Water, Energy and the Environment

Water, Energy and the Environment MSc, PgDip, PgCert

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home/EU full-time annual tuition fee: £6,300
Home/EU part-time tuition fee: £35 per credit
International full time annual tuition fee: £14,450

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Course type

MSc

PgDip

PgCert

School

Civil Engineering

Study mode

Full Time & Part Time

About your course

Study fundamental engineering and scientific principles at postgraduate level on this Masters at Liverpool John Moores University. The course provides CIWEM accreditation as an environmental engineer and has close links with industry.

  • Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)
  • Curriculum informed by the School’s close partnerships with industry and knowledge of professional practice
  • Extensive industry partnerships in the public and private sectors
  • Internationally acclaimed research carried out by Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies Research Centre (BEST)
  • Several graduates have won CIWEM sponsored national prizes for excellence and achievement reflecting the high quality of the course

This degree is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).

The School of the Built Environment is recognised as a leading contributor of enhanced applied and 'blue skies' knowledge, blending traditional built environment fields of research with innovative and highly advanced areas of engineering.

Introduction to the School

The Department of Civil Engineering delivers an exciting range of professionally-accredited postgraduate programmes designed to develop innovative and creative professionals equipped to react to the challenges of the modern global built environment.

Whatever your ambitions are for the future, our postgraduate qualifications will ensure you enjoy excellent career prospects both in the UK and internationally and enable you to provide ‘real world’ solutions to the challenges of sustainable global development.

Our portfolio of programmes includes courses for experienced practitioners who want to enhance or refocus their skills to secure promotion or enter a new area within this fascinating profession. We also run courses specifically designed to equip aspiring entrants to the sector with the skills and competencies they need to succeed.


Internationally important research

The Department of Civil Engineering is recognised as one of the UK’s leading research departments for built environment and sustainability research and we are ranked in the top 15 higher education institutions working in this field.  

83% of research submitted to the REF 2014 is considered as being of international importance or recognised internationally. 

This work, combined with our extensive links with professional bodies and employers, ensures that all of our postgraduate degrees are industry-focused, globally relevant and at the forefront of knowledge development in this field.

Why study this course at LJMU?

The Department enjoys a strong record in business partnering with several local, national and international organisations, particularly through the DTI Knowledge Transfer Partnership Scheme.

These projects are aimed at adding value to the business through the delivery of innovative solutions and the provision of a creative working environment.

As a graduate of this course you will be able to apply techniques to analyse and solve environmental problems, critically evaluate the environmental impact of human activities and demonstrate knowledge of national and international environmental policy and regulation.

You'll also be able to critically evaluate design and operations within the field of water, energy and the environment and use appropriate mathematical models for environmental modelling and assessment.

Investigating professional, ethical and legal responsibilities will also prepare you for an important role in this progressive career area.

Programme outline and structure

The Masters programme in Water Energy and the Environment is designed to help you become a competent environmental engineer and manager, by giving you a sound knowledge of the fundamental engineering and scientific principles, together with the ability to apply these to design, construction, assessment, analysis, operation and management.

The programme has two principal aims. First, to equip you with the necessary competencies and skills to analyse, assess and manage all principal aspects within the fields of water, energy and the environment. Second, to give you the professional skills, knowledge and experience to both meet the current demands of industry and influence possible future trends.

You will develop enhanced analytical and technical skills as well as developing the higher level managerial and decision-making skills necessary to ensure that sound judgements are carried through into the relevant operational activities.


As a result of your studies, you can expect to develop an adequate and sound understanding of the relevant engineering and scientific principles as well as the relevant legal processes and their related legislation. You will also develop a critical awareness of current environmental thinking in the context of water, energy and land. You will also gain:

  • an understanding of the principles of operational management and sound decision taking and begin exploring the complex situations that may be encountered
  • advanced logical and analytical abilities, plus an enhanced sense of enquiry and ability for original and creative thought
  • the conceptual tools to cope both with rapid technological change and unpredictable situations
  • the capacity to manage your own development and apply prior knowledge and experience within the programme

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 7
  • Research methodology
  • Research project/dissertation
  • Environmental policy and management
  • Sustainable infrastructure in developing countries
  • River basin management
  • Water and wastewater treatment
  • Energy management
  • Environmental systems

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.

Please email courses@ljmu.ac.uk if you require further guidance or clarification.

How will I be assessed?

Learning on this course is through lectures, seminars and problem solving sessions. You’re expected and encouraged to take an active role in your learning through debates, discussions and presentations.

You’ll also have the opportunity to carry out field work, site visits and laboratory sessions to enhance your practical skills.

Activities such as attending professional body talks and visits are also part of the learning process.

Both individual and group feedback on the assignments will also add to your knowledge base.
Assessment also includes unseen written examinations, assignments and reflective learning journals.

Staff research interests

Your tutors are based within the Department of Civil Engineering. This Department is recognised as a leading contributor of enhanced applied and ‘blue skies’ knowledge, blending traditional fields of research with innovative and highly advanced areas of engineering.

The Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies Research Centre (BEST) has been awarded Institute status in recognition of its outstanding work.

The centre and is supported internationally by the EU, UK and USA Ministry of Defence, Carbon Trust and Technology Strategy Board as well as by industrial partners including United Utilities, NHS, Tarmac and Taylor Woodrow.

Entry requirements (Home)

An Honours degree in an appropriate subject with a minimum 2.2 classification or a professional qualification of equivalent standing with a minimum of two years relevant experience.

Non-UK applicants will be expected to have demonstrated competence in English language equivalent to a minimum of IELTS 6.5. Applicants who have studied and successfully achieved a UK degree within 24 months of the start of the MSc are exempt from this requirement.

Entry requirements (International)

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.  In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website

For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

Will I be interviewed?

An interview may form part of the application process

IELTS

6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes


Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Financial support

Tuition fees

All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.

Sources of funding

Postgraduate loans for students from England, Wales and the EU

Postgraduate Masters loans are available for those studying in the 2017/18 academic year. The new government loans, of up to £10,280, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses. To be eligible part time courses need to be studied at 50% intensity. Personal Eligibility is based on your age, your residency and if you have studied at Masters level previously.

Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go to:-

https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/discover/fees-and-finance/pg-uk-students-2017-18/funding

Postgraduate Loans for students from Northern Ireland

The Northern Irish government is also introducing a loan for students commencing postgraduate study from September 2017 onwards. Unlike the loan for students from England and Wales this scheme offers a loan for tuition fees only with no funding available from the NI government for living costs. The loan for tuition fees will be paid direct to LJMU.

The maximum loan for those starting in 2017 is £5,500 per course. Please note this means in some instances the loan will not cover your tuition fees in full and you will need to make alternative arrangements to pay the balance as well as source funding for your living costs.

LJMU Alumni Award

Alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 20% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*).

Postgraduate International Scholarships

LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants. 

English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary

A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Earn While You Learn

Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.

LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.

Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)

Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs. 

Employer sponsorship

Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.

Support for disabled students

Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.

Council tax exemption

All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.


Graduate employment

The MSc in Water, Energy and the Environment is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).

The School has a long history of association with CIWEM, and several LJMU graduates have won CIWEM sponsored national prizes for excellence and achievement. This is a direct reflection of the facilities and teaching environment available to students at LJMU.

Graduates from this programme now have roles including: civil engineer, project coordinator, project manager, regulator analyst and surveyor, primarily at United Utilities and also at The Environment Partnership.

International Study

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.

Scholarships

LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.

These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international

Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

  • new international applicants
  • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
  • LJMU international alumni

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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