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MSc Environmental Management

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Study Mode Full-time
Year of Entry 2022/23

Environmental Management

Specialise in the aspects of environmental management where you wish to develop your career, as well as developing key transferable skills.

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What is the fee? Home: £8,745 for the course
International/EU: £14,895 for the course
How long will I study? 1 Year / 16 Months
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2022
January 2023

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.

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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

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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 John Rose
Senior Lecturer in Environmental Management

John is course Leader for the MSc Environmental Management suite of courses. He delivers modules a broad range of modules in the environmental field at both undergra … Read more

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Dr Jonathan Bridge
Reader/Associate Professor in Environmental Geoscience

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


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

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.

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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. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

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.

Modules studied may differ depending on when you start your course.

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Research Methods Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Environment & Infrastructure Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Environmental Perspectives And Policy Development Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Gis Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Major Research Project Credits: 45 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional Practice Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £8,745 for the course.

† 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 2022/23 is £14,895 for the course.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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You apply for this course via our online application form.

You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry. If you require an alternate version of the application form, please email

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