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As sustainability moves up the agenda and environmental laws and regulations proliferate, there is a growing need to understand and assess human impact on the environment. 

This course provides a comprehensive overview of methods for assessing and managing the environmental impacts of policies, plans, programmes, projects and organisations. It also looks at the legal and institutional frameworks in which they operate.

You will develop a range of communication, teamworking and problem-solving skills, and gain the understanding to apply processes such as environmental impact assessment, environmental management and auditing systems to real-world situations.

The course is accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).


Accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).


All students undertake core modules, including the dissertation. You will also choose option modules allowing you to specialise in the areas of the course you are most interested in.

Core modules

  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Systems for Environmental Management
  • Environmental Law and Policy
  • Case Studies on Environmental Assessment
  • Dissertation

Option modules

  • Planning Theory
  • Policy and Implementation in Town Planning
  • Management of People and Organisations
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Hydrogeology
  • Principles of Sustainable Construction
  • Water Resources Management
  • Water Treatment Technology
  • Wastewater Treatment Technology
  • Water Quality Analysis
  • Applied Remote Sensing
  • Waste Management 
  • Advanced Ecology Field Skills 
  • Environmental Placement Module
  • Introduction to GIS
  • Applications in GIS
  • Environmental Auditing
  • Air Quality Management
  • Indepedent Study Module


Career opportunities in both the public and private sectors include transport planning, waste management, environmental consultancy, resource management and town and country planning.

Recent graduates have gone on to secure employment across the sector including:

  • Groundsure
  • Hyder Consulting
  • Mott McDonald
  • Ambiental
  • Local government

The course also provides a foundation for further study and is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM). 

Visit the Environmental Assessment and Management (MSc/PGDip/PGCert) page on the University of Brighton website for more details!




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