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Key features

  • Provides a sound understanding of environmental issues and practices for consultancy or industry
  • Potential for environmental science, biodiversity and/or business management focus
  • Flexible modular content allows the course to be tailored to professionals from any industry not just environmental professionals
  • Opportunities to undertake research projects with industry partners
  • Industry-sponsored prize for 'Environmental Manager of the Year'
  • Core teaching staff with industry experience.

Why study Environmental Management?

This is a broad based and flexible course that will prepare you for a range of environmental careers, from environmental specialist to a manager with an environmental remit. Alternatively the course or modules within it can provide valuable continuing professional development (CPD) for professionals wanting to refresh or expand their skills in environmental management. This can be done by taking the whole course or individual modules as stand-alone CPD items. Unusually, and possible uniquely, for an Environmental Management Masters, students will be able to include business management modules in their options. In addition, through choosing particular modules and assessment options, the course can be tailored to suit a range of specialist interests and careers in the environmental and management sectors. For example this course will suit someone wishing to pursue a career in ecological consultancy, or a career in pollution control or environmental hazards and liabilities.

Course structure

You will study two compulsory 30 credit modules (one in each taught trimester) that will provide a detailed overview of environmental management practices, principles, tools and techniques. These will include topics such as pollution, EMS, biodiversity, environmental monitoring, GIS, environmental decision-making and communication skills.

Modules amounting to a further 30 credits are also selected in each taught trimester, from a choice of environmental management or business management topics. You must take a minimum of 30 credits in environmental management and there are four 15 credit environmental management modules available. These are focused on: ecosystem management; environment and society; applied geomorphology; and, wastes, energy and pollution. Business management modules are available in topics such as: contemporary management issues; entrepreneurship; financial management; marketing; and managing people.

Finally, you will complete a 60 credit research project that will allow you to demonstrate your environmental understanding in an area relevant to your interests and career; from biodiversity to business. You may also elect to use an existing project related to your employment as your dissertation.


Trimester 1

You will study the following modules in Trimester 1

  • Principles of Environmental Management (30 credits)

This compulsory module provides an overview of environmental management principles, tools, and legislation: including sustainability, resource management, environmental hazards and ecosystem services.

Plus optional modules totalling 30 credits:

  • Waste, Energy and Pollution Management (15 credits) optional

Develop your understanding of the potential negative impacts that arise through human interactions with the environment. Key aspects will include resource use and polluting emissions, especially through our generation of waste and utilisation of energy sources. It will also enable you to appreciate the role of new technologies in alleviating such effects.

  • Environment and Society: Global Perspectives on Policy and Practice (15 credits) optional

Gain a deeper, critical understanding of the human dimensions of environmental change. Develop your sense of the multi-layered and contested nature of environmental ‘problems’ and the ‘solutions’ variously proposed. A broad, interdisciplinary and critical awareness is encouraged through consideration of academic and policy literatures from different global and historical contexts.
You can also select options from a range of Business and Management options in trimester 1 (see options below).

Trimester 2

You will study the following modules in Trimester 2:

  • Professional Practice for Environmental Management (30 credits)

This compulsory module develops key professional skills, including: GIS, environmental risks and decision-making, survey and monitoring, sampling design, data management and analysis, reporting and communication.

Plus optional modules totalling 30 credits:

  • Ecosystem Management (15 credits) optional

Modern economic theory (ecological economics) considers ecosystem sustainability as the foundation of all economic sustainability and its crucial role in underpinning business and political decisions. Hence, this module investigates the natural environment in terms of ecosystem functions and resource management, both of which can provide benefits and provide challenges for human beings and the wider environment. It also considers the extent to which we can assign economic value to nature.

  • Applied Geomorphology (15 credits) optional

Develop the theoretical and practical skills to equip you to undertake integrated and applied geomorphological projects relevant to the environmental management and consultancy sectors.

You can also select options from a range of Business and Management options in trimester 2.

