University of Birmingham - College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Introduction

The University grew out of the radical vision of our first Chancellor, Joseph Chamberlain. Founded in 1900, Birmingham represented a new model for higher education. This was England’s first civic university, where students from all religions and backgrounds were accepted on an equal basis.


The College of Life and Environmental Sciences


Dedicated to exploring and learning about the diversity and evolutionary challenges of life in all its forms, Life and Environmental Sciences has:

  • Internationally-recognised strength in teaching and research
  • Exciting initiatives in new fields of study
  • Effective collaboration between schools
  • Excellent research facilities

The College of Life and Environmental Sciences uses training, fieldwork and excellent facilities to enable students to learn generic and discipline-specific skills while studying exciting topics – ranging from ecology through to cancer research and forensic psychology. It consists of the following four schools:

  • Biosciences
  • Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programmes

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MSc

Master in Air Pollution Management and Control (MSc)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

This course will provide you with a recognised and sought after qualification within the professional environment field in the UK and abroad. [+]

Why study this course The University of Birmingham is a leading Russell Group University with an internationally leading research reputation in Atmospheric Sciences. The MSc in Air Pollution Management and Control has been running for over 10 years and is part of the Environmental Health Sciences research group where many of our teaching staff are also leaders in their respective research fields. This course will provide you with a recognised and sought after qualification within the professional environment field in the UK and abroad. In the past two years nearly 100% of students successfully completing the course have found employment as air quality experts within environmental consultancies, industry or local government departments. The course is accredited by the Institute of Air Quality Management. Employability The need for graduates in this area is growing due to increasing air quality and climate change legislation, increasing awareness of the impacts of atmospheric pollution and climate change, and increasing government policy towards sustainable futures. Career opportunities exist in air quality management, forecasting and regulation, in industrial emission monitoring and control, in environmental and human health impact assessment and in the transport, energy and waste and chemical industrial sectors.  Students completing the course have found employment in environmental consultancy (UK and overseas), local and national government, the Environment Agency and industry, while some have continued with PhD study. Recent employment destinations of our graduates include:  Mott McDonald, URS Corporation, Mouchel, Temple Group, RPS group, ARUP, WSP Group,  AECOM,  Enviros Consulting,  Scott Wilson,  Jacobs UK Ltd,  Hyder Consulting, Severn Trent,  AMT coffee, Panasonic, Petrobas, Saudi Aramco, Environment Agency, various local and national government departments.  [-]

Master in Applied and Petroleum Micropalaeontology (MSc)

Campus Full time September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham

The MSc course in Applied Meteorology and Climatology was initiated in 1963/64. It was developed in response to industry and research institution requirements for applied meteorologists and climatologists. [+]

Why study this course? This well-established programme was developed in response to industry and research institution requirements for applied meteorologists and climatologists. This demand continues, partially due to the growing attention of the society to climate change, its mitigation and adaptation to it. This programme provides comprehensive training in understanding, modelling and prediction of atmospheric processes; as well as the collection, management, supply and application of atmospheric data for the needs of a variety of public and private sectors. The course also demonstrates how these create opportunities or pose problems for the successful operation of natural and human systems. Our aim is that upon graduation you will be able to compete for careers in Meteorology and Climatology. Employability The MSc course in Applied Meteorology and Climatology was initiated in 1963/64. It was developed in response to industry and research institution requirements for applied meteorologists and climatologists. This demand still continues. For example, over the period of the last decade, about 45 percent of graduates from the course have entered employment directly related to applied meteorology and climatology, while 37 percent have taken up research posts in this area. Examples of the destinations of our graduates are the UK Met Office; MeteoGroup (London); Weathernews UK Ltd (Aberdeen and Japan); The Weather Services International (Birmingham); Vaisala TMI (Birmingham); and PhD studies in various universities including Cambridge, University of East Anglia, Edinburgh, Swansea, University of Central London, Leicester, UMIST and the University of British Columbia in Canada. [-]

Master in Applied Meteorology and Climatology (MSc)

Campus Full time September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham

This well-established programme was developed in response to industry and research institution requirements for applied meteorologists and climatologists. This demand continues, partially due to the growing attention of the society to climate change, its mitigation and adaptation to it. [+]

