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Course content

On this MSc course you’ll explore why and how we use environmental assessment, the consequences of good and bad practice and what different stakeholders expect from it. You’ll investigate case studies to clearly illustrate how environmental assessment works to deliver more sustainable outcomes. These include (amongst others):

- Planning a strategy for a new deep coal mine 

- Planning a stakeholder engagement strategy 

- Working out the likely impacts of a biomass power station 

- Conducting a phase 1 habitat survey

- Carrying out a sustainability appraisal of a land use plan

You’ll learn to connect the environmental process with the operational stages of development by examining environmental management plans to ensure the findings are implemented. And you’ll experience the challenges associated with developing and applying practical skills by conducting fieldwork in all weathers, interviewing members of the public, presenting findings in front of your peers, and writing environmental management plans allocating responsibilities and timings.

Whether your background is earth sciences, or social sciences, the course is still relevant. There are no specific prerequisites as the focus is on understanding and improving environmental assessment through the core modules, and a wide range of optional modules that offer additional employability skills associated with specific impact prediction practice.

This course is accredited by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) – the professional body for careers in this field. This gives you one year’s free IEMA membership. After your course you can upgrade to associate level. For more details visit


Course Structure

The course is made up of 180 credits taught between September and the end of August. This is broken down into six 20-credit taught modules and one 60-credit dissertation module. On the part-time course you take the compulsory taught modules in year one, and optional taught modules in year two. The dissertation can be spread across both years.

You’ll take three compulsory taught modules: Theory of Environmental Assessment, Environmental Assessment Effectiveness and Research Skills. The first two are specific to the subject focus of this MSc, whilst Research Skills will give you the skills you need to successfully complete your dissertation as well as many other assessments on the course. In the first 12-week semester (September-Christmas) you’ll study Theory of Environmental Assessment and in the second (January-after Easter), you’ll study Environmental Assessment Effectiveness. This includes an eight-day field course during the Easter break. The timing ensures that the theory taught in the classroom through lectures and seminars can be put into practice on the field course. Your Research Skills module is taught across both semesters.

You’ll also choose another three 20-credit modules in semesters 1 and 2 from an extensive range of options, both within the School of Environmental Sciences, and other Schools (subject to the agreement of the course director). Your dissertation planning will start as part of the Research Skills module, where you’ll develop and evaluate a proposal. Then once the taught component of the MSC course is complete, you’ll work full time on your dissertation until you hand it in at the end of August. You can choose any area of focus for your dissertation under the expert guidance of a member of Faculty, as long as it falls within the scope of Environmental Assessment and Management.

You can also study part-time over two years, for this pathway, the compulsory elements are taken in Semesters 1 and 2 of year one, and the optional modules in Semesters 1 and 2 of year two.


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Visit the MSc Environmental Assessment and Management page on the University of East Anglia website for more details!






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