Environmental Management MSc | 2018/2019

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Environmental Management MSc 2018/19 entry

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Study options:

1 year full-time
2-3 years part-time (UK/EU only)

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September 2018
January 2019


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Climate change is a major concern for most of the world. An Environmental Management MSc can teach you the skills to combat these issues.

Issues such as climate change, energy concerns, contaminated land, sustainable development and pollution control have increased the demand for environmental managers.

Responding to this need, our course aims to provide a detailed understanding of the nature, philosophies, methodologies, techniques and challenges in managing the environment within a global context.

Coventry University has successfully trained graduates for analytical, managerial and policy making roles for the past two decades. They can now be found working all over the world within government agencies, commercial organisations, independent environmental consultancies, universities, colleges and research institutions.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities


Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

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Course information

Climate change and the impact of human occupation of land has become a defining phenomenon of the 21st century. Protecting the environment and assessing and managing the risks to the planet are now major drivers of national policy and international diplomacy.

Against a backdrop of new legislation, pressure groups, business strategies and public policies, this dynamic programme allows you to either broaden your experience of environmental management and its applications or focus on more specific areas.

Core modules reflect the requirements of legislation, government, industry and consultancy. We aim to enable you to develop the knowhow, skills and expertise to undertake environmental audits, analysis, devise, implement and subsequently monitor a broad range of environmental management systems.

We will consider how the physical monitoring and management of the environment has evolved in response to natural and man-induced changes, experiencing a range of techniques used in industry, such as monitoring and modelling air pollution, measuring noise pollution, monitoring electricity, gas and water consumption using sub meters. 

You will be introduced to the practical techniques and skills required of environmental managers, including the use of professional audit and environmental management tools, such as Life Cycle Analysis, Mass Balance, Strategic Planning, Process Analysis and Tests for Significance.

Much of our teaching will be based on real-world case studies, industrial visits or fieldtrips; for example, auditing of an Environmental Management System against ISO14001 will be based on a real company. Our extensive laboratory facilities allow you to undertake practical work analysing soils, airs and waters for physical, chemical and biological properties.



You can choose from a wide range of optional modules to focus on subjects that are either of interest to you or fundamental to career aspiration. You may wish, for example, to gain a deeper understanding of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as a tool for constructing hazard maps, undertaking risk assessment and modelling potential losses. Alternatively, you may wish to raise your awareness of core legislation, such as the Environmental Protection Act 1990, and the consequences for industry and financial institutions with regards issues such as contaminated land.

In the final semester, you will be required to carry out an independent piece of research of your choosing, which supports the development of skills in personal organisation, research and critical thinking, as well as advancing your knowledge in the subject area. Projects are often linked to areas of current research, such as waste water treatment, wave energy assessment, energy management in industry. Previously, students have looked at novel means of removing phosphates from water, decontamination of waste water, development of a teaching tool for Corporate Social Responsibility, the trial of a vertical axis wind turbine and application of ISO14001 in industry.


  • Mandatory modules

    • Environmental Principles and Sustainability
    • Global Environmental Issues: Considers the international and national environmental management techniques being used to cope with a changing planet. We cover a broad range of issues including: natural cycles, ecosystems, pollution, environmental risk, sustainable development, environmental policy, atmospheric issues, water issues, waste management, corporate social responsibility and environmental economics.
    • Environmental Law: Covers major areas of environmental protection law in the UK and the influence of the European Union. Emphasis will be placed on the role of law in preserving and protecting the environment, as well as control. We will consider how domestic courts resolve often conflicting societal interests, together with current reforms, national and regional regulatory agencies, professional institutions, pressure groups and private individuals who formulate and implement anti-pollution measures.
    • Environmental Management and Auditing: You should learn to fulfil a company’s environmental responsibilities from initial audit through to formal management systems to record, monitor and report environmental performance. We aim to help you acquire skills in conducting a technical audit, including energy, noise, water and waste, which is the precursor to establishing an environmental policy. 
    • Pollution Modelling, Prevention and Control: Recent changes in EU legislation require companies to take a more integrated approach to pollution control when seeking approval for the operation of almost all major industrial processes. To be able to provide expert advice, you will have the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of how an integrated pollution prevention and control regime will operate in practice. We will explore the scientific basis for the control measures for various processes, including air and water pollution control technologies, alongside issues such as noise and land conditioning.
    • Clean Energy, Climate and Carbon: Examines the consequences of climate change for businesses and society, with consideration given to issues of the sustainable growth of low carbon economies. Physical effects, social responses and technology-policy debates will be examined from different disciplinary perspectives, focusing on sources of renewable energy and carbon management.
    • Masters Project or Masters Consultancy Project (with Research Methods)
  • Optional modules

     2 from the following:

    • Contaminated Land
    • Environmental Observation by Remote Sensing
    • Ecological Management and Assessment 
    • Regulation, Monitoring & Assessment of Water Pollution
    • Environmental Impact Assessment
    • Environmental Monitoring: Regulators and environmental managers are required to collect and analyse various environmental samples, including soil, air, water and foodstuff. You should gain a solid understanding of the process – from the design of sampling regimes, sample preservation and storage to the interpretation of the analytical results. We will introduce you to the range of capabilities in a modern environmental laboratory, developing basic laboratory proficiency and your knowledge of environmental analytical chemistry. 

In more detail...

