MSc Environmental Sciences (Part time)

Key facts

(2014 Research Excellence Framework)

Key facts

Full tuition fee and living allowance scholarships available with ScottishPower Foundation. Deadline 7 April, 2017.

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This prestigious Masters programme gives you a deep understanding of the interactions between human society and the various environments we inhabit.

You’ll have the choice of a huge range of modules thanks to our diverse expertise, with a particularly strong current in climate change and sustainability. In fact, you can choose to adopt one of our Sustainability Pathways which exploit our research strengths in the field to provide a more focused degree. Whatever mix of modules you choose, your course will culminate in a Masters-level dissertation that allows you to explore a specific topic in greater depth.

We conduct some of the most important climate research in the world, alongside pioneering work in meteorology, oceanography, volcanology and a whole range of interdisciplinary topics (we’re ranked 1st in the UK for the impact of our research (REF 2014)), so you’ll be working with truly world-class experts on cutting-edge topics.

Overview

MSc Environmental Sciences including Pathways in Sustainability

In addition to our core MSc Environmental Sciences course, we also offer two Environmental Sciences Pathways that place particular focus on the issue of sustainability:

The School of Environmental Sciences boasts leading researchers in the field of environment and sustainability. Their research is interdisciplinary, drawing on expertise in conservation, economics, human geography and political science.

Each Environmental Sciences Pathway incorporates a distinct set of modules that exploits our research strengths and is designed to equip students to deal with the various challenges that sustainability issues present.

View the Pathways profiles using the links above, or read on to find more out about the core MSc.

MSc Environmental Sciences

Environmental Sciences is the interdisciplinary study of atmospheric, oceanic, freshwater and terrestrial environments coupled with an understanding of the interactions with human society.

It is the link between the study of natural processes, the effects of climate change and pollution, mismanagement and overexploitation of resources and other anthropogenic processes, and the desire to find ways to solve environmental problems that makes environmental sciences a particularly challenging and rewarding subject in the new millennium.

Training in environmental sciences equips you with useful transferable skills. The ability to collect, analyse, interpret and present often diverse datasets and to use analytical tools such as numerical models and geographic information systems (GIS) provides you with a number of technical and presentational skills that are valuable in the job market. Environmental management decisions are often complex involving an assessment of risk associated with different options and learning how to participate in such decision-making is also a valuable skill.


The MSc in Environmental Sciences will offer you a range of subjects to choose from and a wide array of career options, both in postgraduate research and vocational employment. Our flexible course structure suits both students seeking to gain additional training in environmental sciences and non-environmental science graduates from related areas seeking to widen their environmental knowledge and skills.

A modular structure allows these divergent aims to be met within the same programme. You can choose from several areas of expertise in the School including earth sciences, atmospheric sciences, oceanography, ecology, soil sciences and environmental economics and can integrate your knowledge with practical methods of environmental impact assessment and management.

The course spans two years, beginning at the start of the academic year in mid-September and finishing in mid-August. Approximately two-thirds of the time is devoted to taught courses and the remainder to an original research project. All courses are taught by faculty and research staff in the internationally renowned School of Environmental Sciences and its associated centres, which gives you the opportunity to learn from scientists actively involved in furthering knowledge in environmental sciences.

Recent Dissertation Titles:

  • Potential impacts of climate change and sea-level rise on recharge and saline intrusion in northeast Norfolk
  • Application of traditional user’s knowledge to the management of tropical marine fisheries
  • Economics of forest protected area management in Latin America.

“My year as an Environmental Science student was a very positive experience. Teaching within the school at MSc level was consistent, supportive, fair and flexible to individual needs, as was the feedback and communication from both my advisor and project supervisor.”

Jackie Barrow Former student.

Course Modules 2017/8

Students must study the following modules for 20 credits:

Name Code Credits

RESEARCH SKILLS

This module provides support and training for the dissertation to ensure that the necessary research is well planned in advance. Advices are given on how to make the best use of UEA library resources, how to undertake a literature review and the ethics procedures, and how to write a dissertation proposal. A substantial part of semester 1 is devoted to how to use statistics for the analysis of different types of projects. Supporting lectures and practicals in social science research skills are provided in semester 2. These include: social science research design; questionnaire survey design; interviewing techniques; focus groups methods; and techniques analysing qualitative data. This module must be taken before the Dissertation Module.

