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MSc Environmental Assessment & Management

Course Description

This course offers a broad-based curriculum studying the relationships between human and natural components of the environment.

It is designed to produce graduates sufficiently equipped to play a leading role in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of environmental policy initiatives within the environmental industries.

This course enables you to develop essential knowledge and skills to progress to a professional career in environmental management, regulation or consultancy.

Key benefits:

• Recognised by the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) as having cognate degree status
• Opportunities for project work with private, public and third sector organisations
• A residential field course and interactive site visits which offer practical experience

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/environmental-assessment-and-management

Suitable for

Students who wish to enter or are already employed in environmental roles such as advisors, consultants, environmental managers or regulators in local government, and national and multinational businesses.

Programme details

This course involves engagement with a number of ideas drawn from law, economics and the social and physical sciences which are of relevance to the theory and practice of environmental assessment and management.

Modules address the existing and emerging challenges and explore contemporary management, technological and regulatory systems designed to reduce environmental risks.

A feature of this course is applied learning and an emphasis on contextualising study.

This course comprises four taught modules complemented by a research dissertation. Three modules are compulsory with two studied in semester 1 and the remaining one in semester 2. The remaining module is optional and you can choose one module in semester 2 from the available options.

For part-time students, the taught components span two academic years each consisting of two semesters between September and May. Year 1 involves the study of two core modules. Year 2 involves the study of one core and one optional module.

This course has both full-time and part-time routes, which, for the MSc, comprises three 14-week semesters or five 14-week semesters, which you can take within one or three years respectively:

• Semester 1 - September to February
• Semester 2 - February to June
• Semester 3 - June to September


Course material is delivered by:

• lectures
• tutorials
• seminars
• case studies and simulated business projects to develop professional and subject-specific skills
• field work and site visits are used to develop practical, observational and analytical skills
• discussing and exchanging your own professional experiences with the course team and invited specialist speakers

Module titles

• Risk: Perception and Management
• Techniques for Environmental Assessment and Management
• Research and Professional Practice
• Dissertation

Optional modules:

• Environmental Investigation and Remediation
• Energy, Resources and Sustainability


• Portfolio
• Literature Review
• Case study
• Coursework
• Poster presentation
• Report
• Dissertation

Career potential

Graduates of the course have found positions as environmental managers in business, environmental regulators and environmental consultants working in fields as diverse as contaminated land, planning and environmental impact assessment, waste management and energy management

Past graduates are working in energy companies at the forefront of environmental innovation (e.g. E.ON and EDF Energy), national and local environmental regulators (e.g. the Environment Agency and local authorities), environmental consultancies with an international dimension (e.g. Royal Haskoning, Scott Wilson, WS Atkins, Mouchel) and utilities companies (e.g. United Utilities, Viridor-Laing).

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

Visit the MSc Environmental Assessment & Management page on the University of Salford website for more details!

(Student Profile)

James Deeble

578.jpg I chose Salford because I liked the modules and structuring of the course. The modules covered a variety of different environmental areas that I had a keen interest in and also what I thought would be relevant for my career aspirations. I also knew that Salford had been running their environmental courses for a number of years and had a good reputation.

The course had good links with industry which was apparent from the number of guest lecturers that provided insights into their environmental work.

I got a strong understanding of current issues, impacts and policies in the environmental sector. Additionally, I got the opportunity to focus on a specific topic of interest for my final project that was completed alongside a three month work placement.

Soon after completing my final project work for the course I was offered a position in the environmental sector. I now work for a global environmental consultancy on a number of international projects within environmental planning.


Entry Requirements

Applicants should possess at least a UK lower second class honours degree (2:2) or equivalent in any subject. We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

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