Postgraduate Scholarship Skills
Environmental Assessment and Management
School of Science, Engineering and Environment
In a nutshell
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.
Students who successfully complete the programme automatically qualify for GradIEMA professional status. Graduates can also fast track to PIEMA (Practitioner Status) once they have completed a work-based competence assessment.
- Learn about existing and emerging challenges and explore contemporary management, technological and regulatory systems designed to reduce environmental risks
- Study the areas of law, economics and the social and physical sciences which are of relevance to the theory and practice of environmental assessment and management
- Learn authentic, experimental problem-based learning
This is for you if...
You are currently working in environmental management and looking to develop your professional skills
You are interested to move into the environmental industry
You are wanting to develop your practical skills
All about the course
The areas you study on this programme are wide ranging. You will engage with a number of issues drawn from law, economics and the social and physical sciences which are of relevance to the theory and practice of environmental assessment and management. You will also look at existing and emerging challenges and explore contemporary management, technological and regulatory systems designed to reduce environmental risks.
The course has a highly practical focus with an emphasis on authentic, experimental problem-based learning to ensure you benefit from the experience. You will consider the relevant concepts in practice and look at how to apply them in different circumstances so that you will be confident to cope with rapid social, technological and organisational change.
The learning from relevant modules covers the knowledge you need to apply for entry to the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). An integral part of completing the dissertation is developing your existing research skills which would allow you, in future, to participate in meaningful applied research in the field of environmental assessment management. You will also be encouraged to review 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 which allows you to be flexible 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 one and the remaining four in trimester two. For the remaining two modules in trimester one 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 one involves the study of four core modules. Year two involves the study of two core and two optional modules. During your third year of the course you will complete a dissertation.
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.
Standards and Auditing
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 partners.
Choose two options from
Environmental Pollution and Remediation
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.
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.
Research Design and Delivery
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.
Environmental Impact Assessment
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.
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.
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.
What will I be doing?
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.
School of Science, Engineering and Environment
Rising to the challenge of a rapidly changing world, our multi-disciplinary courses will shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers, consultants and conservationists. Shaped by industry and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the skills to become unstoppable in your career.
During your studies, you will experience a modern learning environment, enriched with accessible lecture theatres and AV-equipped classrooms and laboratories, computing suites and multimedia libraries, with access to industry journals, databases, and simulation software.
The Environmental Assessment and Management postgraduate programme is delivered by an academic team with exceptional research experience and extensive professional connections.
What about after uni?
There are excellent employment opportunities in this field including positions as environmental managers, environmental regulators and environmental consultants working in areas as diverse as contaminated land, planning and environmental impact assessment, environmental management in organisations, and waste, water and energy management.
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).
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.
What you need to know
The course aims to shape the next generation of environmental practitioners (i.e. managers, advisors and regulators) who can confidently apply interdisciplinary methodologies and strategies to assess and manage risks to health and the environment. The course is highly-recommended if you want a career working with a practitioner focus in the environmental industries.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
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.
Applicants should possess at least a UK lower second class honours degree (2:2) or equivalent in any subject.
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).
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home||2020/21||£9,000per year|
|Full-time international||2020/21||£15,210per year|
|Part-time||2020/21||£1,500 per 30 credits|
|Full-time home||2021/22||£9,180per year|
|Full-time international||2021/22||£15030per year|
|Part-time||2021/22||£1,530 per 30 credits|
You should consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
International Scholarships for 2021/22
If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our international scholarships worth up to £5,000. Our international scholarships include the Salford International Excellence Scholarship.
Visit our International Scholarships page for more information.