This broad-based, flexible course prepares you for a range of environmental careers, from environmental specialist to a manager with an environmental remit.
Unusually, and possible uniquely, for an Environmental Management Masters you have the option to include Business and Management modules in your programme. In addition, through selecting particular modules and assessment options, the course can be tailored to suit your specialist interests and career aspirations. For example, this course will suit someone wishing to pursue a career in ecological consultancy, or a career in pollution control or environmental hazards and liabilities.
You’ll review how environmental systems work and how human behaviour impacts on them. From this, you’ll explore contemporary environmental management principles, tools, and legislation that we can use to address such impacts. Through reviewing case studies and current practice you’ll develop your knowledge of Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental Management Systems, sustainability concepts such as the circular economy, plus resource management, environmental hazards and ecosystem services.
You’ll develop key skills needed by professional environmental managers working in the field, including:
environmental risks and decision-making;
survey and monitoring;
data management and analysis;
reporting and communication.
Normally an honours degree in an appropriate subject will be required, or a relevant professional qualification. Suitable degree subjects include biological sciences, geography, environmental science, natural resource management, forestry, geology/mining, agriculture, and business and management.
All applications are reviewed by course tutors and the Course Leader and applicants who do not meet the academic entry standard, but who have relevant work experience will be considered on their individual merits. We welcome applicants from a range of backgrounds and all previous experience and learning will be taken into consideration. Where appropriate Approved Prior Experience and Learning (APEL) can substitute for certain modules within the programme.
Trimester 1 and 2
We provide you with core knowledge and skills to work as an environmental professional, in particular environmental systems and management tools, instigating and managing change, data handling and reporting. You’ll study relevant and up-to-date material, benefitting from specialist inputs by speakers active in the environmental industry.
Optional modules give you the opportunity to develop a greater depth of knowledge in several of these components, for example energy and wastes management, ecosystem services and sustainability principles.
The third Trimester is devoted to your independent research project where you’ll work with your supervisor or a topic of particular interest to you. This might be a project working with an industry partner and will allow you to demonstrate your environmental understanding in an area relevant to your interests and career; from biodiversity to business.
The dependence of economic sustainability and social well being on a sustainable natural environment is now accepted, and through several international agreements, Governments across the world have acknowledged the urgent need to secure environmental sustainability.
The need for well-informed Environmental Managers has therefore never been greater. Managers who not only understand the environment, but also understand its importance to economic and social well-being.
This Masters will provide you with the expertise, practical skills and confidence to pursue specialist careers in environmental management, environmental consultancy, or ecology and provide crucial environmental understanding for successful careers in local government, the civil service, engineering, planning or business.
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