ENV-7119Y

20

Students will select credits from the following modules:

Students may select between 40 and 60 credits to make a total of 100 credits from Option Range A over the 2 years. Students may also choose modules from other Schools, subject to their approval and to timetable compatibility, with the agreement of the Course Director and of the School concerned.

Name Code Credits

CLIMATE CHANGE: PHYSICAL SCIENCE BASIS

Climate change and variability have played a major role in shaping human history, and the prospect of a warming world as a result of human activities (principally via changing atmospheric composition) is a pressing challenge for society. This module covers the science of climate change and our current understanding of anthropogenic effects on climate. It provides details about the approaches, methods and techniques for understanding the history of climate change and for developing climate projections for the next 100 years, supporting further study of the scientific or policy aspects of the subject in either an academic or applied context.

ENV-7014A

20

ECOLOGICAL SURVEY METHODS

The module includes lectures, workshops, pratical classes and field trips and covers the key considerations underpinning effective ecological survey design and implemetation. Following initial lectures on research planning and study design, students will explore and gain first-hand experience in a variety of methods for surveying plants, animals and habitats, including the use of remote census techniques such as radio-tracking and trail cameras.

BIO-7028Y

20

ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

This module examines energy transitions for climate change mitigation from a range of perspectives. It considers how current energy resources, technologies and services produce greenhouse gas emissions. It then draws on both historical evidence and theories of change to explore prospects and potentials for transforming the energy system.

ENV-7029B

20

ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT EFFECTIVENESS

BEFORE TAKING THIS MODULE YOU MUST HAVE TAKEN ENV-7020A Environmental Assessment is considered to be more effective when conducted at strategic levels of decision making, and is usually perceived to have a goal of achieving sustainable development. This module provides experience of conducting a particular form of strategic assessment, Sustainability Appraisal (SA), which incorporates environmental, social and economic considerations into plan making. Through practice of SA, a field course involving hands-on application of environmental assessment techniques, and consideration of effectiveness theory, this module will examine what makes assessment effective. Please note that there will be a charge for attending this field course (around GBP310) to cover attendance.

ENV-7021K

20

ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION - SCIENCE, POLICY AND MANAGEMENT

This module aims to engage students in understanding complex interdisciplinary challenges associated with environmental pollution management via detailed studies of selected pollution issues. Students will develop skills in quantifying and analysing problems and developing and presenting effective policy responses.

ENV-7030B

20

EVIDENCE-BASED GLOBAL CONSERVATION

This inter-disciplinary module focuses on the critical evaluation of scientific evidence as a basis for effective biodiversity conservation policy, strategy and interventions, in a world challenged by climate change, population growth and the need for socio-economic development and environmental justice. Students attend an initial block of lectures examining socio-economic drivers of biodiversity loss and motivations for conservation, challenging common assumptions and outlining conceptual frameworks for conservation interventions. A series of seminars by global conservation practitioners provide insights to implementation and employability. Coursework assessments designed to develop skills of evaluating, synthesising and communicating scientific evidence, are supported by feed-forward formative exercises.

ENV-7041A

20

GEOENGINEERING THE CLIMATE: SCIENCE AND POLICY

This module studies a set of different proposed techniques, called geoengineering, that seek to modify the Earth's climate by reducing the degree of anthropogenic radiative forcing, either by reflecting more sunlight back to space or by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This is a complex, controversial and highly uncertain area of science that requires a strongly interdisciplinary approach. The potential role of geoengineering techniques as a complement to mitigation and adaptation in tackling future climate change raises a number of important questions, not least for international policy making.

ENV-7031A

20

GIS AND ITS APPLICATIONS FOR MODELLING ECOLOGICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE

This module will provide essential GIS tools and principles that will be applied to modelling ecological responses to environmental change. Core GIS skills will be delivered. These include field data collection and extraction of data from national and global databases. It will include the manipulation of such files and particular attention will be paid to understanding the uncertainties associated with such analyses. These skills are important in many areas of ecological research, but are particularly useful for the creation of variables needed for modelling environmental change. There will be extensive emphasis on practical GIS skills delivered using the ArcGIS software.

ENV-7034A

20

MODELLING ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESSES

The aim of the module is to show how environmental problems may be solved from the initial problem, to mathematical formulation and numerical solution. Problems will be described conceptually, then defined mathematically, then solved numerically via computer programming. The module consists of lectures on numerical methods and computing practicals (using Matlab); the practicals being designed to illustrate the solution of problems using the methods covered in lectures. The module will guide students through the solution of a model of an environmental process of their own choosing. The skills developed in this module are highly valued by prospective employers.

