This programme combines scientific study, laboratory and fieldwork techniques with the policy that underpins them and the management expertise to successfully deliver real-world sustainability projects.
Gaining advanced scientific skills and knowledge as well as the management, policy and corporate social responsibility aspects make you a great all-rounder who can hit the ground running when it comes to managing live environmental issues and challenges. You will develop into a professional able not only to assess environmental impacts but who can also put these into legislative context; and has the expertise to influence stakeholders, negotiate contracts and project-manage complex processes. This skillset is much sought after and valued by environmental employers and consultancies.
Designed with today's environmental managers in mind this MSc integrates the scientific, social, economic and political factors involved environmental decision making. The course provides a systematic understanding of the scientific background; critical awareness of the state of knowledge and the burden of the proof requirement; comprehensive knowledge of the policy and regulatory frameworks; and a practical understanding of management methodologies for best practice. The programmes vocational aspect is supplemented by in-depth case studies, field practitioner expertise and the opportunity for a placement-based research project.
We recognise not everybody can commit to full-time study because of work, family and other commitments. That is why we bring together all of the taught elements of this MSc programme to a single afternoon a week, on Wednesdays. We find it helps our students achieve a balance between MSc study and their busy lives.
Please note applications for this course close on the 23rd of August 2017.
Features and benefits of the course
The School has a well-established reputation in the field of environmental management and hosts world-class research and education in atmospheric and sustainable development issues. The course is supplemented by in-depth case studies and the involvement of practitioners in the field which enhances the vocational aspect of the course further.
The School of Science and the Environment has been awarded several Green Apple awards for Excellence in Environmental Education and Practice.
We are home to leading research groups such as the Centre for Aviation Transport and the Environment, who were part of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning team for work on climate change, the Environment Research Centre and the Research Centre for Applied Social Sciences.
You will use outstanding facilities and industry standard equipment. Through a combination of laboratory sessions and fieldwork, we will not only teach you how to use the industry-standard testing kit, we will show you first-hand. You will learn how to use:
- plain tests to monitor water quality
- air quality monitoring devices including special particulate meters
- i-buttons for accurate air temperature measurement
- field spectro-radiometers which mimic satellites in orbit to identify environmental crises on the ground, for example, vegetation stress. They offer data comparable to that of Met Office weather stations.
This experience of using equipment widely used in Industry will help to ensure you are ready for the next step in your career.
The course provides a systematic understanding of the scientific background; critical awareness of the state of knowledge and the burden of the proof requirement; comprehensive knowledge of the policy and regulatory frameworks; and a practical understanding of management methodologies relating to environmental management. The programme's vocational aspect is supplemented by in-depth case studies, field practitioner expertise, and the opportunity for a placement-based research project. This cross-discipline programme is offered both on a part-time and full-time basis in order to meet the learning needs of both busy professionals as well as new graduates.
Our Master's programmes are practically based and heavily supported by laboratory work, case studies, tutorials, fieldwork and projects. They are run by a large group of research-active staff with strong links to a variety of research institutions, national organisations and non-governmental bodies in the UK and overseas.
Our weekly Café Scientific gives students the opportunity to debate and discuss conservation and environmental management issues with teaching staff, hear from outside speakers and reflect on their own learning.
- Policy for Sustainable Development
- Science for Sustainable Development
- Management for Sustainable Development
- Research Design and Methods
A good UK Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a subject such as environmental science or management, sustainable development, social sciences, geography, chemistry, biology, engineering or the majority of science subjects is usually required or, alternatively, relevant environmental experience. All applications will be considered on their own merit.
International students please see mmu.ac.uk/international.
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