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Environmental Sciences MRes

Course code

H7J6PENSCIMR

Start date

September

Subject area

Environmental Sciences

Mode of study

1 year full-time

2 years part-time

Fees

2021/22

UK £8,485

International £17,875

2021/22 changes

Click here to read about how your course will be delivered and supported from September 2021.

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Overview

What is the impact of deforestation? Are everyday chemicals passing into our rivers? How can science help us to understand the effects of our actions? Brunel’s Environmental Sciences MRes will provide you with the skills and knowledge to really make a difference to the future of our planet.

This course is designed to provide you with research skills and an in-depth understanding of research methodology with specific relation to environmental sciences. You’ll build your scientific and technical expertise and focus on areas such as ecology, environmental toxicology and environmental health. You’ll study taught modules and undertake an extended research project which will be tailored to your research interests.

Brunel’s MRes students receive the same support as PhD students. Your supervisory team for your research project will consist of a principal supervisor and a secondary supervisor to facilitate cross disciplinary research. You’ll benefit from the expertise of our award-winning academic team of leading environmental scientists and receive support from specialist technical staff in a well-equipped research environment.

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

The main focus of your course is an extended research project. You’ll spend a large proportion of your time planning and conducting research which can be desk-based, in the laboratory or in the field. Your research project could cover areas such as environmental toxicology; environmental engineering; ecology; environmental health; environmental chemistry; environmental biology; climate science and environmental analysis. You may choose to carry out multi-disciplinary research encompassing two or more of these subjects.

This course can be studied 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time, starting in September.

Year 1

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

The programme specification is in the process of being updated and may not be an accurate reflection of the programme.

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Careers and your future

After completing the course, you’ll be equipped with the skills to pursue a range of environmental careers. You may wish to work as an environmental researcher, an environmental consultant, an environmental analyst or perhaps start up your own consultancy or business. If you’re considering progression to PhD level, then an MRes is the perfect stepping stone as you’ll graduate with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of research.

Some of Brunel’s graduates have started their own businesses supporting SMEs to remove toxic chemicals from wastewater. There are opportunities in business, industry, education or government and local councils.

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UK entry requirements

2:2 or equivalent internationally recognised qualification. A wide range of disciplines are acceptable, for example: Environmental Science; Engineering; Physics; Chemistry; Biology; Geography; Environmental Health; Marine Science; Maths; Agricultural Science; Law; Business and Economics, Pharmacy, Biosciences, Medical Sciences

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 59 (59 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 63% (min 58% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 90 (min 20 in all) 

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2021/22 entry

UK

£8,485 full-time

£4,240 part-time

International

£17,875 full-time

£8,935 part-time

More information on any additional course-related costs.

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase. 

Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2021/22 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course. EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

You’ll be taught by Environmental Scientists whose research into pollution and exposure to harmful chemicals has changed government attitudes and policy. The Environmental Sciences team at Brunel is a previous winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for two decades of pioneering research. This means that our award-winning lecturers will bring their experience, passion and renowned expertise to your lectures.

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Assessment and feedback

Assessment will take the form of written coursework, reports, research presentations and an MRes research thesis.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.