Environmental Management MA

 
  

Fact file

Qualification
MA Environmental Management
Duration
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
2.1(Upper 2nd class hons degree or international equivalent)
Other requirements
IELTS
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
September
Campus
University Park
School/department
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.
 

Overview

Interdisciplinary understanding of environmental issues and their management in the context of sustainability lies at the core of this masters programme, which draws on a range of expertise from the natural, physical and social sciences.
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The MA Environmental Management programme offers an advanced, interdisciplinary coverage of a range of environmental issues. It aims to significantly enhance your skills and knowledge of these issues in both a national and international context, and from the perspectives of the natural, physical and social sciences.

The course is delivered by internationally renowned experts in the fields of flood risk management, climate science, contaminated land management, and agrienvironmental governance and management. You will also benefit from the expertise of external practitioners and scholars who contribute to the programme.

A unique tutorial system supports your learning in a small group setting, and you will have opportunities for optional field work at our Malaysia or China campus.

Key facts

  • This is a vocationally-orientated route through environmental management and is not funded through the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • 75% of our research was rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' in the most recent Research Excellence Framework in 2014
  • We were rated 'excellent' in the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) assessment of teaching provision
  • We are ranked 39th worldwide for Geography according to QS World University Rankings by subject 2016
 

Course details

This programme can be studied full time over one year, or part time over two years.

You are required to complete successfully 80 credits of core and 40 credits of optional taught modules, before undertaking a supervised dissertation worth 60 credits. 

 
 

Modules

Core modules

Dissertation: Environmental Management

This module will require students to research an environmental issue of their own choice under the supervision of an appropriate member of staff and to report their findings in the form of a written dissertation (12,000 words).

Key skills developed include those of independent study, critical analysis and report writing.

This module aims to:

  • allow students to make a detailed independent analysis of an environmental issue or problem of their choice and to report their findings in appropriate ways
  • encourage the analysis of an environmental issue from an inter-disciplinary perspective
 
Foundations of Environmental Management

The module provides a foundation for the scientific concepts and issues which underpin environmental management.

Topics covered include:

  • the structure and function of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems
  • the importance and operation of the major biogeochemical cycles
  • the flow of energy through the earth-system

A day trip cost will be involved, full details of expected cost will be given nearer the date of the visit.

This module aims to:

  • provide an understanding of the physical, biological and chemical bases of environmental systems, with an emphasis on human interaction with these systems
 
Frameworks for Environmental Management

This module is split into three major sections, each of which draws on the general environmental themes of pollution and biodiversity. The sections are as follows:

Environmental Law

  • UK, EC and public international law
  • Acid rain case study

Environmental Ethics and Political Theory

  • Modern environmental values
  • Environmental justice 

The Economics of Ecosystem Services

  • Externalities and property rights
  • Methods for valuation of nature

This module aims to:

  • give an introduction to environmental ethics and politics, ecosystem services economics and environmental law 
  • provide an understanding of the philosophical, social, economic and legal context in which environmental management is set and the relationships between these elements
 
Geographical Research Methods

This module is split into three major sections:

  • Quantitative Methods: An introduction to parametric and non-parametric statistics and the use of databases and statistical packages.
  • Social Research Methods: An introduction to the philosophical and analytical issues that lie behind designing social research methods. A range of social research methods are considered in terms of their approach, design, implementation and analysis.
  • GIS: An introduction to the technologies of GIS. It covers the design and operation of these systems and how they are used as decision support tools. The material also covers the concept of modelling and what issues the user must be aware of in evaluating model outputs.

This module aims to:

  • offer an understanding of the issues and techniques surrounding the handling of quantitative and qualitative data in the social and environmental sciences
  • provide practical experience of key quantitative and qualitative techniques in geography
 

Optional modules

Students not on the ESRC DTC pathway must take:

Environmental Management in Practice

The module will introduce the student to a range of approaches to environmental management and their use in practice within Government and Non-Governmental agencies and the private sector. Approaches covered include:

  • tendering for projects in the context of environmental consultancy
  • environmental management practices
  • participatory approaches to environmental policy and planning

This module aims to:

  • introduce and evaluate a range of approaches available to the environmental manager and their practical application in the governmental, non-governmental and private sectors
 
Environmental Management Tutorial

This year-long module is split into two sections, Tutorial A in semester one and Tutorial B in semester two. This module is primarily skills based and provides opportunities for small group teaching and learning on core environmental management issues. It will provide an introduction to review and report writing and fieldwork skills and practical approaches to environmental management as well as research planning.

