Environmental Assessment and Management

Part-time study available
Alternative start dates available
Work placement opportunity
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Environmental Assessment and Management at Salford


Recognised by the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) as having cognate degree status


Opportunities for project work with private, public and third sector organisations


Interactive site visits offer practical experience

Course Summary

This course offers a broad-based curriculum studying the relationships between human and natural components of the environment.

It is designed to produce graduates sufficiently equipped to play a leading role in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of environmental policy initiatives within the environmental industries.

This course enables you to develop essential knowledge and skills to progress to a professional career in environmental management, regulation or consultancy.

Course Details

This course involves engagement with a number of ideas drawn from law, economics and the social and physical sciences which are of relevance to the theory and practice of environmental assessment and management.  

Modules address the existing and emerging challenges and explore contemporary management, technological and regulatory systems designed to reduce environmental risks.  

A feature of this course is applied learning and an emphasis on contextualising study.  

This course comprises four taught modules complemented by a research dissertation.   Three modules are compulsory with two studied in semester 1 and the remaining one in semester 2.  The remaining module is optional and you can choose one module in semester 2 from the available options.   

For part-time students, the taught components span two academic years each consisting of two semesters between September and May.  Year 1 involves the study of two core modules.  Year 2 involves the study of one core and one optional module.  

This course has both full-time and part-time routes, which, for the MSc, comprises three 14-week semesters or five 14-week semesters, which you can take within one or three years respectively:  

Semester 1 - September to February

Semester 2 - February to June

Semester 3 - June to September

Course Structure

Full-time study option:

Semester 1

This module aims to enable you to critically appraise factors that influence the perception of, and response to, a range of risks to the environment, safety, public health and well-being and their significance in risk communication and trust.  This module also assists you in the evaluation of approaches in risk management processes and application to contextual situations.
This module examines the relevance and relative merits of the different tools and approaches available to the business community in assessing and improving its environmental performance and addressing the sustainability agenda.  You will explore through case study and field work the response of the business community to the internal and external drivers of environmental performance and corporate social responsibility.

Semester 2

This module aims to enable you to design, plan and execute a programme of research through active enquiry and to undertake appropriate analysis of research results. You will have the opportunity to use research skills acquired in the applied context of ‘real world project work in a variety of professional settings and to develop the skills necessary for successful delivery of project outcomes.
This module develops the knowledge and skills relevant to the investigation and analysis of environmental pollution and contamination issues. You will gain experience of sampling soil, water and biological material in the field together with skills related to sample preparation and laboratory analysis. You will develop experience of using GIS mapping tools for data presentation. This module also examines technical options for pollution prevention and remediation.


This module aims to critically review the relationship between energy, air quality, climate change and waste management as components of sustainable development strategies at national, European and international levels. You will examine the nature and origins of pollution problems, assess the success of sustainability initiatives and undertake site visits to examine the complexity of environmental challenges. This module will provide you with an insight into and appreciation of environmental, technical, economic and political factors influencing policies and mechanisms for sustainable resource management.

Semester 3

This dissertation aims to contribute to the body of knowledge in your area by devising and conducting an independent research project and through independent, self-motivated critical thinking, to develop as a reflective practitioner.

Part-time study option:

Year 1, Semester 1

Risk: Perception and Management (30 credits)

Year 1, Semesters 2

Research and Professional Practice (30 credits)

Year 2, Semester 1:

Techniques for Environmental Assessment and Management (30 credits)

Year 2, Semester 2

Environmental Investigation and Remediation (optional) (30 credits)

Energy, Resources and Sustainability (optional) (30 credits)

Year 3, Semester 1 and 2

Dissertation (60 credits)

Entry Requirements

Applicants should possess at least a UK lower second class honours degree (2:2) or equivalent in any subject.

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this. If you need to improve your written and spoken English, you might be interested in our English Language courses. International Students - Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)International Students are required by the Home Office and/or the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate before they begin studying their course. You may need to obtain an ATAS Certificate before you come to the UK in order for you to comply with Home Office regulations. Please refer to your offer conditions.

You can find out if your programme requires an ATAS by checking the FCO website at https://www.gov.uk/academic-technology-approval-scheme with your JACS code which will be on your offer letter should you choose to make an application. If you cannot find it please contact International Conversion team at application@salford.ac.uk. If you have any queries relating directly to ATAS please contact the ATAS team on Salford-ATAS@salford.ac.uk.

