MSc in Environmental Management


Program Description

MScEnvironmental Management

Develop your knowledge and skills to meet the needs of industry with our MSc Environmental Management.

Learn to industry standard and access valuable resources on this IEMA-accredited Master in Environmental Management.

Taught by staff with significant industry experience, complemented by talks and sessions from professional guest speakers.

Explore the field from multiple perspectives, with opportunities to collaborate across Geography, the sciences, Business and the humanities.

Are you interested in reducing people’s impact on the planet? Do you want to learn how to reduce the environmental footprint of a business or organisation?

This Environmental Management course has been specifically developed to address growing environmental and sustainability pressures and create innovative solutions towards a resilient environment and society.

Tailor this environmental sustainability degree to your individual interests and career aspirations. Uniquely, you can incorporate Business and Management modules into the programme. This, coupled with our IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management) accreditation, means you’ll be ideally placed to work in sustainable business – in addition to a variety of other environmental careers, including sustainability specialist, environmental manager or consultant, and entrepreneur.


Learn how environmental systems function, and explore contemporary environmental management principles, tools, and legislation that we can use to address human impact on the environment.

You’ll review case studies and current practice to develop your knowledge of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Environmental Management Systems (EMS) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), in addition to key concepts such as the circular economy, corporate sustainability, resource management, environmental hazards, and ecosystem services.

You’ll develop key skills needed by professional environmental managers working in the field, including:

  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Environmental risk, uncertainty and decision-making
  • Ecosystem, energy and waste management
  • Ecological survey and monitoring strategies
  • Environmental auditing
  • Data management and analyses
  • Human behaviour change
  • Change management
  • Reporting and public communication.

Course structure

Trimester one and two

We provide you with core knowledge and skills, in particular, environmental systems and management tools, to work as an environmental professional instigating and managing change, data handling, and reporting.

You’ll study contemporary issues, and benefit from talks from specialists in the environmental industry.

Optional modules give you the opportunity to develop a greater depth of knowledge in several of these components, for example energy and waste management, ecosystem services and sustainability principles.

Trimester three

The third Trimester is devoted to your independent research project where you’ll work with your supervisor or a topic of particular interest to you. This might be a project working with an industry partner, and will allow you to demonstrate your environmental understanding in an area relevant to your interests and career, from biodiversity to business.

Course modules

This course includes or offers the following modules.

  • Principles of Environmental Management
  • Waste, Energy and Pollution Management
  • Environment and Society: Global Perspectives on Policy and Practice
  • Professional Practice
  • Ecosystem Management
  • Applied Geomorphology
  • Research Project.

How will I be assessed?

You’ll tackle a range of assessment types, all with a strong emphasis on applying the skills you learn during your course to workplace scenarios. These include writing technical reports, presentations and the use of electronic media, such as developing web pages or preparing public communications. There are no written examinations.

How will I be taught?

Teaching comprises a mix of workshops, seminars, small tutor groups, practical/field work sessions, and online/desk-based activities. We invite industry professionals to address specific topics, share their expertise, and enable opportunities for networking.

Newton Park offers a good range of teaching facilities, including well-equipped laboratories and on-site fieldwork resources. In addition, we use a network of field sites for developing skills and demonstrating case studies.


Field trips

From October to May, you’ll have opportunities to visit a materials recycling facility, sewage works, anaerobic digestion plant and a local river system. There are also ad hoc opportunities to engage with ongoing environmental and ecological fieldwork at Newton Park campus. Other field work will depend on your research project. There are no additional charges for these visits.

Industry links

Our students work with guest speakers from a range of environmental consultancies and from companies in the waste, oil, quarry, construction, and food industries.

Our learning outcomes for this course meet the standards set by the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Management (IEMA), which is the largest global membership of environment and sustainability professionals. This is an IEMA accredited degree, and as such all students have free membership of IEMA and access to the valuable network and workshop and training opportunities that this provides.

On successful completion of the degree, you’ll be awarded the GradIEMA postnominals (e.g. Joe Bloggs GradIEMA). From here, you can choose to fast-track to practitioner status (PIEMA).

Cost & Fees

  • UK/EU students full time - 2019/20 entry £7,195
  • UK/EU students part time - 2019/20 entry £3,600
  • International students full time - 2019/20 entry £13,300
Last updated May 2019

About the School

Bath Spa University is about more than studying. It’s about getting stuck in: thinking, making and doing. About bumping into friends on campus, embracing challenges and genuinely caring. We push bound ... Read More

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