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MSc Environmental Management and Sustainable Development

Course Description


Designed with today’s environmental managers in mind, emphasis is placed on integrating the scientific, social, economic and political factors into environmental decision making. The course provides systematic understanding of the scientific background; critical awareness of the state of knowledge and the burden of proof requirement; comprehensive knowledge of the policy and regulatory frameworks; and a practical understanding of management methodologies. The programme’s vocational aspect is supplemented by in-depth case studies, field practitioner expertise, and the opportunity for a placement-based research project.


- Management for Sustainable Development
- Masters Project in Environment and Geography
- Policy for Sustainable Development
- Research Design and Methods
- Science for Sustainable Development

Study Pattern

This cross-discipline programme is offered both on a part-time and full time basis in order to meet the learning needs of both busy professionals as well as new graduates.

Our Masters programmes are practically based and heavily supported by laboratory work, case studies, tutorials, fieldwork and projects. They are run by a large group of research-active staff with strong links to a variety of research institutions, national organisations and non-governmental bodies in the UK and overseas.

Our weekly Café Scientific gives students the opportunity to debate and discuss conservation and environmental management issues with teaching staff, hear from outside speakers and reflect on their own learning.

Career prospects

This course aims to provide relevant knowledge and skills required of environmental managers operating at a strategic level in the public, business and non-governmental sectors. Recent graduates have been employed by local authorities, the environmental and sustainable departments of major companies, regulatory authorities and research organisations. Others have gone on to create their own successful environmental companies.

Visit the MSc Environmental Management and Sustainable Development page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Georgia Taylor

I studied Geography as an undergraduate and I applied for lots of graduate-level jobs with environment teams in different organisations. I managed to get to final interview stage for a number of jobs and the feedback was that employers were looking for specific experience in environmental management and higher-level skills so I decided to do the MSc in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development at Manchester Met.

Having nearly finished my Masters, I would certainly recommend it to others – I have really enjoyed it. It’s a tough year with lots of hard work but definitely worth it. Be prepared to be busy – as well as a part-time job in a restaurant, I have been volunteering one day a week with the environment team at Central Manchester University Hospitals Trust and of course studying hard. We have one full day of tutorials and lectures a week and lots of work and writing up in between. I will also be working over the summer to complete my dissertation, for which I’ve been able to draw upon my experience working with the NHS.

Part of the feedback from the job interviews I had when I graduated was that the successful candidates had some relevant environmental management work experience. I used my initiative and approached lots of different organisations and companies with strong corporate social responsibility policies and in-house environmental teams, offering my services as a volunteer. I managed to secure a voluntary position one day a week with the environment team for the NHS at Manchester Royal Infirmary which has been a fantastic experience.

As a result, my dissertation is on waste segregation at an acute NHS Trust. It focuses on the challenges of managing a mixed waste stream that includes general waste and clinical waste. The latter requires careful handling and incineration and is obviously more costly to deal with. It’s important to establish protocols to ensure clinical waste does not contaminate general waste; and that general waste does not creep into clinical waste creating unnecessary expense.

I would like to work for an environmental consultancy next, and there are a few in Manchester, or find an in-house environmental post – working for the NHS would be great. I am also keeping my eye out for Manchester Met’s own intern scheme which enables graduates of the University to get paid work experience – I would love to work for the University’s award-winning environmental team!


Entry Requirements

A good UK Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a subject such as environmental science or management, sustainable development, social sciences, geography, chemistry, biology, engineering or the majority of science subjects is usually required – or, alternatively, relevant environmental experience. All applications will be considered on their own merit.

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