ENV-7003A

20

MODERN METHODS IN AIR POLLUTION SCIENCE

Air pollution is one of the most significant environmental problems of the 21st century, with serious implications for human health and mortality, ecosystem and infrastructure damage, and climate change. This module will look at what state-of-the-art methods used to measure and monitor air pollutants at urban, regional and global scales, and how these measurements are interpreted using a variety of numerical models and graphical tools.

ENV-7040B

20

NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS

This module introduces some key principles of economics for students who have not studied the subject previously. It then explores how these principles can be applied to address a number of economy-environment problems including air pollution and over-fishing. The framework of cost-benefit analysis as a framework for decision-making is also introduced.

ENV-7116B

20

OIL AND GAS ENGINEERING

The aim of this module is to expose students to the technical and commercial realities of production and supply of oil and gas including both upstream and downstream aspects. An overview of the subject leads to a number of specific case studies provided by practising engineers. A number of assessment techniques are used, from numerical analysis to research for a briefing document and debates. There will be some team-based elements. What follows is indicative because each year the case studies will reflect the expertise of the visiting practising engineers.

ENG-7012A

20

RESEARCH TOPICS IN EARTH SCIENCE

The module allows engagement in Earth science topics at an advanced level and involves advanced study skills. The module will be strongly research lead and based around student-centred learning. It will involve a) engagement with appropriate research seminars in the School of Environmental Sciences and b) directed research on key topics with discussions and student seminars. The topics included vary from year to year but they are likely to include topics in sedimentology, palaeoclimate, geological hazards, Earth history, the Earth system. The module will develop students' research and communication skills in addition to imparting specialist knowledge.

ENV-7018A

20

SCIENCE, SOCIETY AND SUSTAINABILITY

This module explores relationships between science, policy and society and how they can be improved in responding to sustainability challenges like climate change, energy transitions and natural hazards. The module provides students with an advanced introduction to the field of science and technology studies and its links with geography and environmental science. It is taught through lectures, seminars, practical exercises and in class discussions and debates in three sections: Part 1: Science and its relations with society; Part 2. Public engagement with science and technology; and Part 3: Governing science and sustainability.

ENV-7038B

20

STABLE ISOTOPE GEOCHEMISTRY

From supernovae and the early condensation of the solar system, through the climate history of the planet and on to modern stratospheric chemistry, studies using stable isotopes have made a significant contribution to our understanding of the processes that shape the Earth. In this module we look at the theory and practice of isotope geochemistry, covering analytical methods and mass spectrometry, fractionation processes, and isotope behaviour in chemical cycles in the geosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and atmosphere. The course consists of lectures, practicals, including hands-on experience in the stable isotope laboratory, and student led seminars.

ENV-7024A

20

STATISTICS AND MODELLING FOR SCIENTISTS USING R

R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics that has rapidly gained popularity among scientists and is now the most commonly used software tool in several environmental sciences. R provides a variety of statistical techniques (including general and generalised linear models, classical hypothesis testing, time-series analysis, community analysis, etc.). One of R's strengths is the capacity to produce publication-quality figures, including mathematical symbols and formulae. Using the R software as a platform will equip students with a flexible statistical and modelling tool, and the "R way of statistics" greatly facilitates the understanding of modelling and statistics.

ENV-7033B

20

SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION

This module investigates the impacts of societies' consumption on social, economic and environmental systems, and how these impacts might be reduced. It presents key theories and debates around sustainable consumption, and critically examines a range of strategies for achieving it, covering governmental, business, community and individual actors. A 'green growth' policy approach to sustainable consumption is contrasted with a radical 'de-growth' model, and we examine a range of perspectives on what drives consumption patterns. Using award-winning innovative teaching methods and participative workshops we apply these theories to real world examples, providing engaging, experiential, active learning opportunities.

ENV-7025A

20

THEORY OF ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT

Environmental assessment is a term used to describe procedures for evaluating the potential environmental consequences of policies, programmes, plans and projects. It is a well established tool for environmental policy integration, being routinely employed in more than 100 nations and by many international aid and funding agencies. This multidisciplinary module focuses on the theory and methods of environmental assessment and the decision-making contexts in which they are employed. It explains the procedural stages of, and selected methodologies for, environmental assessment and provides practical experience in applying them.

