Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 3 years

UK/EU fee

£7,920

International fee

£7,920

Course level

Postgraduate

Qualification

MSc

Start dates

January, September, May

Location

Online

Online course description

In the past few decades, the importance of environmental management has continually risen on the agenda of both private and public organisations due to the increasing environmental crises that the world is facing. In addition, the scope of what is covered by environmental management is becoming broader with elements of sustainability being embedded within industry standards.

As the scope of what is covered by environmental management broadens, by extension the skills environmental practitioners and managers are expected to have now includes social and financial skill sets such as corporate governance, making environmental business cases, communication and reporting, sustainable value chain and sustainable business management among others.

Following this shift in the sector, the need to acquire sustainability skills and training for environmental management practitioners has never been so important.

Accredited by IEMA, giving you free student membership

IEMA University Partner
This programme is accredited by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), a high-quality benchmark recognised by employers around the world.

The IEMA Accreditation gives you free IEMA student membership while studying this programme, giving you access to a wide range of resources and support to complement your studies such as free articles, webinars, events, newsfeed and downloads as well as copies of The Transform Magazine, the world’s most read environment and sustainability publication.

Upon completion of this course, you will be eligible to join the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) as a graduate member (GradIEMA) and fast track to Practitioner Member status (PIEMA) depending on your experience.

Accredited by CIWEM, giving you free student membership

CIWEM Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management

This programme is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)

Whilst enrolled on this master’s degree you can enjoy free student membership to the CIWEM that allows you to:

The CIWEM will support the development of the skills and qualities that employers are looking for, providing you with opportunities to showcase your talents.

Upon completion of this course, you will be eligible to register for graduate membership of CIWEM.

Popular with those already in the industry

This degree is a popular choice for those already employed in the industry due to the ability to study some of our modules on their own to enhance your CPD. Our standalone 20 credit modules have been designed to enhance career development and progression into the broader areas of sustainability and leadership. The 20 credit modules that can be taken as standalone modules are as follows:

Exemptions for IEMA Practitioners

As 3 core modules are aligned to IEMA’s practitioner level membership, IEMA practitioner members can join the programme at the Postgraduate Diploma stage.

Find out more about the online Sustainability and Environmental Management MSc course

Listen to our recording of the Academic Lead for Environmental Management, Dr Uche Okere talking more about the Sustainability and Environmental Management MSc course.

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What you will study

We will advise you of your study plan – the running order and availability of the modules – when you are invited to enrol.

If we have an insufficient number of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered. In addition, where demand is high, some modules may be subject to a cap.

Postgraduate Certificate stage

You must complete three core modules.

Postgraduate Diploma stage

You must complete the three core modules at Postgraduate Certificate stage as well as three optional modules.

Masters stage

To gain the full MSc, you must complete the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma plus the Independent Scholarly Activity which is a triple module, worth 60 credits.

Postgraduate CertificatePostgraduate CertificatePostgraduate DiplomaPostgraduate DiplomaMastersMasters

Code: 7EV546

International Environmental Policy and Law

This module aims to develop a critical knowledge and understanding of environmental policy and environmental law and regulation used for the protection of the environment. Areas covered will range from principles of environmental policy, environmental policy instruments, international agreements, EU legislation, UK laws and regulatory bodies. Environmental problems within organisations are discussed through a range of examples that show how organisations can comply with legislation for the prevention and control of environmental pollution towards sustainable development.

