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Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)

The MSc in Environmental Assessment and Management (EAM) examines the principles, procedures and methods of EAM against the background of current UK, European and international environmental policy. 

The course covers the complementary roles of natural resource management and planning within core areas of EAM such as Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA), as well as new and evolving fields such as mitigation banking, climate change adaptation, environmental inequality, ecosystem services, and strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and sustainability appraisal.

The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). On completing the course, students are ideally placed to undertake the exams for the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) Associate Membership.

Why choose this course?

  • Staff that teach on the MSc have published widely, including authoring the leading textbooks in Environmental Impact Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment 
  • Our teaching is always informed by the latest developments in theory and in practice. The teaching team regularly undertake related applied research and consultancy work with respected environmental consultancies such as ERM, WSP / Parsons Brinckerhoff, and Land Use Consultants, as well as the European Union, UK public sector bodies and NGOs.
  • The course has excellent links with the professional practitioner community. Our contacts from industry provide valuable inputs via guest lecture sessions that serve to bring real-world experience to the programme, in addition to providing the opportunity for you to meet with potential employers.
  • Potential employers are familiar with the programme content and delivery and regularly approach the course team in search of our graduates
  • You will have regular opportunities to develop applied, practice-relevant experience. In recent years this has ranged from dissertation research with the RSPB and environmental consultancies, to applied coursework with Grundon, to voluntary work with the Environmental Information Exchange and TVERC.
  • Excellent feedback from employers, "Both our environmental and planning teams have recruited graduates from the Oxford Brookes MSc courses. We find that the graduates from these courses have a wide range of interests and are well rounded candidates in terms of their environmental and planning knowledge." - URS

Teaching and learning

The teaching and learning methods used in the programme reflect the wide variety of topics and techniques associated with EAM. Lectures provide the essential background and knowledge base for each module and workshops, seminars and project work provide opportunities for analysis and synthesis of this information. 

The programme will also offer site visits (included in course fees), where appropriate, to provide direct experience of the important issues in environmental assessment and management.

Staff with diverse subject interests are involved in teaching the programme. Most are from the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment and the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. 

Our contacts from industry provide valuable inputs via guest lecture sessions including speakers from regulatory bodies such as the Environment Agency and the Planning Inspectorate, and leading environmental consultancies such as ERM, AECOM, WSP / Parsons Brinckerhoff, and PBA. 

These sessions serve to bring real-world experience to the programme, in addition to providing the opportunity for students to meet with potential employers. 

A variety of materials and resources, including student experience, is used to provide a varied educational experience and a teaching and learning environment appropriate for graduate students.

The early parts of the programme focus on the background to EAM, particularly on establishing a solid grounding in planning, resource management, and principles of EAM. 

Over time, increasing emphasis is placed on the skills required for environmental impact assessment and environmental management, culminating in the preparation of a major environmental impact statement (EIS) project. 

Approximately two-thirds of the core-module element of the programme is devoted to environmental assessment, and one-third to environmental management. However, additional training in environmental management can be obtained by the selection of appropriate options. 

Advice will be given at Induction on making appropriate choices in relation to students’ interests and intended career paths. The dissertation gives students the opportunity to explore a subject related to EAM in depth, and to integrate the various elements of the programme.

Approach to assessment

Assessment on the programme has been carefully designed to combine academic rigour,and the integration of theory and practice, along with an emphasis upon continuous development and reflection on your own learning.

The assessments are designed to develop the breadth, depth and application of your knowledge. In keeping with the programme's applied and post-graduate emphasis, most of the assessment is on the basis of coursework. Modules are assessed separately by methods which may include 'traditional' approaches such as essays and seminar papers, along with applied, practice-relevant assessment based upon workshops and simulations, project work, and presentations. 

The assessment methods aim to test not only knowledge, but also skills such as research, analysis, prescription, group co-ordination and management.


Visit the MSc/PGDip Environmental Assessment & Management page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

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