MSc Environmental Management

Entry year
Course code
Geography and Environmental Management
One year full-time, two years part-time
September start, full-time, part-time
Programme leader
Dr Jo Barnes

This course is open for applications.

Page last updated 2 August 2021


The flexibility of this course gives you the chance to specialise in a particular area of environmental management, and develop the skills to prepare you for your chosen career.

Accreditations and partnerships:

Environmental and sustainability issues are at the forefront of global concerns. Consequently, globally there is increasing demand for competent, qualified environmental managers. Managing the environment is of increasing importance to governments and industry. By choosing to study this course at UWE Bristol (two-time winner of the International Green Gown Awards) you will develop expertise in key areas which will enhance your employability.

Developing skills for wide-ranging applications

The MSc Environmental Management is an opportunity to study a professionally focused course in line with your own interests and ambitions. On completion, you'll be ready to take on a number of roles, for example, working in the environmental arm of a large private company, or with a public sector body such as the Environment Agency. You'll find possibilities across the world in areas as diverse as civil engineering, sustainable development, water security, or research. You may find yourself developing policy or getting involved in major projects.

Be at the forefront of helping solve some of the world's biggest environmental and sustainability issues, including climate change, air pollution, biodiversity loss, food and water security, sanitation and safe water access. Your expertise could help shape the future of our planet, and really make a difference.

The Masters in Environmental Management has been designed to create a well-rounded environmental management professional that is able to apply their skills holistically in developing solutions to address the major challenges of our global future.

Your degree will provide you with skillsets and expertise in managing water, air, carbon and energy, alongside a grounding in environmental assessment, sustainable development and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) that will enhance the applicability of your knowledge. In addition, the course gives you the opportunity to put your learning into practice in a workplace setting through undertaking a project on behalf of an organisation of your choosing, helping you to get a foothold in your environmental management career and increasing your subsequent employability.

You will also have an opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills through your choice of Masters Project. This could allow you to specialise in an aspect of environment management that interests you, or expand on and develop your work-based learning project.



You will study the follow modules:

  • Environmental Assessment will enable you to understand how to do an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) within the framework of current best practice, through hands on case studies. Related areas such as Strategic Environmental Assessment will also be explored to consider how to build sustainability into the whole development lifecycle.
  • Sustainable Development: Principles and Practice explores the fundamental nature, causes and consequences of sustainable and unsustainable development. Practical exercises and projects give you first-hand experience of putting key concepts, frameworks and tools for implementing sustainable development into practice.
  • Renewable Energy and Carbon Futures allows you to look at technologies and the ways in which they can be implemented that potentially provide the basis for a fundamental re-shaping of how society works. This is especially in the field of energy supply and use, through technologies such as biogas digesters, wind power, solar power and the opportunities for bio fuels and greater energy efficiency. It also examines carbon accounting and management, and emissions trading, and the code for sustainable homes.
  • Water Management and the Law will introduce you to a range of topics relating to water management in a challenging future, including governing legal frameworks. The module considers the major political, economic, regulatory and policy issues facing water managers in two broadly conceived world regions: the Western capitalist world and the so-called "developing world". The module will include a series of lectures addressing these topics as well as invitations to attend relevant external events and presentations by visitors to the university.
  • Air Quality Management covers an introduction to air quality management from UK and European perspectives, focusing on pollutants of concern, their sources and health effects. You will also study ways of monitoring and modelling air pollution and the implications of air quality assessment in development control, as well as mitigation strategies through Air Quality Action Planning.
  • Introduction to Applied GIS introduces fundamental concepts related to GIS and its application, and develop the basic practical skills that are extended across the rest of the course. The module covers the history of GIS, issues about GIS and society, an introduction to spatial data formats and a technical introduction to ArcGIS
  • Work-Based Learning in Sustainability and Environmental Management builds on theories and concepts developed through directed independent study, the student's own research and from other modules on the Masters course through undertaking a modest but meaningful professional project for a host organisation.
  • Masters Project gives you the opportunity to investigate, tackle and report on a specific issue in current environmental management practice, with supervision from specialist subject tutors.