The module will be delivered fully online through study materials via the blackboard platform which will include interactive materials, live-classroom sessions, word documents and power point presentations with voiceovers. Tutor support will be provided through the discussion forum, e-mail and personal tutoring as appropriate.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Critically appraise  the  fundamental  principles of international environmental  law,  and  the  legal  and  institutional  framework  in  which they have developed and are implemented
  2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of how policy and legislation are used to mitigate current environmental issues and approaches employed to achieve compliance
  3. Critically evaluate the role and effectiveness of the main institutions and frameworks for implementing appropriate interventions

Module content

  • The nature of the environment
  • International environmental law: history, sources, international law and the European Union, international law and the UK, major international agreements
  • UK environmental law
  • Regulation of environmental law: standards and standard-setting, enforcement, mechanisms to monitor and improve regulation
  • The UK Legislative Framework and the environment: sources, classification and associated judicial systems, interpretation, enforcement, environmental policy and regulatory regime, Common Law in the protection of the environment
  • Major UK environmental legislation: Town and country planning, Industrial Pollution Control regimes, Air quality and climate change, waste, contaminated land, water, Nuisance, Nature Conservation.
  • Environmental compliance within organisations: Compliance tools, Advantages and disadvantages of compliance,
  • The future of environmental law and its regulation
  • Employability Skills
    • Problem solving
    • Consultancy skills
    • Team work and collaboration
  • Digital Skills
    • Ethical and legal requirements surrounding the use and re-use of information and identify sources of relevant advice.
    • Using a comprehensive range of information sources in any medium, including specialised information such as archives, data sets, special collections, colleagues and contacts in research networks to access current and relevant information.
  • Research Skills
    • Research problem identification and framing
    • Research design and methodologies
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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 7EV549

Sustainable Business Management

As a consequence of growing public awareness of the impact of businesses on the environment and the ever increasing body of environmental legislation, there is increasing desire among businesses to operate in a more sustainable manner. This module will provide students with a critical knowledge and understanding of the corporate sustainability challenge facing organisations as well as the skills required to drive the improvement in organisational culture and environmental performance resulting more sustainable, future fit businesses.

The module will be delivered fully online through study materials via the blackboard platform which will include interactive materials, live-classroom sessions, word documents and power point presentations with voiceovers. Tutor support will be provided through the discussion forum, e-mail and personal tutoring as appropriate.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate the interactions and interdependent nature of business and the environment and the changing role of businesses in a sustainable world
  2. Demonstrate the ability to develop programmes to achieve sustainable change and make a business case for financial investment in such programs
  3. Demonstrate critical understanding of the role of communication, effective stakeholder engagement and reporting in sustainable business management

Module content

  • Business, development and environment interactions
  • Global mega trends & Sustainable Development risks and opportunities to businesses
  • Fundamental Business and Governance Principles and Issues
  • Effective environmental data management
  • Developing programmes for delivering sustainable solutions
  • Reporting (Green claims, GRI others)
  • Leadership and change for sustainable business practice
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Business Case for Sustainability
  • Employability Skills
    • Effective Communication and Stakeholder consultation
    • Negotiation - Making environmental business cases
    • Conflict resolution
  • Digital Skills
    • Apply critical criteria to the evaluation of unfamiliar online tools
    • Distinguish between platforms for publishing digital content, recognising the difference between formal publication and information exchange
  • Research Skills
    • Research report and research paper organisation and presentation
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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 7EV550

Tools for Delivering Sustainable Solutions to Environmental Problems

This module aims to develop a sound knowledge and understanding of sources and nature of environmental problems and how to solve them in a sustainable manner. The module will explore major environmental problems in different parts of the environment and the key environmental management tools and techniques available to environmental professionals and organisations for dealing with them. While a range of tools will be introduced, a significant portion of the module will focus on environmental management systems (EMS) and environmental audits as key environmental management tools.

The module will be delivered fully online through study materials via the blackboard platform which will include interactive materials, live-classroom sessions, word documents and power point presentations with voiceovers. The module is designed to include a reflective element and students will be required to engage in reflective practice through formative assessments in discussion forums throughout the module. Tutor support will be provided through the discussion forum, e-mail and personal tutoring as appropriate.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate the main concepts of the natural environment and the earth system
  2. Critically evaluate the idea of environmental risk, environmental change, pollution linkages and their impacts
  3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principles of major environmental management tools and their application
  4. Demonstrate the ability to work effectively in a professional multi-disciplinary team for the application of a major environmental management tool