Why study this course This well-established programme was developed in response to industry and research institution requirements for applied meteorologists and climatologists. This demand continues, partially due to the growing attention of the society to climate change, its mitigation and adaptation to it. This programme provides comprehensive training in understanding, modelling and prediction of atmospheric processes; as well as the collection, management, supply and application of atmospheric data for the needs of a variety of public and private sectors. The course also demonstrates how these create opportunities or pose problems for the successful operation of natural and human systems. Our aim is that upon graduation you will be able to compete for careers in Meteorology and Climatology. Employability The MSc course in Applied Meteorology and Climatology was initiated in 1963/64. It was developed in response to industry and research institution requirements for applied meteorologists and climatologists. This demand still continues. For example, over the period of the last decade, about 45 percent of graduates from the course have entered employment directly related to applied meteorology and climatology, while 37 percent have taken up research posts in this area. Examples of the destinations of our graduates are the UK Met Office; MeteoGroup (London); Weathernews UK Ltd (Aberdeen and Japan); The Weather Services International (Birmingham); Vaisala TMI (Birmingham); and PhD studies in various universities including Cambridge, University of East Anglia, Edinburgh, Swansea, University of Central London, Leicester, UMIST and the University of British Columbia in Canada. [-]

Master in Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics (MSc)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

This course is highly interdisciplinary encompassing psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, computational modelling, neuroimaging, robotics, and patient rehabilitation. [+]

Why study this course This course is highly interdisciplinary encompassing psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, computational modelling, neuroimaging, robotics, and patient rehabilitation. The course is designed for those who are interested in applying knowledge of neural systems, brain function, and modelling to research in human cognition, perception, sensory and motor systems as well as the design of bio-inspired and biologically plausible robotic systems. It has a strong research focus with hands-on modules and practical applications. The course is aimed at both students from psychology/neuroscience with a strong quantitative background and at students from computer science and physics that want to apply their knowledge to neuroscience. Employability You will receive training in computational and research methods, and will gain an overview of current research in neuroscience and robotics. The programme will prepare you to go onto high quality PhD programmes, leading to work in a range of fields from advanced robotics to cognitive neuroscience. Several of our students receive PhD offers before completing the course. It is an opportunity for you to showcase your talent in the School of Psychology and the School of Computer Science, and to increase your chances of pursuing an academic career within the University of Birmingham. It is expected that more PhD positions will become available in relation to research projects within the CNCR Centre, as its members have been extremely successful in securing research funds in the last few years. [-]

Master in Exercise and Sport Sciences (MSc)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

This postgraduate masters programme provides training in the practical, theoretical and applied elements of Exercise and Sport Sciences. [+]

Why study this course? This postgraduate masters programme provides training in the practical, theoretical and applied elements of Exercise and Sport Sciences. This programme acts as a conversion course taking students at entry from a variety of backgrounds and giving them new skills to enable them to move into research and employment in a number of disciplines.  The purpose of the MSc Exercise and Sport Sciences is:  to provide a strong foundation for research in exercise and sport science to provide academic and practical knowledge and training for those seeking a career as an exercise or sports scientist in a clinical or community environment or involved in management or organisation of such services Employability The career opportunities available to sport and exercise scientists are expanding all the time. The 2012 London Olympics and increased National Lottery funding for sport has increased the number of jobs in elite level sport and public health. Many hospitals are starting to appoint specialists with exercise backgrounds to work in areas such as cardiac rehabilitation and health promotion. Clubs in a variety of different sports employ sports scientists as performance analysts, biomechanists and coaches. Other career routes include roles in the fitness and leisure industry, governing bodies, teaching, exercise prescription and testing, and sport promotion. [-]

Master in Hydrogeology (MSc)

Campus Full time September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham

The course covers all major areas of groundwater resources, groundwater pollution and remediation, and groundwater engineering. Groundwater conditions are treated on an international basis and there are usually opportunities each year for students to undertake project work abroad. [+]

