Environmental Management MA

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Program Description

Environmental Management MA

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Environmental Management MA

Environmental Management is a vital component of sustainable living. Interdisciplinary understanding of environmental issues and their management in the context of sustainability lies at the core of this Masters programme, which draws on a range of expertise in conceptual and applied approaches from the natural, physical and social sciences.

The modules offered on this course will allow you to develop skills in the collection, processing and analysis of environmental data; the use of data in the development and evaluation of policy; and a sound practical training in techniques of environmental management.

The courses build upon the depth of expertise in environmental management found throughout the University, including the Schools of Biology; Biosciences; Nottingham University Business School; Chemical, Environmental and Mining Engineering; Civil Engineering; Economics; History; Law; Politics; and Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering.

Key facts

  • This is a vocationally-orientated route through environmental management and, as such, it is not funded through the Economic and Social Research Council. However, we offer a research training route that is eligible for ESRC funding.
  • The School of Geography is one of the strongest both nationally and internationally – this is reflected in its position in the UK's top five geography departments in The Times Good University Guide.
  • 73% of our research was rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 and we were rated 'excellent' in the Higher Education Funding Council for England assessment of teaching provision.
  • This is a highly collaborative course that is able to draw on modules offered and research taking place in many of the schools across the University.

Course details

This course provides a foundation in the science and social science of environmental management and encourages an interdisciplinary approach to environmental issues at local, national and international levels.

These themes are combined with a sound practical training in environmental management.

The taught elements of the MSc/MA Environmental Management consist of a number of compulsory core modules, as well as a series of optional elements.

Having completed the taught components of the course in the autumn and spring semesters, you will be required to write a 60-credit dissertation on a subject of your choice related to Environmental Management.

The MSc/MA Environmental Management can be completed during one year of full-time study, or over two years part-time.

You will need to complete a total of 180 credits to pass the course. This includes 120-credits worth of compulsory and optional modules (as listed above), as well as a 60-credit dissertation.

The dissertation is an extensive piece of independent research in a subject of your choice. You will benefit from the support of a dedicated project supervisor, as well as the generic research skills training offered by the University's Graduate School.

As you will notice, this course is offered as an MSc or MA. In fact, all the core modules studied are identical and the choice of an MSc or MA registration is your own, depending only on which qualification you wish to obtain on graduation.

We also offer a Postgraduate Diploma Environmental Management, as well as a research training route approved by the Economic and Social Research Council.


The core modules are:

Semester 1

  • Foundations of Environmental Management
  • Frameworks for Environmental Management
  • Project Management and Environmental Legislation
  • Research Methods
  • Tutorial

Semester 2

  • Environmental Management in Practice
  • Tutorial
  • Research Methods

In addition, you will be able to choose up to 40 credits of optional modules from a series of pathways, including:

  • Business and the Environment
  • Landscape Ecology, Conservation and Wildlife Management
  • Pollution and Waste
  • Environmental Assessment and Site Investigation
  • Law and Policy

Please note that all module details are subject to change.


The MSc/MA in Environmental Management is a vocationally-driven course informed by research taking place at the forefront of the field. It aims to give you the skills and knowledge to hit the ground running in a number of careers related to Environmental Management.

If you are keen to pursue an academic career or wish to continue your research to PhD, you may be interested in applying to the MSc/MA in Environmental Management (Research Training).

Our postgraduate students move into an extraordinarily wide range of careers following their time in the school.

Conducting postgraduate work in the School of Geography fosters many vital skills and may give you a head start in the job market. Studying at this level allows you to develop qualities of self-discipline and self-motivation that are essential to employment in a wide range of different fields.

A postgraduate qualification from an institution like The University of Nottingham shows potential employers that you are an intelligent, hard-working individual who is bright and flexible enough to undertake any form of specific career training.

Entry requirements:2.1(Upper 2nd class hons degree or international equivalent)

Including:Subject with an environmental component / some vocational experience of an environmental nature

IELTS:6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic:62 (minimum 55)

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 14, 2015
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Aug. 2016
1 year
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Start date Aug. 2016
United Kingdom Nottingham, England
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