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MSc/PGDip Air Pollution Management and Control

The Air Pollution Management and Control programme from University of Birmingham is the only programme of its kind in the UK, built upon successful air pollution control lessons and underpinned by world-leading research.

Quick Facts

Duration: 1 year (Full-Time)
2 years (Part-Time)
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: £26,640 per full
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom

The course is accredited by the Institute of Environmental Sciences (IES) and the Institute of Air Quality Management (IAQM).

Air pollution damages human health, ecosystems and vegetation, and is expected to worsen in many regions. Every year, air pollution costs EU economies US$ 1.6 trillion and is linked to 7 million premature deaths globally. Developing effective strategies for the management and control of air pollution is a key environmental challenge facing society today.

This Air Pollution Management and Control programme from University of Birmingham is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the causes and effects of air pollution, and the management measures and engineering technologies available for its control. This is a recognised and sought after qualification within the professional environmental field in the UK and abroad. Students successfully completing the course find employment as air quality experts within environmental consultancies, industry or local government departments.

Courses included:

  • Causes and Effects of Air Pollution
  • Small-scale and Air Pollution Meteorology
  • Theoretical Meteorology: Atmospheric Physics and Composition
  • Air Pollution Chemistry
  • Air Pollution Management and Control Technology
  • Carbon Management

“The transition from undergrad to postgrad can be a big step up in terms of workload and what is expected of you, but there is so much support available to you as a postgrad student, from academic writing support (if you’ve been out of education for a few years or just want a bit of extra help) to mental health and wellbeing services. The careers support is fantastic – the uni puts on employer fairs throughout the year and you have access to one on one support from the Careers Network team, who can help you develop your skills ready for your next step!”

Emma Sutton // PhD Psychology


Graduates in this area are in high demand 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.


A 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in a science or engineering subject, or an unrelated degree or a degree without honours followed by at least two years appropriate postgraduate experience. 2.2 Honours degrees in a science or engineering subject may also be considered depending on individual module marks in key subject areas. In certain cases (for example, for applicants with appropriate professional experience) this requirement may be waived.

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