Stuart Holmes

Course Director for Environment and Sustainable Technology (1 Year) [MSc]

Stuart Holmes
Stuart Holmes

We have long standing relationships with an enormous range of industries and environmental professionals giving graduates easy access to a network of employers and a wealth of experience.

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How do you make sure that the course is up-to-date and relevant?

All course units are reviewed by the relevant organiser in the light of student comments, and appropriate changes are made in response to these.

What kind of balance do you strike between teaching facts and developing skills?

All of the Environment and Sustainable Technology lecture units are a combination of concepts and factual material together with examples of how these can be used to solve problems. Lectures are supported by problem solving exercises, and students are helped with these in examples classes and tutorials. Numeracy skills and communication skills are also developed in separate course units. Group-projects and laboratory sessions help develop skills which are valued by employers.

How does research feed into the syllabus?

The lecturers are all active researchers who are involved in the cutting edge of their fields. They are up to date with the latest research findings, and often incorporate examples into their lectures.

What are the key features of your course?

The programme is based around three core areas; water as a resource, sustainability and energy. Each area consists of two 15 credit modules, the first module being a more basic introduction to the subject followed by a more in depth study in the second module. The key premise of the course is to provide numerate environmental engineers with the ability to measure and calculate the environmental impact and benefits of a range of energy generation or environmental technologies/industries with a view to benchmarking the processes.

What kind of employment can graduates go into following this degree?

The course is suitable for any scientist, engineer or environmental manager who either has an academic background in process engineering or has relevant practical experience of working in an environmental engineering role in industry. With graduates going in to a range of careers from environmental consultancy through regulation to environmental site management, the course produces highly trained and employable environmental engineers.

Why do graduates from your course stand out in the job market?

The quantification and understanding of environmental impact is vital to be able to make informed decisions and the design of the course structure is to initially give a background to the area followed by a more rigorous, numerate, examination of the subject matter.

What kind of industry relations do you have? How do students benefit from them?

We have a long standing relationships with an enormous range of industries and environmental professionals giving graduates easy access to a network of employers and a wealth of experience.

What distinguishes this course from similar ones in other institutions?

The large number of staff all of whom are research active gives an exceptionally wide range of project topics, and advanced lecture courses. We also have superb facilities for both teaching and research, including a state-of-the-art, new building.

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