MSc Land Reclamation and Restoration

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MSc Land Reclamation and Restoration
Land reclamation and restoration is designed to meet the increasing demands to manage and restore greenfield and brownfield sites to the amenity, natural habitat or agricultural use engendered by UK Government and EU directives. Industry acknowledges the need for highly-trained engineers and science based professionals able to implement management strategies in response to these demands.

Accredited by the Institute of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) and the Landscape Institute, this course aims to provide the knowledge and skills required to bridge the gap between damaged land and fully restored ecosystems. It provides the skills to assess, plan and implement strategies needed to restore, reclaim and remediate damaged land in the public and corporate sectors. Visits to relevant land reclamation and ecological restoration sites form a major part of the programme.

Suitable for ecology, science, geography and engineering graduates, or professionals from either a science or technical background. The part-time option will allow practitioners to enhance their professional development within their current employment.

Course overview

The course comprises eight taught modules, an integrated group project, and an individual thesis project. The modules include lectures and tutorials and are assessed through appropriate assignments or exams. There is an emphasis on analysis of real problems, with practical field work to reinforce learning. This provides the 'tools' required for the group and individual projects.

Group project

This project provides students with the opportunity to take responsibility for a commercially-orientated, consultancy-type project with a UK-based industrial partner, while working in teams under academic supervision. It involves survey design, data collection and analysis, and synthesis and presentation of results to the client.

The topic for the group project changes on an annual basis as appropriate. Previous groups projects have included:

  • 2011/12 - Integrated Management Plan for Houghton Regis Chalk Pit  for Wildlife Trust of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
  • 2010/11 - Increasing the value of re-cycled products and ecological services of Naunton Quarry for Huntsmans Quarries Limited

Individual project

This project provides an opportunity to concentrate on a particular aspect of land reclamation and restoration. It also allows students to demonstrate their ability to research independently, to think and work in an original way, to contribute to knowledge, and to overcome genuine problems in this specialist area of land management. Many of the projects are supported by external organisations.


The modules include lectures and tutorials, and are assessed through written examinations and assignments. These provide the tools required for the group and individual projects.


MSc taught modules 40%, group project 20% (dissertation for part-time students), individual thesis project 40%.

Start date, duration and location

Start date: Full-time: October. Part-time: throughout the year

Duration: One year full-time. Two-five years part-time

Teaching location: Cranfield

Cranfield University
Cranfield University
College road
Cranfield , Bedfordshire; MK43 0AL

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