Please also note this structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery, the same modules will be studied. However, the structure will differ.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

The teaching and learning methods used across the course are designed to ensure you develop a range of valuable professional skills as well as subject expertise.

You learn collaboratively through practical sessions, small group tutorials and placements, and we encourage you to form independent study groups and support one another this ensures you benefit from each other's experiences as well as the taught content.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.


We want you to realise your full potential. So we expect you to participate in debates and discussions, prepare professional reports and presentations, and write traditional academic essays. There is a strong emphasis on reflective learning, which will allow you to monitor, assess and evaluate your progress. There will be plenty of opportunities for feedback before your work is assessed more formally.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Committee of Heads of Environmental Sciences (CHES), the education committee of the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES).

You can apply for free Student Membership and for a fast-track route to membership once you graduate, starting you on a route towards becoming a Chartered Environmentalist or Chartered Scientist.

This course is also accredited by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).


This course offers opportunities for professional placements or work-based learning. We provide support for finding placements, but we expect you to be a proactive partner in finding and pursuing opportunities.

A good example of our industry links is the International Water Security Network, a global research network led by UWE Bristol and funded by Lloyd's Register Foundation.

Study facilities

We have a range of well-equipped laboratories, each with specialist technicians supporting teaching and research. Our audiovisual facilities provide resources for photography, digital imaging, filming and sound recording.

Frenchay Campus library is the largest in the south west, with a huge range of resources for background reading and research. The library operates various systems that offer access to its resources at any time suitable to you.

Our Study Skills pages provide information on online help, workshops and individual support. Also, for international students or any student who uses English as an additional language, there is information on our English language pages.

For international and EU students we also strongly recommend taking this English Language and Academic Culture course which runs at UWE Bristol at the start of September 2020. This free two-week course is for students who have received an unconditional offer from UWE Bristol.

You are eligible to apply, if you:

  • have been accepted on a UWE Bristol course
  • have a valid UWE Bristol Welcome ID.

Watch our pre-sessional English Language film and hear students talk about the course and life in the UK.

Learn more about our facilities and resources.


Careers / Further study

Environmental Management is a diverse field encompassing roles that seek to assess, evaluate and improve our impacts on the natural world. Environmental Management issues are high on many international political agenda. Indeed, given the existential threats of over-population, resource security and environmental pollution and climate change, the importance of professionals to help address these issues has never been greater. As a result, there is a global demand for highly-skilled environmental managers across the public and private sectors.

Our graduates have gone onto many varied and rewarding roles. Here's what some of recent alumni have said about their experience on the course:

"During my first year studying part-time for an MSc in Environmental Management I have very much appreciated the opportunity to undertake some of the diverse, but complementary modules on offer. I have found the inspiring teaching, great organisation and positive support to be of great help and enjoyed the opportunity to learn alongside fellow students who share my interests and bring a wealth of experience and enthusiasm." Wendy

"I really liked the placement and networking opportunities. The application of knowledge and the opportunity to talk to and work with distinguished research professionals who are undertaking relevant work helped to focus my career pathway by listening and learning from lecturers' experience." Katriece

In addition to preparing you for an exciting career in a growing industry, your studies will also prepare you to pursue a PhD, if you choose.


Supplementary fee information

See our funding pages for more information. 



Entry requirements

We normally require an honours degree of 2:2 or above. This course is generally suitable for graduates of degrees from any academic background, but particularly social sciences, sciences, environmental, geography and planning.

We can consider applicants who do not meet the normal entry requirement, but who do have relevant professional experience or qualifications. In your application, you should describe in detail your professional experience and qualifications. You may also wish to give us a portfolio or sample of your professional output that you think is relevant; we may ask you to attend an interview.

UWE Bristol's International College
International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

English language support

If you meet the academic requirements but require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Students who successfully complete the pre-sessional course can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking an IELTS or equivalent.

Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.

How to apply

Read more about postgraduate applications

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