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MSc Environmental Management for Agriculture

Why choose Herts?

Industry Recognised Accreditation: Accredited by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).

Sector-Specific Course Content: You will explore environmental management issues associated with agriculture, such as crop protection and farm management.

Employment Prospects: Graduates work for the Environmental Agency as environmental managers, agricultural consultants. Others work for food and agriculture organisations, in crop protection roles across the UK and overseas.

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 research methods module and 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.

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.

Why choose this course?

  • Learn environmental skills to enable the delivery of sustainable agricultural production.
  • 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).
  • Use of our Bayfordbury field station.
  • 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.

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

How will I study?

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 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.

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
    Research Methods 15 Credits Compulsory
    Environmental Management Tools and Methods 15 Credits Compulsory
    Integrated Farm Management 15 Credits Compulsory
    Environmental Management for Agriculture Individual Research Project 45 Credits Compulsory
    Integrated Crop Protection 15 Credits Compulsory
    Sustainability & Environmental Systems 15 Credits Compulsory
    Foundation In Environmental Auditing 15 Credits Compulsory
    Agriculture and Environment 15 Credits Compulsory
    Understanding & Managing Change 15 Credits Compulsory
    Study Skills 0 Credits Compulsory
    Sustainable Energy 15 Credits Optional
    Environmental Policy and Governance 15 Credits Optional
    Integrated Waste & Pollution Management 15 Credits Optional
    Water Pollution Control 15 Credits Optional
    Ecology & Conservation 15 Credits Optional
    Water Resources 15 Credits Optional
  • Further course information

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

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