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MSc Environmental Management


Course Description

The Msc in Environmental Management is a broad-based, flexible course that prepares you for a range of environmental careers, from environmental specialist to a manager with an environmental remit.

Unusually, and possible uniquely, for an Environmental Management Masters you have the option to include Business and Management modules in your programme. In addition, through selecting particular modules and assessment options, the course can be tailored to suit your specialist interests and career aspirations. For example, this course will suit someone wishing to pursue a career in ecological consultancy, or a career in pollution control or environmental hazards and liabilities.

COURSE STRUCTURE AND CONTENT

You’ll review how environmental systems work and how human behaviour impacts on them. From this, you’ll explore contemporary environmental management principles, tools, and legislation that we can use to address such impacts. Through reviewing case studies and current practice you’ll develop your knowledge of Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental Management Systems, sustainability concepts such as the circular economy, plus resource management, environmental hazards and ecosystem services.

You’ll develop key skills needed by professional environmental managers working in the field, including:

• GIS
• Environmental risks and decision-making
• Survey and monitoring
• Sampling design
• Data management and analysis
• Change management
• Behaviour change
• Reporting and communication

MODULES

In the first two trimesters, we provide you with core knowledge and skills to work as an environmental professional, in particular environmental systems and management tools, instigating and managing change, data handling and reporting. You’ll study relevant and up-to-date material, benefiting from specialist inputs by speakers active in the environmental industry.

Optional modules give you the opportunity to develop a greater depth of knowledge in several of these components, for example energy and wastes management, ecosystem services and sustainability principles.

The third Trimester is devoted to your independent research project where you’ll work with your supervisor or a topic of particular interest to you. This might be a project working with an industry partner and will allow you to demonstrate your environmental understanding in an area relevant to your interests and career; from biodiversity to business.

For more information on modules, please visit the course webpage: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-environmental-management/

TEACHING METHODS

Teaching comprises a mix of workshops, seminars, small tutor groups, practical/field work sessions and on-line/desk-based activities. We draw in industry professionals to address specific topics, share their expertise and enable opportunities for networking.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

You’ll tackle a range of assessment types, all with a strong emphasis on applying the skills you learn during your course to workplace scenarios. These include writing technical reports, presentations and the use of electronic media, such as developing a specialist wiki. There are no written examinations.]

For more information on assessment, please visit the course handbook: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-environmental-management/

Visit the MSc Environmental Management page on the Bath Spa University website for more details!



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(Student Profile)

Rebecca Boulton

The course was of specific interest to me and as an alumni of the university, I was able to continue my studies in a familiar and desirable place. Additionally, the scholarship offered by the university made it financially viable to continue my education.

The best thing about the MSc in Environmental Management is that it challenges your thinking and expands your understanding of well known issues.the university enables individual development along your desired path. It has given me the ability and confidence to achieve things I never thought I could.

So far, the content of the course has been challenging but also really engages your brain into thinking differently and more in depth. This is specifically true within the Environment and Society module with Dr Jim Jeffers which all the students thoroughly enjoyed as a result. The Waste, Energy and Pollution Management module with Dr David Watson was also of specific interest to me. I was able to expand my previous knowledge on the subject and apply it into a assignment based on collected waste data of Bath and Northeast Somerset. Moving forward into the next trimester, the modules are becoming more focused and use more advanced skills such as ArcGIS mapping software and spatial analysis techniques. One module which was daunting to start with is the Applied Geomorphology module with Dr Dave Simm and Dr Richard Johnson. However, after the introductory module, the lecturers simplified what was required of us which became far easier to get our heads around. In addition to this, the module will provide an opportunity to work with the Environment Agency through the assignment. This not only will allow us to understand professional practice but also prepare us for what to expect in future careers.

(Student Profile)

Daniel Ospina

I share with the University the importance of creativity to develop student’s potential. I also appreciate the cultural focus, artistic environment and countryside located campus that together generates a great milieu for enjoying the learn experience. And the best thing about the course, is the human factor! The course provides a set of lecturers and staff who are very supportive and keen to help.

The MSc Environmental Management course is a suitable postgraduate course for a wide spectrum of experiences and interests. Hence it is not essential to have academic background or professional skills on environmental areas, as it was my case, but I had a great interest and commitment. After arriving with no specific related experience, with the core modules I started to grasp the complexity of the environmental challenges through different approaches such as human geography, sustainability theory, GIS and waste management, to mention a few. Additionally, by having this varied range of research approaches available to go deeply, the program has the flexibility to be molded for a diverse set of professional paths or research streams.

Through a small class environment, mostly developed around UK and European cases, it presented a set of tools that have been proven successful in managing the impacts of development. This small class atmosphere has positive influences on my overall performance as I have the chance to have closer interactions, and receive constant feedback, from lecturers and other students.


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Entry Requirements

Applicants may or may not have a first degree related to the environment, however, a related degree will be an advantage to you in terms of prior knowledge. We're looking for candidates with a keen and demonstrable interest in the environment. For example, you may have undertaken employment or voluntary work in the sector, and have a desire to solve environmental problems through innovative and sustainable solutions.

Last Updated

24 July 2017

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