Provides a sound understanding of environmental issues and practices for consultancy or industry
Potential for environmental science, biodiversity and/or business management focus
Flexible modular content allows course to be tailored to professionals from any industry not just environmental professionals
Opportunities to undertake research projects with industry partners
Industry-sponsored prize for ´Environmental Manager of the Year´
Core teaching staff with industry experience.
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.
You will study the following modules in Trimester 1:
Principles of Environmental Management (30 credits)
This compulsory module provides an overview of environmental management principles, tools, and legislation: including sustainability, resource management, environmental hazards and ecosystem services.
Plus optional modules totalling 30 credits:
Waste, Energy and Pollution Management (15 credits) optional
Develop your understanding of the potential negative impacts that arise through human interactions with the environment. Key aspects will include resource use and polluting emissions, especially through our generation of waste and utilisation of energy sources. It will also enable you to appreciate the role of new technologies in alleviating such effects.
Environment and Society: Global Perspectives on Policy and Practice (15 credits) optional
Gain a deeper, critical understanding of the human dimensions of environmental change. Develop your sense of the multi-layered and contested nature of environmental ‘problems’ and the ‘solutions’ variously proposed. A broad, interdisciplinary and critical awareness is encouraged through consideration of academic and policy literatures from different global and historical contexts.
You can also select options from a range of Business and Management options in trimester 1 (see options below).
You will study the following modules in Trimester 2:
Professional Practice for Environmental Management (30 credits)
This compulsory module develops key professional skills, including: GIS, environmental risks and decision-making, survey and monitoring, sampling design, data management and analysis, reporting and communication.
Plus optional modules totalling 30 credits:
Ecosystem Management (15 credits) optional
Modern economic theory (ecological economics) considers ecosystem sustainability as the foundation of all economic sustainability and its crucial role in underpinning business and political decisions. Hence, this module investigates the natural environment in terms of ecosystem functions and resource management, both of which can provide benefits and provide challenges for human beings and the wider environment. It also considers the extent to which we can assign economic value to nature.
Applied Geomorphology (15 credits) optional
Develop the theoretical and practical skills to equip you to undertake integrated and applied geomorphological projects relevant to the environmental management and consultancy sectors.
You can also select options from a range of Business and Management options in trimester 2.
Business Management Options:
Environmental managers often need a range management skills, such as managing staff, entrepreneurial skills to set up a business, marketing their environmental products, or the successful financial management of a project, department or company. The business management modules offered will allow you to develop some of these important management skills. Modules available include: Financial Management, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Managing People, and Management in Practice. Management in Practice is a 30 credit module providing an excellent overview if you have no formal business training. The other modules are 15 credit modules and will allow the development of specific skills.
In this trimester you complete a 60 credit research project, which will require you to research an applied environmental question. There is considerable flexibility in subject choice and the project focus will reflect your core interests, and may range from the influence of environmental issues on business decision-making, to monitoring biodiversity. This could include industry-based/work placement projects, with our industry partners.
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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