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Environmental Assessment and Management


School - School of Environment & Life Sciences

Subject area - Environment Work, Health and Organisations

Start Date(s): September; January


September Start
MSc (one year full-time or up to three years part-time)
January Start
MSc (16 months full-time or up to three years part-time)

Fees 2018-19:

2019-20 fees will be displayed shortly.

Part-time - £630 per 15 credit module

UK - £7,560

International - £13,860

In Brief:

  • Site visits, residential courses and field work offer practical experience ensuring that you are prepared for industry practice
  • All students undertake project work with private, public and third sector organisations to develop practical and professional skills
  • Part-time study option
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

This course offers a broad curriculum studying the relationships between human and natural components of the environment alongside developing the capacity to implement measures for analysing and managing environmental impacts of organisations.

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 will enable you to develop essential knowledge and skills to progress into a professional  career  in environmental management, regulation or consultancy.

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Course Details

You will be engaged 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 existing and emerging challenges and explore contemporary management, technological and regulatory systems designed to reduce environmental risks.

A key feature of this course is applied learning and an emphasis on authentic, experimental problem based learning ensuring that you will benefit from experience as well as being supported in reviewing your own progress towards career goals.

For the MSc, the full-time and part-time routes comprise three 14-week trimesters or five 14-week trimesters, which you can take within one or three years respectively. There are two intakes per year allowing flexibility in regards to the time you wish to begin your study (September or January).

Within the full-time course, you will study eight taught modules as well as completing a dissertation. Six modules are compulsory with two studied in trimester 1 and the remaining four in trimester 2. For the remaining two modules in trimester 1 you have optional choices, see below for available choices.

For part-time students the taught components span two academic years each consisting of two trimesters between September and May. Year 1 involves the study of four core modules. Year 2 involves the study of two core and two optional modules. During your third year of the course you will complete a dissertation

Full-time study option:        

Trimester 1        
This module provides key skills and knowledge to pursue academic research at the postgraduate and professional level, looking at big issues in environmental sciences. The module also introduces ethics and bioethics and will aim to enhance students critical thinking.                                                        
This module examines the relevance and relative merits of the different tools and approaches available to the business community in assessing and improving its health, safety, and environmental performance and addressing the sustainability agenda. You will explore through case study and field work the of the business community to the internal and external drivers of health, safety and environmental performance and corporate social responsibility. You will be trained to undertake audits and will have the opportunity to undertake audits of business processes through collaboration with business.                                                        
Optional modules (choose two)                            
This module covers the toxic characteristics of major environmental pollutants (heavy metals/metalloids, petroleum hydrocarbons, pesticides, nitrogen, phosphorus etc.), and their chemical behaviour, transport and environmental fate in various environmental compartments, including air, water and soils.Remediation technologies for key environmental pollution problems such as acid rain, smog, acid mine drainage, contaminated lands, eutrophication, greenhouse gas emission etc. are introduced.                           
This module provide an insight into and critical awareness of environmental, technical, economic and political factors influencing policies and mechanisms for the sustainable management of energy and environmental resources. It will enhance the skills required to formulate strategies for reconciling conflicts between development and environmental protection in the context of energy and resources management.                                                        
This module explores the complex field of resource security, from energy to food and beyond. With rising populations and cities expanding, resource management is more vital than ever. You will explore resource security through an interdiscplinary lens, touching on fields including planning, environmental, soil science and beyond, in an attempt to understand the complex nature of the topic.                                                        
Trimester 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 professional settings and to develop the skills necessary for successful delivery of project outcomes. You will work as part of a team with an external organisation or company relevant to your degree discipline on a project defined by a client. The module provides you with opportunities to develop range of skills and aptitudes including negotiation of project terms of reference, research design, data collection and analysis, professional communication, project management and professional networking.                                                        
This module will prepare you for your dissertation by enabling you to design, plan and execute a programme of research and to analyse research results appropriately. It will provide opportunities for you to acquire essential research skills relevant to your discipline in both a field and laboratory setting. The experience in applying these skills will be invaluable in planning and undertaking your dissertation.          
This module examines and evaluates processes for investigating and mitigating the impacts of development in the context of environmental impact assessment and planning procedures. You will explore impact assessment policy, law and practice through case study research and practical applications in the field. You will  have the opportunity to interact with environmental impact assessment professionals in developing and presenting a case study providing you with valuable insights into career prospects in this field.                                                        
This module examines risk based approaches to regulation. You will explore the role of law in the management of health, safety environment including the current English criminal law, the influence of social legislation and other EU and international influences. You will study the operation of the major statutes in the field, their interpretation and application, procedures and protocols for the collection of admissible evidence; regulatory authorities, criminal / administrative sanctions and sentencing guidelines.            
Trimester 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.

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 of Prior Learning (APL)

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 6.0 (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 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 If you have any queries relating directly to ATAS please contact the ATAS team on

You can apply for your ATAS Certificate via this link:

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.

Fees 2019-20

Fees for entry in 2019 will be displayed shortly.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£630 per 15 credit module
Full-time International£13,860

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.

Scholarships and Bursaries

For more information please see our funding section.


