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MSc in Environmental Management

Course Description

This programme is perfect training for those concerned with the management of natural resources or the implementation of environmental policy at local and international level, in communities, or in corporate and government organisations. You will gain an understanding of the principal environmental policy issues confronting managers in diverse geographical and culture situations, and an awareness of the ethical and moral issues involved the use of natural resources. You will also benefit from both an academic award and professional recognition from partaking in one study programme.

This course takes a multidisciplinary approach to current issues of global environmental concern. It is relevant to those who are concerned with the management of resources and the making and implementation of policies that have an environmental impact at local, national and international levels.

Visit the website http://www.soas.ac.uk/cedep/programmes/environmental/msc/


For the MSc in Environmental Management students will take:

- 4 core modules
- 3 elective modules*
- 2 research modules

* including one free choice from across all programmes (subject to approval on the Programme Convenor)

Core Modules:

- Introduction to Environmental Economics & Policy
- Environmental Science & Management
- Environmental Assessment
- Environmental Auditing and Environmental Management Systems

Elective Modules:

- Energy and Development
- Environmental Valuation: Theory, Techniques and Application
- Climate Change and Development
- Water Resources Management
- NGO Management
- Sustainable Land Management
- International Environmental Law
- Ethics for Environment and Development
- One module selected from another programme, with the approval of the Programme Convenor

Research Modules:

- Research Methods
- Dissertation

Teaching & Learning

1. Academic level

All CeDEP programmes are taught to Master’s (Second Cycle) level, which involves building upon existing knowledge and understanding typically associated with the Bachelor’s (First Cycle) level or its equivalent. Study at Master’s level requires:

- originality in developing and/or applying ideas, and extending or enhancing previous learning

- application of knowledge and understanding, including problem solving in new or unfamiliar environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts

- integration of knowledge and handling of complexity

- formulating judgements with incomplete or limited information, including reflection on social and ethical responsibilities

- clear and unambiguous communication of conclusions, and the knowledge and rationale underpinning these, to specialist and non-specialist audiences

- learning skills to study in a manner that may be largely self-directed or autonomous

Prospective students should note that distance education of this kind demands a high degree of commitment, determination and self-discipline. Whilst CeDEP provides significant support through the tutorial system and by other means, students taking on programmes of this nature should possess a strong measure of self-reliance.

2. Study Expectations

- How long will it take?
For students in full time employment, the MSc and Postgraduate Diploma, usually take three or four years to complete and the Certificate 2 years.

- When can I study?
You can begin your studies in either February or June. The examinations for all students are in October. The study periods are 30 weeks for students starting in February and 15 weeks for those starting in June.

- How many hours a week?
For the 30 week study period starting in February, you will need to allocate 5–6 hours of study time per module, per week. For students starting their studies in June with the shorter 15 week session, 10–12 hours per module, per week is recommended.

- How many modules can I take per study year?
We strongly recommend that students should take only one or two modules in their first year, so that they can adjust to studying at a distance, whilst combining this with work and family life.

Students wishing to complete an MSc in two years they will need to enrol/pay for four core modules and both Research Methods and the Dissertation in the first year although the Dissertation is written and submitted in the second year. Please contact your programme convenor by email.

3. Assessment

- How you will be assessed
For each module you will sit a two-hour unseen examination held on a specific date in October, worth 80% of your total module mark. There is also an Examined Assignment (worth 20% of the total module mark) which is submitted during the study year and marked by your tutor.

- Examination arrangements
Examinations are held in students’ countries of residence, using the University of London’s network of approved Overseas Examination Authorities. Fees for taking examinations at all examination centres other than London are the responsibility of the student.
Assignments are submitted to CeDEP electronically via the online learning environment.

- Assessment of the Research Component
The Research Methods module (P506) and the Dissertation (P541) are not assessed through final written examinations. These two modules constitute the Research Component of an MSc and are assessed entirely by submitted coursework.

4. Research Component

In order to qualify for an MSc, it is mandatory for CeDEP students to pass the Research Component.

