Newcastle University

School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences

Environmental Biogeochemistry


School of Psychology

Percy Building

Newcastle Upon Tyne, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MSc, Diploma

Format: Campus

Program Description:

We provide biology, chemistry, and Earth and environmental science graduates with the advanced skills, knowledge and understanding appropriate for success as technically aware scientists in the environmental industry. The programme also forms an introduction to biogeochemistry for students wishing to progress to a research career.

For the MSc you complete compulsory modules (60 credits) and optional modules (40 credits), followed by a research project written up as a dissertation (80 credits). For the Diploma you take taught modules to a total of 80 credits, drawn from those offered on the MSc programme, together with a 40-credit dissertation.

The programme leads you sequentially from æpureÆ science through to its environmental applications. Initial compulsory modules present key chemical and microbiological concepts, emphasise the importance of microbial catalysis in low-temperature geochemistry, discuss the origins, toxicity and fates of organic and inorganic pollutants, and provide analytical skills. Optional modules include: groundwater assessment; the uses of micro-organisms for remedial purposes; the management of contaminated land; the uses of biogeochemical tools for pollution control; and the commercial aspects of the environment business.

Dissertation projects may be laboratory based, or involve desk studies or computer modelling. You might work within one of our established research groups, or in collaboration with an industrial partner. You will be encouraged to publish your results.


This programme is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (Institution of Civil Engineers, Insti
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