  • Business Management Options:

Environmental managers often need a range management skills, such as managing staff, entrepreneurial skills to set up a business, marketing their environmental products, or the successful financial management of a project, department or company. The business management modules offered will allow you to develop some of these important management skills. These modules are available in both taught Trimesters, are each worth 15 Credits and include: Financial Management, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Managing People, and Management in Practice. For a full list, please contact the Course Director.

Trimester 3

In this trimester you complete a 60 credit research project, which will require you to research an applied environmental question. There is considerable flexibility in subject choice and the project focus will reflect your core interests, and may range from the influence of environmental issues on business decision-making, to monitoring biodiversity. This could include industry-based/work placement projects, with our industry partners.

Course assessment

A range of assessment methods are used, all with a strong emphasis on applying the skills you learn during your course to workplace scenarios. These include writing technical reports, presentations and the use of electronic media, such as developing a specialist wiki. There will be no written examinations.

Teaching comprises a mix of workshops, seminars, small tutor groups, practical/field work sessions and on-line/desk-based activities. We draw in industry professionals to address specific topics, share their expertise and enable opportunities for networking.

Newton Park offers a good range of teaching facilities including well equipped laboratories and on-site field work resources. In addition we use a network of field sites for developing skills and demonstrating case studies.

Teaching methods

Staff / Tutors

  • Dr David Watson specialises in environmental assessment, wastes management and environmental management. His career prior to joining BSU included six years as a senior manager in an environmental consultancy, working in the UK and internationally on environmental impact assessment projects. Since joining BSU, he has led consultancy and research on pollution screens, habitat restoration and ecosystem services (DEFRA). David is Course Director for MSc Environmental Management.
  • Graham Smith Before joining BSU, Graham has experience as a senior manager in environmental consultancy and continues to provide consultancy services. He has a background in animal ecology and impact assessment, but now largely specialises in decision science and its application to environmental problem solving. Examples include: assessing risks to bat populations from new development, and selecting the best option (environmental, economic and social) for a proposed payment for ecosystems project.
  • Dr Richard Johnson is a physical geographer and joined BSU in May 2011 from an engineering consultancy (Halcrow Group Limited, Birmingham), where he was a Geomorphologist and Project Manager. He provides applied geomorphological services to national and international clients considering issues associated with rivers, landslides, coastal margins, and upland wind farms.
  • Dr Andrew Skellern teaches in the areas of Digital Cartography; Earth Observation; Climatology; Survey Practice; Geomatics and River Management. As well as his teaching commitments Andrew also works on consultancy projects, including setting up short courses in GIS and contract work. Current interests include the acquisition, processing and analysis of terrestrial laser scanning data for: river asset management and archaeological visualisation.

Application method

Application forms are available on the website and for any admissions enquiries please contact:

Telephone: +44 (0)1225 875624

Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk

International students should visit our international pages for more information about our entry requirements, fees and scholarships, and student support.

Course enquiries

For all enquiries please email postgraduate@bathspa.ac.uk

Course Director: Dr David Watson

Entry requirements

Normally an honours degree in an appropriate subject will be required, or a relevant professional qualification. Suitable degree subjects include biological sciences, geography, environmental science, natural resource management, forestry, geology/mining, agriculture, and business and management.

All applications are reviewed by course tutors and the Course Director and applicants who do not meet the academic entry standard, but who have relevant work experience will be considered on their individual merits. We welcome applicants from a range of backgrounds and all previous experience and learning will be taken into consideration. Where appropriate Approved Prior Experience and Learning (APEL) can substitute for certain modules within the programme.

Career opportunities

The dependence of economic sustainability and social well being on a sustainable natural environment is now accepted, and through several international agreements, Governments across the world have acknowledged the urgent need to secure environmental sustainability.

The need for well-informed Environmental Managers has therefore never been greater. Managers who not only understand the environment, but also understand its importance to economic and social well-being.

This Masters will provide you with the expertise, practical skills and confidence to pursue specialist careers in environmental management, environmental consultancy, or ecology and provide crucial environmental understanding for successful careers in local government, the civil service, engineering, planning or business.