MSc Environmental Management and Sustainable Development

MSc Environmental Management and Sustainable Development

What is the programme in a nutshell?

This programme combines scientific study, laboratory and fieldwork techniques with the policy that underpins them and the management expertise to successfully deliver real-world sustainability projects.

Why should I study this course?

Gaining advanced scientific skills and knowledge as well as the management, policy and corporate social responsibility aspects make you a great all-rounder who can hit the ground running when it comes to managing live environmental issues and challenges. You will develop into a professional able not only to assess environmental impacts but who can also put these into legislative context; and has the expertise to influence stakeholders, negotiate contracts and project-manage complex processes. This skillset is much sought after and valued by environmental employers and consultancies.

What will I study – in brief

Designed with today’s environmental managers in mind this MSc integrates the scientific, social, economic and political factors involved environmental decision making. The course provides systematic understanding of the scientific background; critical awareness of the state of knowledge and the burden of proof requirement; comprehensive knowledge of the policy and regulatory frameworks; and a practical understanding of management methodologies for best practise. The programme’s vocational aspect is supplemented by in-depth case studies, field practitioner expertise and the opportunity for a placement-based research project.

What units make up the programme?

Policy for Sustainable Development | Science for Sustainable Development | Management for Sustainable Development | Research Design and Methods | Project

When and how will I study?

We recognise not everybody can commit to full-time study because of work, family and other commitments. That is why we bring together all of the taught elements of this MSc programme to a single afternoon a week, on Wednesdays. We find it helps our students achieve a balance between MSc study and their busy lives. The programme is offered on a part-time and full-time basis in order to meet the learning needs of both busy professionals as well as new graduates.

How will I finance this course?

Non means-tested loans of up to a maximum of £10,000 will be available to postgraduate master’s students - click here to find out more information.

What important information should I note?

Please note applications for this course close on the 23rd of August 2017.

What are the features and benefits of this course?

• You will use outstanding facilities and industry standard equipment. Through a combination of laboratory sessions and fieldwork, we will not only teach you how to use industry-standard testing kit, we will show you first-hand. This experience of getting to grips with equipment widely used in Industry will help to ensure you are ready for the next step in your career. You will learn how to use:
o palin tests to monitor water quality
o air quality monitoring devices including special particulate meters
o i-buttons for accurate air temperature measurement
o field spectro-radiometers which mimic satellites in orbit to identify environmental crises on the ground, for example vegetation stress. They offer data comparable to that of Met Office weather stations.

• The School of Science and the Environment has been awarded several Green Apple awards for Excellence in Environmental Education and Practice and has a well established reputation in the field of environmental management and hosts world-class research and education in atmospheric and sustainable development issues.

• We are home to leading research groups such as the Centre for Aviation Transport and the Environment, who were part of the Nobel Peace Prize winning team for work on climate change.

• The course is supplemented by in-depth case studies and the involvement of practitioners in the field which enhances the vocational aspect of the course further.

Are there work placements?

Yes, you get the opportunity to undertake a 3-6 month environmental management work placement over the summer months as you study. You will gain first-hand experience of live sustainability projects in the workplace, allowing you to put everything you study into practice and giving you invaluable skills and experience to showcase on your CV.

Our students have had great success on their work placements leading to job offers and a fascinating, rewarding career in sustainable development and environmental management. We’ve had student placements at local authorities, housing associations and hospitals. Some examples of recent success include:

• Lucy completed her work placement at Stockport Homes winning an award for work placement of the year. She went on to work at the Environment Agency and is now Lead Environmental Management Systems Officer at Thames Water
• Natalie also did her placement with Stockport Homes which led to permanent employment first as Energy Adviser and now Energy Services Team Leader
• Jennifer was employed by Sefton Council following her placement there
• Georgia was employed by Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust/Manchester Royal Infirmary following her placement there.

What will this course do for my career prospects

This course aims to provide relevant knowledge and skills required of environmental managers operating at a strategic level in the public, business and non-governmental sectors. An MSc qualification demonstrates your aptitude for high-level study and research and your advanced laboratory skills. Recent graduates have been employed by local authorities, the environmental and sustainable departments of major companies, regulatory authorities and research organisations. Others have gone on to create their own successful environmental companies.

What's more, this MSc course will also give you a range of transferable skills, for example presenting scientific findings or explaining complex concepts to non-specialists, making you ideal for a career in technical sales and marketing.

Where did students of the course go next?

• Nicola is a Carbon Consultant at SLR Consulting
• Caroline went on to work in Carbon Management for Manchester Growth Company
• Jeremy was employed straight after completed the MSc air an Air Quality Consultant for the environmental Consultancy Firm RSK.

What do students of the course say about it?

“The whole MSc has been an amazing experience in terms of my personal and professional development and I am confident that my Masters gives my CV the edge." Georgia Taylor, who secured full-time work with the NHS environment team after a successful placement on waste segregation at Manchester Royal Infirmary.

What if I’m thinking of working towards a PhD?

This Masters allows you to keep your career options open and pursue further study towards a PhD and an academic career. As Carly, one of our recent graduates, says: 'I really benefited from Manchester Met's links with industry. My Masters project was based in one of the University's Research Centres, which was funded by a big industry partner and from which I gained a PhD place.'

Who will teach me?

Dr Kathryn Adamson

“I am a quaternary scientist with a particular interest in long-term environmental change and landscape processes. Much of my research examines the impacts of climate change on glacial activity and meltwater dynamics, as well as present-day Arctic glacier retreat. My most recent research and teaching activities focus on field sites in Greenland, Spain, Montenegro, Iceland, and Norway.”

Dr Ruben De Leon

“My work focuses on improving the way we model the interaction between ice clouds and radiation, which presents particular challenges linked to the complex range of particle shapes and sizes, for which in situ together with remote sensing measurements have to be put together to tune our models about how clouds form and evolve.”

Dr Hannah Matthews

“I’m an Environmental Scientist and Chartered Environmentalist. I teach mainly in the field of Sustainable Development with a focus on Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental Management Systems and Corporate Social Responsibility. My current research projects include examining the incorporation of Education for Sustainable Development in the curricular and the uptake of EMS in the public sector.”

Dr Konstantinos Tzoulas

“I teach because I enjoy sharing knowledge. At both undergraduate and postgraduate levels I teach Sustainable Development, Urban ecology, Ecosystem services, Urbanisation, and Research methods.”

Why study in Manchester?

Be part of where the arts meet business meets science, and where applied research informs academic rigour, in one of the busiest and best student cities on the planet. The world is on your doorstep – from arts, culture, history, music and theatre, to a world of sports at all levels, and where an entrepreneurial spirit abounds.

Manchester is home to world-leading research centres which bring together hundreds of researchers working in areas such as graphene, cities and urban energy use, climate change, energy networks and energy storage.

Manchester City Council embraced an ambition to become a low carbon economy and set targets to reduce carbon emissions on the Oxford Road Corridor by 41% by 2020. The city region was designated as the only low-carbon economic area in the UK focused on the built environment and in 2015 was ranked 14th in the top 50 most sustainable cities in the world. Manchester Metropolitan consistently ranks as one of the UK’s top three greenest universities.

In the Greater Manchester region, the low carbon supply chain currently employs more than 38,000 people over 2,000 organisations, which is growing at 5% every year. Manchester continues to be a key part of the UK’s innovation infrastructure, leading the way in the commercialisation of knowledge and was selected as European City of Science 2016 by the EuroScience Open Forum.

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