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Environmental Management and Sustainable Development - MSc


Course Description

This programme combines scientific study, laboratory and fieldwork techniques with the policy that underpins them and the management expertise to successfully deliver real-world sustainability projects.

Gaining advanced scientific skills and knowledge as well as the management, policy and corporate social responsibility aspects make you a great all-rounder who can hit the ground running when it comes to managing live environmental issues and challenges. You will develop into a professional able not only to assess environmental impacts but who can also put these into legislative context; and has the expertise to influence stakeholders, negotiate contracts and project-manage complex processes. This skillset is much sought after and valued by environmental employers and consultancies.

Designed with today’s environmental managers in mind this MSc integrates the scientific, social, economic and political factors involved environmental decision making. The course provides systematic understanding of the scientific background; critical awareness of the state of knowledge and the burden of proof requirement; comprehensive knowledge of the policy and regulatory frameworks; and a practical understanding of management methodologies for best practise. The programme’s vocational aspect is supplemented by in-depth case studies, field practitioner expertise and the opportunity for a placement-based research project.
We recognise not everybody can commit to full-time study because of work, family and other commitments. That is why we bring together all of the taught elements of this MSc programme to a single afternoon a week, on Wednesdays. We find it helps our students achieve a balance between MSc study and their busy lives.

Non means-tested loans of up to a maximum of £10,000 will be available to postgraduate master’s students.

Features and benefits of the course

-The School has a well established reputation in the field of environmental management and hosts world-class research and education in atmospheric and sustainable development issues. The course is supplemented by in-depth case studies and the involvement of practitioners in the field which enhances the vocational aspect of the course further.
-This cross-discipline programme is offered both on a part-time and full-time basis in order to meet the learning needs of both busy professionals as well as new graduates.
-The School of Science and the Environment has been awarded several Green Apple awards for Excellence in Environmental Education and Practice.
-We are home to leading research groups such as the Centre for Aviation Transport and the Environment, who were part of the Nobel Peace Prize winning team for work on climate change, the Environment Research Centre and the Research Centre for Applied Social Sciences.
-You will use outstanding facilities and industry standard equipment. Through a combination of laboratory sessions and fieldwork, we will not only teach you how to use industry-standard testing kit, we will show you first-hand. You will learn how to use: palin tests to monitor water quality; air quality monitoring devices including special particulate meters; i-buttons for accurate air temperature measurement; field spectro-radiometers which mimic satellites in orbit to identify environmental crises on the ground, for example vegetation stress. They offer data comparable to that of Met Office weather stations.

This experience of using equipment widely used in Industry will help to ensure you are ready for the next step in your career.

Placement options

Our MSc Environmental Management and Sustainable Development gives you the opportunity to undertake a 3-6 month environmental management work placement over the summer months as you study.

You will gain first-hand experience of live sustainability projects in the workplace, allowing you to put everything you study into practice and giving you invaluable skills and experience to showcase on your CV.

Our students have had great success on their work placements leading to job offers and a fascinating, rewarding career in sustainable development and environmental management. We’ve had student placements at local authorities, housing associations and hospitals.

About the Course

The course provides systematic understanding of the scientific background; critical awareness of the state of knowledge and the burden of proof requirement; comprehensive knowledge of the policy and regulatory frameworks; and a practical understanding of management methodologies relating to environmental management. The programme's vocational aspect is supplemented by in-depth case studies, field practitioner expertise, and the opportunity for a placement-based research project.

This cross-discipline programme is offered both on a part-time and full time basis in order to meet the learning needs of both busy professionals as well as new graduates.

Our Masters programmes are practically based and heavily supported by laboratory work, case studies, tutorials, fieldwork and projects. They are run by a large group of research-active staff with strong links to a variety of research institutions, national organisations and non-governmental bodies in the UK and overseas.

Our weekly Café Scientific gives students the opportunity to debate and discuss conservation and environmental management issues with teaching staff, hear from outside speakers and reflect on their own learning.

Assessment details

A continuous variety of assessment methods includes policy briefings, executive summaries and practical reports. MSc students will complete a dissertation.

Visit the Environmental Management and Sustainable Development - MSc page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Georgia Taylor

I studied Geography as an undergraduate and I applied for lots of graduate-level jobs with environment teams in different organisations. I managed to get to final interview stage for a number of jobs and the feedback was that employers were looking for specific experience in environmental management and higher-level skills so I decided to do the MSc in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development at Manchester Met.

Having nearly finished my Masters, I would certainly recommend it to others – I have really enjoyed it. It’s a tough year with lots of hard work but definitely worth it. Be prepared to be busy – as well as a part-time job in a restaurant, I have been volunteering one day a week with the environment team at Central Manchester University Hospitals Trust and of course studying hard. We have one full day of tutorials and lectures a week and lots of work and writing up in between. I will also be working over the summer to complete my dissertation, for which I’ve been able to draw upon my experience working with the NHS.

Part of the feedback from the job interviews I had when I graduated was that the successful candidates had some relevant environmental management work experience. I used my initiative and approached lots of different organisations and companies with strong corporate social responsibility policies and in-house environmental teams, offering my services as a volunteer. I managed to secure a voluntary position one day a week with the environment team for the NHS at Manchester Royal Infirmary which has been a fantastic experience.

As a result, my dissertation is on waste segregation at an acute NHS Trust. It focuses on the challenges of managing a mixed waste stream that includes general waste and clinical waste. The latter requires careful handling and incineration and is obviously more costly to deal with. It’s important to establish protocols to ensure clinical waste does not contaminate general waste; and that general waste does not creep into clinical waste creating unnecessary expense.

I would like to work for an environmental consultancy next, and there are a few in Manchester, or find an in-house environmental post – working for the NHS would be great. I am also keeping my eye out for Manchester Met’s own intern scheme which enables graduates of the University to get paid work experience – I would love to work for the University’s award-winning environmental team!


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Entry Requirements

A good UK Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a subject such as environmental science or management, sustainable development, social sciences, geography, chemistry, biology, engineering or the majority of science subjects is usually required – or, alternatively, relevant environmental experience. All applications will be considered on their own merit.

Last Updated

31 May 2017

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