MSc Environmental Management

Why choose Herts?

  • Accredited by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).
  • You will explore contemporary environmental issues and solutions, such as carbon footprint, waste management, and environmental auditing.
  • Benefit from industry-based projects, expert guest-lectures, and industry professional contributions from links including Environment Agency, Affinity Water, and local authorities.

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.

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.

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.

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This course is accredited by IEMA, a professional body for people working in environment and sustainability. This course entitles students to FREE student membership for the duration of the course and on successful completion you qualify for GradIEMA. Graduate membership is a launch-pad for future leaders within environment and sustainability and offers a range of benefits to support you throughout your career. You can then ‘fast track’ to Practitioner Membership (PIEMA) following successful completion of the work-based assessment of competence.

The course has also been accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) which means that whilst students are enrolled on the programme they are eligible for complementary student membership with that institution. Upon graduation, students will be eligible to apply for graduate membership.

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.

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.

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.

How will I study?

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 20 week days and a further 9 Saturdays 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.

What will I study?

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
    Sustainability and Environmental Systems 15 Credits Compulsory
    Research Methods 15 Credits Compulsory
    Foundation in Environmental Auditing 15 Credits Compulsory
    Environmental Policy and Governance 15 Credits Compulsory
    Environmental Management Tools and Methods 15 Credits Compulsory
    Environmental Management Individual Research Project 45 Credits Compulsory
    Study Skills 0 Credits Compulsory
    Sustainable Energy 15 Credits Optional
    Integrated Waste and Pollution Management 15 Credits Optional
    Water Pollution Control 15 Credits Optional
    Ecology and Conservation 15 Credits Optional
    Water Resources 15 Credits Optional
    Environmental Management Systems Implementation 15 Credits Optional
    Agriculture and Environment 15 Credits Optional
  • Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    MSc Environmental Management Download
    Programme specifications
    MSc Environmental Management Download
    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year

    n/a

    Applications open to international and EU students

    Yes

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