The core curriculum of MSc Environmental Leadership and Management will give you an understanding of fundamental environmental processes and the ways in which contemporary environmental decisions are made. You will develop as an informed, environmentally aware leader who is ready to be an effective agent of change and influence within organisations.
- develop a deep understanding of the key environmental and sustainability challenges facing the world today, such as water quality and supply, clean air, climate change, urbanisation, biodiversity loss and sustainable energy resources
- be exposed to cutting edge scientific and social science thinking about how to measure, analyse and address these challenges
- identify and develop the character and personal competencies necessary to be an effective environmental leader
- learn to utilise your leadership, communication and management skills, through practical experience, to be a change driver in a competitive organisational context, whilst also championing the environment
- develop your ability to analyse information so that you can make sound judgements, find innovative solutions and take achievable actions that will meet the needs of organisations and the environment
- gain the skills necessary for identifying, evaluating and mapping environmental challenges, visioning solutions and strategising pathways for change
Core themes will include:
- environmental processes
- decision making in an environmental context
- research methods
- project design
The programme also incorporates ILM tuition delivered in collaboration with GWA Ltd - an ILM Approved Centre. It will result in the professional qualification of a Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management.
The ILM tuition will include face-to-face teaching in the autumn semester, plus supported assignment and project work undertaken alongside your MSc studies. It will cover topics such as:
- leadership styles
- motivating and influencing
- planning and managing change
- project planning and managing
Through the completion of an individual project with an emphasis on environmental practice, you will also acquire the skills needed for effective design of environmentally focussed research projects and decision-making tasks.
The project will be supervised by an academic from the School of Geography and aligned with a relevant organisation (for example, environmental NGOs; environmental consultancies; government agencies; environmental research centres and more). You will also have the opportunity to apply for the University placement scheme, which facilitates work experience hosted by an environmental organisation. This experience in an organisational context will help to demonstrate your abilities as an effective environmental leader to future employers.
Opportunity to specialise
In addition to the core curriculum, you may also specialise in a specific area of environmental challenge that aligns with your personal career aspirations, by selecting an individual pathway covering issues such as:
- climate risk
- sustainable ecosystems
- water resources
Within each pathway, the teaching and learning is designed to develop theoretical and applied knowledge alongside practical competencies, so that you become equipped to be a leader that can manage specific contemporary global environmental challenges and their impacts.
Your degree award will identify your area of specialisation, ensuring employers can be made aware of your skills.
People and the Environment
This module will provide an introduction to the central issues facing people and the environment in the Anthropocene. The first half of module will explore key themes and approaches for understanding these environmental issues. These may include environmental knowledge(s), risk perception, ecosystem services, environmental governance, gender issues, and legal perspectives.
The second half of the module will engage with these concepts in the context of current environmental issues, such as climate change, pollution, biodiversity, urbanisation, and water management.
Techniques for Environmental Solutions
This module will introduce you to a breadth of techniques relevant to addressing practical environmental challenges. These techniques relate to human and physical components of environmental problems and engage with quantitative and qualitative data. You will be required to integrate these methods and address a real-world environment challenge.
This module will also incorporate:
- preparation for the Project in Environmental Leadership and Management
- methods for designing and implementing studies to assess environmental impacts of human activity
- stakeholder mapping and engagement
- methods for aiding decision-making under uncertainty
- common statistical techniques for analysing environmental data
- displaying data clearly to communicate to diverse audiences
- extracting information from various textual sources
- spatial representation of environmental information
Perspectives on Environmental Leadership
You will firstly be exposed to different ways in which environmental leadership has been understood in the literature. This includes emphasis on the person of the leader, the position they are in, or the process they take.
Key themes to be explored include:
- conceptions of environmental leadership and how these differ from other 'traditional' leadership theories
- the role of personal character strengths in leadership style and efficacy
- attributes of environmental leadership in different applied contexts
The second component of the module will be student-led and consist of live interviews with existing environmental leaders from different sectors. These will form the basis for inquiry into your own concept of environmental leadership.
