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Sustainable Environmental Management (MSc)

Course Description

At the frontier of natural and social science where economic, ethical and political issues converge this programme helps you explore the many dimensions of sustainability and the environment. From the classroom to the field, our practical teaching provides a strong foundation for you to investigate your specific interests and gain hands-on experience. Led by renowned experts, as part of a multidisciplinary research community, you’ll develop the skills and knowledge to build a successful career.

Key features

Work side by side with experts from across the Faculty of Science and Engineering and Plymouth Business School – which were rated as ‘internationally excellent’ in the latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008.

Tailor your studies for the career you want – from environmental agencies and consultancies to local or central government and research – and take your place shaping the pioneering policy and projects of the future.

Focus on the aspects of sustainable environmental management that you feel most strongly about, with an individual research project and accompanying dissertation.

Benefit from our local, national and international sector connections as part of a respected and active research community that includes groups such as the Marine Institute – the first and largest of its kind in the UK – and the Centre for Sustainable Transport.

Add value to your qualification by studying on a programme accredited by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) – the benchmark for high-quality programmes recognised internationally by learners and employers.

Balance your work commitments and further education with the opportunity to study part time for a masters-level qualification.

Course details

Exploring topics that span the natural and social sciences, you’ll gain vital insight into the whole spectrum of environmental management issues – from law and ethics to impact assessments and data analysis, river basin plans to marine regulations. We've designed the programme flexibly to equip you with an in-depth understanding of the essential theories, as well as practical fieldwork and industry experience.

During the first two terms of this one-year programme, you’ll study a range of core and optional taught modules – from international environmental policy making to options like climate change: science and policy or economics and the environment. In the final term you’ll complete an independent dissertation project. Throughout your studies, we’ll support you in gaining the research and professional skills to help you get the most from the programme – and launch a successful career.


The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Postgraduate Admissions and Enquiries team are on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email .

Visit the Sustainable Environmental Management (MSc) page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Plymouth University graduates - Automatic Postgraduate Bursaries - 20+ Awards

This award is available for:Graduates of the University of Plymouth assessed as Home or EU.
Enrolled on a full-time taught postgraduate programme on which a postgraduate fee is charged and no student loan is available.
Where the student is self-funded.
Where the student is part funded/sponsored the discount will apply to the self funded element of the tuition fee only.Please note:The award is not available from postgraduate to postgraduate programmes.
The following programmes are not covered by this postgraduate discount: PGCE programmes and Graduate Diploma in Architecture.
The award of 10% off the fees is only redeemable once, within the first year of the programme.

Value of Scholarship(s)



A 10% alumni discretionary award is available in all faculties for Home and EU graduates.

Application Procedure

Automatic scholorship.Contact [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline. Candidates with experience in a relevant area are also encouraged to apply. Applicants with overseas qualifications can check their comparability with the UK equivalent through NARIC. If your first language is not English then evidence of English proficiency is required. The minimum IELTS score for acceptable English proficiency for entry is normally 6.5.

Course Fees

Full-time: UK/EU: £6,200, International: £13,500; Part-time (per 10 credits): UK/EU: £350, International: £750

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