Teaching is delivered through lectures, tutorials, case studies, and workshops. Simulated business projects are utilised to develop practical, observational and analytical skills. In addition, you will take part in field work and site visits and will have many opportunities to discuss and exchange you own professional experiences with the course team and invited specialist speakers. You will work with an organisation and/or relevant stakeholder on a real project as part of a team thereby enhancing networking with external clients, developing real world experience of environmental assessment and management and engaging with a range of research methods relevant to your field. You have the opportunity to undertake a professionally focused dissertation working alongside an industry partner on a project of relevance to their mission. Networking and engagement with business, public sector organisations and the third sector is facilitated within the curriculum and through extra-curricular activities.


Each module is assessed individually through coursework including formative assignments, and assessed assignments. Formative Assignments (FA) do not count towards the final award but you are strongly encouraged to do these as they will give you  an opportunity to (i) apply subject-specific knowledge and skills, allowing review of your progress and understanding, (ii) highlight to tutors any difficulties relating to the study materials, and (iii) receive personal tutorial feedback on their work and any highlighted issues.  Modular assignments may involve working with external stakeholder organisations on projects linked to managing environmental performance and/or environmental risk.

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Andrew Clark

Andrew has almost 30 years’ experience of teaching environmental assessment management at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has extensive experience of working with private, public and third sector organisations and companies providing a strong employability focus to teaching and learning on the MSc programmes. He has responsibility for setting up and running industry focused projects for MSc programmes delivering over 100 projects involving MSc students. His research interests span the interface between environmental science and policy including contaminated land risk assessment and remediation, air quality analysis and management, and environmental management practices in organisations.

Carole Conroy

Carole is a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner, Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner and has over 25 years’ experience  within  private, public and the educational sector. She held or currently holds positions of esteem within external organisations such as external examiner positions, Chair of Manchester Occupational Health & Safety Group; Member of Professional Standards Committee, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.

David Poley

David has over 35 years’ experience as an Environmental Health officer, specialising in environmental management including air quality management and noise control.  He has been chair of the Merseyside pollution group and, under his management, his Authority became a Beacon Council for their innovation in air quality monitoring. He is a member of the Chartered Institution of Environmental Health and a member of the Institute of Acoustics.

Debapriya Mondal

Priya Mondal is an Environmental Toxicologist with over 10 years’ experience in the area of effects of environmental contaminants on human health, especially addressing risk assessments, biomarkers of exposure and identification of molecular and physiological mechanisms of toxicity. Currently, she is a council member of Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, UK and Scientific committee member of UK & Ireland Exposure Science Group.

Stephen Todd

Stephen is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Chartered Environmentalist and a member of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing and has over 40 years’ experience in the private and educational sectors. He has sat on the Greater Manchester’s Low Carbon Economic Area Group for Product and Process Innovation and for twenty years was on the Editorial Board for The Journal of Building Surveying. He was also part of the team that developed the Warrington Energy House, which was a collaborative project between the University of Salford, Warrington Housing Association and Warrington Borough Council

Steve Sumner

Steve trained as an Environmental health officer and after a succession of posts as local authority health and safety inspector/manager was seconded to HSE's Local Authority Unit responsible for the development of technical policy. Before establishing his own consultancy and joining the academic staff at Salford he was national lead for Health and Safety at the local Government Association for 9 years. He is chartered member of CIEH and a chartered fellow of IOSH.

Dr Priya Mondal, Programme Leader, discusses her research which looks at the effect of chemicals, in particular heavy metals such as arsenic, on human health. Here, Priya explains how arsenic is problematic for countries such as India, where it is present in common foods such as rice as well as drinking  water.


Career Prospects

Many employment opportunities exist in this field including positions as environmental managers, environmental regulators and environmental consultants working in fields as diverse as contaminated land, planning and environmental impact assessment, environmental management in organisations, and waste, water and energy management.

In particular the successful completion of the programme will enable graduates to cope with rapid social, technological and organisational change through promoting an understanding of relevant concepts and the ability to apply these concepts in practice. The programme also develops the critical and analytical powers in relation to EAM. The knowledge base developed through study of the relevant Level 7 modules will assist to demonstrate the knowledge required for application for entry to the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA).  Those who complete the dissertation will also further develop their existing research skills and participate in meaningful applied research in the field of EAM.

Previous graduates of this course are working in energy companies at the forefront of environmental innovation (e.g. Uniper 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).

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 your dissertation. You will work in a team on a project with an external client organisation to develop your research and analytical skills and to enhance your employability profile. Recent projects include an analysis of the air quality benefits of trees in urban areas (City of Trees), evaluation and enhancement of environmental management procedures for a large multinational manufacturing company, analysis of energy management measures implemented in schools for a local authority and the assessment of environmental management options for a large national charitable organisation.

You are encouraged to undertake voluntary work for which assistance is provided. The programme has links with a range of volunteering organisations including the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the Groundwork organisations and the Bolton Community Development Partnership.

Full-time students also have the opportunity to work with a business on an environmental management project of relevance to the organisation as part of their dissertation. Past projects include work with E.ON UK, United Utilities, Groundwork and Manchester City Council on a range of projects including contaminated land investigation, feasibility studies of sustainable technologies for business and stakeholder perceptions of sustainable environmental practices.

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).

Vo Tien Dung
MSc Environmental Assessment and Management graduate

The most impressive thing about Salford 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 the course was always interesting. We also received constructive guidance, instruction and feedback.

For my dissertation I worked with Groundwork Oldham and Rochdale on an energy benchmarking project. This provided an opportunity for me 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, and the experience and knowledge gained from the course at Salford, I believe that I will achieve even more in my future career.

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