The module covers:
- definitions and classifications of projects
- objectives in project management - time, costs, quality
- resources and resource management
- Critical Path Methods and resource scheduling
- performance measurement and costs
- project lifecycles
- project teams and leadership in project management
- managing risk in projects
- analysis of project successes and failures
- project management software
Leadership, Strategy and Performance in the Public Sector
This module will examine the role of leadership in the public sector. It will discuss different concepts of:
- organisational culture and change
- performance in the public sector
- the use of knowledge and information in organisation learning
- performance improvement in public sector organisations
- the use of strategy in the public sector
You will study different models and approaches to these concepts, how they are affected by and interact with the policy environment, and how they influence each other.
Leadership and Management in Practice
This module is delivered by an external training provider (Goodman Wilkinson Associates). Assessment and teaching will be modified to ensure that the standard of the content can be accredited at masters level, resulting in you receiving a Level 5 certificate by the ILM which also contributes to your MSc.
You can specialise in a particular pathway by selecting both of the 10-credit optional modules under the following specialisms. An option is also available to choose an open pathway where two of the following can be selected:
Global Climate Change: The Scientific Basis
This module includes:
- an introduction to the climate system
- attribution of climate change to human causes
- an introduction to climate modelling
- understanding uncertainty in projections of future climate change
- scenarios of future climate and socioeconomic change
Global Climate Change: Impacts, Adaptation and Mitigation
This module covers:
- the impacts of climate change on the oceans, food security, forests, water scarcity, extreme events and human health
- mitigation of, and adaptation to, the impacts of future climate change
- communication and perception of climate change
- the role played by policy-makers and NGOs in climate change adaptation and mitigation
Ecosystem Function, Management and Conservation
This module will present key concepts to understand ecosystem function and processes, humans' place in natural systems, and basic tools and goals for ecosystem management and conservation. Specific themes include:
- Introduction to biodiversity and ecosystem function and processes
- Ecosystem services – how humans depend on ecological systems
- Human impacts on biodiversity and ecological systems
- Consequences of the conservation crisis
- Ecosystem management and conservation – goals and tools for sustainability and conservation of biodiversity and ecological systems
- In-depth case studies of management and conservation
Conservation Planning and Practice
Across the world species and ecosystems are undergoing rapid changes from human activities such as the conversion of natural areas to settlement and agriculture and for forestry, resulting in habitat loss, ecosystem degradation and fragmentation. This module aims to provide a critical and sophisticated understanding of the theory and practice of systematic conservation planning and practice.
The module is taught using a real-world case study project in order to teach the practical skills required for delivering on-the-ground actions that achieve conservation goals such as the expansion of reserve networks and identification of areas for restoration. The module focuses not only on teaching conservation planning methods but also providing an understanding of the social, planning and policy context in which they are applied.
Advances in Managing Rivers and Catchments
This module will focus on the following themes:
- Key river and catchment processes
- Impacts of anthropogenic (ie climate, land-use) change on rivers and catchments
- Current and historic river/catchment management practises
- Tools and techniques for monitoring and mapping rivers and catchments
- Modelling rivers and catchments to test management scenarios
Water Quality Assessment
This module provides an overview of water quality assessment techniques, including chemical, biological, sensor and long-term reconstruction methods. The majority of the module will be taught as part of a residential three-day field course, supplemented with laboratory practical work. You will get hands-on experience in techniques and their application.
The module will be underpinned training in the by a theoretical understanding of the water quality and its drivers at a variety of spatial and temporal scales. Training will include how to devise appropriate water quality management plans and use of benchmarking tools from environmental monitoring agencies.
The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. This course page may be updated over the duration of the course, as modules may change due to developments in the curriculum or in the research interests of staff.
Your skills as a solutions-orientated change agent will enhance your career opportunities across a range of sectors, and could enable you to lead fundamental, system-wide reorganisation across technological, economic and social arenas.
As a graduate of our MSc Environmental Leadership and Management, you will have developed leadership skills and specialist knowledge that could contribute to transformative change at a local and global level, which is required to halt this trajectory.
Average starting salary and career progression
85.7% of postgraduates from the School of Geography secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £26,000 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £33,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates who were available for employment, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
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