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University of Northampton launches waste management postgraduate course

A new postgraduate course centred around the resources management industry has been launched by the University of Northampton.

The MSc in Managing Waste and Environmental Resources aims to provide knowledge and skills relevant to start or enhance a career in the industry, as well strengthening students’ more general project management skills.

The course includes lab work and field-based research components, with modules on ‘Developing a Circular Economy’, ‘Sustainable Manufacturing’ and ‘Resource Recovery Systems’. The full-time degree can be studied over a year, with an additional research thesis afterwards, or include a placement year in industry.

The course is based in the university's new campus

Terry Tudor, Senior Lecturer in Waste Management, said: “Together with CIWM, we developed the course to meet a need for a more sustainable and circular approach to the management of resources in the UK and abroad.

“The inclusion of the optional placement year and modules such as project management will provide students with a hands-on, practical approach and equip them with the competencies and knowledge to function effectively and progress their career.”

This is not the first degree focusing on developing sustainable practices, with more universities acknowledging the importance of sustainable waste management. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Pioneer Universities programme has seen the charity work with eight institutions across the world on developing research and furthering education surrounding the transition to a circular economy.

In 2013, Bradford University, one of the first Pioneer institutions, launched its ’Innovation, Enterprise and Circular Economy MBA’, the ‘world’s first’ circular economy Masters in Business Administration. The programme, which is still running, is studied part time through distance learning, using a combination of self-study, online teaching and group discussions. More recently, in 2016, Cranfield University (a research-based institution specialising in science, engineering, technology and management) launched a part-time postgraduate degree also dedicated to the circular economy, taught both on campus and online.

Anyone interested in Northampton’s new waste management degree can discover more about  the course and placement opportunities by participating in a webinar on Tuesday 31 July at 11.30am. More information about the course can be found on the university’s website.

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