Tutorial A will cover the following:

  • Referencing and searching for literature
  • Reading and note-taking
  • Review writing skills
  • Approaches to group working
  • Presentation skills
  • Critical review of environmental paradigms

Tutorial B will cover the following: 

  • Writing a literature review paper
  • Philosophies of research design
  • Selecting an appropriate environmental management research topic and preparation of a dissertation proposal

This module aims to:

  • foster an awareness and appreciation of key concepts in Environmental Management, such as sustainability and environmental protected natural areas
  • encourages students to adopt interdisciplinary approaches to Environmental Management topics
  • help students to develop skills of synthesis and analysis
 
Project Management and Environmental Legislation

This module will develop students' understanding of the principles of project management and land related environmental legislation. The lectures will focus on:

  • the management organisation of projects and the roles taken by individuals in the management structure
  • the management of change, quality and risk
  • time and resource management techniques
  • project selection strategies
  • project finance
  • evaluating the legal context of land contamination related liability

This module aims to:

  • develop students' understanding of the purpose of project management and the range of project management tools 
  • develop students' ability to plan projects
  • develop students' understanding of the UK and EU legal system, the main environmental legislation and the legislation dealing with land contamination
 

Students not on the ESRC DTC pathway can select optional modules from:

Global Climate Change

The module covers:

  • a review of modern climate systems and forcings
  • climate modelling, projections of future climate change and their uncertainty
  • controversies around climate change, the argument between believers and sceptics and the ways in which climate change is communicated to and perceived by the public
  • the impact of climate change on the world's physical and built environments, water and food resources, and human health
  • mitigation and adaptation to future climate change including the role played by policy markers and NGOs

This module aims to:

  • introduce students to the science and issues that surround present and future climate change and its impacts on human society and the natural environment
 
River Management and Restoration

This module develops themes of river processes and dynamics and considers them within the context of human attempts to manage and restore rivers. The module includes reviews of past and present river channel restoration and rehabilitation activity in Europe and the USA. It details principles by which rehabilitation practice is guided, and introduces criteria for selection between rehabilitation strategies. 

The module includes a residential field trip in semester one and a non-residential fieldtrip in semester two, where students will have the opportunity to explore a range of river management and restoration issues relevant to rivers in the UK and develop practical skills in field survey and modelling techniques employed in contemporary river management. Students will present their work through verbal presentations and written reports.

This module aims to:

  • raise awareness of the range, type and methods of river rehabilitation
  • develop knowledge and critical evaluative skills to propose a rehabilitation design appropriate to a field-based example
 

Alternatively, they can choose from other modules from the School of Geography, or in other schools across the University. 

At least 10 of these 40 credits must be level 4, with the remaining 30 credits at level 3 or 4. The option modules should be predominantly Social Science or Arts and Humanities based.

Students on the ESRC DTC pathway must take:

Philosophy of Research - Social Science

This module splits into three key parts:

  • Science and the philosophical critique of science
  • Epistemological debates in the social sciences 
  • The funding environment - interdisciplinarity and the impact agenda

This module aims to:

  • enable students to analyse the epistemological and ontological issues that arise from different social and philosophical theories and their impact on social research methodologies
 
Research Design A

The module takes the form of weekly seminars, in which the following core topics are covered:

  • Introduction to research design
  • Research ethics
  • Writing strategies
  • Research plans for dissertations
  • Positionality and reflexivity

This module aims to:

  • provide an introduction to research design skills within the discipline of geography
  • thoroughly prepare students for the dissertation
 
Space and Social Theory

The module provides an introduction to space and social theory. It is compulsory for masters students taking the ESRC 1+3 route. 

The module will provide an introduction to a range of theoretical approaches within the social sciences, focusing upon the work of selected thinkers. The model will take the form of fortnightly seminars, focusing upon the work of some of the following (and others), and its relationship to geographical research:

  • Haraway
  • Harvey
  • Foucault
  • Latour
  • Said
  • Comte
  • Polanyi

This module aims to:

  • give an understanding of the main theories and philosophies of social science, showing how and why ideas have developed, and how these ideas have been applied in the analysis of particular subject matter
  • seek to understand the relationship of philosophy and social theory to human geography, and its impact upon research
 

Students on the ESRC DTC should select 40 optional credits from:

Contaminated Land Management Practice

The module will develop an understanding of the design of site investigation, use of generic assessment criteria and selection of feasible remediation options.

