MRes - Sustainable Environmental Management

University of Plymouth    Faculty of Science and Engineering

Full time & Part time See Course MRes 1 year Full-time (Part-time route available) Award winner
Business & Management (5) Environmental Sciences (13) Geography (17)

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The MRes in Sustainable Environmental Management is a comprehensive programme that prepares you for a rewarding career in environmental management. With a focus on sustainability and environmental protection, you'll gain diverse perspectives and practical training in scientific, economic, ethical, and political challenges. Led by expert academic staff with industry experience, you'll have the opportunity to tailor your studies to your career goals. The programme offers a range of modules, including international environmental policy, climate change, and ecological survey evaluation. With a strong emphasis on research and professional skills, this programme will equip you for success in the field of environmental management. Entry requirements include a good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline, but candidates with experience in a relevant area are also encouraged to apply.

About the course

This programme provides an outstanding foundation for a career in environmental management by providing diverse perspectives and practical training on the scientific, economic, ethical and political challenges of sustainability and environmental protection. Classroom and field-based teaching enables you to investigate your specific interests and to gain first-hand experience and skills in developing practical solutions to sustainability issues.

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Entry Requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline. Candidates with experience in a relevant area are also encouraged to apply.

Applicants with overseas qualifications can check their comparability with the UK equivalent through Ecctis, which provides an advisory service.

We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

The minimum IELTS score for acceptable English proficiency for entry is normally 6.5.

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Student Profile

Sally Murrall

After three years in the music industry, Sally Murrall decided to go travelling. It was during this time she realised what she really wanted to do with her life - help protect the environment - and so she returned to the UK to make a start by enrolling on an MSc in Sustainable Environmental Management at the University of Plymouth.

I travelled to South America, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the Far East, which was when I witnessed first hand how the changes to the environment are affecting the world.

This was when I realised what I wanted to do with my life. When all my friends were on the beach in Thailand, I was in an internet café researching my options. I started looking at courses relating to environmental change and sustainability.

When I returned to the UK, I volunteered as a climate change campaigner for Friends of the Earth in Birmingham before taking up a place on the MSc at Plymouth.

Having completed my MSc, I had a lot of options but I decided to stay on and complete a PhD in Renewable Energy Policy. The University was a great place to study.

I am self-funding my PhD, working as a teacher at the University. I work as a consultant in the Centre for Sustainable Futures. I work on a specific project that demands around four weeks a year, but I can spread this out over the year.

The flexible hours are very handy. I am also the chair of the ‘Climate Society’ at the University, so I am rather busy. However, one thing I have learned through the PhD is good time management. In fact, the University of Plymouth offers many courses on skills development which are run by the Postgraduate Centre, which are really useful.

My PhD is so unlike my first degree. It is teaching me how to be an effective researcher. My first degree was very broad and a PhD is extremely focused. My first degree was also very structured and a PhD is mostly self-directed, thus, it has taught me how to motivate myself and direct my own studies.

As a postgraduate you are treated as a member of staff, your study is self-directed and you are expected to be quite independent. You are also invited to take teaching courses and give presentations and seminars about your work.

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