About the course

Agriculture faces many challenges, not least coping with the rising demand for food, biofuel and other products by an increasing population combined with the demands for a more sustainable industry. Food security is key and requires the reconciliation of efficient production of food with reducing agriculture’s environmental footprint.

The MSc Environmental Management for Agriculture course examines agriculture activities and their potential to impact both positively and negatively on the environment. It explains how environmental management systems, environmental auditing, life cycle assessment and environmental impact assessment can be used in the farm situation.

This course aims to use environmental management to deliver sustainable agricultural management. Students will gain a holistic understanding and the interdisciplinary training to identify on-farm environmental risks and the knowledge and skills needed to develop answers.

The specialist core modules have been designed to ensure understanding of the issues, where the science is balanced with the practical demands of the farm/producer/grower. You will develop the expertise required for a career in research, development, policy, or within the advisory sector relating to sustainability in farming systems, the food supply chain, environmental management and rural development, or to apply their skills in agriculture. 

The structure of the MSc Environmental Management for Agriculture course is based on five core modules, a supervised research project related to the field of agriculture, and a choice of 3 optional modules. Students will begin their studies, for both full-time and part time students, with a core module in Sustainability and Environmental Systems.

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

Why choose this course?

  • Learn environmental skills to enable the delivery of sustainable agricultural production
  • BASIS points are available for specialist agriculture modules
  • Flexible modular structure enables students to study whilst working. This allows part-time student to not have to take more than 12 days off a year (if studying over 2/3 years).
  • Accredited by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessement (IEMA) and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)
  • Networking opportunities per module with lunch and refreshments provided within your fees
  • Learning resources such as textbooks will be provided within your fees
  • Use of our Bayfordbury field station

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.

You can find out more about our staff in Geography, Environment and Agriculture here.

Course details

Teaching methods

The MSc Environmental Management for Agriculture course approach integrates blended learning,  combining:

  • face-to-face teaching and tutorials with online learning materials
  • field and laboratory work
  • easy contact with tutors
  • online submission of assignments

All modules are delivered as intensive two or three day short courses that run primarily on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

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 only about 16 working days a year. These students complete their assignments through making use of our outstanding virtual learning environment Studynet and keeping in remote contact with tutors. Students normally complete the part time course within two years but we give maximum of five years. 

Our outstanding virtual learning environment Studynet will enable you to keep in remote contact with tutors and submit assignments online

Assessment is primarily by assignments, often directly related to environmental management in the workplace or field. These can include reports, essays, seminars and online tests.

You have access to excellent University facilities including a field station, laboratories and state of the art Learning Resource Centres.

Each module can be studied individually as a stand-alone course, please enquire for further details.


  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Foundation in Environmental Auditing 15 Credits Compulsory
    Integrated Farm Management 15 Credits Compulsory
    Sustainability and Environmental Systems 15 Credits Optional
    Research Methods 15 Credits Optional
    Water Pollution Control 15 Credits Optional
    Ecology and Conservation 15 Credits Optional
    Environmental Management for Agriculture Individual Research Project 45 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

    Click here to apply for a bursary from The National Farmers Union. The NFU Mutual Charitable Centenary Award gives annual bursaries to pay up to 75% of course fees for selected post graduate students in agriculture (Masters or PhD),

    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.

    View detailed information about our accommodation

    Entry requirements

    • A minimum of a 2.2. Honours degree, in agriculture, botany, plant sciences, horticulture, zoology, environmental sciences, or a related subject or a professional qualification and / or work experience equivalent to the above*.
    • 1 appropriate reference
    • Students whose first language is not English are required to achieve a 6.5 IELTS score. If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.

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

    For country specific international qualifications please check here.

    How to apply

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


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