Module content

  • Natural Cycles, environmental limits major global environmental issues and sustainable development
  • Identifying and Assessing Environmental Risks
  • Pollution sources linkages and impacts in air, water and soil
  • Environmental Management Systems (history, types, advantages and disadvantages)
  • ISO 14001 Requirements and Implementation
  • Environmental Auditing within EMS (ISO 19001; Principles, stages, advantages and disadvantages)
  • Other types of environmental audits (Compliance, waste, energy etc)
  • Other environmental management tools (Life Cycle Assessment, Environmental Impact Assessment, Strategic Environmental Assessment, Cost Benefit Analysis, Ecological Impact Assessment, Footprinting, Environmental Management Plans)
  • Collaboration and Innovation for sustainable production
  • Employability Skills
  • Digital skills
  • Research skills
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20 Credits
core

Code: 7EV543

Ecology and Conservation

The cost of biodiversity loss due to environmental changes arising from anthropogenic activities are significant. Knowledge of these impacts and the approaches available for biodiversity conservation are important for successful biodiversity efforts. This module aims to develop a critical knowledge of conservation objectives, their interplay with economic objectives and the strategies and challenges for meeting them.

The module will be delivered fully online through study materials via the blackboard platform which will include interactive materials, live-classroom sessions, word documents and power point presentations with voiceovers. Tutor support will be provided through the discussion forum, e-mail and personal tutoring as appropriate.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the science of conservation
  2. Critically analyse the relationships between conservation objectives and economic reality
  3. Critically analyse conservation strategies and their challenges

Module content

  • Fundamentals of ecosystems and conservation science
  • Ecological theory
  • Biodiversity, human development and well being
  • Conservation objectives and strategies
  • Ecological survey methods
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS) use in ecology
  • Case studies of biodiversity conservation
  • Employability Skills
    • Teamwork and collaboration
    • Critical thinking
    • Problem solving
    • Ecological consultancy
    • Science journalism
  • Digital Skills
    • Applying digital techniques to conduct and share research
    • Applying critical criteria to the evaluation of unfamiliar online tools
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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7EV544

Environmental Impact Assessment

Environmental impact assessment (EIA) has become an increasingly integral part of the industrial and commercial development process in relation to the delivery of sustainable development. This module aims to develop a sound appreciation of the importance of conducting EIA, together with an understanding of the techniques by which this can be achieved. In conjunction with an appreciation of what is happening globally in relation to EIA. Also the environmental assessment of plans and programmes by SEA is considered.

The module will be delivered fully online through study materials via the blackboard platform which will include interactive materials, live-classroom sessions, word documents and power point presentations with voiceovers. The module is designed to include a reflective element and students will be required to engage in reflective practice through formative assessments in discussion forums throughout the module. Tutor support will be provided through the discussion forum, e-mail and personal tutoring as appropriate.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to: 1. Demonstrate a comprehensive and critical understanding of environmental assessment including Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and the importance of the process for delivering sustainable development. 2. Critically appraise Environmental Assessment including EIA implementation in a range of countries. 3. Demonstrate the ability to execute an EIA and produce an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Module content

  • Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Introduction to Strategic Environmental Assessment
  • Environmental Impact Assessment legislation
  • Environmental Impact Assessment procedures
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment procedures
  • Public participation in Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Assessment of Impacts on water, land, air, biodiversity, people etc
  • Challenges and future of EIA and SEA
  • Employability skills
    • Team work, collaboration, communication
    • Problem solving
    • Articulate the advantages and disadvantages of peer review practices.
  • Digital Competencies
    • Online collaboration
    • Leadership
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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7EV545

Global Resource Management

This module aims to develop a critical knowledge and understanding of natural resource use, waste generation and waste management. Issues in the module are discussed from both a global and local perspective giving students the opportunity for application in their specific context. A range of examples, case studies and reports are also used for the benefit of real world, practical learning.

