Environmental Management (MSc, PG Cert, PG Dip)

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The award
MSc, PG Cert, PG Dip

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
6995

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
October

International course fees
find out

All study options

About Environmental Management at Bath Spa University

Develop your knowledge and skills to meet the needs of industry, with this Environmental Management MSc.

  • Gain professional environmental skills for working in consultancy or industry.
  • Industry-sponsored prize for 'Environmental Manager of the Year'.
  • Taught by staff with academic and industry experience, plus industry-leading guest speakers.

'Bath Spa University enables individual development along your desired path. It has given me the ability and confidence to achieve things I never thought I could.'

Rebecca Boulton, Environmental Management graduate

This broad-based, flexible course prepares you for a range of environmental careers, from environmental specialist to a manager with an environmental remit.

Unusually, and possible uniquely, for an Environmental Management Masters you have the option to include Business and Management modules in your programme. In addition, through selecting particular modules and assessment options, the course can be tailored to suit your specialist interests and career aspirations. For example, this course will suit someone wishing to pursue a career in ecological consultancy, or a career in pollution control or environmental hazards and liabilities.

What you'll learn

Overview

You'll review how environmental systems work and how human behaviour impacts on them. From this, you'll explore contemporary environmental management principles, tools, and legislation that we can use to address such impacts. Through reviewing case studies and current practice you'll develop your knowledge of Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental Management Systems, sustainability concepts such as the circular economy, plus resource management, environmental hazards and ecosystem services.

You'll develop key skills needed by professional environmental managers working in the field, including:

  • GIS;
  • environmental risks and decision-making;
  • survey and monitoring;
  • sampling design;
  • data management and analysis;
  • change management;
  • behaviour change;
  • reporting and communication.

Course structure

Trimester 1 and 2
We provide you with core knowledge and skills to work as an environmental professional, in particular environmental systems and management tools, instigating and managing change, data handling and reporting. You'll study relevant and up-to-date material, benefitting from specialist inputs by speakers active in the environmental industry.

Optional modules give you the opportunity to develop a greater depth of knowledge in several of these components, for example energy and wastes management, ecosystem services and sustainability principles.

Trimester 3
The third Trimester is devoted to your independent research project where you'll work with your supervisor or a topic of particular interest to you. This might be a project working with an industry partner and will allow you to demonstrate your environmental understanding in an area relevant to your interests and career; from biodiversity to business. 

How will I be assessed?

You'll tackle a range of assessment types, all with a strong emphasis on applying the skills you learn during your course to workplace scenarios. These include writing technical reports, presentations and the use of electronic media, such as developing a specialist wiki. There are no written examinations.

How will I be taught?

Teaching comprises a mix of workshops, seminars, small tutor groups, practical/field work sessions and on-line/desk-based activities. We draw in industry professionals to address specific topics, share their expertise and enable opportunities for networking.

Newton Park offers a good range of teaching facilities including well equipped laboratories and on-site field work resources. In addition we use a network of field sites for developing skills and demonstrating case studies.

Opportunities

Field trips

From October to May you'll have opportunities to visit a materials recycling facility, sewage works, anaerobic digestion plant, the Environment Agency offices, and a local river system. Other field work will depend on your research project. There aren't any additional charges for these visits.

Industry links

Our students work with guest speakers from a range of environmental consultancies and from companies in the waste, oil, quarry, construction and food industries. We also take you to a regional conference for a Professional Body such as the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management so you can network and gain careers advice from professionals in the field. All MSc students have free membership of the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Management (iema).

Business and Management

You can substitute up to 30 credits of Environmental Management modules with Business and Management modules. Environmental managers often need a range management skills, such as entrepreneurial skills to set up a business, marketing their environmental products, or the successful financial management of a project, department or company. Optional Business and Management modules provide you with an opportunity to develop some of these important management skills.

Competitions and awards

We encourage you to participate in research competitions such as the Quarry Life Award (Heidelberg Cement) and we have an annual prize for the Environmental Manager of the Year, sponsored by construct.

Projects

Recent projects related to the Environmental Management course include:

  • Quarry Life Award 2014
    International winners of the Biodiversity Enhancement Award for woodland enhancement at Whatley Quarry (Somerset)
  • Defra-Wessex Water
    Paid Ecosystem Services Research Case Study for treating sewage treatment work effluent using a constructed wetland.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

  • The Twinhoe building is the base for this course, with its study area and laboratories located together.
  • The Newton Park campus is a great natural laboratory for environmental management work.

