Resource Energy and Environmental Management MSc

Resource Energy and Environmental Management MSc

School of Engineering


Post- graduate





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University of Central Lancashire
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  • Duration:

    Full-time: One year; Part-time: Two years

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  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

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  • Start Date:

    January 2020, September 2020

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Why study this programme?

The MSc Resource, Energy and Environmental Management is aimed at both new graduates and industry professionals who wish to broaden and deepen their knowledge in wide range of areas. The environment is becoming a global issue and international development is linked to the economics of natural resources including energy demand. Resource management has become critical to the operation of both large and small organisations. The public and private sectors require staff with detailed environmental knowledge at regional, national and international level. Businesses are increasingly looking outside Europe to Asia and the Americas to inform their best practices and maintain market share.

The course is designed as a direct response of growing industry demand and shortage of skilled workforce with this crucial knowledge across a range of disciplines and profession.

In addition to technical specialisation, the MSc course will prepare students for professional careers requiring high levels of judgement, team-working, leadership, initiative, delegation and decision-making responsibilities.

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Entry Requirements

Specific entry requirements for a MSc in Resource, Energy and Environmental Management degree are:

Entry can be made to the course through holding at least a lower second class award (BEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) BA (Hons) in a related subject.

Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications or relevant work / life experience who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from Master-level studies are welcome.

Students whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate competence in the language.  The normal minimum standard required is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Programme at a Glance

Semester 1

  • NT4007 Environmental Management within Organisations
  • NT4009 Waste Treatment and Low Carbon Technology
  • NT4010 Environmental Legislation and Policy
  • NT4039 Master’s Project

Semester 2

  • NT4008 Waste and Resource Management Solution
  • NT4038 Carbon and Energy Management
  • NT4039 Master’s Project
  • NT4040 Resources: Life Cycle Analysis and Carbon Accounting
  • NT4053 Skills for Business


  • NT4054 Independent Scholarly Activity (anytime)

Further Information

Highlighted Modules

NT4007 Environmental Management within Organisations

The aim of this module is for the student to undertake an environmental audit at a commercial/public or private organisation.  They will place EMS in the wider context of EIA and related procedure such as CBA and Sustainability Appraisal .I will provide a critical appreciation of, and ability to commission, contribute to design processes, implement and review different types of environmental management systems (EMS) and tools.

NT4034 Master’s Project

The module provides guidance on planning a project and help with searching literature, analysing data and writing the report. Research skills: project definition and planning: aims, objectives, milestones and deliverables; investigating the state of the art - literature searches and reviewing; referencing - styles, academic good practice, plagiarism awareness; intellectual property, copyright and patents; report writing: structure and layout, writing abstracts, project methodologies in various disciplines, how to analyse and evaluate results, and conclusions - critical reflection and summary; the responsibilities of a professional.

NT4009 Waste Treatment and Low Carbon Technology

This module reviews and assesses technological options available for the treatment of waste. It will familiarises students with the following: (i) technical characteristics,(ii) manufacturers’ claims, (iii) operational limitations and economic implications and constraints associated with selected waste treatment options, (for example: thermal degradation with associated energy and material recovery). The module will investigate pyrolysis, gasification and biological treatment (including anaerobic digestion); waste stream management (proximity principle versus valorisation and trade in waste derived materials, sorting, use of transfer stations, volume reduction) and mitigation and energy recovery measures associated with disposal to landfill.  The module addresses waste related processes, material and energy flows, and relates these to institutional and legal structures and to the role of market forces. It identifies and evaluates opportunities and options in a range of situations, and provides opportunities for critical study and for the identification and presentation of alternatives

NT4040 Resources: Life Cycle Analysis and Carbon Accounting

The aim of this module is for the student to develop a critical approach to theories, techniques and methods in Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and its role in the ‘life cycle thinking’ of resource management. It will provide students with a learning environment in which they will develop their capacity for independent study, their ability to collaborate with others in team settings, and their capacity for critical thought and reflection;

At the end of the module the student will be able to evaluate the importance of resource management in European environmental management of anthropogenic carbon emissions

Field Trips will be organised to a range of sites including: Heysham Nuclear Power Station, Crowne Paints, Landfill site, Energy from waste site, anaerobic digestion plant, paper mill, coal-fired power station and many others.


Industrial links and professional qualification from taking this course will enhance your cv. There is the opportunity to get involved in industrial projects and experience research informed teaching first hand.

The course will enable you to progress towards professional recognition and qualifications with the Institute of environmental management and assessment and the Chartered Institution of wastes management.

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

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For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £6,900 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £765 per 20 credits (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Industry Links

The course has strong links with both private and public organisations. The links that the course has with organisations allow the hosting of field/site trips as well as providing industrial experts to supplement lectures and workshops. This allows students on the course to see the role Resource, Energy and Environmental Management has within a range of organisations.

The course team are all members of professional institutions (IEMA, CIWM, MIMMM) and support students to become graduate members of these bodies. The staff will also provide support towards recognised professional qualifications. The course is directly linked to the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment and will allow successful students to progress to practitioners in the industry.

Professional Accreditation

Accreditation will be sought from IEMA and CIWM

Benefit to student is that they will be able to progress onto professional status with one of their chosen organisations.

Learning Environment and Assessment

The course adopts a range of approaches to the delivery of curriculum including: case studies, lectures, practical sessions, independent learning guided by a tutor and tutorial sessions.

Assessment of learning is conducted by a range of methods including: tutorial questions, use of online assessment via Blackboard questions, extended assignments, presentations, poster defence, portfolios and written reports.

The course benefits from world-class facilities and access to state of the art laboratories.


The course will cover environmental management within organisations as well as the role policy and legislation plays. You will be exposed to a range of environmental technologies through site visits and will be able to experience how resource and energy plays a significant role in ensuring operation of businesses and advanced technology.

Having an MSc will boost your career prospects. Students on the course come from diverse professional and academic backgrounds, and generally hold the desire to either forge a new career in this specialist and highly rewarding field of work or enhance their existing career prospects. The course is therefore suitable for engineers, mangers, environmentalists, geographers and social scientists who have recently graduated as well as those with experience who are seeking to extend their knowledge, or update their qualifications with a view to promotion or another new position.

On completion of the course you will have the skills suitable for careers in a wide range of industry, commercial and public sectors. You will have the opportunity to progress into a diverse range of careers within this role. Students will also be eligible to apply for progression to PhD studies within UCLan.