MSc in Environmental Assessment and Management
The MSc in Environmental Assessment and Management (EAM) examines the principles, procedures and methods of EAM against the background of current British, European and international environmental policy.
The MSc in Environmental Assessment and Management (EAM) is a dynamic and well-established course which attracts graduates and practitioners from around the world. It has a strong reputation for promoting best practice and innovation through links to our research expertise in the broad field of UK and international environmental policy and practice.
The course adopts an integrative approach to demonstrate the complementary roles of natural resource management and planning within core areas of EAM such as Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), as well as new and evolving fields such as mitigation banking, climate change adaptation and strategic policy-making.
The course has an excellent employment record. A varied array of optional modules and practical experience of methods provide the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and experience you need to develop a rewarding career in this field.
Teaching learning and assessment
Teaching and assessment methods reflect the wide variety of topics and techniques associated with environmental assessment and management, including lectures, directed reading, workshops, seminars, and practical and project work. Some modules also include site visits and fieldwork, which provide direct experience of the more practical and current issues in environmental assessment and management.
Assessment methods include essays, seminar papers, in-class tests, project work and oral presentations, workshops, simulations and practical exercises. In keeping with the course emphasis on practical application, the majority of the assessment is based on coursework.
The course has been running for nearly 20 years and has an extensive network of more than 400 alumni, some of whom have achieved partner- and technical director-level appointments in consultancies such as EDP, ERM, WSP Environment & Energy, Hyder Consulting, and URS, while others have secured high-level environmental positions within organisations such as the European Commission and the World Bank.
Career destinations include:
- Environmental consultancy, including leading IEMA EIA Quality Mark companies such as AMEC, Environ UK, Nicholas Pearson Associates, Parsons Brinkerhoff, Pegasus Planning, RPS Group, Savills, and Waterman, amongst many others
- Environmental managers and EIA / SEA officers with regulatory bodies such as the Environment Agency and SEPA, local authorities, and government departments both in the UK and internationally
- Officers with non-statutory bodies and non-governmental agencies in Europe and overseas.
A number of graduates have progressed to undertake research degrees (PhD).
The MSc in Environmental Assessment and Management (EAM) attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, including ecology, environmental science, planning, geography, landscape architecture, management and chemistry amongst others. Many have been working in related fields for some years and some already have experience in preparing or reviewing EIAs. This wide mix of interests and skills is especially suitable for a topic such as EAM, which is inherently interdisciplinary. Many of our students are from overseas, and bring a wealth of experience and perspectives.
Admission to the programme is normally open to applicants who fulfil one of the following requirements:
- hold a good undergraduate honours degree (upper second-class honours degree or equivalent) or other professional qualification relevant to EAM
- have appropriate professional experience in environmental assessment and management.
English language requirements
- IELTS level 6.5 in the academic test, with a minimum score of 6.0 in reading and writing