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Many of the staff teaching on the course have worked in the sector, and retain a strong involvement with it. As a result they are able to draw on their own experience and use a range of case studies in their teaching.

  • Cover the core knowledge and competencies required for a career in environmental management.
  • Specialise in wildlife and landscape management, international resource management, or design your own course based on modules offered for the above two routes.

'The course helped me understand some of the big environmental issues of the 21st century - climate change and sustainable development – and how we might tackle these. I would definitely say that it helped me get to where I am now in my career.'

Nikky Wilson, MSc Environmental Management, 2017 graduate now working for the Environment Agency

How you learn

You are encouraged to become an active, self-directed learner. We aim to provide a supportive, inclusive yet challenging learning experience that will help you achieve your ambitions. Lectures will introduce you to key theories, concepts, and current debates, with guest lecturers and site visits illustrating the concepts and issues being explored. Assessment is entirely through coursework, using tasks that you are likely to do as part of your professional role.

You learn through:

  • lectures
  • guest lectures
  • individual and group exercises
  • case studies
  • field visits
  • coursework

Applied learning

You may have the opportunity to take a module where you act as a consultant, completing a project for an organisation outside of the University.

Field visits allow you to see examples of principles covered and to practice techniques. Recent visits have included cultural landscape management in the Peak District and lowland peat bogs, ecological survey in local farmland, sustainable housing design, and innovative waste management practises in Sheffield. Where possible these visits will involve external professionals responsible for the site or process being examined.

Our staff have good contacts with individuals and organisations working in the field. This allows you to engage with professionals both within the course and through extra-curricular activities. These contacts will enhance your understanding of the different roles and organisations within the environmental sector and help you to gain experience of the sector. You can also draw on University services that support graduate employability and enterprise, including a careers event.

Future careers

The environmental management sector is broad and so offers a wide range of employment opportunities. The environmental consultancy sector, which spans both ecology and resource management, is strong and so is the main source of employment for our graduates.

Other employment opportunities include:

  • government agencies
  • advising on the development and implementation of an environmental management system in almost any business
  • voluntary conservation organisations, such as the RSPB and the County Wildlife Trusts
  • national park authorities and local authority countryside services

Many part-time students are supported by employers and find that they progress in their workplace after completing the course.


This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors(RICS), and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus.

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with:

  • sites in the Sheffield area and Peak District, allowing you to explore environmental management issues
  • specialised software packages (including for GIS and statistical analysis)
  • a range of field and laboratory recording equipment


The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

Compulsory modules:

  • Applied Research Methods - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Environment & Infrastructure - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Environmental Perspectives And Policy Development - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Introduction To Gis - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Major Research Project - 45 credits - Coursework 
  • Professional Practice - 15 credits - Coursework/Practical 
  • Professional Project - 15 credits - Coursework 

Elective modules:

  • Applied Ecology - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Carbon And Energy Management - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Cultural Landscape Management - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Ecological Field Survey And Evaluation - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Environmental Management Systems - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Habitat Management - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • International Water Management - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Minerals And Waste - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • People And The Natural Environment - 20 credits - Coursework 

How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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Visit the Environmental Management (MSc) page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!





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