The module will be delivered fully online through study materials via the blackboard platform which will include interactive materials, live-classroom sessions, word documents and power point presentations with voiceovers. Tutor support will be provided through the discussion forum, e-mail and personal tutoring as appropriate.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the global resource challenge and its relationship to waste
  2. Demonstrate a comprehensive and critical understanding of waste legislation, including EU and UK legislation, together with the powers and duties of the enforcement agencies
  3. Critically assess the nature and issues within the waste sectors including construction and demolition, agricultural, commercial and household waste, together with an understanding of treatment and disposal routes
  4. Critically evaluate current and emerging waste management options including energy and resource from waste

Module content

  • Global resource use and consumption
  • Local and international waste legislation
  • Defining waste, types of waste and waste as resource
  • Waste from different sectors
  • Waste management options
  • Energy and resource from waste
  • Emerging waste management issues
  • Employability skills
    • Conceptual, critical and reflective thinking
    • Team work
    • Communication
  • Digital Skills
    • Applying digital techniques to conduct and share research
    • Proactive participation in online professional networks
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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7EV547

Low Carbon Energy Management

This module develops a critical knowledge and understanding of the challenges of conventional energy sources and the available technologies and systems that make up the renewable energy mix. The dynamics of low carbon energy systems including smart grids are also explored.

The module will be delivered fully online through study materials via the blackboard platform which will include interactive materials, live-classroom sessions, word documents and power point presentations with voiceovers. Tutor support will be provided through the discussion forum, e-mail and personal tutoring as appropriate.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical knowledge and understanding of energy needs, demand management, sources and challenges
  2. Critically analyse available technologies and systems that make up the renewable energy mix including how they differ from conventional energy sources
  3. Critically analyse approaches for moving towards a low energy future and their challenges

Module content

  • Energy demands, sources and challenges
  • Climate change, impacts and mitigation
  • Energy policy, politics and economics
  • Conventional and renewable energy technologies
  • Energy storage technology
  • Smart energy systems
  • Low carbon buildings
  • Employability Skills
    • Writing funding applications
    • Team work and Collaboration
    • Problem solving
    • Communication
  • Digital Skills
    • Applying a suitable method for managing a large volume of information
    • Facilitating and leading online group
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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7EV548

Pollution Assessment and Remediation

This module aims to develop a critical knowledge and understanding of the sources, distribution, impact and remediation of a range of contaminants in the different compartments of the environment (air, water, land, and biota). Impacts of various anthropogenic activities including development and the generation and use of energy sources are also discussed using a range of case studies and reports.

The module will be delivered fully online through study materials via the blackboard platform which will include interactive materials, live-classroom sessions, word documents and power point presentations with voiceovers. Tutor support will be provided through the discussion forum, e-mail and personal tutoring as appropriate.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical understand of the sources, pathways and impacts of a range of conventional and novel environmental pollutants
  2. Critically assess the impacts of anthropogenic activities including development and energy use on different environmental media including air, land, water and biota
  3. Understand and critically evaluate available and emerging monitoring, assessment and remediation techniques for conventional and emerging pollutants in different environmental media

Module content

  • Environmental Pollutants, sources, pathways and behaviour in the environment
  • Anthropogenic activities including development and energy use as sources of environmental pollution
  • Impacts of anthropogenic activities including development and energy use on different environmental media
  • Pollution monitoring and assessment in air, land, water and biota
  • Conventional and emerging remediation techniques for a range of pollutants in various environmental media
  • Employability Skills
    • Collaboration and communication
    • Working effectively with others
    • Social responsibility
    • Problem solving
    • Professional awareness
  • Digital Skills
    • Independent and fluent research across a comprehensive range of information sources and networks
    • Online collaborative working
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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7EV995

