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Environmental Policy and Management MSc

Course Description

This programme is aimed at talented graduates seeking to develop or enhance their expertise in the fields of environmental policy, management, protection and advocacy. Through a demanding academic curriculum and practice-based learning opportunities, students develop the skills and knowledge needed for professional employment in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

The programme is provided by the School of Geographical Sciences, one of the top-ranked geography departments in the UK and a highly regarded centre for research and teaching in environmental processes, systems and the social sciences. Staff in the school have been directly involved in advising the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and regularly engage with policymakers, industry and non-profit organisations at local, national and international levels.

The programme is closely affiliated with the University's Cabot Institute, which promotes multidisciplinary research around global environmental change, and benefits from our location in the city of Bristol, the 2015 European Green Capital and a vibrant hub of environmental activism and technological innovation.

Programme structure

The programme consists of six compulsory taught units and a dissertation project. Taught units delivered by social scientists provide training in corporate governance and risk management; public policymaking for environmental protection; policy analysis and consultancy skills; statistical methods; and the analytical techniques of geographical information systems (GIS).

Natural scientists introduce students to fundamentals of climate science and the analysis of remotely sensed data. Students then complete a research dissertation of 15,000 words on an environmental topic of their choice, either independently or in partnership with an external organisation in the public, private or non-profit sector.


Our graduates have gone on to work in environmental consulting, the civil service, environmental management, conservation, marketing and communications, and a range of private companies in areas such as sustainable housing and energy.

Visit the Environmental Policy and Management MSc page on the University of Bristol website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Akshaya Ayyangar

5269.jpg My mom found out about the MSc course in Environmental Policy and Management and I am glad to be here.

From the moment I arrived, I have been so comfortable here. People are most attentive and helpful. There is naturally a vast difference in culture from where I come from (India) but it has been an easy and exciting adaptation. I particularly like the architecture in the city. It does sound cliché but Wills Memorial building is one of my favourites. A walk along Harbour side is an enjoyable experience for me.

The University offers myriad opportunities for students interested in any field. The incredible options of extra-curricular activities here are exceptional. The School of Geographical Sciences and the Cabot Institute organize many events that are very interesting and expose students to opportunities in improving their knowledge.

The University’s standards are high and are demonstrated in the lecture room. Independent analysis and creativity are valued here and criticism is respected. This approach of the University encourages me to work harder and enjoy my studies. Resources offered by the University for students are enormous. I am very fortunate to be part of a truly ‘international’ class as it is fascinating to learn about different cultures and environmental issues in different countries.

I strongly feel that the degree I will be getting will be valued highly for career options and will shape my future. I am glad I came to Bristol and hope to make the most of my time here.


Entry Requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent).

Last Updated

19 September 2016

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