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MSc Environmental Management

This course gives you the technical knowledge and ability to meet the increasing demand for skilled and experienced professionals in environmental management. You can choose to specialise in wildlife and landscape management, international resource management, or a combination of the two areas. We have strong links with public and private sector organisations allowing us to make sure that the course meets the needs of employers.

Course length 12-36 Month(s)
Location City Campus

Course description

Concern for the global environment is continuing to grow. As a result there is a continuing demand for skilled and experienced professionals in environmental management. This course gives you the technical knowledge and skills to meet these demands. Alongside these technical competencies the course will help you to develop transferable competencies (e.g. communication, critical thinking, use of IT packages) which professional bodies and employers recognise as being essential to environmental professionals.

We have strong links with public and private sector organisations allowing us to make sure that the course meets the needs of employers.

In the first semester you study core environmental topics and material that assist you to settle in to postgraduate study. In the second semester you have the option to study

• the management and sensitive use of natural resources (international resource management strand)
• the conservation of wildlife and landscapes (wildlife and landscape management strand)
• a mix of the above topics allowing you to tailor your studies to your own particular interests (environmental management strand)

To ensure your learning is interesting and relevant to the workplace, we use a range of teaching methods including class discussions, case studies based on real life scenarios and field visits. You also have the opportunity to take a module where you do a project for a real organisation to help you develop skills in managing a project, and to develop contacts in the sector where you plan to work.

Most of our teaching staff have previously worked in the sector and have retained strong links with public and private sector organisations allowing us to draw on real world experience in our teaching. Our environment subject area also has a proven track record in research.

We also offer most modules on this course as standalone short courses.

The course is suitable for you whether you are progressing from a related first degree or if you come from a non-environmental background. As part of the support to students from a non-environmental background we offer an optional module that introduces key ecological concepts for those wishing to work in that area but who have no relevant previous experience or study.

Professional recognition

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

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

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.

2018 entry requirements

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.

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

Full time – September start – typically 12 or 16 months

Part time – September start – typically 36 months

Typical modules may include

Core modules

Environmental perspectives and policy development
This module explores the history of environmentalism and sustainability, and of environmental values and issues.

Introduction to GIS
Geographical Information Systems are widely used across the environmental sector for the collection, analysis and presentation of data. The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to fundamental principles of GIS and to enable you to develop your GIS skills through practical exercises.

Environment and infrastructure
This module examines the tensions in planning’s role both in protecting the environment and facilitating the delivery of major infrastructure.

Professional practice
Employers want graduates who understand what it is to work in a professional environment and have the necessary skills to deliver professional work. This module helps you develop these skills.

International resource management strand

International water management
This module explores the debates and challenges associated with water management in an international context. You examine the policy approaches and the techniques and technologies employed for water management.

Environmental management systems
This module provides you with a working knowledge of environmental management systems (EMS) and their importance in managing the operational environmental impacts of organisations in the business and public sectors.

Carbon and energy management
In this module you explore how current and predicted climate change is likely to affect the environment. You explore technologies employed in energy generation, conversion, use and conservation.

Wildlife and landscape management strand

Cultural landscape management
This module equips you with knowledge and expertise relating to the definition and significance of cultural landscapes. You also develop the expertise and skills to propose management solutions to balance the needs of indigenous communities, visitors and the public.

Habitat management
This module allows you to become familiar with landscape scale policy development and habitat management. You examine different habitat types and management approaches for particular sites.

Ecological survey and evaluation
You study approaches to the identification of species, survey and monitoring strategies, as well as evaluating ecological information produced by field investigations.

To complete the masters, you also take • applied research methods • dissertation.

Options

International resource management strand
One from • minerals and waste • consultancy project • cultural landscape management

Wildlife and landscape management strand
One from • applied ecology • minerals and waste • water management • consultancy project

Environmental management strand
Alternatively you can select four modules from those available in semester two.

Assessment
  • briefing papers
  • oral presentations
  • project work
  • reports
  • proposals
  • reflections
  • essays.

Employability

The environmental consultancy sector is continuing to grow and so this is the main source of employment for most of our graduates. The consultancy sector spans both the ecological and resource management strands of the course.

Other employment opportunities include
• environmental consultancies
• government agencies
• advising on the development and implementation of an environmental management system in almost any business
• voluntary conservation organisations, such as the RSPB and the County Wildlife Trusts
• national park authorities and local authority countryside services

Many part-time students are supported by employers and many find that they progress in their workplace after completing the course.

Fees

Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2017/18 academic year

Typically £6,400 for the course

Part-time – typically £2,135 for year one and £4,270 for year two (subject to inflation)

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,280 are available across the majority of subject areas.

2018/19 academic year

£6,590 for the course
Part-time – £2,200 for year one and £4,395 for year two

International student

2017/18 academic year

Typically £13,250 for the course

2018/19 academic year

£13,250 for the course

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.

Additional costs information

How to apply

Apply now by completing our online application form.

Full time

Apply for September 2018 (12 months)

Apply for September 2018 (16 months)

Part time

Apply for September 2018 (36 months)

If you require an alternate version of the application form please email directadmissions@shu.ac.uk.

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