The demand for well-trained practitioners in environmental impact assessment (EIA) and its related environmental management field continues to grow. To help to meet this demand, the MSc programme in Environmental Impact Assessment and Management provides an opportunity for specialist study in this field.
The MA EIAM is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) under their Environment Specialism. It is also accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) as a specialist Masters programme.
The aim of this programme is to provide a thorough, stimulating and practical post-graduate education in EIA and its related areas. Its specific objectives are to provide an integrated programme of studies to equip students to undertake the planning and management tasks associated with each of the principal stages in the EIA process, and an opportunity for students to pursue particular aspects of EIA in greater depth by choice of assignments and by undertaking research on an individually selected dissertation topic.
The programme gives participants a sound basic knowledge of the relevant aspects of the process of EIA, environmental science, and environmental planning before it builds upon this with more specialist teaching. Students therefore gain a thorough grounding in EIA procedures and current practice and an introduction to the rapidly growing environmental management field. The programme trains students in EIA project management skills that involve the co-ordination of the contributions of technical specialists, decision-makers and consultees. Students acquire appropriate analytical and communication skills, and flexibility of approach - thus graduating with expertise highly valued by employers.