School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

ResM Environmental Sciences

Prime yourself for further study at PhD level; this 18 month research intensive course allows you to strengthen your knowledge and build an area of your own expertise. Benefit from the support of our expert academic and technical staff, unique location and ISO accredited labs to assist you in the undertaking of your research project. You may have an area of interest that you’d like to build on further from your dissertation, or be passionate about an emerging area of environmental science.

A research masters degree incorporates both taught elements and an extended research project which culminates in the submission of a thesis. This programme is governed by research degree regulations and you engage fully in professional and research skills development.

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Course details

  • Programme overview
  • The ResM Environmental Science programme will provide you with the opportunity to conduct research alongside staff at the forefront of the environmental science subject discipline. Research project opportunities, in the following contemporary areas, include combinations of laboratory and field work with access to high specification analytical facilities and excellent field sites: 

    • sources fate and impact of chemicals in the environment 
    • mine site restoration 
    • air quality and human health 
    • peatland habitat restoration 
    • marine pollution from plastics 
    • application of social and economic techniques to nature conservation 
    • public engagement and communication of environmental issues.
    Working with a supervisor the programme offers you the flexibility to shape your research in an area of particular interest to you, alongside the opportunity to gain research skills from our taught modules.

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to have completed a masters level qualification to a high standard (e.g. at 'merit' or 'distinction' level) as well as either a good 2:1 or first class honours undergraduate degree in an area of study appropriate to your project proposal. We are happy to consider equivalent qualifications (for instance, you may have studied different subjects at undergraduate and masters level but have worked in and/or developed an interest in your sector since then).

You will also need to provide evidence that you are ready to pursue the project you propose in your application. This will take the form of a research proposal.

If English is not your first language, you must have proficiency in written and spoken English (normally a minimum test score of 6.5 for IELTS, or equivalent). Given the nature of the programme, you’ll be expected to read and engage with complex theoretical texts and debates for which fluency in English is essential.

For more general guidelines and application requirements, please visit the research degrees applicants page.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

Please visit tuition fees for postgraduate research for information about fees.

If you are a full time student, you will pay full time fees for three years. If you have not submitted your thesis by the end of this period, then you may pay for an optional one year writing up period.

If you are a part time student, you will pay part time fees for four years. If you have not submitted your thesis by the end of this period, then you may pay for an optional 'writing up' period of up to two years.

You are responsible for meeting all of the costs related to your own research project, beyond the resources available in the department.

Please visit our postgraduate research money matters page to find out more about issues related to fees, funding, loans and paying for your programme of study.

How to apply

In addition to completing the online application form (which includes space for a personal statement), you must also upload a research project proposal. Your research proposal should outline your research topic, your key aims and the research question/problem you are addressing, a brief literature review, your proposed methodology, and an explanation of why this topic is significant or important.

Your personal statement should briefly explain why you have chosen to apply to our programme and what you feel you can offer our research community.

For more general guidelines and application requirements, please visit the research degrees applicants page.