This course will provide you with a strong foundation in environmental management, allowing you to develop your skills and progress onto one of our BSc (Hons) degree courses in Environment, Geography or Wildlife.
It is ideal if you don’t meet the requirements for direct entry, but still wish to study for an Honours degree. This course may also be attractive if you are returning to higher education or if you wish to change career direction.
This course is about understanding science and its interrelationship with the environment. You will learn how organisations perceive the environment and the important considerations necessary for them to invest in improving their performance. If you are interested in sustainable development and planning, want a career in a new, developing and challenging area, if you want to improve the environmental performance of organisations or help to mitigate global climate change then this course is for you.
Fieldwork is a key element of the programme and field trips are aligned with the specialist modules, allowing you to develop applied skills and gain practical experience. You may go on day trips to the Peak District and Yorkshire Dales, as well as residential field courses in Denmark or the European Alps. The majority of these trips are free, with students only needing to pay a modest administration fee.
Small group teaching is a beneficial feature of this course and there are strong links between course content and staff research interests. You will get all the support you need from friendly and accessible academic staff, and you will have weekly tutorials with your personal tutor ensuring that you will quickly get to know other students.
During the Environmental Management Foundation Year you will study modules which will help to increase your knowledge and understanding of the social and natural sciences necessary for understanding contemporary environmental issues. You will also benefit from taking part in free field trip opportunities - usually to the Peak District and Lyme Park - where you will develop and practice your field skills.
Year 1 provides a solid foundation across the breadth of the subject, and includes field and laboratory work, study skills development, data handling and interpersonal skills. You take six 20 credit modules in year 1.
Year 2 extends both your knowledge and understanding and increases your specialisation. You take core modules oriented around knowledge and skills development, and choose additional modules on subjects of interest to you. The course includes fieldwork and site visits to enhance your learning.
In your final year you undertake a research project and select four modules to study. Field courses are aligned with the specialist modules.
Explore the interactions of earth processes, geological structures and environmental functions, the use of resources e.g. fossil fuels including fracking and consider the differential impacts of a range of geological hazards – earthquakes, volcanic activity and rising sea levels.
Evaluate a range of environmental and scientific factors that interact to influence health – e.g. pollution, nutrition, drug development and consider examples of environmental interventions and clinical trials.
Take a hands-on approach to develop biological and chemical laboratory skills, practise environmental and fieldwork techniques, and apply scientific knowledge in the interpretation of results of experiments and surveys.
Explore the characteristics of plant and animal cells which are the building blocks of all life forms; their interactions with micro and macro environments, and learn about the diversity of animal and plant life in a range of ecosystems.
You take a weekly one hour tutorial with a member of academic staff in a group of 6-8 students. The module develops your academic skills and helps you develop your personal and professional skills for study and for work. You will work on a range of geographical/environmental management problems linked to the core first year modules The tutorials involve discussion, debate, and problem-solving, and provide you with a regular forum for monitoring your progress.
You will examine sustainability at local, national and global scales and explore a range of case studies. Sustainability is a concept that cuts across disciplines and provides a framework for managing environmental issues. Project work will allow you to apply your knowledge of the principles of sustainable development to assess and classify real-world problems and suggest solutions.
This module provides a broad introduction to the physical processes that take place within the geosphere and biosphere, focusing on those linked to the nature of landforms, global ecosystems and environmental change. You will develop a sound understanding of the inter-relationships between physical environmental processes and human activity, including natural hazards, climate change and biodiversity
This module examines the role of people in shaping the human environment and focuses on key concepts such as place, power, scale and networks. You will learn about how the shape and form of cities is influenced by social and political issues, and how new technologies are changing the nature of human in cities, states and across the world.
Environmental resources include food, energy and water. Spatial and temporal variation in the availability of these resources is arguably the most important issue for society in the twenty first century. This module introduces energy and water resources as fundamental themes in resources management and examines current problems related to climate change, food security and pollution
The first part of this module provides you with the applied skills to manage and analyse data using descriptive statistics, inference, graphs, hypothesis testing, and correlation and regression. It also introduces information searching and retrieving skills, data presentation and report writing. The second part of the module involves a residential field course in the UK where you will collect, analyse and present data to put into practice what you have learned.
This module equips with you with the range of research skills relevant for further study and the workplace, and prepares you for your final year Dissertation. You will learn about the research process, the nature of scientific writing, research design, risk assessment and ethical considerations, and how to write a research proposal. The work is supported by fortnightly small-group tutorials with a member of academic staff.
This innovative module supports the development of personal and professional skills. You will carry out a group-based project for an external client and learn about teamwork, project planning and time management. You will work with an academic advisor to write a project plan, allocate tasks to the team, carry out an investigation, and report the results to the client.
This module provides an opportunity for you to conduct fieldwork and site visits to support the modules that you study in second year. It is an opportunity for you to practice the research and professional skills developed in other modules and to benefit from experiential learning and interactions with working in a range of settings.
This module examines occupational health and safety legislation in a range of contexts including those involving public safety. It explores the concepts and principles of controlling risks to workers, assessing and controlling risks leading to, and the legislation and guidance designed to control workplace.
