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Highly skilled environmental scientists are critical for the safe and responsible governance of our environment. The ability to accurately monitor environmental data and assess predicted change sits at the heart of this diverse course which focuses on developing the professional skills required for a career as an environmental scientist in this fast-changing industry.

Introducing your course

Environmental management professionals play a critical role in the safe and responsible governance of our environment. Therefore we have placed the importance of accurate monitoring of environmental data and assessment of predicted change at the heart of this diverse programme. We will help you develop the professional skills required for a career as an environmental scientist in this fast-growing and rapidly changing industry.


In your first semester, you will engage in practical work such as developing an Environmental Management System for a real-life client organisation. As this manual will meet the requirements of the international standard ISO14001 you will have a unique skills set from a postgraduate course making you more employable as an environmental professional. You will also study modules in Environmental Impact Assessment and Sustainable Resource Management, developing critical skills sets for students aiming to pursue a career as an environmental scientist.

In your second semester, you will learn to interpret environmental data and apply innovative research techniques. You will study Environmental Law and Management which will enable you to apply your understanding of environmental data, processes and impacts to the legal and policy mechanisms around our environment. Throughout both semesters we aim to equip you with a diverse range of professional and transferable skills.

Each semester, you have the option to specialise in modules related to your interests and career aspirations, from Energy Resources & Engineering to Geographical Information Systems to Air Quality and Environmental Pollution.

The final part of the year will focus on your individual research work. You will complete an advanced research project and be encouraged to work with industry to apply your newly developed knowledge.

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Compulsory modules include: Environmental Impact Assessment; Environmental Management Systems; Sustainable Resource Management; Environmental Law and Management; MSc Research Project; Advanced Quantitative Methods

Optional modules include: Geographical Information Systems for Environmental Consultants; Energy Resources and Engineering; Coastal Flood Defence; Bioenergy; Advanced GIS and Spatial Analysis; Coastal and Maritime Engineering and Energy; Waste Resource Management.

Career Opportunities

“Without my masters, I wouldn’t have got my job offer with HS2 Ltd, they wouldn’t even have considered me if I didn’t have the skills I developed at Southampton. ”

Joss Watson - High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

Visit the Environmental Monitoring and Assessment - MSc page on the University of Southampton website for more details!