The Research Component comprises two of the nine modules necessary for completion of an MSc. These are a Research Methods module (P506) and the Dissertation (P541). The modules are assessed as follows:

- P506 through two examined assignments submitted during the study year
- P541 through a 10,000 word dissertation

The Research Component is studied over two consecutive years. The Research Methods module (P506) must be studied and successfully passed before the Dissertation module (P541). This is because it provides skills and techniques which will assist with the subsequent development and conduct of your research and preparation of your dissertation. Students are required to enrol and pay for P506 and P541 at the same time.

The dissertation is usually carried out during the final year of registration with CeDEP. Students conduct desk- or field-based research in a relevant topic of their choice. All research topics are subject to approval and each student is assigned a personal supervisor. Background reading and preparation of the proposal take place between the October exams and commencement of the final study year in February.

Career prospects for graduates

Graduates of this programme typically apply skills in natural resource management, environmental appraisal, environmental auditing and analysis and policy design to the work of:

- government ministries and related agencies, performing environmental planning and/or policy analysis work

- private companies and consultancies preparing environmental assessments, evaluations and policy advice

- corporations implementing programmes to meet goals of social and environmental responsibility

- research and educational institutions involved in environmental management and sustainable development

- international and non-governmental organisations concerned with economic development and environmental change

- charitable trusts and organisations carrying out conservation and educational field work

Find out how to apply here - http://www.soas.ac.uk/cedep/applying/

Visit the MSc in Environmental Management page on the SOAS University of London website for more details!

All Available Videos:

(Student Profile)

Julio Giró

Environmental Management is an important discipline related to investment decisions. By learning more about the environment and how to value impacts, mitigate and manage risks, it enhances my analytical skills as a portfolio manager. In other words, it helps to better understand potential risks for companies and investors as well as significant opportunities of future revenue growth driven by regulatory changes and best practices. In the asset management industry, people often approach environmental risks with third party research or sometimes even with simplified mechanical checklists. Both approaches are inferior to developing a thorough knowledge in the area personally.

The knowledge gained has helped me by improving both the skills and quality of my work. In some subjects, I can go into a much deeper detail and understand issues that I would not have recognised prior to joining the programme. Now I know what to look at and where to find it. At the same time, the programme is rewarding because it opens the doors of new knowledge libraries.

(Student Profile)

Luminita Cuna

I was born and raised in Romania and I obtained my bachelor degree in the US. On graduation I took on an IT project management job with Citigroup. However, curiosity and childhood dreams took me to South America. I visited and lived with a number of indigenous communities: the Quechua and Huaorani in the Amazon region of Ecuador, and the Matses in Peru. I developed close relationships with these three indigenous communities and we have built friendship and mutual trust.

These communities are confronted with incredible issues that affect their livelihoods, human rights and the environment in which they live. I started helping these communities the best I could, with modest means and at a grassroots level by providing medicines and school supplies (that had been collected from friends in the US), and by improving community initiatives such as the making and sale of handicrafts and eco-tourism. I soon realised that if I wanted to have a more significant and sustainable impact I needed to work on a different level, and acquire both knowledge and credibility.

I researched many online programs in the US, Canada, and the UK, but I found that the SOAS CeDEP Master of Science is the one that suited my needs best in terms of quality, content, flexibility and finances. It had all the characteristics I was looking for in a programme and I liked the idea of being able to study while working and I found it intriguing to be able to study from any part of the world. This way I can accommodate my studies to any schedule I want. I really enjoy the course material and the academic team goes a long way to help distance students plan their schedule (which is one of the more challenging parts of studying remotely). Also, having classmates from different backgrounds, many are currently working on relevant projects to the subjects we study is enriching my experience because we can share real life experiences that complement the course material.

In November 2011, I started Maloca, a grassroots organisation to support indigenous people in the Amazon to preserve their land, culture and environment. At Maloca I work directly with communities and we try together to build strategies to respond to their diverse needs. I hope to get a larger network of friends to help these indigenous communities establish self-sustaining strategies for their future.


Canon Collins Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

These scholarships are for Masters study in any subject field.
The application process normally opens in December and closes in February, for study commencing in September the following year. Please go to the Canon Collins website and click "Apply for A Scholarship" and then "Canon Collins Scholarship for Masters Study in the UK" for further information on how to apply.

Value of Scholarship(s)

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Country/Nationality: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Application Procedure

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Further Information


Entry Requirements

Good first degree in an appropriate subject area, English language competency

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