The module will build on knowledge acquired during the principles of contaminated land module and involve a series of practical sessions based on a real world site. Students will learn how to develop a conceptual model, develop site investigation objectives and select appropriate site investigation techniques, select and apply generic assessment criteria and finally determine which of the 30 or so generic remediation technologies would be feasible for the given site.

This module aims to:

  • provide students with an understanding of the design of site investigation, use of generic assessment criteria and selection of feasible remediation options and an appreciation of the role of a contaminated land management expert in interpreting site investigations, carrying out detailed quantitative risk assessment and implementing/verifying remediation projects
 
Environmental Management in Practice

The module will introduce the student to a range of approaches to environmental management and their use in practice within Government and Non-Governmental agencies and the private sector. Approaches covered include:

  • tendering for projects in the context of environmental consultancy
  • environmental management practices
  • participatory approaches to environmental policy and planning

This module aims to:

  • introduce and evaluate a range of approaches available to the environmental manager and their practical application in the governmental, non-governmental and private sectors
 
Principles of Contaminated Land Management

The module will develop a basic understanding of the site investigation, risk assessment and remediation of contaminated land.

The natural and industrial sources of contamination will be introduced, the UK and European legal drivers for contaminated land management will be reviewed.

This module aims to:

  • provide an understanding of the sources of contamination, the relevant legal regime, the investigation, risk assessment and remediation of contaminated land
 
Project Management and Environmental Legislation

This module will develop students' understanding of the principles of project management and land related environmental legislation. The lectures will focus on:

  • the management organisation of projects and the roles taken by individuals in the management structure
  • the management of change, quality and risk
  • time and resource management techniques
  • project selection strategies
  • project finance
  • evaluating the legal context of land contamination related liability

This module aims to:

  • develop students' understanding of the purpose of project management and the range of project management tools 
  • develop students' ability to plan projects
  • develop students' understanding of the UK and EU legal system, the main environmental legislation and the legislation dealing with land contamination
 
Studies in Environmental History

This module is based on lecture and intensive group discussion of selected readings in staff-led seminars. Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to environmental history: origins and approaches
  • Sources, methods and problems in environmental history
  • Reconstructing regional environmental history
  • Introduction to landscape ecology
  • Historical ecology
  • Woodland history/forest history
  • Natural resource management
  • Origins of conservation

This module aims to:

  • introduce the concepts of environmental history, landscape ecology and historical ecology, highlighting case studies from different geographical contexts
  • introduce and review the value of the landscape, ecological and environmental historical approaches to problems of environmental management
 

Alternatively, they can choose from other modules provided by the School of Geography, or other schools across the University, with the agreement of the Course Director and Geography DTC pathway leaders.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.

 
 

Funding

Up-to-date fees information can be found on our student fees and finance website.

UK/EU students

Generally, postgraduate students are responsible for arranging their own funding to cover fees and living expenses. However, in some cases, funding is available - the key is to apply early for your course, giving yourself the maximum amount of time to track down funding. See the school's funding webpage for further details.

For further information for UK/EU students visit the University's postgraduate funding webpage.

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2016 entry scholarships will open in late 2015. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.

 
 

Careers

This course aims to give you the skills and knowledge to hit the ground running in a number of careers related to Environmental Management. Recent graduates have gone on to have successful careers in the public, private and third sectors including environmental consultancy, national and local government departments and regulatory agencies and environmental charities. Some have also gone on to undertake research leading to a PhD. 

A postgraduate qualification in Environmental Management from The University of Nottingham shows potential employers that you are an intelligent, hard-working individual who is bright and flexible enough to bring relevant skills and knowledge to many forms of career in environmental management.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2014, 100% of postgraduates in the School of Geography who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £22,375 with the highest being £26,000*. 

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.

Career prospects and employability

Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service will help you to plan your career throughout your time at the University and beyond. 

Services available include:

  • Presentations and drop-in sessions with employers
  • One-to-one careers guidance and CV sessions with our advisers
  • Over 250 careers events
  • A specialist careers adviser for research postgraduates

All postgraduate students also become members of the Graduate School, which provides dedicated facilities and resources to enhance your postgraduate experience.

 
 
 

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