Resources

Environmental Management students have access to a wide range of field sampling and recording equipment, well-equipped laboratories and specialist software and library resources.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMSc, PG Cert, PG DipHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course fees 6995International course fees find out
  • The awardMSc, PG Cert, PG DipHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course fees 6995International course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

Fees

UK and EU students full time

Course fees

2018/19 entry £6,995 2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019 2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

UK and EU students part time

Fees shown below are for part time study over two years, although some courses may be available over longer periods.

2018/19 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 £3,500 Year 2 Published Jan 2019

2019/20 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2019 Year 2 Published Jan 2020

2020/21 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2020 Year 2 Published Jan 2021

International students full time

Course fees

2018/19 entry £12,900 2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019 2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

Entry requirements

What we look for in potential students

You may or may not have a first degree related to the environment, however, a related degree will be an advantage to you in terms of prior knowledge.

We're looking for candidates with a keen and demonstrable interest in the environment. For example, you may have undertaken employment or voluntary work in the sector, and have a desire to solve environmental problems through innovative and sustainable solutions.

What students think about Bath Spa University

    Yasmina Van De Peer, BA (Hons) English Literature and Film Studies, Spain

    Where to start with this year? There have been so many new friends, a new life-style with freedom and no muYasmina Van De Peerm bossing me around. My year has not been easy but I would do it all again, life challenges you in many ways and this experience definitively has.

    When I arrived in September, I felt like a lost girl trying to find something that I could grasp and change my life forever. My first year in a foreign country was fantastic and thanks to the creative writing department, I will never forget my second year as I have the privilege of studying in Chicago for a full academic year! However, this has no real connection with why I chose Bath Spa University.

    I worked as an ambassador for this University and a lot parents have asked the same question, why did I choose it? After 50 parents it gets tiring- especially when I was unsure. As everyone else I want to succeed in life. I have dreamt about going to Oxford, Harvard or any well known University. But the one thing that I have learnt in life is that you can be successful and come from the smallest place in the world. The key to success requires determination to reach your goal.

    Bath Spa just felt right and it allowed me to combine my subjects [English Literature and Film Studies], be myself and it also has an inspiring and picturesque scenery. For me it was perfect.

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    I chose BA Business and Management as I have always been inspired by my dad who runs a world leading business. The opportunity to work for him during holidays gave me a chance to look inside a company and to experience what management, leadership and communication is all about. I wanted to widen my knowledge and hence started my Business & Management career here at Bath Spa.
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    In the future I hope I will be working together with my dad and widen the market to countries which haven't been discovered yet.


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    Nassos Polyzoidis, MMus Songwriting, Greece

    Even though I live in Greece, I'm familiar with many British Universities, as I work for some English Examination Boards for Music and I've attended some Summer Schools in UK over the years. Bath Spa University's reputation in Songwriting and Commercial Music was known to me for a long time. Being a guitarist and working for the RGT at the same time, I have heard stories about Bath being the birthplace of guitar magazines and other music and artistic events. I was accepted to study Commercial Music as an undergraduate student about 4 years ago, but due to some sudden accidents I have to decline my offer. After this unfortunate event, I decided to become better Musician and Songwriter, so that I can return as a postgraduate applicant. When I noticed that there was a distance learning degree, MMus Songwriting, I knew I had to do this. Meanwhile, I did my research, which only lead me to ensure my initial decision to study at Bath Spa University.


    I was attracted to this course as I was already familiar with Bath Spa University's reputation in this field. In addition to that, Songwriting isn't taught in my home county at all. I knew that only few Institutes offer Songwriting as a postgraduate degree, so I did my research over the last 3 years. During this time, I was only ensuring myself that I have to apply for this course. I really want to become a successful songwriter, and also, probably one of the first songwriting teachers in Greece, so I know that this course is best for me. I knew that the course will help me become more confident and enhance my professional skills in the field. Finally, being mainly inspired by British Songwriters, it was really important that my songwriting skills would develop a lot lyrically, which can help me open the door to an international market.


    I would describe Bath Spa University in three words as: Innovative, modern, artistic.


    Once I have my degree, I am really hoping to become a successful songwriter. Being inspired mainly by British Songwriters, I would really like to write songs for the UK and international market. In addition, I will probably become one of the first songwriting teachers in Greece. Last, but not least, as I'm already collaborating with several English musicians, I'm considering in my future plans to apply for a PhD and probably seek for more collaborations in UK, which might extend my visits there.


    My advice I would you give to other international students who want to study in the UK would depend on the ethics and societal context of each county. So, a general advice I would give is "Do not be afraid of failure, do your best and apply to the courses that you really like!"

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