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Environmental Management - MSc

Course Description

Whether you are a graduate looking for a career in environmental management or an experienced environmental professional, our Environmental Management MSc enables you to develop the knowledge and skills required to implement environmentally sustainable solutions within businesses and organisations around the world.

About the course

Environmental Management is of increasing importance to all types of organisations both within the UK and worldwide; there is a growing need for qualified and trained environmental managers and, as environmental challenges become ever more apparent, this demand shows no signs of abating.

Our MSc in Environmental Management provides a flexible and broad approach to study and provides a firm grounding in the essentials of environmental management, including environmental auditing, the choice, design and use of a range of environmental tools and methods including EIA, ERA, Lifecycle Assessment and knowledge of environmental policy and legislation. Studying on this accredited Environmental Management MSc is the first step to becoming a Chartered Environmentalist.

Three modules are accredited by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). Successful completion allows you to apply for IEMA Graduate or Practitioner membership, with exemption from selected IEMA membership examinations. All modules are accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) for Graduate membership.

Five core modules are taken and students then choose three optional modules. Students will begin their studies, both full-time and part time, with a core module in Sustainability and Environmental Systems.

To obtain a Master's degree you need to carry out a supervised research project comprising of another taught module, Research methods and a 10,000-15,000 word research project. The project can be based on an environmental management issue that interests you or is relevant to your organisation.

Why choose this course?

-Over 20 years’ experience of teaching Environmental Management and delivering highly employable graduates to the sector
-Flexible modes of study: full-time, part-time, September start, January start
-MSc programmes and key modules accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) and the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)
-Teaching centred on 2-3 day ‘short courses’ to allow study while managing external commitments
-Selected key textbooks provided within fees, together with catering on short courses

Professional Accreditations

Three modules are accredited by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) for Associate membership (giving exemption from the Associate Entry Examination). All modules are accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) for graduate membership.


Environmental Management is of increasing importance to all types of organisations both within the UK and worldwide; there is a growing need for qualified and trained environmental managers and, as environmental challenges become ever more apparent, this demand shows no signs of abating. Graduates from our Environmental Management MSc programmes have embarked on careers with a wide variety of employers within the environmental management sector, including environmental consultancy, the water supply industry and Government agencies such as the Environment Agency and the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs. Graduates have also commenced doctoral level studies and developed careers in research and education.

Teaching methods

The programme approach integrates blended learning, combining face-to-face teaching and tutorials with online learning materials, easy contact with tutors and online submission of assignments.

All modules are delivered as intensive two or three day short courses that run Fridays and Saturday or Thursday to Saturday.
Full-time students attend tutorials in the weeks following a short course, receiving face-to-face support.

Part-time students attend courses at the University for approximately six working days a year and complete assignments through use of our outstanding virtual learning environment, Studynet. Most part time students complete this course within two years but you are given a maximum of five to complete.

Assessment can include reports, essays, seminars and online tests. Assignments are often directly related to environmental management in the workplace or field.

You have access to excellent University facilities including a field station, state-of-the-art Learning Resource Centre and a brand new Science Building.


Core Modules
-Environmental Management Tools and Methods
-Environmental Policy and Governance
-Foundation in Environmental Auditing
-Management Skills for Environmental Management

-Crop Pathogens, Pests and Weeds
-Crop Protection; Principles & Practice
-Ecology and Conservation
-Environmental Management Individual Research Project
-Environmental Management Systems Implementation
-Environmental Management Tools and Methods
-Foundation in Environmental Auditing
-Integrated Waste and Pollution Management
-Research Methods
-Sustainability and Environmental Systems
-Sustainable Energy
-Transport Policy & Travel Planning
-Water Pollution Control
-Water Resources

Visit the Environmental Management - MSc page on the University of Hertfordshire website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Md. Abdur Rouf

Having a civil engineering background and working as an employee of Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) Bangladesh, I have mainly served in planning, formulation and implementation of rural road construction and maintenance projects during my last 20 years’ professional career. LGED is the largest engineering organisation of 10,000 employees, mainly responsible for rural/secondary town infrastructure development and maintenance projects all over the country. My practical experiences showed me that a number of environmental issues need to be tackled to ensure the environmental impact assessment practices of LGED are more realistic and fruitful. My limited knowledge on environmental issues was a great hindrance to communicate such issues to decision makers. I successfully convinced my authority to create an opportunity for higher studies in Environmental Management to facilitate better inputs on environmental issues and they even funded my course.

I decided to study at the University of Hertfordshire after finding out about the course modules, staff expertise and teaching facilities. I was also excited by the idea of meeting students from so many different international backgrounds. The course comprises a wide range of relevant and essential modules, which were really outstanding. Important topics such as environmental management systems, auditing, water resource management and impact assessment were delivered very professionally. The course provided a tremendous opportunity to share environmental knowledge/experiences and interact with students from different countries, which helped me develop my professional skills. During my dissertation studies on the EIA process of rural road projects, I received constant support and critical guidance from an excellent supervisor who had a strong academic and professional background.

