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Concern for the global environment is continuing to grow. As a result there is a continuing demand for skilled and experienced professionals in environmental management. This course gives you the technical knowledge and skills to meet these demands. Alongside these technical competencies the course will help you to develop transferable competencies (e.g. communication, critical thinking, use of IT packages) which professional bodies and employers recognise as being essential to environmental professionals.

We have strong links with public and private sector organisations allowing us to make sure that the course meets the needs of employers.

In the first semester you study core environmental topics and material that assist you to settle in to postgraduate study. In the second semester you have the option to study

  • the management and sensitive use of natural resources (international resource management strand)
  • the conservation of wildlife and landscapes (wildlife and landscape management strand)
  • a mix of the above topics allowing you to tailor your studies to your own particular interests (environmental management strand)

To ensure your learning is interesting and relevant to the workplace, we use a range of teaching methods including class discussions, case studies based on real life scenarios and field visits. You also have the opportunity to take a module where you do a project for a real organisation to help you develop skills in managing a project, and to develop contacts in the sector where you plan to work.

Most of our teaching staff have previously worked in the sector and have retained strong links with public and private sector organisations allowing us to draw on real world experience in our teaching. Our environment subject area also has a proven track record in research.

We also offer most modules on this course as standalone short courses.

The course is suitable for you whether you are progressing from a related first degree or if you come from a non-environmental background. As part of the support to students from a non-environmental background we offer an optional module that introduces key ecological concepts for those wishing to work in that area but who have no relevant previous experience or study.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Course structure

Core modules

  • Environmental perspectives and policy development
  • Introduction to GIS
  • Environment and infrastructure
  • Professional practice

International resource management strand

  • International water management
  • Environmental management systems
  • Carbon and energy management

Wildlife and landscape management strand

  • Cultural landscape management
  • Habitat management
  • Ecological survey and evaluation

To complete the masters, you also take • applied research methods • dissertation.


International resource management strand

One from • minerals and waste • consultancy project • cultural landscape management

Wildlife and landscape management strand

One from • applied ecology • minerals and waste • water management • consultancy project

Environmental management strand

Alternatively you can select four modules from those available in semester two.


  • briefing papers
  • oral presentations
  • project work
  • reports
  • proposals
  • reflections
  • essays.


The environmental consultancy sector is continuing to grow and so this is the main source of employment for most of our graduates. The consultancy sector spans both the ecological and resource management strands of the course.

Other employment opportunities include

  • environmental consultancies
  • 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 many find that they progress in their workplace after completing the course.

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




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