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Countries all around the globe are faced with environmental problems that result from a variety of issues including urbanisation, population rises, climate change and pollution events. Mitigating against these risks requires skills, competence and knowledge to be able to work effectively at a local, national and global level.
This Master’s level course covers a range of important issues in environmental management, within a global context. There is a strong vocational and industry focus to enable real world experiences, helping you to enter a range of jobs from policy development to practice. Through this course you will understand these key issues, and develop policies and initiatives that will build resilience among individuals and communities worldwide.
This course is accredited by The Institution of Environmental Sciences.
Having worked in the wastes management industry since leaving college, completing a wastes management course was the obvious choice for Cameron.
Once he’d graduated from our BSc Wastes Management degree and progressed through his career, his role became more strategic. Cameron found himself in need of a deeper understanding of the bigger environmental picture.
He chose to study our MSc International Environmental Management with the view to diversify his knowledge and become more involved with the environmental sector, particularly focusing on sustainability.
Here is what Cameron says about his experience:
“It’s fair to say that I wouldn’t be in my current job without the study I carried out at UON. While not impossible, it would have been difficult to gain the required knowledge to carry out the job without the formal education provided through the courses I have undertaken.
“For the MSc it seemed like the logical choice. I had thoroughly enjoyed doing the BSc with Northampton, and I was confident that the course would be of equal standard.
“My current role as a Waste Specialist Advisor at Eastbourne Borough Council requires me to make decisions that will affect residents over the next 20-30 years. With this in mind, it is essential for me to have a better understanding of the impact my decisions (albeit small) can have in the future. The MSc has provided that insight, not just at a local level, but across the planet. Additionally, from a practical point of view, the skills learnt while completing assignments have improved my ability to consider options critically, thus helping to make the most appropriate decision at the time.”
Studying MSc International Environmental Management has certainly helped Cameron in his career. Read on to find out how the course can benefit you.
In order to complete this qualification, you must complete six modules and an independent research thesis. During the course, you will complete four compulsory modules and choose two optional modules. This ensures that you are familiar with the fundamental principles relevant to this subject, but are able to tailor the qualification to suit your own needs and interests.
Please note: Optional modules are offered subject to staff availability and student numbers.
Course modules (17/18)
Climate Change and Risk Management (20 Credits)
- Module code: ENVM028
- Core module Y
Extends understanding of the climatic process, the concept of risk, along with developing familiarity with the susceptibility, vulnerability and adaptability of systems to climate change.
International Environmental Management Policy and Control (20 Credits)
- Module code: ENVM037
- Core module Y
Examines the legal rules and principles governing the regulation of the global environment. You will appraise the regulatory options and mechanisms available to policy makers for monitoring, controlling and enforcing environmental management practices. The module will also explore the complex social, economic and political contexts in which international environmental law exists using legal and non-legal materials as examples.
International Wastes Management (20 Credits)
- Module code: ENVM038
- Core module Y
Assesses the environmental impact and economics of current waste disposal practices in urban areas, the system deficiencies that exist as well as the steps that need to be taken to correct solid wastes management practices in both developed and developing countries using 'best practice' examples adopted around the world.
Geo-informatics for Environmental Management (20 Credits)
- Module code: ENVM032
- Core module N
Enables you to explore the concepts of GIS, remote sensing and mapping technology within a case study and evaluate how such systems allow real time and repetitive data to be collected and present to decision and policy makers in society.
Implementing Sustainability (20 Credits)
- Module code: ENVM033
- Core module N
You will evaluate the economic, social and environmental objectives of society to ensure that developments meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations.
Research and Analytical Methods (20 Credits)
- Module code: ENVM002
- Core module Y
Develops your ability to independently design a research project. Specially, you will focus on the acquisition, processing and delivery of information, approaches to analysis and interpretation, methodologies, effective communication, recommendations to academic, professional and other audiences as well as the design of ethical and health and safety assessments and guidance.
Research Thesis (60 Credits)
- Module code: ENVM011
- Core module Y
You will undertake a substantial element of independent research, demonstrating your conceptual understanding as well as the application of cross-disciplinary research and analysis skills.
Water Resource Management (20 Credits)
- Module code: ENVM008
- Core module N
You will examine the concept of water as a resource and the problems of water resource development and management in both urban and rural environments. Emphasis will be placed on the sustainable management of water resources in the developed world, although you will be encouraged to examine the effectiveness of various management strategies from around the world, thereby providing an essential framework for understanding the problems associated with water resources, and what the appropriate response could or should be.
Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
Methods of Learning
Each module addresses a set of specific themes, which you are then assessed on. This course is delivered through our virtual learning environment NILE. This is where your tutors will provide course materials and further resources, where activities will be housed and where you will be able to meet and discuss with other students in forums. You can expect one to one support from your tutor via NILE, email, phone, Skype or face to face if necessary.
The culmination of the MSc is a 60 credit independent research project. You should be considering the area of research you wish to undertake while completing your final modules.
We advise that you take one module per trimester and we suggest that you dedicate at least three hours per week to each module.
All modules are assessed via written assignments. Generally, there are two assignments per module, however, in some cases, there are three. There are no exams for any of the modules but some modules are assessed using time constrained assessments (TCAs), whereby there is a set period of time (typically a week), within which the completed assignment has to be submitted. These are then marked, with the feedback and grades made available via NILE.
Facilities and Special Features
This course allows you to study for a UK degree from anywhere in the world.
This course will help you to develop careers in specialist environmental management, pollution control, land and natural resource management or in environmental education. Our graduates have been successful in gaining technical and managerial posts within government agencies, environmental consultancies and major national and international companies. We also encourage our graduates to become Chartered Environmentalists (CENV).
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
Applications can be made throughout the year, with a September or January start available.
The course is studied over 3 years 60 Credits in each year
We normally ask that you have at least a second class honours degree in a relevant discipline such as ecology, environmental science, geography or geology. Other qualifications will be considered as will applications from candidates with relevant work experience. Applicants for whom English is not their first language will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent).
If you do not meet our standard entry requirements, it is possible to undertake a single module and upon successful completion of this module, progress to the full MSc qualification. Please contact us at email@example.com to discuss this option.
For information on English language, please see our IELTS page.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 17/18 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£2,160 (60 Credits) Year 1, Year 2 £2,160 Year 3 £2,160|
|Distance Learning:||£2,160 (60 Credits) Year 1, Year 2 £2,160 Year 3 £2,160|
|International:||£1,060 per 20 credit module|
Years two and three fees may be subject to an inflationary increase in future years.
If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2017/18 either full-time or part-time or Distance Learning* you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,280 through Student Finance England.
*Please note that the maximum period of study for this course is three Years