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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.

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.

View the brochure for MSc Environmental Management 

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.
  • 9th for geography, earth and environmental studies in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES, Advance HE, 2023).

To find out more about this course you can come to one of our Postgraduate Open events. 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 enquire for further details.

  • Level 7
    Research Methods15 CreditsCompulsory
    Environmental Management Tools and Methods15 CreditsCompulsory
    Environmental Management Individual Research Project45 CreditsCompulsory
    Operational Transport Planning15 CreditsOptional
    Transport Policy, Strategy and Law15 CreditsOptional
    Sustainability & Environmental Systems15 CreditsCompulsory
    Foundation In Environmental Auditing15 CreditsCompulsory
    Sustainable Energy15 CreditsOptional
    Environmental Policy and Governance15 CreditsCompulsory
    Integrated Waste & Pollution Management15 CreditsOptional
    Water Pollution Control15 CreditsOptional
    Ecology & Conservation15 CreditsOptional
    Water Resources15 CreditsOptional
    Environmental Management Systems Implementation15 CreditsOptional
    Agriculture and Environment15 CreditsOptional
    Understanding & Managing Change15 CreditsCompulsory
    Study Skills0 CreditsCompulsory
  • Further course information

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

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