Why study this course? The course covers all major areas of groundwater resources, groundwater pollution and remediation, and groundwater engineering. Groundwater conditions are treated on an international basis and there are usually opportunities each year for students to undertake project work abroad. The course is the longest established hydrogeology course in the UK, having been set up in the early 1970s, and as such its alumni are spread throughout the industry. Around 24 students in total take the course each year, coming from a wide range of backgrounds, from the UK, other parts of Europe, and further afield. Projects may be field-, laboratory-, or modelling- based, and are usually of an applied nature, although a few are research-orientated. Our chemical (inorganic and organic), rock testing, computing, geophysical and borehole-logging equipment is available for you to use during this period. Employability Graduates take up careers in consultancy, in the UK or abroad, or join regulators such as the Environment Agency or government scientific services like the British Geological Survey, and others move into research or work in water supply companies. Although some consultancies specialise, many undertake a very wide range of groundwater-related work providing consultants with interestingly varied careers. Work may involve: siting wells for water supply in the UK siting village wells in hard rock terrains in a developing country contaminated land assessment designing landfills developing Environment Agency procedures and techniques researching radioactive waste disposal facilities assessing wetland water balances determining water level changes for subsidence estimation [-]

Master in Molecular Biotechnology (MSc)

Campus Full time October 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham

The programme aims to provide students with training and learning opportunities in the skills and specialised knowledge needed to equip them for a career in biotechnology, molecular biotechnology or molecular biology, in particular in industry. [+]

Why study this course? The programme aims to provide students with training and learning opportunities in the skills and specialised knowledge needed to equip them for a career in biotechnology, molecular biotechnology or molecular biology, in particular in industry. Key features of this programme: Focuses on the molecular and cellular aspects of biotechnology Includes material on fermentation, process and downstream engineering, and business aspects A mixture of taught material and lab-based research projects Teaching and research at one of the UK's top Schools of Biosciences Employability Graduates from this programme will be well-placed for future careers in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, biomedical and other science-based industries, many of which are undergoing a period of rapid international growth. 

The programme was designed in consultation with a senior scientist in a global pharmaceutical company, and includes relevant applied elements such as modules on product development and business plans, in addition to those covering the scientific aspects of the subject. [-]

Master in Psychology (MSc)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

Our MSc in Psychology offers students an exciting course with the flexibility to develop specific interests, whilst at the same time an excellent opportunity to develop the technical and transferable skills needed to succeed in a wide range of research-related jobs. [+]

Why study this course As Psychology reaches out to tackle the big questions facing society today, skills and experience in psychological research are becoming more and more in demand. Our MSc in Psychology offers students an exciting course with the flexibility to develop specific interests, whilst at the same time an excellent opportunity to develop the technical and transferable skills needed to succeed in a wide range of research-related jobs.  This course offers an excellent opportunity for advanced learning in Psychology. For many students this course helps them to develop a more focused set of interests and skills within Psychology so that they can choose the next career step that is best for them. For others, who have already identified the sub-specialty that fires their career aspirations, the course allows them to delve more deeply into their subject and to gain more specific skills and knowledge needed to build their chosen career. Employability A surprising range of careers are open to students graduating with an MSc in Psychology. Potential positions might involve health or education programme development or evaluation positions or consumer product (or services) research and testing. Our students are excellent candidates for research-related employment in both private and public sector organisations because this MSc develops key skills that are highly attractive to employers, namely analytical and statistical skills, as well as presentation and report writing skills. This MSc is also excellent preparation for PhD or other advanced degree positions. [-]

Master in Sport Policy, Business and Management (MSc)

Campus Full time Part time 13 - 24  September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

This programme is suitable for individuals with an academic or professional interest in sport policy, business and management. [+]

