About the course

Whether you are a graduate looking for a career in environmental management or an experienced environmental professional, our Environmental Management MSc enables you to develop the knowledge and skills required to implement environmentally sustainable solutions within businesses and organisations around the world.

Environmental Management is of increasing importance to all types of organisations both within the UK and worldwide; there is a growing need for qualified and trained environmental managers and, as environmental challenges become ever more apparent, this demand shows no signs of abating.

Our MSc in Environmental Management provides a flexible and broad approach to study and provides a firm grounding in the essentials of environmental management, including environmental auditing, the choice, design and use of a range of environmental tools and methods including EIA, ERA, Lifecycle Assessment and knowledge of environmental policy and legislation. Studying on this accredited Environmental Management MSc is the first step to becoming a Chartered Environmentalist.

The course is accredited by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)). Successful completion allows you to apply for IEMA Graduate membership, with exemption from selected IEMA membership examinations, and for Graduate membership of CIWEM.

Five core taught modules are taken and students then choose three optional modules. Students also complete two modules (Research Methods and Research Project) which specifically support them through their independent research project. The project can be based on an environmental management issue that interests you or is relevant to your organisation, and you will be assigned a member of academic staff who will guide you through the research process.

Students will begin their studies, both full-time and part time, with a core module in Sustainability and Environmental Systems.

View the brochure for MSc Enviromental Management 

This course is available both full and part-time with intakes in September (Semester A) and January (Semester B). Full time study in Semester A takes 1 year. Full time study beginning in Semester B will take approximately 15 months. Part time study options typically take two years but students are given a maximum of five years to complete.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 MSc Environmental Management
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 MSc Environmental Management

Why choose this course?

  • Over 20 years’ experience of teaching Environmental Management and delivering highly employable graduates to the sector.
  • Flexible modes of study: full-time, part-time, September start, January start.
  • MSc programmes accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) and the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA).
  • Teaching centred on 2-3 day ‘short courses’ to allow study while managing external commitments.
  • Selected key textbooks provided within fees, together with catering on short courses.

To find out more about this course you can come to one of our Postgraduate Open events. If you wish to visit us outside of our postgraduate open events then please contact admissionsenvman@herts.ac.uk to arrange an appointment. You can also book onto a campus tour.

Course details


Graduates from our Environmental Management MSc programmes have embarked on careers with a wide variety of employers within the environmental management sector, including environmental consultancy, the water supply industry and Government agencies such as the Environment Agency and the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs. Graduates have also commenced doctoral level studies and developed careers in research and education.

Teaching methods

The programme approach integrates blended learning, combining face-to-face teaching and tutorials with online learning materials, easy contact with tutors and online submission of assignments.

All modules are delivered as intensive two or three day short courses that run Fridays and Saturday or Thursday to Saturday.

Full-time students attend tutorials in the weeks following a short course, receiving face-to-face support.

Part-time students attend courses at the University for approximately 16 working days a year and complete assignments through use of our outstanding virtual learning environment. Most part time students complete this course within two years but you are given a maximum of five to complete.

Assessment can include reports, essays, seminars and online tests. Assignments are often directly related to environmental management in the workplace or field.

You have access to excellent University facilities including a field station, state-of-the-art Learning Resource Centre and a brand new Science Building.

Each module can be studied individually as a stand-alone course; please contact admissionsenvman@herts.ac.uk for further details.


  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Foundation in Environmental Auditing 15 Credits Compulsory
    Environmental Policy and Governance 15 Credits Compulsory
    Environmental Management Tools and Methods 15 Credits Compulsory
    Transport Policy & Travel Planning 15 Credits Optional
    Sustainability and Environmental Systems 15 Credits Optional
    Research Methods 15 Credits Optional
    Ecology and Conservation 15 Credits Optional
    Water Resources 15 Credits Optional
    Environmental Management Individual Research Project 45 Credits Optional
    Environmental Management Systems Implementation 15 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £7830 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £815 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12500 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £1325 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Fees 2020

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £8065 for the 2020/2021 academic year
    Part time
    • £840 per 15 credits for the 2020/2021 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12875 for the 2020/2021 academic year
    Part time
    • £1365 per 15 credits for the 2020/2021 academic year

    Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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    Entry requirements

    A minimum of a 2.2 degree in any subject.

    Applicants with other qualifications and relevant experience will be considered individually by the Programme Leader. Accredited Prior certified Learning (APL) is available for those who already have associate membership of IEMA.

    For country specific international qualifications please check here. 

    An IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent is required if English is not the first language. If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 15 Months
    • Full Time, 1 Years
    • Part Time, 2 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


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