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MSc Environmental Management

Course Description

Course Summary

Environmental change affects everyone on the planet and sustainably managing a changing natural environment is one of the 21st century’s most pressing challenges. This course will develop your theoretical knowledge and practical skills, enabling you to begin to meet these challenges in your chosen career.

You will learn about the changes happening to the environment at different spatial scales and will develop your understanding of the concepts used to manage environmental change, from site-based project management to sustainable development.

You will also learn about the legal and economic context of the environment, exploring how the environment can be integrated into a range of policy sectors.

Each of the topics you cover will draw upon the latest scientific literature and teaching from leading academic researchers.

Choose Environmental Management MSc at Bedfordshire and:

- Study how the integration of environmental science, biotechnological methods and project management can help with the sustainable management of environmental, biodiversity and ecosystem services
- Explore the principles and methodologies of environmental biotechnology, and gain the ability to critically evaluate and identify technologies applicable for the sustainable management of global environmental change
- Develop a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the biological, ecological and socio-economic drivers of global environmental change, and how these are inter-related
- Gain the ability to evaluate methods of managing environmental change at local and global levels, including legislative, voluntary and economic management
- Benefit from the opportunity to choose a career with environmental consultancies, biotechnological research organisations, and national and international government agencies and non-governmental bodies.

Why choose this course?

In a rapidly changing world, there has never been a greater need for people to sustainably manage the environment. Whether you are a recent graduate seeking career opportunities in the environmental sector, or a more experienced professional looking to develop your range of competencies, MSc Environmental Management provides you with the knowledge and skills necessary for success. Developing and demonstrating a wide range of abilities in both taught and project work, our graduates go on to a diverse range of careers in government, NGOs, business and industry, as well as further study leading to PhD. At the University of Bedfordshire, you will develop practical skills in our well-equipped new laboratories and you will have access to the extensive grounds of our Putteridge Bury campus. Our staff have expertise in ecology, biotechnology, management and environmental microbiology, enabling specialist tuition and supervision of your practical work.

Career Management Skills

The majority of lecturing staff are actively engaged in scientific research, and have previously worked in academic, government, charity or industry research. Our teaching and the course are therefore directly informed by our research knowledge and activities. Some key aspects of the course that emphasise employability of our graduates include:

- Training in key techniques relevant to employment within the environmental sector, including awareness of relevant health and safety, legal and ethical considerations.
- Training and practice in the scientific method that underpins all scientific research (developing novel hypotheses, testing these by experiment, accurately interpreting data and understanding error, and drawing valid conclusions).
- Practice in professional standards of reporting, including laboratory reports using the standards of professional research publications, preparation of scientific conference posters, and written and oral presentations. You will also develop your writing in a professional consultancy style, providing you with the opportunity to learn the subtle differences required when writing for different professional audiences.
- Maintenance of laboratory or field diaries and research diaries following standard practice within the sector.
- Guest lectures from external speakers from academic and industry.

Many of the skills you will develop are applicable to professions away from the subject itself. The ability to research complex information, analyse data and write professional reports are highly valued and our students are encouraged to think about potential careers in a wide variety of sectors.

Career/Further study opportunities

On completing this course you are likely to progress into one of the following areas:


- Local or national government.
- Non-governmental organisations.
- Environmental consultancy and strategy.
- Construction and other development industries.
- Waste management.

Further study:

- PhD research in a range of environmental or biological sciences.

Visit the MSc Environmental Management page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

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