MSc Environmental Management

Study Mode Full-time
Year of Entry 2024/25
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Environmental Management

Work with academics on urgent environmental challenges and explore theoretical, practical and policy solutions. Develop your transferable skills and career goals as an environmental professional.

Everything you need to know...

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £10,310 for the course
    International/EU: £17,205 for the course

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    1 Year

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024

Course summary

  • Develop the core knowledge and competencies you’ll need to work in the environment sector.
  • Critically assess the theoretical basis for modern environmental policies and practice worldwide. 
  • Design your own course within the wildlife & landscape management or international resource management routes.
  • Learn from staff with extensive research and professional experience. 

You’ll study a course accredited by the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). We’ll introduce you to environmental experts and you’ll have the chance to work on live projects for real clients. You’ll tailor your studies to your own career goals, specialising in ecology & conservation or international resource management.

Accredited by
  • Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)

This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

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MSc Environmental Management graduate Nikky Wilson

'The course helped me understand some of the big environmental issues of the 21st century - climate change and sustainable development – and how we might tackle these. I would definitely say that it helped me get to where I am now in my career.'

Nikky Wilson, MSc Environmental Management, 2017 graduate now working for the Environment Agency

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How you learn

Your lecturer’s view
Watch course leader Jonathan Bridge talk about the Environmental Management course.

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

We provide a supportive, inclusive and challenging learning experience – helping you develop as a self-directed learner with a long-lasting passion for environmental management. You’ll be introduced to key theories and current debates through lectures from leading authorities. You’ll experience site visits to explore key concepts and issues. Instead of exams you’ll be assessed on the application of skills and knowledge – evidenced through your coursework. 

You’ll also engage in formative exercises, group discussions and critical analyses of current environmental issues and case studies. 

You learn through

  • lectures and seminars
  • guest lectures
  • individual and group exercises
  • case studies
  • field visits
  • coursework

Course leaders and tutors

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Dr Jonathan Bridge
Course Leader, MSc Environmental

I am an environmental geoscientist, researching the ways in which human activity affects the physical environment and try to find solutions to the ways in which the … Read more

Applied learning

Live projects

You’ll complete a major independent research project, which you’ll design on a subject of your choice under the expert supervision of an academic. Projects are often aligned with current research activities undertaken by our staff – in collaboration with a wide range of partners, including local government, the Environment Agency, industry and conservation organisations.

You may also be able to work in a small group to complete a live consultancy project for one of our partner organisations – who act as a real-life client for your work.

Field trips

We use our university campus, Sheffield city centre, the surrounding region and the neighbouring Peak District National Park as live study sites on many of our modules. In these locations you’ll see examples of the principles and practice techniques covered on the course. 

Recent visits have included habitat management in the Peak District and lowland peat bogs, ecological survey in local farmland, sustainable housing design, and innovative waste management practices in Sheffield. Where possible these visits involve the external professionals responsible for the site or the process in question.

Networking opportunities 

You’ll benefit from our extensive network of leading experts and organisations. We’ll encourage you to engage with our contacts, both on the course and through extra-curricular activities. By working with them you can explore the different roles within the environmental sector. 

You’ll also draw on the university services that support graduate employability and enterprise – including specialist careers advice to help you launch your career.

Future careers

Environmental management offers a wide range of exciting employment opportunities. Our applied focus on professional skills and competencies encourages you to develop a personal career development plan – supported by our specialist Employability Advisers.

Many of our graduates go on to work in the consultancy sector – which spans both ecology and resource management. 

Other employment opportunities include

  • government agencies (Defra, Environment Agency)
  • companies such as McCain Foods, Amey PLC, United Utilities and Geosphere Environmental Ltd
  • advising on the development and implementation of an environmental management system in almost any business
  • major third-sector conservation organisations, such as the RSPB and Wildlife Trusts
  • National Park Authorities and Local Government

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Natural and Built Environment Facilities Tour

Take a look around the natural and built environment facilities at Sheffield Hallam University with lecturer Camila Bassi.

Equipment and facilities

On this course you have access to

  • sites in the Sheffield area and Peak District, allowing you to explore environmental management issues
  • specialist computer services, including labs with access to Geographical Information Systems (ArcGIS), as well as remote access to ArcGIS and other specialist software via a virtual desktop
  • well-equipped labs for environmental science, hydrology and materials testing
  • a wide range of specialist field equipment, which is available to use in your major research project

Entry requirements

All students

Normal entry requirements are a minimum 2.2 honours degree or equivalent. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

We may accept applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements depending on their suitability. This may be assessed by • an interview and/or piece of written work • relevant experience • qualifications • commitment to study.

International students
International qualifications are suitable if they are equivalent to a UK 2.2 honours degree.

If English is not your first language you typically need an IELTS 6.0 score with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Please contact us for more information.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Final year

Compulsory modules

Applied Research Methods
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Environment & Infrastructure
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Environmental Perspectives And Policy Development
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Introduction To Gis
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Major Research Project
Credits 45
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Professional Practice
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £10,310 for the course. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £17,205 for the course. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time.

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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry.

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We are Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for the outstanding quality of our teaching and student outcomes

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Study in brand-new facilities with access to state-of-the-art digital software and laboratory equipment

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95% of our UK graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduating (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey)

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