Now I have chalked out a plan to provide training to enhance awareness and build capacity in environmental understanding among the employees of LGED. I am currently preparing different training modules, which will help ensure that environmental issues are properly considered during the planning and implementation of rural infrastructure development projects.

Md. Abdur Rouf
Senior Assistant Engineer
Local Government Engineering Department

(Student Profile)

Paul Cross

I originally attained my Honours degree in Geography at the University of Hertfordshire so had experience of learning from technically gifted lecturers in a relaxed and supporting environment.
After working for the Environment Agency for two years in a variety of different roles I wanted to develop my technical competence in working with the environment. I sought an accredited course -specifically by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM). Upon my investigations I found that the University of Hertfordshire offered a flexible CIWEM (and IEMA) accredited MSc in Water and Environmental Management.

I successfully attained sponsorship from the Environment Agency to study for the MSc on a part-time basis. Support from both my employer and the University helped me to complete the course in two years on a part-time basis whilst working full-time. Studying on a part-time basis whilst working full-time can prove challenging at times but is ultimately very rewarding. Working towards an MSc can equip you with the knowledge and confidence to meet the challenges which lie ahead in your environmental career.

I must say that the greatest lesson I learnt from my post-graduate study was the importance and tools necessary to achieve an appropriate life/work balance. In order to achieve the most in life, finding this balance is integral. In addition, my technical competence improved greatly. Working with the environment is often challenging but always rewarding, therefore the more options you have at your disposal, the better for everyone.

I would highly recommend this course, you will find the modules enlightening and the tools you gain empowering.

Paul Cross
Flood and Coastal Risk Management Internal Advocate
Environment Agency, UK

(Student Profile)

Richard Spencer-Smith

When I started my MSc in Water and Environmental Management at the University of Hertfordshire, I was already 60 and had a full career in Learning and Language Support teaching and management in Further Education behind me. I wanted an occupational change that would give me some science, take me well beyond retirement and would connect me to what I valued most: humanity and its harmonious, respectful and creative interaction with the environment.

The course at UH is taught by the most knowledgeable, dedicated and enthusiastic team of lecturers you could possibly hope for. It also presented the ideal range of modules to satisfy an eclectic interest in the environment and a unique chance to combine an investigation of water resources and water quality through taught modules and the Research Project. I benefitted enormously from the rigorously systematic approaches to managing the environment presented in the Tools and Methods and the Foundation in Environmental Auditing modules. The thorough wedding of theory and practice on the Sustainability and Environmental Systems module allowed me to complete a report on my previous employer’s energy use and present it to the Development Manager.

The course was also flexible enough to allow informal participation in the Ecology module and the Phase 1 Habitat Survey field practicals, which added value to my Research Project Report on the Impact of Water Quality on the Breeding of Black-Necked Grebe on a Hertfordshire reservoir.

Thanks to the UH MSc, I now have my dream job, working on the Thames as a lock and weir keeper surrounded by water, wildlife and people, with an infinitely greater understanding than before of what is going on beneath the surface of each and the potential to make a contribution to the environmental management of my new employer.

Richard Spencer-Smith
Ealing, UK

(Student Profile)

Liz Wagner-Dempster

I graduated with a BA degree in Geography but found it extremely difficult to find a job role that really linked to what I was interested in: the management of the interaction between people and the environment. Having spent several years in job roles that were interesting and provided me with necessary business skills, but were outside of the environmental profession, I was offered the opportunity to complete further study by my employer at that time. They identified a gap within their organisation in terms of environmental knowledge and asked me if I would undertake some study to help remedy this.

This led me to search for a course in Environmental Management. I decided on MSc Environmental Management at the University of Hertfordshire because it is designed for people in full-time employment, offers a wide variety of modules important to any role in environmental management, allows for part-time students to attend lectures and workshops without impacting too much on work hours and is accredited by IEMA. The course also offers more specific pathways in Environmental Management for students that want to specialise.

Studying the MSc at the University of Hertfordshire confirmed to me I wanted to become an Environmental Practitioner. My tutors and thesis supervisor have been endlessly supportive to me in my studies and my career change, and I am impressed with the positive working atmosphere of the university. During my studies, I managed to get my first full-time environmental role as Sustainability Officer at a small higher education institution and I believe this experience coupled with my MSc has ultimately led to my ideal and current role at the University of Hertfordshire! I am now an Associate Member of IEMA and am looking to work towards Full Membership and eventually become a Chartered Environmentalist too.

Liz Wagner-Dempster
Environmental Co-ordinator
University of Hertfordshire


Entry Requirements

A minimum of a 2.2 degree in any subject. Applicants with other qualifications and relevant experience will be considered individually by the Programme Tutor. Accredited Prior certified Learning (APL) is available for those who already have associate membership of IEMA.

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