Environment and Legislation

This module describes the legislative framework of environmental protection, describing the major concepts in the field.

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University of Surrey


27 April - 1 May 2020

Number of days

Five weekdays

Hours of study

9am - 5:30pm

Course overview

This course reviews the establishment and verification of systems for environmental protection, considering both legal and economic aspects. It will conclude with a practical review of environmental protection as applied in the nuclear industry.

Course details

Please note that we reserve the right to alter the syllabus. Any major changes will be notified to delegates before the course starts.

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a depth of understanding of the principle of environmental protection
  • Ability to discuss environmental sampling strategies and understand case studies in a range of applications
  • Understand legislation underpinning environmental protection
  • Demonstrate critical analysis of numerical data to perform simple calculations of relevant physical phenomena.
  • Establish a basic grounding in the principles and practice of environmental protection
  • Develop a qualitative approach to environmental protection, establishing the need for systems of control and verification with an analysis of associated cost
  • Understand the current legislation
  • Understand the importance of carrying out risk assessments and implementing control measures to reduce exposure to optical radiation sources.

Recommended reading

Bell S, et al., Environmental Law, 8th ed, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
Sands P, et al., Principles of International Environmental Law, 3rd ed, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Tromans S, Nuclear Law: The Law Applying to Nuclear Installations and Radioactive Substances in its Historic Context, 2nd ed, Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2010.
Stoiber C, et al., IAEA Handbook on Nuclear Law, IAEA, Vienna, STI/PUB/1160, 2003.

Background reading

Eisenbud, M and Gesell, T, Environmental Radioactivity from Natural, Industrial, and Military Sources, Fourth Edition, Academic Press, San Diego, USA, 1997.
Cooper, J R, Randle, K and Sokhi, R S, Radioactive Releases in the Environment: Impact and Assessment, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, UK, 2002.

Dr N B Ghiassee

Teaching the Environmental Protection – Law and Policy lecture. The general principles and legislative basis of environmental protection policy in the UK, European Union, and at International level, and an overview of International Nuclear Law.

N Round and G Beard

Teaching the Environmental Management System lecture. Protecting the environment whilst maintaining your business, environmental impact minimisation, best available techniques, setting improvement targets, legal compliance, auditing and review.

Dr JAS Cleaver

Teaching the properties of aerosols, flow, diffusion, size distributions, optical properties, coagulation, sampling and aerosol production.

P Kruse

Teaching the Radioactive Substances Permitting and Radiological Impact Assessments lectures.

Dr MC Thorne

Teaching Mathematical modelling of radionuclide transport in the environment, including applications of compartmental models. Radionuclide dispersion in groundwaters, terrestrial surface waters, estuaries and marine environments. Uptake of radionuclides by plants and animals. Assessment of critical group and collective exposures.


Price per person is £1,800.

How to apply

To apply for this short course please contact the Faculty Continuing Education Manager, Barbara Steel who will help process your application:

Please note that we do not charge VAT as we are an educational establishment.

Terms and conditions

  • Cancellations notified in writing ten working days before the event; we charge a cancellation fee of 35 per cent of the standard rate. If we have already received payment we refund 65 per cent of the full fee.
  • Cancellations within 10 working days before the event; We charge these at the full rate and do not give refunds.
  • If no written notice of cancellation is received, no refund can be made.
  • The University of Surrey reserves the right to cancel any event. In this case, the full fee will be refunded unless a mutually convenient transfer can be arranged. Details of event changes or cancellations are available by phoning +44 (0)1483 686040.
  • Delegates can make a provisional registration for a course by telephone or email. However bookings are only acknowledged formally once payment has been received.
  • Substitutions from the same company may be made following consultation with the Continuing Education Manager.
  • The University reserves the right to cancel any course on the grounds of insufficient numbers or for other reasons beyond our control. In this case the full fee will be refunded unless a mutually convenient transfer can be arranged.
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