ENV-7020A

20

WAVE, TIDAL AND HYDRO ENERGY ENGINEERING

This module studies renewable energy sources that use the energy stored in water to produce electrical energy. An examination is made into the potential energy and kinetic energy stored in water, either implicitly through waves/tide or explicitly in hydro. Devices for energy extraction from waves are examined but an essential focus is on wave forces on structures. Tidal energy extraction devices including barrages, agoons and tidal strem turbines are also studied. The design and operation of hydroelectric turbines is studied with a particular focus on pipe flow and pipe networks using commercial software.

ENG-7004B

20

Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits

DISSERTATION

The dissertation is an individual research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor within one of the research groups in the School. In addition, for project placement opportunities with outside organisations there may also be guidance from an outside collaborator. Research undertaken normally involves the analysis and interpretation of data collected in the field, from measurements of a sample in the laboratory or from data gathered from other sources including the media, questionnaire surveys, interviews, etc. This module is reserved for MSc students and all students must have taken the Research Skills Module.

ENV-7120X

60

Students will select credits from the following modules:

Students may select between 40 and 60 credits to make a total of 100 credits from Option Range A over the 2 years. Students may also choose modules from other Schools, subject to their approval and to timetable compatibility, with the agreement of the Course Director and of the School concerned.

Name Code Credits

CLIMATE CHANGE: PHYSICAL SCIENCE BASIS

Climate change and variability have played a major role in shaping human history, and the prospect of a warming world as a result of human activities (principally via changing atmospheric composition) is a pressing challenge for society. This module covers the science of climate change and our current understanding of anthropogenic effects on climate. It provides details about the approaches, methods and techniques for understanding the history of climate change and for developing climate projections for the next 100 years, supporting further study of the scientific or policy aspects of the subject in either an academic or applied context.

ENV-7014A

20

ECOLOGICAL SURVEY METHODS

The module includes lectures, workshops, pratical classes and field trips and covers the key considerations underpinning effective ecological survey design and implemetation. Following initial lectures on research planning and study design, students will explore and gain first-hand experience in a variety of methods for surveying plants, animals and habitats, including the use of remote census techniques such as radio-tracking and trail cameras.

BIO-7028Y

20

ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

This module examines energy transitions for climate change mitigation from a range of perspectives. It considers how current energy resources, technologies and services produce greenhouse gas emissions. It then draws on both historical evidence and theories of change to explore prospects and potentials for transforming the energy system.

ENV-7029B

20

ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT EFFECTIVENESS

BEFORE TAKING THIS MODULE YOU MUST HAVE TAKEN ENV-7020A Environmental Assessment is considered to be more effective when conducted at strategic levels of decision making, and is usually perceived to have a goal of achieving sustainable development. This module provides experience of conducting a particular form of strategic assessment, Sustainability Appraisal (SA), which incorporates environmental, social and economic considerations into plan making. Through practice of SA, a field course involving hands-on application of environmental assessment techniques, and consideration of effectiveness theory, this module will examine what makes assessment effective. Please note that there will be a charge for attending this field course (around GBP310) to cover attendance.

ENV-7021K

20

ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION - SCIENCE, POLICY AND MANAGEMENT

This module aims to engage students in understanding complex interdisciplinary challenges associated with environmental pollution management via detailed studies of selected pollution issues. Students will develop skills in quantifying and analysing problems and developing and presenting effective policy responses.

ENV-7030B

20

EVIDENCE-BASED GLOBAL CONSERVATION

This inter-disciplinary module focuses on the critical evaluation of scientific evidence as a basis for effective biodiversity conservation policy, strategy and interventions, in a world challenged by climate change, population growth and the need for socio-economic development and environmental justice. Students attend an initial block of lectures examining socio-economic drivers of biodiversity loss and motivations for conservation, challenging common assumptions and outlining conceptual frameworks for conservation interventions. A series of seminars by global conservation practitioners provide insights to implementation and employability. Coursework assessments designed to develop skills of evaluating, synthesising and communicating scientific evidence, are supported by feed-forward formative exercises.

