About the course

Environmental water management is of increasing importance to all types of organisations in the UK and throughout the world. There is a growing need for qualified and trained environmental water managers.

The MSc Water and Environmental Management course focuses on sound water management and the requirements of sustainable development. You acquire expertise in the choice, design and implementation of a range of environmental management tools and methods including environmental impact assessment, integrated catchment management and environmentally sensitive river management.

Whether you are a graduate looking for a career in environmental water management or a professional who already has experience in this area the course advances your knowledge and skills so that you can develop your career in implementing environmentally sustainable solutions in business and organisations around the world. Studying on the MSc Water and Environmental Management course 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.

The structure of the MSc Environmental Management degrees is based on six core modules and a choice of three taught modules from specialists ones. Students will begin their studies, for both full-time and part time students, with a core module in Sustainability and Environmental Systems. To obtain a Masters degree you need to carry out a supervised research project comprising of another taught module, research methods and a 10,000-15,000 word research project. The project can be based on an environmental management issue that interests you or is relevant to your organisation. If you do not want to carry out a research project you may graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma.

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 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 Water and Environmental Management
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 MSc Environmental Management

Why choose this course?

  • This route prepares you for all aspects of environmental management in the water industry world wide
  • Accredited by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)
  • It is structured around a modular short course structure to enable flexibility 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)
  • Networking opportunities per module with lunch and refreshments 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.

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Course details

Careers

Graduates have gained employment in a wide variety of sectors including Water companies, environment agencies, consultancy, NGOs, local government, and many other areas of the private and public sector employment. 

Former students have made impressive environmental improvements and large savings for their companies while studying on the programme, and several have achieved significant promotion within their companies.

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 primarily on 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. Most part time students complete this course within 2 years but you are given a maximum of 5 to complete.

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.

Structure

  • Year 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    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
    Water Pollution Control 15 Credits Compulsory
    Water Resources 15 Credits Compulsory
    Sustainability and Environmental Systems 15 Credits Optional
    Ecology and Conservation 15 Credits Optional
    Water and Environmental Management 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

    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

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    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 Tutor. Accredited Prior Learning (APL) is available for those who already have associate membership of IEMA.

    An IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent will be 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.

    For country specific international qualifications please check here.

    How to apply

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

    2019

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/201925/09/2020Apply online (Full Time)
    18/01/202030/04/2021Apply online (Full Time)
    28/09/201930/09/2020Apply online (Part Time)
    18/01/202016/01/2021Apply online (Part Time)

    2020

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/202025/09/2021Apply online (Full Time)
    18/01/202130/04/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    28/09/202030/09/2021Apply online (Part Time)
    18/01/202116/01/2022Apply online (Part Time)

    2021

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/202125/09/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    18/01/202230/04/2023Apply online (Full Time)
    28/09/202130/09/2022Apply online (Part Time)
    18/01/202216/01/2023Apply online (Part Time)
    We welcome applications from international and EU students