in our Palaeo and Environmental Research Laboratories, where Northumbria’s ongoing investment in STEM facilities has created world-leading resources for collaborative research. Perform analyses in our Stable Isotope Laboratory, analyse ‘big data’ using climate and ice-flow models on our High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster, and monitor previously inaccessible landscapes with Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS).

Our facilities are run by a team of expert technical staff who are on hand to support you throughout your studies.

Facilities / Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Reconstruction

Explore our state-of-the-art facilities within the CAPE research group and across the wider department.

Book an Open Day / Experience Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Reconstruction

Visit an Open Day to get an inside view of what it's really like to study Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Reconstruction at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

From day one of your course you will be immersed in a thriving research community, as part of Northumbria’s world-leading Cold and Palaeo-Environment Group (CAPE) and supported by the wider Extreme Environments multidisciplinary research theme.

Everything we teach on this course is based on our areas of research strength, the topics we truly care about and in which we are excited to share our expertise with Masters students. You will be there with us as co-investigators to develop scientific understanding and gain exposure to collaborative partnerships across the globe.

You will develop advanced skills and aptitudes necessary to carry out your own independent research, preparing you for your final major project. If you wish to continue your research, then this Masters would also be the perfect preparation for one of our funded PhDs as part of the prestigious new NERC One Planet Doctoral Training Partnership.

Research / Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Reconstruction

Discover more and get inspired by the research-rich learning environment at Northumbria.

NEWS / Ambitious UK-US Antarctic research mission begins

Northumbria academics are an integral part of a five-year quest to understand the contribution that the Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica will make to global sea level. Watch the video to discover more.

Book an Open Day / Experience Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Reconstruction

Visit an Open Day to get an inside view of what it's really like to study Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Reconstruction at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

You will graduate from this highly practical and skills-focused Masters with the technical skills and critically applied expert knowledge that are demanded by industry.

The need to process overwhelming volumes of data in a meaningful way is one of the biggest challenges in almost every industry, and you will be equipped with the skills to make a valuable contribution. The emphasis on science communication throughout the course will prepare you to articulate your contributions clearly to both specialist and non-specialist audiences, as well as giving you valuable access to regional employers.

Your focus on modelling, monitoring and reconstruction of the environment will equip you for careers in the environmental consultancy and management sectors, with organisations such as the Environment Agency, Natural England or the UK atomic Energy Authority. Within this sector you will be fully prepared for a wide range of highly diverse roles such as Environmental Advisor, Pollution Monitor, Risk Analyst or Environmental Engineer.

This MSc is also an ideal stepping stone into full-time research, allowing you to refine and maintain your future career options in a competitive marketplace.

Book an Open Day / Experience Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Reconstruction

Visit an Open Day to get an inside view of what it's really like to study Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Reconstruction at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have: 

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in relevant subjects including geography, natural and earth sciences, as well as physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, mathematics, or computing related subjects. Applicants with professional or voluntary experience will also be considered.

International qualifications 
 
If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry 
 
English Language requirements 
 
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).
 
*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

Full UK Fee: £7,740

Full EU Fee: £7,740

Full International Fee: £15,750

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no additional costs. The costs related to the field trip to Abisko, Sweden (£750) are included in the course fee.

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