ENV-7041A

20

GEOENGINEERING THE CLIMATE: SCIENCE AND POLICY

This module studies a set of different proposed techniques, called geoengineering, that seek to modify the Earth's climate by reducing the degree of anthropogenic radiative forcing, either by reflecting more sunlight back to space or by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This is a complex, controversial and highly uncertain area of science that requires a strongly interdisciplinary approach. The potential role of geoengineering techniques as a complement to mitigation and adaptation in tackling future climate change raises a number of important questions, not least for international policy making.

ENV-7031A

20

GIS AND ITS APPLICATIONS FOR MODELLING ECOLOGICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE

This module will provide essential GIS tools and principles that will be applied to modelling ecological responses to environmental change. Core GIS skills will be delivered. These include field data collection and extraction of data from national and global databases. It will include the manipulation of such files and particular attention will be paid to understanding the uncertainties associated with such analyses. These skills are important in many areas of ecological research, but are particularly useful for the creation of variables needed for modelling environmental change. There will be extensive emphasis on practical GIS skills delivered using the ArcGIS software.

ENV-7034A

20

MODELLING ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESSES

The aim of the module is to show how environmental problems may be solved from the initial problem, to mathematical formulation and numerical solution. Problems will be described conceptually, then defined mathematically, then solved numerically via computer programming. The module consists of lectures on numerical methods and computing practicals (using Matlab); the practicals being designed to illustrate the solution of problems using the methods covered in lectures. The module will guide students through the solution of a model of an environmental process of their own choosing. The skills developed in this module are highly valued by prospective employers.

ENV-7003A

20

MODERN METHODS IN AIR POLLUTION SCIENCE

Air pollution is one of the most significant environmental problems of the 21st century, with serious implications for human health and mortality, ecosystem and infrastructure damage, and climate change. This module will look at what state-of-the-art methods used to measure and monitor air pollutants at urban, regional and global scales, and how these measurements are interpreted using a variety of numerical models and graphical tools.

ENV-7040B

20

NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS

This module introduces some key principles of economics for students who have not studied the subject previously. It then explores how these principles can be applied to address a number of economy-environment problems including air pollution and over-fishing. The framework of cost-benefit analysis as a framework for decision-making is also introduced.

ENV-7116B

20

OIL AND GAS ENGINEERING

The aim of this module is to expose students to the technical and commercial realities of production and supply of oil and gas including both upstream and downstream aspects. An overview of the subject leads to a number of specific case studies provided by practising engineers. A number of assessment techniques are used, from numerical analysis to research for a briefing document and debates. There will be some team-based elements. What follows is indicative because each year the case studies will reflect the expertise of the visiting practising engineers.

ENG-7012A

20

RESEARCH TOPICS IN EARTH SCIENCE

The module allows engagement in Earth science topics at an advanced level and involves advanced study skills. The module will be strongly research lead and based around student-centred learning. It will involve a) engagement with appropriate research seminars in the School of Environmental Sciences and b) directed research on key topics with discussions and student seminars. The topics included vary from year to year but they are likely to include topics in sedimentology, palaeoclimate, geological hazards, Earth history, the Earth system. The module will develop students' research and communication skills in addition to imparting specialist knowledge.

ENV-7018A

20

SCIENCE, SOCIETY AND SUSTAINABILITY

This module explores relationships between science, policy and society and how they can be improved in responding to sustainability challenges like climate change, energy transitions and natural hazards. The module provides students with an advanced introduction to the field of science and technology studies and its links with geography and environmental science. It is taught through lectures, seminars, practical exercises and in class discussions and debates in three sections: Part 1: Science and its relations with society; Part 2. Public engagement with science and technology; and Part 3: Governing science and sustainability.

ENV-7038B

20

STABLE ISOTOPE GEOCHEMISTRY

From supernovae and the early condensation of the solar system, through the climate history of the planet and on to modern stratospheric chemistry, studies using stable isotopes have made a significant contribution to our understanding of the processes that shape the Earth. In this module we look at the theory and practice of isotope geochemistry, covering analytical methods and mass spectrometry, fractionation processes, and isotope behaviour in chemical cycles in the geosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and atmosphere. The course consists of lectures, practicals, including hands-on experience in the stable isotope laboratory, and student led seminars.

ENV-7024A

20

STATISTICS AND MODELLING FOR SCIENTISTS USING R

R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics that has rapidly gained popularity among scientists and is now the most commonly used software tool in several environmental sciences. R provides a variety of statistical techniques (including general and generalised linear models, classical hypothesis testing, time-series analysis, community analysis, etc.). One of R's strengths is the capacity to produce publication-quality figures, including mathematical symbols and formulae. Using the R software as a platform will equip students with a flexible statistical and modelling tool, and the "R way of statistics" greatly facilitates the understanding of modelling and statistics.

