Waste and Resource Management MSc

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Organiser: Waste and Resource Management MSc
Cranfield University
Cranfield University, Bedfordshire, UK
2-5 years
Start Date:
September 21, 2011

Suitable for graduates with science, engineering, environmental or related disciplines keen to develop their careers in the environment sector. It is also suitable for candidates working in waste management. The part-time option allows practitioners to extend their professional development within their current employment.

Takes you on to employment in the waste and resource management industry, waste regulation, local authorities, environmental consultancies, process contractors, equipment manufacturers and suppliers serving the international waste and environment sectors. Graduates also go on to research degrees in waste and resource management.

You will be taught by members of research and academic staff within the Centre for Resource Management and Efficiency, staff from other academic departments and industrial representatives.

Course Outline

The waste management industry is undergoing a change in strategy as a result of increasingly arduous legislation, tougher enforcement, and better educated consumers making demands about the environment. This is stimulating considerable investment by the waste industry in alternative technologies to reduce and reuse waste, rather than simply rely on 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.

This course has been developed, with considerable input from the sector, to address this demand. The course is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Waste Management (CIWM) and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).

The Centre for Resource Management and Efficiency has access to a number of major research facilities including laboratories at the University. We also have access to major waste management operations in the region. Students go on site visits to industrial facilities, including a three-day UK/international study tour.

The MSc course comprises eight one-week assessed modules, a group project, and an individual design project. Students undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) complete eight modules and a design project. Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) students complete five modules and a group design project.

Group project

The group project experience is highly valued by both students and prospective employers. It provides students with the opportunity to take responsibility for a consultancy-type project, while working under academic supervision. Success is dependent on the integration of various activities and working within agreed objectives, deadlines and budgets. Many projects are supported by external organisations. For part-time students a dissertation can replace the group project.

Individual design project

Students select the individual design project in consultation with the Course Director. The individual project, usually in collaboration with an external organisation, allows students to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent research, think and work in an original way, contribute to knowledge, and overcome genuine problems. An integral part is the production of a journal paper as part of the thesis.


The modules include lectures and tutorials and are assessed through either a written examination or assignment. These provide the tools required for the group and individual projects.

  • Principles of Sustainability
  • Waste Disposal and Resource Recovery
  • Waste Treatment Processes
  • Environmental Regulation in Practice
  • Evaluating Sustainability
  • Process Emissions and Control
  • Risk, Toxicology, Exposure and Health
  • Pollution Prevention and Remediation Technologies
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