Postgraduate MSc

Environmental Assessment and Management

School of Science, Engineering and Environment





One year

Three year

Next enrolment

September 2021


In a nutshell

Study the relationships between human and natural components of the environment, and develop the capacity to implement measures for analysing and managing environmental impacts of organisations, with our MSc Environmental Assessment and Management postgraduate degree.

Designed to prepare you for career roles leading the formulation, implementation and evaluation of environmental policy initiatives within the environmental sectors, this course will help you to develop the core knowledge and skills needed by environmental management, regulation or consultancy professionals.

The course is accredited by Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). Students who successfully complete the course will automatically qualify for GradIEMA professional status. Graduates can also fast track to PIEMA (Practitioner Status) once they complete a work-based competence assessment.

You will:
  • 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

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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

Course details

All about the course

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Course delivery

The course is delivered through a range of industry-focused modules. The 180-credit MSc award comprises six credit-bearing taught modules, plus a 60-credit research-based dissertation project. 

Flexibility is at the heart of our learning approach. You can choose to study this postgraduate course full-time or part-time on campus:

  • Full-time students will complete six credit-bearing taught modules totalling 120 points across the trimesters one and two on campus. The research-based dissertation project worth 60 credits is completed during the third trimester
  • Part-time students will complete six credit-bearing modules totalling 120 points across five trimesters spread over two years. Students will complete a 60-credit research-based dissertation project during a third year of study
Course content

During your studies, you will engage with issues drawn from law, economics and the social and physical sciences which are relevant 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 that are designed to reduce environmental risks.

The course has a highly-practical focus with an emphasis on authentic, experimental problem-based learning. You will consider the relevant concepts in practice and apply them in different circumstances, helping you to develop confidence in managing rapid social, technological and organisational change.

Modules content is designed to provide the knowledge you will need to apply for entry to the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). The dissertation element will develop your existing research skills so you can participate in meaningful applied research in the field of environmental assessment management. 

Learn more about the current course modules in the section below.

Trimester one

Postgraduate Scholarship Skills

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.

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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.

Energy Sustainability

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.

Resource Security

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 two

Professional Practice

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.

Risk Regulation

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 three


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 and learning is delivered using a combination of lectures, tutorials, case studies, field work, site visits and workshops.
  • We use simulated business projects to help you develop practical, observational and analytical skills. In some modules, you may also work with an organisation and/or relevant stakeholder on a real project.
  • During your studies, you will have opportunities to discuss and exchange you own professional experiences with your course and invited specialist speakers. We also facilitate formal and extra-curricular engagement with business, public sector organisations and the third sector.


  • Each module is assessed using coursework. We also use formative assessments that do not count towards the final award, but provide you with opportunities to feedback challenges and monitor your progress.
  • Some modular assignments may also involve working with an external stakeholder organisation on projects connected to environmental performance and/or environmental risk.

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Rising to the challenge of a changing world, our postgraduate courses are designed to shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers, consultants and industry leaders.

Shaped by industry, and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the skills to take your career potential further.


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.

Programme Team

The Environmental Assessment and Management postgraduate programme is delivered by an academic team with exceptional research experience and extensive professional connections.

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What about after uni?



The course can open up excellent employment opportunities, including positions as environmental managers and environmental regulators. the course can also prepare you for roles environmental consultancy that focus on issues such as contaminated land, planning and environmental impact assessment, environmental management in organisations, and waste, water and energy management.

Today, you'll find course alumni 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).


You could also choose to take your subject knowledge further with research. The Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre at Salford is home to our collaborative community exploring a range of topics, from energy and food security to ecosystem services and environmental assessment.

Learn more about postgraduate research opportunities available at Salford through our Doctoral School.

A taste of what you could become

An environmental manager

An environmental regulator

An environmental consultant

And more...

Career Links

  • The course will develop your professional skills through practice-based learning opportunities, such as project work with external clients or a specific business problem for your dissertation. Recent projects include an analysis of the air quality benefits of trees in urban areas, analysis of energy management measures in schools and the assessment of environmental management options for a national charity.
  • The course team has links with volunteering organisations including the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the Groundwork organisations and the Bolton Community Development Partnership. Where possible, we encourage you to carry out voluntary work with these and other organisations as this can provide invaluable subject insight.
  • Full-time students many also choose to work with a business on an environmental management project as part of their dissertation. Past projects working with E.ON UK, United Utilities, Groundwork and Manchester City Council, have looked at contaminated land investigation, feasibility studies of sustainable technologies and stakeholder perceptions of sustainable environmental practices.

What you need to know


The course is recommended for applicants looking to become 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. 


All of our courses are taught and assessed in English. If English is not your first language, you must meet our minimum English language entry requirements. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this, however we do accept a range of equivalent qualifications. 

Read more about our English language requirements, including information about pathways that can help you gain entry on to our degree courses.


The course is accredited by Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). Students who successfully complete the course will automatically qualify for GradIEMA professional status. Graduates can also fast track to PIEMA (Practitioner Status) once they complete a work-based competence assessment.

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

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

Alternative entry requirements

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).

Learn more about the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2021/22 £9,180per year
Full-time international 2021/22 £15,030per year
Part-time 2021/22 £1,530 per 30 credits
Additional costs

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

International student scholarships

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships. We offer a range of scholarships worth between £3,000-£5,000.

Learn more about our latest international scholarships.

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