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
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:
- environmental risks and decision-making;
- survey and monitoring;
- sampling design;
- data management and analysis;
- change management;
- behaviour change;
- reporting and communication.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Environmental Management students have access to a wide range of field sampling and recording equipment, well-equipped laboratories and specialist software and library resources.