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Funded Module: Pollution Control

Funded Masters Module in Waste & Resource Management


Pollution Control

Our Pollution Control module covers technical aspects of waste management and control of pollution to air, land and water. Waste management facility site engineering and closure are covered along with impacts and controls on pollution from a range of waste treatment methods and facilities. This includes management of leachate, emissions and residues as well as procedures for site closure and long-term management. Contaminated land will be discussed and legislation, identification, investigation and remediation will be explored.  The topic of waste is introduced with a focus on hazards, the waste cycle, modelling, pollutant mobility, types of contaminants, their transport and transformation. New technologies for waste management and effluent management for domestic and industrial waste waters and sewage treatment and disposal are also discussed in this module.

This SCQF Level 11 (Masters Level) module provides delegates with an advanced view of sustainable pollution control, waste treatment technologies and wastewater issues and treatment and is an essential component for all students in Waste and Clean Technologies. Undertaking this module will allow delegates to gain an understanding of the realities of the physical and technical elements of pollution control and waste management.

Upon successful completion of this module, delegates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a detailed and critical knowledge of methods of controlling and disposing of domestic and industrial wastes, including emerging technologies
  • Incorporate pollution control techniques into the management of air, land and water, with links to sustainable resource management
  • Integrate planning issues of facility site selection with the selection of appropriate technologies for control of pollution from any type of waste handling facility

Prerequisites and course expectations

Applicants to study this module will be expected to have studied a relevant academic discipline at undergraduate level, or be working in a related field.  As a Masters-level course, this module requires a significant time commitment and a high level of academic study.  Assessments will comprise essay/written submissions and and an oral presentation.  The course will comprise roughly 70 hours of content, plus independent study.  If you have any questions regarding your suitability for the course, please contact us at 

This module is worth 20 credits at SCQF Level 11 and is part of the UWS MSc Waste & Resource Management.  You can find out more about the full course here.

Delivery format

This module will be delivered online via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and delegates will also be expected to interactive live sessions. Teaching is delivered by UWS staff and external experts in this field. Course content will also be accessible online for a short time after the course has been delivered, allowing delegates to consolidate their learning.

The provisional timetable for the live sessions is Thursday afternoons, commencing 3rd February.

Funding & Fees

Funding may be available to delegates via the UWS Upskilling Fund. The UWS Upskilling Fund is a budget for delivering training to Scottish industry sectors, provided and moderated by the Scottish Funding Council. To receive this funding, delegates must reside in Scotland or, work for an organisation operating (with a business address) in Scotland. If you are successful in obtaining funding a registration fee of £50 will apply only (the full module fee is £930) and you will be provided with a discount code to use at check-out upon application.  Please also contact us to discuss other potential funding mechanisms if you are not eligible for the UWS Upskilling Fund.

If you would like to find out more about this course, Upskilling Fund eligibility or register your interest, please get in touch with our dedicated CPD team at


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