This module introduces the theory and practice of acquiring environmental data using global positioning systems, aerial photography and satellite remote sensing. It develops practical skills in the use of geographical information systems (GIS) that can be deployed in projects, dissertations and work. The module promotes hands-on learning, using state-of-the-art mapping software and mapping technologies.
This module is designed to introduce the state’s role as a protector of the environment, and to identify factors influencing environmental policy and law in the UK. You will explore the relationships between regulatory frameworks and environmental standards, and critically assess case studies relating to the nuclear sector, contaminated land, and air quality management.
This module combines fieldwork, laboratory analysis, and computer-based mapping and modelling, to explore ways to monitor environmental change in a range of environments. It covers both biotic and abiotic targets and critically examines the nature, quality and reliability of environmental data.
The Dissertation is a key feature of the course providing you with an opportunity to undertake a challenging independent research project with guidance of a member of academic staff. Your research topic is defined in second year and in third year, you focus on data analysis, data interpretation and report writing. The module fine-tunes your research skills and provides you with a wide range of skills that may deployed in further study or the workplace.
The aim of this module is to develop your knowledge and understanding of the factors controlling the design, and implementation of GIS solutions to map, monitor and model terrestrial environments. You will also examine the major issues and impacts of GIS evolution and diffusion on society.
This module will develop your understanding of the principles of remote sensing and the issues associated with applying remote sensing data to solve real-world problems. It will expose you to a range of remotely sensed data and help you to develop a clear understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of methodologies that employ such data6
This module examines the role of decision-making in the management of natural resources and ecosystem services. You will investigate the role of environmental modelling in supporting environmental decision-making and assess the effectiveness of decision-making tools including Environmental Impact Assessment, hazard and risk analysis, and life-cycle analysis
This module provides an insight into, and conceptual knowledge of, contemporary techniques for environmental management applicable to private, public and voluntary sector enterprises. You will examine the drivers for, and barriers to, progressive environmental management in business together with techniques for incorporating environmental policy objectives into business models of sustainable development
This module explores the relationships between human health and environment and the epidemiology and geographical distribution of disease. You will assess the availability and accessibility of health services and their influence on ‘well-being’ in communities and explore and evaluate principles and techniques for health promotion.
This module will engages with a host of ideas and concepts, from urban agriculture, which involves farming in cities, to methods for greening cities and the role of key actors in managing these spaces. The rise of megacities, with a specific focus on the social and environmental issues present in such complex environments is also examined.
Courses are available in: Arabic, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
Unistats data for Environmental Management
Completion of two full years study and an awarded qualification
GCSE You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
English Language and Maths at grade C or 4 or above
UCAS tariff points
GCE A level
BTEC National Diploma
64 points from Higher Level
Irish Leaving Certificate
64 points from Higher Level
Access to HE
Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
Please note that you should discuss the possibility of being considered for the scheme with the Admissions Tutor before making an application. Please contact the Environment and Life Sciences school office to speak with the Admissions Tutor for this course: +44(0)161 295 4656
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.
£6,165 for Foundation Year; £9,250 for subsequent years
Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
£12,300 per year
Field courses - a non refundable deposit of £25 is charged for all residential field courses including the trip to Scandinavia (students are also allowed to claim up to £45 back with receipts from the Scandinavia trip). There may be an additional charge for the 2-night stay at the Centre for Alternative Technology as part of the optional Housing and Sustainability module in the third year.
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.
You will learn through a combination of:
Your assessment is based on a combination of exams and coursework throughout.
My favourite piece of work was my dissertation, as I was given the freedom to research a topic that I was really interested in. Now I have graduated I hope to return to Salford to complete my Masters, as I wish to pursue a career in food security and sustainable agriculture.
Lex Massey Environmental Management graduate
Since leaving Salford University I have worked as a consultant covering various issues including health and safety, waste minimisation, resource efficiency, environmental training and implementing environmental management systems such as ISO 14001. I am currently working for the Environment Agency as an Environment Officer which allows me to work in various fields including waste management, water, hazardous waste, WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment), pollution incident response and enforcement work.
Daniel Dawson Environmental Management graduate
I spent my placement year working within Wirral Borough Council’s Environmental Health department and with Mersey Port Health Authority. No day was ever the same and the practical experience really complemented the theory taught at University. I am now employed as an environmental health practitioner by Wirral Council.
Environmental consultancies, local authorities, utility companies (such as water, electricity and gas), and organisations within the voluntary sector are all concerned with the protection of the environment. A wide range of organisations employ environmental managers to set up and manage their environmental management systems in order to comply with legislation and to conform to national and international standards.
You will develop a range of personal and professional skills throughout your degree which will make you highly employable. These include report writing and presentation skills, data interpretation and IT skills and team work and project management skills.
Links with Industry
This course includes modules that allow you to work with external agencies including companies, research organisations and voluntary groups. You will develop many of the key skills sought by employers and experience practical real-world project work that will give you an insight into the world of work.
You are encouraged to undertake an additional placement year of work experience in an industrial, governmental or research establishment, which we will help you to arrange.