ENV-7033B

20

SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION

This module investigates the impacts of societies' consumption on social, economic and environmental systems, and how these impacts might be reduced. It presents key theories and debates around sustainable consumption, and critically examines a range of strategies for achieving it, covering governmental, business, community and individual actors. A 'green growth' policy approach to sustainable consumption is contrasted with a radical 'de-growth' model, and we examine a range of perspectives on what drives consumption patterns. Using award-winning innovative teaching methods and participative workshops we apply these theories to real world examples, providing engaging, experiential, active learning opportunities.

ENV-7025A

20

THEORY OF ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT

Environmental assessment is a term used to describe procedures for evaluating the potential environmental consequences of policies, programmes, plans and projects. It is a well established tool for environmental policy integration, being routinely employed in more than 100 nations and by many international aid and funding agencies. This multidisciplinary module focuses on the theory and methods of environmental assessment and the decision-making contexts in which they are employed. It explains the procedural stages of, and selected methodologies for, environmental assessment and provides practical experience in applying them.

ENV-7020A

20

WAVE, TIDAL AND HYDRO ENERGY ENGINEERING

This module studies renewable energy sources that use the energy stored in water to produce electrical energy. An examination is made into the potential energy and kinetic energy stored in water, either implicitly through waves/tide or explicitly in hydro. Devices for energy extraction from waves are examined but an essential focus is on wave forces on structures. Tidal energy extraction devices including barrages, agoons and tidal strem turbines are also studied. The design and operation of hydroelectric turbines is studied with a particular focus on pipe flow and pipe networks using commercial software.

ENG-7004B

20

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject This programme is open to students with a first degree in geography, earth and environmental sciences or related disciplines. It is also suitable for graduates with single-discipline degrees in chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, computing, engineering, economics and politics. A good honours degree (or equivalent) is required.
  • Degree Classification Good first degree (minimum 2.1 or equivalent)

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact intopre-sessional@uea.ac.uk

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees for 2018/19

Tuition fees for the academic year 2018/19 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £7,550
  • International Students: £15,800

If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for UK/EU students).

International applicants from outside the EU may need to pay a deposit.

We estimate living expenses at £1,015 per month.

Scholarships

50% Final Year Undergraduate Continuation Scholarship

Current final year UEA undergraduate students who gain a First class degree and progress onto a postgraduate course in September 2017 will receive a 50% fee reduction scholarship. Who do not gain a First class degree will be eligible for the 10% UEA Alumni Scholarship outlined below. Terms and conditions apply.

UEA Alumni 10% Scholarship

A scholarship of 10% fee reduction is available to UEA Alumni looking to return for postgraduate study at UEA in September 2017. Terms and conditions apply.

Simon Wharmby Scholarship

  • Value: £3,000
  • Eligibility: Home, EU and Overseas applicants who have applied for an MSc course in the School of Environmental Sciences and been offered a place to begin in September 2017
  • How to apply: Any student who has received an offer for the course will automatically be considered for the scholarship. Please refer to our postgraduate scholarship pages for further information. 
  • Application deadline: 15th May 2017.  Applicants wishing to be considered must have submitted a complete application by this date.

ScottishPower Foundation Scholarships

In collaboration with the various foundations of the Iberdrola Group, The ScottishPower Foundation has announced 28 new postgraduate energy and environment scholarship grants in the UK for the 2017/18 academic year, to be split amongst 7 of the UK’s most respected universities, including UEA.

ScottishPower Renewables has donated £100k to the ScottishPower Foundation to go towards funding these places. The programme aims to help train a generation of highly skilled professionals to face up to the challenges that lie ahead, including the development of a sustainable energy model. 

Eligibility: Scholarships are open to degree-holders and graduates, wishing to pursue a career in energy and environment related studies. Successful candidates will receive grants to cover full tuition fees as well as a generous living allowance.

Application deadline: 7 April 2017

How to apply: Details on how to apply for the scholarship programme can be found at www.scottishpowerfoundation.com or alternatively email admissions@uea.ac.uk or call 01603 591515.

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

You can apply online, or by downloading the application form.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

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