Southampton University has launched an MSc course in sustainable waste management which is aimed at professionals already working in the sector looking to formalise their experience into a qualification.
The course, believed to be the first of its kind in the UK, will start in October and is designed to be studied parttime over a minimum of two years.
'The course has been structured for people already working in waste management or related areas, ' says Southampton University researcher Sonia Heaven.
'There are eight independent study modules, each requiring a week of intensive study at the university as well as individual study. Students will be able to study a maximum of four modules each year - they can choose within these parameters how much time they want to commit to the course.'
Core subjects covered include European and UK waste management legislation; principles and best practice of landfill which includes landfill design and operational management; waste classification and recycling.
Cutting edge topics include bioprocessing, design of sustainable landfill and dealing with hazardous and combustible waste.
Southampton University has secured 12 scholarship places for the course funded by the Environmental & Physical Science Research Council. The course has the support of the Environment Agency, the Institute of Waste Management and leading contractors in the industry and is expected to attract a lot of interest.