Independent Scholarly Activity

This module represents a significant opportunity for students to apply the knowledge and understanding gained from the taught modules within their Programme of study to a specific research based investigation. Students will have the opportunity to apply, creative thinking and organisational and time management skills to a specific topic or hypothetical/existing problem. Early in the module, emphasis will be placed on the research and communication skills necessary to execute an independent, investigative study. Students will be expected to devise a research proposal and then execute the study over a given time frame.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate initiative and critical thinking skills in selecting a problem for investigation and identifying appropriate methodologies for their implementation
  2. Critically evaluate existing literature in their chosen field of study
  3. Collect, interpret and critically evaluate primary/secondary data and discuss its significance in the context of the investigation and of related studies

Module content

Students will receive research skills tutoring through a combination of on-line materials with formative self-assessment exercises to consolidate those received in earlier modules for the development of a research based investigation. An understanding of the basic principles of experimental methodology of a range of research investigations will be explored including both qualitative and quantitative principles of research design. There will be directed study and tutorials covering the following elements:

  • Literature review techniques
  • Critical review of scientific literature
  • Tools for data gathering
  • Statistical methods of hypothesis testing
  • Data interpretation
  • Thesis structure, organisation and presentation
  • Research or Report paper organisation and presentation
  • Health and safety implications
  • Ethical issues
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60 Credits
core
Coursework

How you will learn

Pace of study

We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester. If you aim to study two modules in one trimester, we recommend 40 hours of study per week.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.

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Entry requirements

You will normally need an undergraduate degree (minimum 2:2). A science or related degree is preferred but a range of degrees will be considered.

If you don’t have this qualification but do have extensive and relevant work experience at an appropriate level we welcome your application.

You must provide a CV detailing your academic and work experience and a reference from your workplace or the institution where you undertook your previous study. This information should be included as part of your online application.

English language qualifications

You will normally need one of the following English Language qualifications:

If English is not your first language you will need an English language qualification*. For this course you will need at least one of the following:

*If you have a minimum of IELTS level 4.5 you can study our Certificate of Credit in English for Academic Purposes which we will accept as evidence that you are able to perform at a suitable level of IELTS 6.0. We will also accept the Certificate of Credit as evidence that you can perform at GCSE level.

Fees and funding

 
 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £880 9 (six 20 credit modules and one 60 credit module) £7,920
IEMA practitioner members £880  6 (three 20 credit modules and one 60 credit module)  £5,280

† Prices correct for 2019/20 new students. Subject to potential annual increase in September 2020.

Exemptions for IEMA Practitioner Members

If you are an IEMA practitioner member, you are entitled to exemptions worth 60 credits on the three modules covered in the Postgraduate Certificate stage of this course, a saving £2,640 on the full MSc.

This means that you will join the course at the Postgraduate Diploma stage and complete a total of three optional modules plus the Independent Scholarly Activity to achieve the MSc Sustainability and Environmental Management.

You will need to provide evidence of your IEMA practitioner membership with your application so we can confirm your exemptions.

This will take a minimum of 2 years to complete.

Flexible payment plans available

Choose from three options:

 

Masters funding options

Depending on where you are from in the UK or EU, and on your pace of study, you may be eligible for a postgraduate student loan. Accessible through Student Finance, this is a non-income based loan to help with living costs and tuition fees whilst studying your masters programme.

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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Careers

Upon completion of this programme, you will be equipped with the skills needed to improve the culture of sustainability within your organisation. Additionally, through enhancing your communication, employability and digital skills, you will be well placed to perform better in your current role, seek a promotion or secure a new job.

If you wish to further your studies, you may choose to progress onto a PhD or other research degree in environmental management or sustainability within the university or elsewhere.

For professional development, you could also undertake further professional development through short courses or our standalone 20 credit modules at level 7, which can be taken as Certificates of Credit for your professional development. Choose from:

Dr Uchechukwu Okere
Programme leader

Academic Lead for Environmental Management, Dr Uchechukwu Okere, has previosuly worked with the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) to deliver professional training courses to environmental professionals in various sectors including oil and gas, maritime and finance in the both the UK and abroad.

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Prices correct for 2019/20 new students. Subject to potential annual increase in September 2020.

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