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Our MSc in Environmental Management meets the needs of future environmental professionals and is regarded as one of the best vocational MSc courses in the country, attracting students from all over the world. Allowing you to develop a vocational network for future success, the unique MSc structure provided at IBERS offers scope for employment in a wide range of environmental areas. Key skills and training are provided and industrial and research experiences are integrated into the course, allowing you to respond to and find solutions for problems, and to exploit opportunities and meet challenges in environmental management.
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Aberystwyth is a medium sized coastal town situated in one of the most beautiful and safest parts of the UK - it really is a special place to live and study. Established in 1872, Aberystwyth University has a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research. Our students benefit from a diverse and international student population, easy access to the seafront and beaches, rolling green mountains, a vibrant social and cultural life, and an excellent education.Read more
Jamie self funded his MSc via part‐time work. He joined the MSc because he was “serious and passionate about a career in the environmental sector”. This MSc gave him that “distinct advantage against BSc students”. He particularly liked how the course “integrated real/current environmental issues and research theory”. The transferable skills that Jamie took from the course to his work place included “time management, presentation, report writing and research skills, along with awareness of current environmental issues”. After completing the MSc Jamie worked as a research technician at Aberystwyth University and then as an Environmental GIS consultant for a local company. He then completed a PhD and now works as an Environmental consultant.
Jenny self-funded her MSc, she took a year working following her BSc. She felt that “the MSc was a fantastic way to gain a good grounding in a range of environmental matters". During the course she learnt about "environmental law, EIA as well as practical skills in survey and lab work“. Jenny loved Aberystwyth - "it is great coastal location and everyone is so friendly". She also enjoyed the travel associated with the course - "I particularly liked my period spent in Sweden, it was a great place to do part of my study". The transferable skills that Jenny took from the course to her work place included “critical analysis skills and evaluating information and dissemination to a range of users”.
Immediately after leaving the course Jenny got a job at the University of Bedfordshire in their Quality Assurance office. She then joined the Open University on a European wide public outreach project.
Natalie was fortunate to have her MSc tuition fees paud for by the James Panytfedwen Foundation. Remaining costs were self‐funded and supported by a part‐time job. Natalie felt that the MSc helped her "improve knowledge and understanding of a wide range of environmental issues and learn how to apply them". At the same benefitting from "improved analytical ability and team work skills as well as independent study skills”. She loved Aberysywyth, "the community and location and being so close to the sea and mountains". The transferable skills that Natlie took from the course to her work place included “initiative, team working skills, analytical skills, time management and organisational skills”.
Following completion of the MSc Natalie was appointed by the RSPB as an Information Assistant at a Peregrine viewing site at Symonds Yat Rock in Gloucestershire. She then moved to Newport City Council where she is their
Biodiversity in Schools Officer.
Rowan self-funded his MSc via part time work and his photography. Rowan decided to take the MSc because "there are so many BSc graduates out there - you need the edge on them if you are to be competitive in securing work in the Environmental sector“. He particularly appreciated the “support form staff on the course, dissertation support, the local area and atmosphere. Overall it was all very professional”. The transferable skills that Rowan took from the course to his work place included “working and learning about different environments. I am a marine biologist who now works in a forest and climate change”. After completing the MSc, Rowan secured a position "managing a small team of six persons working on fragment forest European research programme with one of the largest banks in the world HSBC and the NGO Earthwatch".
Kirsten took the MSc because she "realised that her career would benefit from advanced study skills". She wanted to "develop theoretical knowledge of the marine environment and practical experience”. She funded her MSc via summer work and note‐taking at the University. She was also lucky to gain some support from Countryside Council for Wales (now NRW). Kirsten believed that the MSc was "a very adaptable course that secured interviews for good positions within my field". She thoroughly enjoyed the study and "the chance to work with great people and projects. The work, although hard was satisfying and enjoyable (with a large proportion outside!). Aberystwyth is a great town full of friendly people, things to do with an amazing coastline”. Transferable skills that Kirsten took from her course to the workplace include “a range of practical sampling techniques, thorough research skills and flexibility in terms of responding to others”.
After completing the MSc she went to several interviews and secured a seasonal warden position with NRW then a position as Communications Officer with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. She is now Living Seas Manager (North Sea) at the Wildlife Trusts.
After leaving Aberystwyth I spent 3 months doing voluntary work with Middlemarch Environmental Ltd and was subsequently offered a position as a full time member of staff in January 2008. After spending a year with the company I was promoted from an Ecological Project Officer to an Ecological Consultant. I now specialise in conducting environmental surveys for BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes Assessments as well as a number of protected species surveys including great crested newt, bat and badger.
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