You can apply for your ATAS Certificate via this link: https://www.academic-technology-approval.service.gov.uk/

Suitable For

The course seeks to contribute to the development of a new generation of environmental practitioners (i.e. managers, advisors and regulators) who can understand the fundamental methodologies used in different disciplines, are capable of thinking in an interdisciplinary way and who can assess and manage risks to health and the environment. The course is for you if you are committed to pursuing a career with a practitioner focus in the environmental industries.


Course material is delivered by:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • seminars
  • case studies and simulated business projects to develop professional and subject-specific skills
  • field work and site visits are used to develop practical, observational and analytical skills
  • discussing and exchanging your own professional experiences with the course team and invited specialist speakers


Research & Professional Practice (30 credits)
Project & Learning portfolio (100%)  
Risk: Perception & Management (30 credits)
Literature review (30%); Case study portfolio (70%)  
Techniques for Environmental Assessment and Management (30 credits)
Case study analysis (50%); Environmental Management Project (50%)  
Environmental Investigation and Remediation (optional) (30 credits)
Coursework 1 (40%); Coursework 2 (60%) 
Energy, Resources & Sustainability (30 credits)
Poster presentation (30%); Case Study Report (70%)  
Dissertation (60 credits)
Research protocol (15%); dissertation (85%)

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Andrew Clark

Teaching and research interests include environmental impact assessment, environmental management, policy developments and management of environmental resources (air, water and waste). Practical applications of environmental principles in business.


Graduates of the course have found positions as environmental managers in business, environmental regulators and environmental consultants working in fields as diverse as contaminated land, planning and environmental impact assessment, waste management and energy management.

Past graduates are working in energy companies at the forefront of environmental innovation (e.g. E.ON and EDF Energy), national and local environmental regulators (e.g. the Environment Agency and local authorities), environmental consultancies with an international dimension (e.g. Royal Haskoning, Scott Wilson, WS Atkins, Mouchel) and utilities companies (e.g. United Utilities, Viridor-Laing).

Career Prospects

Alumni Profile

Vo Tien Dung, now Geologist and Environment Officer, Archipelago Resources Ltd, Vietnam

The University provided excellent facilities and services. The library has thousands of books, journals and science papers in electronic versions and hard copy which it is easy to access anytime from University or from home. The leisure centre with swimming pool and other facilities provide wonderful services for the time out activities.

The most impressive part of the University for me was the relationship between lecturers and students. We received excellent instruction from our lecturers, and a variety of teaching methods were used, so it was always interesting; we also received constructive guidance, instruction and feedback during our dissertation research project. For my dissertation I had the opportunity to work with Groundwork Oldham and Rochdale on an energy benchmarking project; this provided an opportunity to develop experience of real-world research and helped to enhance my practical and project management skills.

One year of study at the University of Salford has brought significant changes in my career. I have received a number of work offers from different organisations working in climate change research or the mining industry. Currently, I am working for Archipelago Resources Ltd in Vietnam as a Geologist and Environmental Officer. With my ambition, experience and the knowledge gained from the course in our University, I believe that I will achieve even more in my future career.

Links with Industry

The course emphasises the development of professional skills and capabilities supplemented by practice-based learning opportunities. Your employability is developed through project work with external clients and through opportunities to work on a specific business problem for the dissertation component. You are encouraged to undertake voluntary work for which assistance is provided through personal development planning (PDP).

Recent projects include the development of environmental management procedures for a social enterprise, examination of sustainable food production and consumption for a local council and the development of a climate change adaptation business service for Groundwork.

Full-time students also have the opportunity to work with an organisation on an environmental management project of relevance to the organisation for the dissertation component of the degree. Past projects include work with E.ON UK, United Utilities, Groundwork and Manchester City Council.

Further Study

After completion of this course, you may wish to specialise in a chosen subject area in one of the School’s two main research centres: Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre (EER) or Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).

Fees and Funding

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,083 per 30 credits
Full-time International£13,300, part-time £2,217 per 30 credits

Fees 2017-18

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,230 per 30 credit module
Full-time International£13,500

Additional costs

  • Field courses - a non refundable deposit of £25 is charged for all residential field courses
  • Field trips - students will not be charged for field (day) trips but are expected to provide their own refreshments.

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

The Postgraduate Bursaries and Scholarships for 2017-18 entry are currently under review and subject to change. A revised schedule of scholarships and bursaries will be published in Spring 2017.