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Environmental Management


Postgraduate degree

Key facts

Options: MSc Environmental Management, PG Dip Environmental Management, PG Cert Environmental Management.
College of Liberal Arts
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
One year full time or two years part time.

Entry requirements

You may or may not have a first degree related to the environment, however, a related degree will be an advantage to you in terms of prior knowledge. We're looking for candidates with a keen and demonstrable interest in the environment.

Please contact our admissions team for more information: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

Develop your knowledge and skills to meet the needs of industry with our MSc in Environmental Management.

  • Gain professional environmental skills for working in consultancy or industry.
  • Industry-sponsored prize for "Environmental Manager of the Year".
  • Taught by staff with academic and industry experience, plus industry-leading guest speakers.

This broad-based, flexible course prepares you for a range of environmental careers, from an environmental specialist, to a manager with an environmental remit.

Unusually, and possible uniquely for an Environmental Management Master's, you have the option to include Business and Management modules in your programme. In addition, through selecting particular modules and assessment options, the course can be tailored to suit your specialist interests and career aspirations. For example, this course will suit someone wishing to pursue a career in ecological consultancy, pollution control, or environmental hazards and liabilities.

“Bath Spa University enables individual development along your desired path. It has given me the ability and confidence to achieve things I never thought I could.”

Rebecca Boulton, Environmental Management

What you'll learn


You’ll review how environmental systems work and how human behaviour impacts them. From this, you’ll explore contemporary environmental management principles, tools, and legislation that we can use to address such impacts. Through reviewing case studies and current practice, you’ll develop your knowledge of Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental Management Systems, sustainability concepts such as the circular economy, plus resource management, environmental hazards, and ecosystem services.

You’ll develop key skills needed by professional environmental managers working in the field, including:

  • GIS
  • Environmental risks and decision-making
  • Survey and monitoring
  • Sampling design
  • Data management and analysis
  • Change management
  • Behaviour change
  • Reporting and communication.

Course structure

Trimester one and two
We provide you with core knowledge and skills, in particular environmental systems and management tools, to work as an environmental professional instigating and managing change, data handling, and reporting. You’ll study relevant and up-to-date material, benefitting from specialist inputs by speakers active in the environmental industry.

Optional modules give you the opportunity to develop a greater depth of knowledge in several of these components, for example energy and wastes management, ecosystem services and sustainability principles.

Trimester three
The third Trimester is devoted to your independent research project where you’ll work with your supervisor or a topic of particular interest to you. This might be a project working with an industry partner, and will allow you to demonstrate your environmental understanding in an area relevant to your interests and career, from biodiversity to business. 

Course modules

This course includes or offers the following modules. Please check the course handbook or definitive programme document for full details on which modules are core, required or optional.

  • Principles of Environmental Management
  • Waste, Energy and Pollution Management
  • Environment and Society: Global Perspectives on Policy and Practice
  • Professional Practice for Environmental Management
  • Ecosystem Management
  • Applied Geomorphology
  • Research Project.

How will I be assessed?

You’ll tackle a range of assessment types, 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 are no written examinations.

How will I be taught?

Teaching comprises a mix of workshops, seminars, small tutor groups, practical/field work sessions, and online/desk-based activities. We invite 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.


Field trips

From October to May, you’ll have opportunities to visit a materials recycling facility, sewage works, anaerobic digestion plant, the Environment Agency offices, and a local river system. Other field work will depend on your research project. There are no additional charges for these visits.

Industry links

Our students work with guest speakers from a range of environmental consultancies and from companies in the waste, oil, quarry, construction, and food industries.

We also take you to a regional conference for a Professional Body such as the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management so you can network and gain careers advice from professionals in the field. All MSc students have free membership of the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Management (IEMA).

Business and Management module

You can substitute up to 30 credits of Environmental Management modules with Business and Management modules. Environmental managers often need a range management skills, such as entrepreneurial skills to set up a business, marketing skills for their environmental products, or the successful financial management of a project, department or company. Optional Business and Management modules provide you with an opportunity to develop some of these important management skills.

Competitions and awards

We encourage you to participate in research competitions such as the Quarry Life Award (Heidelberg Cement) and we have an annual prize for the Environmental Manager of the Year, sponsored by Construct.


Recent projects related to the Environmental Management course include:

  • Quarry Life Award
  • International winners of the Biodiversity Enhancement Award for woodland enhancement at Whatley Quarry (Somerset)
  • Defra-Wessex Water
  • Paid Ecosystem Services Research Case Study for treating sewage treatment work effluent using a constructed wetland.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

The Twinhoe building is the base for this course, with its study area and laboratories located together. Newton Park campus is a great natural laboratory for environmental management work.


Environmental Management students have access to a wide range of field sampling and recording equipment, well-equipped laboratories, specialist software, and library resources.

You'll also have access to Bath Spa Observer, our digital mapping platform that compiles environmental data collected by students, staff and the public from across our University campuses.


UK and EU students full time

Course fees
2018/19 entry £6,995
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019
2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

UK and EU students part time

Fees shown below are for part time study over two years, although some courses may be available over longer periods.

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £3,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2019

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021

International students full time

Course fees
2018/19 entry £12,900
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019
2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

Professional accreditation

Bath Spa University is proud to be an approved IEMA University Partner

IEMA approved courses will give you the professionally recognised GradIEMA suffix, signifying that you are part of the next generation of leaders in sustainability, while also  enabling you to fast track an application to practitioner once you have gained sufficient experience.

IEMA Student Membership is also FREE on approved programmes, underpinning your studies with an invaluable toolkit of resources.  

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

You may or may not have a first degree related to the environment, however, a related degree will be an advantage to you in terms of prior knowledge.

We're looking for candidates with a keen and demonstrable interest in the environment. For example, you may have undertaken employment or voluntary work in the sector, and have a desire to solve environmental problems through innovative and sustainable solutions.

How do I apply?

Please contact our admissions team for more information on applying for this course: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

Get ahead

Getting some relevant experience will provide you with insights and motivation to succeed in this course. Volunteering or shadowing professionals working in the field could be a useful means of gaining experience, especially if this area is new to you.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course Director: Dr Ian Thornhill
Email: i.thornhill@bathspa.ac.uk

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