The range of environmental challenges facing governments and organisations is creating new opportunities for a new generation of environmental professionals. Growth areas include corporate social responsibility and sustainability management within companies and organisations. Environmental professionals are increasingly required to be able to manage a wider brief, embracing a range of challenges. Management of the natural environment is increasingly important in all sectors from business to public policy.

This course will equip you to critically evaluate environmental issues and contribute to the economic and policy decision-making process in organisations of any size. Topics include the identification of sustainability issues, financial and economic approaches, communication, regulatory and social issues, and the practice of environmental management in organisations implementing ISO14001 systems. Students on the course have the opportunity to actively engage on the Cranfield University ISO14001 accreditation by working with our Facilities team.

Who is it for?

This course is for students intending to pursue careers in environmental management in both the private and public sectors, either as a more career-oriented course after a first degree or as a career development move.

It provides students with up-to-date knowledge and understanding of environmental issues, and the ability and skills to critically appraise alternative environmental measures and to identify and recommend suitable solutions for effective environmental management.

The course is ideal for:

  • students from environmental science, economics and policy backgrounds,
  • students with management and business experience who wish to enhance their science understanding,
  • students looking to widen their career options in the environmental management and sustainability sectors

Course structure

  • Eight taught modules (five core, three elective) (40%).
  • Group project or dissertation (20%).
  • Individual research project (40%).

Informed by industry

An industry advisory panel meets at least once a year to engage with external stakeholders on curriculum design and currency of course content. Sponsorship and support for individual research projects from water and resource sector employers provide professional experience and development opportunities for students.

Future career

On completion, graduates have a broader network of global contacts, and new knowledge and skills, opening up increased individual opportunities. Many go on to roles as environment managers or sustainability managers in leading companies, or as environmental consultants. Others pursue similar careers in the public sector. This course will allow international students to return to their home countries having gained environmental management knowledge and skills to help them promote environmentally sustainable practices.

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for graduates with science, engineering, social science or business related degrees keen to pursue careers in environmental management; or graduates currently working in industry keen to extend their qualifications; or individuals with other qualifications who possess considerable relevant experience.

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Last updated April 20, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Oct 2019
1 - 3 years
20,500 GBP
Overseas - Home/EU: £10,250
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