MSc Environmental Management – Bath Spa University

Environmental Management


Postgraduate degree

Key facts

Options: MSc Environmental Management, PG Dip Environmental Management, PG Cert Environmental Management.
School of Sciences
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:

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

  • Learn to industry standard and access valuable resources on this IEMA-accredited Master’s in Environmental Management.
  • Taught by staff with significant industry experience, complemented by talks and sessions from professional guest speakers.
  • Explore the field from multiple perspectives, with opportunities to collaborate across Geography, the sciences, Business and the humanities.

Are you interested in reducing people’s impact on the planet? Do you want to learn how to reduce the environmental footprint of a business or organisation?

This Environmental Management course has been specifically developed to address growing environmental and sustainability pressures and create innovative solutions towards a resilient environment and society.

Tailor this environmental sustainability degree to your individual interests and career aspirations. Uniquely, you can incorporate Business and Management modules into the programme. This, coupled with our IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management) accreditation, means you’ll be ideally placed to work in sustainable business – in addition to a variety of other environmental careers, including sustainability specialist, environmental manager or consultant, and entrepreneur.

“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


Learn how environmental systems function, and explore contemporary environmental management principles, tools, and legislation that we can use to address human impact on the environment.

You’ll review case studies and current practice to develop your knowledge of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Environmental Management Systems (EMS), and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), in addition to key concepts such as the circular economy, corporate sustainability, resource management, environmental hazards, and ecosystem services.

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

  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Environmental risk, uncertainty and decision-making
  • Ecosystem, energy and waste management
  • Ecological survey and monitoring strategies
  • Environmental auditing
  • Data management and analyses
  • Human behaviour change
  • Change management
  • Reporting and public 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 contemporary issues, and benefit from talks from specialists 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 waste 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, including those considered as part of the Business and Management pathway. 

  • Principles of Environmental Management
  • Waste, Energy and Pollution Management
  • Environment and Society: Global Perspectives on Policy and Practice
  • Professional Practice
  • 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 web pages or preparing public communications. 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 and a local river system. There are also ad hoc opportunities to engage with ongoing environmental and ecological field work at Newton Park campus. 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 companies in the waste, oil, quarry, construction, and food industries. 

Our learning outcomes for this course meet the standards set by the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Management (IEMA), which is the largest global membership of environment and sustainability professionals. This is an IEMA accredited degree, and as such all students have free membership of IEMA and access to the valuable network and workshop and training opportunities that this provides.

On successful completion of the degree, you’ll be awarded the GradIEMA postnominals (for example, Joe Bloggs GradIEMA). From here, you can choose to fast-track to practitioner status (PIEMA).

Business and Management module

This course will allow you to substitute up to 30 credits of Environmental Management modules with Business and Management modules.

Environmental managers often need a range of 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, biannual) and we have an annual prize for the 'Environmental Manager of the Year', sponsored by KIER.


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
  • Resilient People, Resilient Ecosystems (RESPiRES)
  • Operation Wallacea, Dominica.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

The Twinhoe building, which combines study areas with expert laboratories and facilities, will be the base for this course. You will also work on our Newton Park campus, which 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.


Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are no longer eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate.

UK students full time

Course fees
2021/22 entry £7,585
2022/23 entry Published Jan 2022
2023/24 entry Published Jan 2023

UK students part time

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

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £3,793
Year 2 Published Jan 2022

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024

International students full time

Course fees
2021/22 entry £14,045
2022/23 entry Published Jan 2022
2023/24 entry Published Jan 2023

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?

Ready to apply? Click the "apply now" button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

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.

Want to apply for this year? 

Many of our postgraduate courses have a limited number of student spaces. To avoid the disappointment of the course being full, we recommend that you apply now.

Late applications (generally those made after 31 July) will only be considered if places remain on the course.

Need more information or still have questions? Contact us to discuss your situation.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Course Director: Dr Ian Thornhill

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