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MSc Environmental and Business Management

Course Description

IEMA Approved for the Associate Certificate in Environmental Management course.

This one-year course is intended for students with a keen interest in integrating environmental management with business practices.

Sustainable development is a principal goal and a key policy feature of many of the major institutes and governments of the world. A key element of achieving sustainable development is the balance of Environmental, Economic and Social development drivers. This course will take an integrated view of environmental management within a business context and will provide the specialist interdisciplinary training that is required to fully integrate sustainable development objectives into businesses management. By integrating modules from Bangor Business School and The School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography, it will train students to be sophisticated environmental managers who can interpret legislative and audit requirements and deliver them in a manner conducive to continued economic development. The programme includes highly topical case studies from across these sectors reflecting changing strategies and alternative approaches.

Course structure
The course has 2 parts. Part 1 runs from October to May and consists of six taught components and must be completed successfully before proceeding to part 2. Part 2 is the research element of the course, this is where you complete your dissertation and it runs from June to September. You will use your knowledge and skills developed in part 1 to develop your own research ideas and to examine your chosen topic in detail.

Part one subjects:

Organisations and People ASB 4431: To provide an integrated analysis of management, organisations and people, developing the conceptual, strategic and practical skills necessary for managers in complex, global organisational contexts, drawing on key issues arising from contemporary research in organisational behaviour (OB) and human resource management (HRM).

Strategic Management ASB 4413: This module introduces the language of strategic management and explores the link between strategic and operational management. You will develop a critical understanding of the strategic processes that lie at the core of business management processes and how to place strategic decision making within a dynamic business environment.

Finance for Managers ASB 4007: This module is designed for those who aim to achieve a basic understanding of financial management and control, and who require an understanding of finance in order to manage an organisation effectively. Financial planning and control are central themes, as well as the appraisal techniques of investment projects.

New Venture Creation ASB4010: Evaluates the role of entrepreneurs and small firms as the lifeblood of an economy; to examine their contribution to innovation, wealth creation and employment; and to gain insights into the concepts of entrepreneurship and routes to new venture creation.

Green Economies DXX4518: This module explores the process of establishing a venture from idea generation to the completion of a business plan which incorporates environmental planning and management. It takes the student through the actual process of developing a business plan and its different components, the market and sustainability. The module considers how businesses (new and existing) can embrace the green economy whilst functioning as part of an economy that has historically placed very little attention on anything ’green’. Key learning themes in this module include:

Strategic Environmental ManagementDXX4524: This module is designed to provide an understanding of the principles of sustainable development, environmental legislation, environmental auditing and assessment, and green technological development. This module has been accredited by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) and successful completion qualifies the student to become an Associate member of IEMA.

Green Technology DXX4525: This module reviews the environmental consequences of economic activities, including energy generation, waste management, food and water supply, consumer goods. It then goes on to consider recent policy initiatives and drivers and examines key green technologies.

Visit the MSc Environmental and Business Management page on the Bangor University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Entry to the course normally requires at least a 2(ii) degree in a relevant subject, e.g. Environmental Science or Business Studies from a university, or a similar qualification from any other institution. Alternatively, possession of a suitable professional qualification and relevant practical experience may also be accepted. In general, however, applicants are judged on their individual merits and age, work experience and other factors are also considered.

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