  • 100% of employed graduates were in professional level roles six months after completing the course (DLHE 2014/15)
  • Analytical laboratory facilities, Remote sensing IT laboratory, on campus Combined heat and power (CHP) and energy efficient buildings.
  • High levels of postgraduate student satisfaction for teaching of ‘Physical Geography and Environmental Science’ – 91%, above the sector average of 85%, in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2016.
  • Strong portfolio of industry-related research in environmental hazards and risk, disaster management, climate change, volcanic remote sensing, floods and sustainable urban drainage with a range of partners including the Start Network of NGOs.
  • Opportunity to attend exciting industry visits and fieldtrips, which in recent years have climate change seminars for industry, recycling company, waste to energy incinerator. There are no conditions other than the availability of seminars, which occur at various times in the year and are sometimes free of charge, or are supported by the School if there is a charge.

Extensive links with a wide range of organisations, including Asia Disaster Preparedness Centre, Oxfam, Lloyds Register, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Environment Agency, Forestry Commission, Severn Trent Water, Atkins and many more.

The programme typically operates over three semesters with examinations normally taking place at the end of each semester. It can be studied full-time over one year and is also available in part-time study, usually taking around three years to complete. You can start in September or January.

There is a set of six mandatory taught modules that underpin the essentials of environmental management, followed by a choice of two optional modules.

Member of our teaching staff have professional experience, including the coordinator of the Disasters and Development Study Group within the UK’s Development Studies Association, the Associate Editor of the Renewable Energy journal, an Executive Board member of Quaternary Research Association and Chair of the Midlands Branch of the Institution of Economic Development. 

Teaching incorporates a range of learning methods, for example, you will be taught basic laboratory proficiency, make field observations, conduct sampling, practise auditing an environmental management strategy and learn to process satellite imagery using specialist software in the GIS Lab. 

You will have access to our well-equipped laboratories, which feature an extensive range of specialist equipment – from light and moisture meters, rotary evaporators and centrifuges to a microwave acid digester and infra-red gas analyser for CO2.

Fieldtrips provide an unrivalled opportunity for you to contextualise classroom-based learning and develop practical skills. We organise a range of one-day site visits within the United Kingdom and try to incorporate current practitioner input wherever possible; previous students have had the opportunity to hear from guest lecturers on topics such as waste management and corporate social responsibility. 

Teaching methods include: lectures, tutorials, practical exercises, fieldwork, workshops, site visits and skills development.

The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated. Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes and your final feedback will refer to each outcome, as well as providing an overall percentage grade. You need to achieve an average of 40% or above to pass each module; marks of 70% or above are classified as ‘First Class’.

Assessment methods vary and include written practical reports, course work, problem-solving, project reports, presentations, essays, workshops, laboratory reports, seminars, examinations and portfolios.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Coursework reports, essays, practicals, presentations, posters: 60%
  • Formal examinations: 25%
  • Project work: 15%

25% assessed by formal exams

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • Current and expert methods to critically evaluate and apply policies and practice in environmental management.
  • Current methods of monitoring and assessing environmental policy, regulations and law.
  • Current theoretical and practical issues in analysis of resources, environmental impact and pollution at local, regional and global scales.
  • Management of the appropriate scientific issues in the natural and/or industrial environments.
  • Critical awareness of efficient and sustainable environmental development in the UK, European Union, United Nations and international contexts.

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Critically assess and deal with complex issues by applying principles of assessment, critical evaluation, and problem solving. 
  • Critically develop and apply professional judgements about effectiveness of environmental policy and management.
  • Apply original analysis to interpret scientific data.
  • Critically assess current UK and international management and operational techniques and processes.
  • Evaluate UK, European Union, United Nations and international strategies for environmental management.
  • Plan, coordinate and deliver key project outputs.
  • Develop appropriate policy, management and technological solutions to complex social, political, environmental and economic issues.
  • Integrate essential elements of appropriate research methods.

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 16 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally consists of lectures and seminars in groups of 15 to 25, together with field work or laboratory sessions if you choose the relevant optional modules. 

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 20 hours of self-directed study each week and during residential fieldtrips, ‘contact’ hours are significantly greater.

We recognise the difference that both work and an international experience can make to your future career. We have links throughout Europe, which mean it is possible to apply to undertake some study abroad, especially in Germany and Poland. 

We also have access to the Baltic University (Association) Environmental Programme (www.balticuniv.uu.se), a network of about 225 universities and other institutes of higher learning throughout the Baltic Sea region, which focuses on questions of sustainable development, environmental protection and democracy in the Baltic Sea region.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15


and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

Entry Requirements

You should hold a good honours degree in a science or engineering discipline though exceptions may be made if you have extensive professional experience.

You should hold a good honours degree in a science or engineering discipline though exceptions may be made if you have extensive professional experience.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.5 overall. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

You should hold a good honours degree in a science or engineering discipline though exceptions may be made if you have extensive professional experience.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.5 overall. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.



September 2018

£7,750 (per year)

January 2019

£7,750 (per year)


If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.



September 2018

£7,750 (per year)

January 2019

£7,750 (per year)


For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!



September 2018

£15,050 (per year)

January 2019

£15,050 (per year)


For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Career prospects

Around half of environmental and sustainability professionals work in business and industry – manufacturing, engineering and construction are the most common professions.

Other popular choices are local authorities and other regional or national statutory agencies, including: The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA); Environment Agency (EA); National Resource Wales; Northern Ireland Environment Agency; or Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

On graduation, you could follow a career path as an environmental or sustainability consultant, analyst or technician with local authorities, in waste management and wildlife conservation, habitat management, housing, transport, waste disposal, teaching or research.

When you are ready to find permanent employment, you will also receive support from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Previous graduates have gone on to work as environmental officers in industry, local authorities, universities and consultancies. Others have undertaken further study, such as a PhD.


By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.