Why study this course? This programme is suitable for individuals with an academic or professional interest in sport policy, business and management. The course focuses on topics such as the study of sport politics; sport development in international contexts; leadership and entrepreneurship; project management and sport and the law. The intention is that students will develop the core skills that are needed and can be applied in ‘real-world’ settings. Graduates from this course may wish to pursue a range of roles in sports organisations and sports-related industries. The programme is also suitable for those seeking to develop and enhance their management, business and leadership skills in order to integrate this knowledge into their personal working practice. Employability It is envisaged that students will gain a wide range of transferable skills which will be highly valued by employers in all areas of recruitment. Destinations may include work in sport facility management; sport and leisure consultancy; sports development; local authority or private sport and leisure provision; national sport federation organisations. Successful students may also wish to undertake PhD research. Engagement with Sports Industry Alongside the delivery of the course’s academic content, students will also have the opportunity to attend regular guest lectures from industry professionals and employers alike who are currently working at the highest levels within the sports policy and development, sports business and management, and sports media and marketing sectors. Additionally, many of our MSc Sport Policy, Business and Management students will have the opportunity to gain vital work experience alongside their studies with one or more of our below, Birmingham-based, postgraduate partners.  [-]

Master in Toxicology (MSc)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  October 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

This programme provides vocational training in the theoretical, clinical and laboratory aspects of toxicology. [+]

Why study this course? This programme provides vocational training in the theoretical, clinical and laboratory aspects of toxicology. You will learn about the nature and mechanism of adverse effects of chemicals such as those found in industry, in the household, in agriculture, in medicine and those that occur naturally in the environment. We give particular emphasis to molecular and cellular mechanisms of toxicity and to risk assessment. This programme acts as a conversion course taking students at entry from a variety of backgrounds and giving them new skills to enable them to move into research and employment in a number of disciplines.  Employability Toxicology relates to many aspects of our everyday activities, so a career in this field promises to provide a variety of opportunities aimed at improving the standard of life and the environment. Career opportunities are excellent, as even in times of economic hardship toxicology remains a necessary and important area for funding. Those completing the programme in recent years have been employed, for example, in: the pharmaceutical industries contract research laboratories government bodies such as the Health and Safety Executive, Health Protection Agency, Food Standards Agency NHS Poisons Units water research establishments in pollution control hospital and research laboratories [-]

Master in Urban and Regional Planning (MSc)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

Fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), this programme is designed to develop students as reflective practitioners in the planning profession and related disciplines in the built environment, and can be studied either full-or part-time. [+]

Why study this course Fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), this programme is designed to develop students as reflective practitioners in the planning profession and related disciplines in the built environment, and can be studied either full-or part-time. It is ideal for those who wish to gain a professional qualification that will enable them to pursue and build a career in spatial planning and related areas of regeneration, economic development, housing and transport. The structure enables students to combine the core modules and material in spatial planning with a specialist focus in fields such as urban regeneration, community based planning, economic development and urban resilience. Our students benefit hugely from the diversity of activity undertaken by the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies. Our extensive research and consultancy work ensures that our teaching is relevant, up-to-date and research-led, while losing none of its intellectual rigour. Employability This programme is ideal for those who wish to gain a professional qualification that will enable them to pursue and build a career in spatial planning and related areas of regeneration, economic development, housing and transport. [-]

MA

Master of Arts in Psychology

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

The MA in Psychology offers an excellent opportunity to gain insight and in-depth knowledge of contemporary topics in Psychology. [+]

Why study this course This course is aimed at students who wish to extend their understanding of Psychology, to become better prepared for a quality employment situation, or who wish to aim for a further degree. It is specifically aimed at those who do not want to actively conduct lab-based research, and would prefer to focus on synthesising current knowledge in new and meaningful ways. The course is run by one of the largest and most active Psychology departments in Britain with an excellent reputation for both teaching and research. Key Features You will gain insight and in-depth knowledge of contemporary topics in Psychology This course will uniquely give you skills and experience with activities that promote public engagement with science (communicating science to the public) You will develop the skills to allow you to both critique and communicate psychological research You will develop key transferable skills You do not need a degree in Psychology (we only ask that your first degree has some Psychology content). Employability A wide range of careers are open to students graduating with an MA in Psychology. The MA develops key skills that are highly attractive to employers, namely critical analysis skills, presentation and science writing skills, as well as public engagement (communicating science to the public) skills. Our students are excellent candidates for research knowledge related employment in both private and public sector organisations including roles in research support and knowledge transfer and positions in industry, the media and with non-clinical employers. This MA is also excellent preparation for PhD or other advanced degree positions. [-]

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