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Contaminant Hydrogeology MSc - University of Sheffield

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This MSc integrates much of the material on hydrologeology found in the mainstream Hydrogeology MSc courses, with teaching on theoretical and applied aspects of contaminant hydrogeology – a key area of work in UK hydrogoelogy. The course includes modules on environmental chemistry, risk assessment and monitored natural attenuation of contamination, in situ remediation, remediation of NAPL contaminants, landfill engineering, resource risk assessment, and regulation. These lecture modules are supported by laboratory work and modelling and a site visit.

Key facts about the course are given in the table below; full details of the MSc course can be found on the university webpage.

MSc course Contaminant Hydrogeology
Course structure 12 months full-time, modules taught in 3-week blocks, plus 2 weeks web-based distance learning
Flexible options Part time over 2-3 years
Modules 12 taught modules over the first 6 months including;
  • Environmental chemistry

  • Water resources and hydrology

  • Sampling and data analysis

  • Landfill engineering and environmental management

  • Remediation of NAPL pollutants

  • Risk assessment for soil and groundwater

  • In situ groundwater remediation
  • Field course Site visit included in second semester
    Dissertation requirements Independant dissertation project is completed over the summer months with potential collaboration with external partners. A short technical paper and presentation forma part of the assessment
    Work experience Potential collaboration with external partners during completion of the independant project
    Funding opportunties Some industry funding available
    Course convenor Dr Steve Thornton
    Links Course webpage
    Groundwater and Protection Restoration Group
    PhD Opportunities
    Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and short courses
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