Professional course Air Quality Modelling

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
Geography and Environmental Management
One day session
Online-live session and/or self-study
Course Director
Dr Jo Barnes, Air Quality Management Resource Centre

Page last updated 2 June 2021


Accreditations and partnerships:

The Air Quality Management Resource Centre (AQMRC) in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management is pleased to offer an exciting suite of online Air Quality short courses. This new suite consists of five distinct courses covering the following topics:

Delivered as self-learning (materials access only) or blended learning (materials + live session), where each topic will provide you with a set of interactive web-based materials to work through in advance of a live online contact session with the course leaders and your peers, which will provide an opportunity to discuss the materials in more depth and undertake related activities to that topic.

Individuals are invited to book on as many or few of the days as they wish.

For this specific topic, temporary access to dispersion modelling and mapping software will also be provided.

"I can use what I learnt all week to improve my Councils' AQ arrangements, write accurate review and assessment reports, review 3rd party reports and attract developer contributions to air quality via CIL and S106." Mike Jephcott, Senior Environmental Health Officer

What does it cover?

This course provides an understanding of the theory and practice of using dispersion models to replicate the behaviour of pollution in the atmosphere. The course will explain the rationale behind air quality modelling using examples of particular models to describe the ways in which they are used and highlight some of the potential limitations and problems associated with them.

The course also provides a basic introduction to model input data, the basic principles and assumptions involved and the concepts of model validation, verification and adjustment, including worked examples of a modelling scenario in ADMS-Roads and the verification and adjustment process.

This course would be of value to anyone interested or involved in the use of local-scale atmospheric dispersion modelling.

Who is it for?

"I would like to use this opportunity to thank your team for the amazing course on AQ Modelling at UWE. I have found its content really useful and really enjoyed the afternoon session where we were allowed to play with the ADMS Roads Model and test different scenarios." Pedro Rocha e Abreu, Air Quality Officer (MIAQM), Oxford City Council

The courses will be of interest to students, practitioners and policy makers involved in air quality management in:

  • Environmental health/protection
  • Public health
  • Transport
  • Land-use planning

Entry requirements

The courses have no academic merit so there are no pre-requisites to join them. A good level of English language is required to be able to follow the content but no other academic level.



This course will cover the following areas:

  • Rationale for Air Quality Modelling
  • Types of models and their uses
  • Monitoring strategies for Local Air Quality Management
  • Model input data
  • Principles and assumptions
  • Modelling scenarios
  • Model validation, verification and adjustment
  • Data validation and ratification

Learning and Teaching

How is the programme delivered?

This programme is delivered through our online learning platform, meaning you can attend and study from anywhere in the world!

There are two options to access each session:

  • Online Materials Access Only: This option will provide you with access to the online interactive materials for 9 weeks from the start date.
  • Online Materials + Live Session: This option provides you with access to the online interactive materials for 9 weeks from the start date. 4 weeks after the start date there will be the scheduled online live session with the tutors. This session will take place from 09.30 - 12.30 on a set date.

Study time

This course will take approximately 6hrs of individual learning (online materials), plus an online-live 3hr session (if selecting 'materials + live session').

It is recommended to work though the online materials in advance of the live session.


Professional accreditation

The courses are accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) and the Institute of Air Quality Management (IAQM)

For those accessing the materials and competing the online live session you will be issued with a certificate of attendance from UWE Bristol for 3 CPD hours + self-study, which you can then present to IES.

Unfortunately, no CPD certificate will be provided for those joining the Online Materials Access Only sessions.

Study facilities

IT requirements

This programme is delivered fully online. UWE Bristol has invested significantly in online resources to support your study. We use the 'Blackboard' online platform to deliver an integrated learning experience to you. Access to this course will require you to be enrolled as a UWE student.

To ensure you able to access materials and can participate fully in the live sessions, if you plan to attend these, please see the following required computer specifications:

Operating system: Windows 7+, Mac OS 10.9

Web browser: Firefox is the optimal browser. However other browsers such as Google Chrome (version 79 or later) are also compatible.

Required Plugins: Adobe Flash Player

Additional requirements:

  • 256 MB RAM
  • 20 MB free disk space
  • Internet Access - 28.8 kbps speed or above (broadband connection highly recommended). Slower internet connections may cause issues with audio and video.
  • Soundcard with microphone and headphones (a headset with microphone/headphones is highly recommended)
  • Webcam

As part of this modelling course you will have access to ADMS-Roads and ArcGIS software, please see the system requirements and to check if your computer is compatible click here

We also recommend you check your firewall settings in advance, especially if you are using a work computer to ensure your firewall will allow you to access our sites and programmes.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Course dates

Cohort 2021TimeLocation
TBC 2021: Access to online materials09:30Online
TBC 2021: Live Session09:30 - 12:30 BSTOnline

Course fees

All prices are VAT exempt. Discounts cannot be used in conjunction with each other. The greatest discount available will be applied at your booking confirmation.

The 2020-21 fees below are provided as an indication only. There may be a small increase for the next run of this course.

Early Bird Materials + Live Session(recommended)£180 per topic
 £900 for all 5 topics
Deadline for Early Bird bookings & payments2021
Full Fee Materials + Live Session(recommended)£215 per topic
 £1075 for all 5 topics
UWE Alumni/Student Materials + Live Session(recommended)£182 per topic
 £910 for all 5 topics
Full Fee Materials Access Only£95 per topic
 £475 for all 5 topics
Deadline for all other bookings & payments2021


How to apply

How to apply

Please complete the online booking form, when available. You will have the option to book on one or multiple topics as well as choosing your preferred method of study (Materials Access Only or Materials + Live Session):

TBC 2021Enquire Now

As part of the booking process you will be registered as a UWE student and issued a UWE email and password, to enable access to the required online resources.

For further information

  • Email: For specific questions in relation to the course, i.e. content, suitability, assessments, etc. please contact the Programme Leader, Dr Jo Barnes ( For all queries regarding administration aspects of registration, i.e. dates, fees, etc. please contact us using the online enquiry form link or phone number below.
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 86927