Postgraduate MSc

Environmental Assessment and Management

School of Environment & Life Sciences

Full-time

Part-time

Attendance

One year

Three year

Course

September 2019

Next enrolment
Introduction

In a nutshell

This course offers a broad curriculum studying the relationships between human and natural components of the environment alongside developing the capacity to implement measures for analysing and managing environmental impacts of organisations.

Designed to produce graduates sufficiently equipped to play a leading role in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of environmental policy initiatives within the environmental industries, this course will enable you to develop essential knowledge and skills to progress into a professional career in environmental management, regulation or consultancy.

You will:
  • Learn about existing and emerging challenges and explore contemporary management, technological and regulatory systems designed to reduce environmental risks
  • Study the areas of law, economics and the social and physical sciences which are of relevance to the theory and practice of environmental assessment and management
  • Learn authentic, experimental problem-based learning
International

students accepted

This is for you if...

1.

You are currently working in environmental management and looking to develop your professional skills

2.

You are interested to move into the environmental industry

3.

You are wanting to develop your practical skills

Course details

All about the course

The areas you study on this programme are wide ranging. You will engage with a number of issues drawn from law, economics and the social and physical sciences which are of relevance to the theory and practice of environmental assessment and management. You will also look at existing and emerging challenges and explore contemporary management, technological and regulatory systems designed to reduce environmental risks.

The course has a highly practical focus with an emphasis on authentic, experimental problem-based learning to ensure you benefit from the experience. You will consider the relevant concepts in practice and look at how to apply them in different circumstances so that you will be confident to cope with rapid social, technological and organisational change.

The learning from relevant modules covers the knowledge you need to apply for entry to the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). An integral part of completing the dissertation is developing your existing research skills which would allow you, in future, to participate in meaningful applied research in the field of environmental assessment management. You will also be encouraged to review your own progress towards career goals.

For the MSc, the full-time and part-time routes comprise three 14-week trimesters or five 14-week trimesters, which you can take within one or three years respectively. There are two intakes per year which allows you to be flexible in regards to the time you wish to begin your study (September or January).

Within the full-time course, you will study eight taught modules as well as completing a dissertation. Six modules are compulsory with two studied in trimester one and the remaining four in trimester two. For the remaining two modules in trimester one you have optional choices, see below for available choices.

For part-time students the taught components span two academic years each consisting of two trimesters between September and May. Year one involves the study of four core modules. Year two involves the study of two core and two optional modules. During your third year of the course you will complete a dissertation.

Semester one

Postgraduate Scholarship Skills

This module provides key skills and knowledge to pursue academic research at the postgraduate and professional level, looking at big issues in environmental sciences. The module also introduces ethics and bioethics and will aim to enhance students critical thinking.

Standards and Auditing

This module examines the relevance and relative merits of the different tools and approaches available to the business community in assessing and improving its health, safety, and environmental performance and addressing the sustainability agenda. You will explore through case study and field work the of the business community to the internal and external drivers of health, safety and environmental performance and corporate social responsibility. You will be trained to undertake audits and will have the opportunity to undertake audits of business processes through collaboration with business partners.

Choose two options from

Environmental Pollution and Remediation

This module covers the toxic characteristics of major environmental pollutants (heavy metals/metalloids, petroleum hydrocarbons, pesticides, nitrogen, phosphorus etc.), and their chemical behaviour, transport and environmental fate in various environmental compartments, including air, water and soils. Remediation technologies for key environmental pollution problems such as acid rain, smog, acid mine drainage, contaminated lands, eutrophication, greenhouse gas emission etc. are introduced.

Energy Sustainability

This module provide an insight into and critical awareness of environmental, technical, economic and political factors influencing policies and mechanisms for the sustainable management of energy and environmental resources. It will enhance the skills required to formulate strategies for reconciling conflicts between development and environmental protection in the context of energy and resources management.

Resource Security

This module explores the complex field of resource security, from energy to food and beyond. With rising populations and cities expanding, resource management is more vital than ever. You will explore resource security through an interdiscplinary lens, touching on fields including planning, environmental, soil science and beyond, in an attempt to understand the complex nature of the topic.

Semester two

Professional Practice

This module aims to enable you to design, plan and execute a programme of research through active enquiry and to undertake appropriate analysis of research results. You will have the opportunity to use research skills acquired in the applied context of real world project work in a variety professional settings and to develop the skills necessary for successful delivery of project outcomes. You will work as part of a team with an external organisation or company relevant to your degree discipline on a project defined by a client. The module provides you with opportunities to develop range of skills and aptitudes including negotiation of project terms of reference, research design, data collection and analysis, professional communication, project management and professional networking.

Research Design and Delivery

This module will prepare you for your dissertation by enabling you to design, plan and execute a programme of research and to analyse research results appropriately. It will provide opportunities for you to acquire essential research skills relevant to your discipline in both a field and laboratory setting. The experience in applying these skills will be invaluable in planning and undertaking your dissertation.

Environmental Impact Assessment

This module examines and evaluates processes for investigating and mitigating the impacts of development in the context of environmental impact assessment and planning procedures. You will explore impact assessment policy, law and practice through case study research and practical applications in the field. You will have the opportunity to interact with environmental impact assessment professionals in developing and presenting a case study providing you with valuable insights into career prospects in this field.

Risk Regulation

This module examines risk based approaches to regulation. You will explore the role of law in the management of health, safety environment including the current English criminal law, the influence of social legislation and other EU and international influences. You will study the operation of the major statutes in the field, their interpretation and application, procedures and protocols for the collection of admissible evidence; regulatory authorities, criminal / administrative sanctions and sentencing guidelines.

Semester three

Dissertation

This dissertation aims to contribute to the body of knowledge in your area by devising and conducting an independent research project and through independent, self-motivated critical thinking, to develop as a reflective practitioner.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

Teaching

Teaching is delivered through lectures, tutorials, case studies, and workshops. Simulated business projects are utilised to develop practical, observational and analytical skills. In addition, you will take part in field work and site visits and will have many opportunities to discuss and exchange you own professional experiences with the course team and invited specialist speakers.

You will work with an organisation and/or relevant stakeholder on a real project as part of a team thereby enhancing networking with external clients, developing real world experience of environmental assessment and management and engaging with a range of research methods relevant to your field. You have the opportunity to undertake a professionally focused dissertation working alongside an industry partner on a project of relevance to their mission. Networking and engagement with business, public sector organisations and the third sector is facilitated within the curriculum and through extra-curricular activities.

Assessments

Each module is assessed individually through coursework including formative assignments, and assessed assignments. Formative assignments (FA) do not count towards the final award but you are strongly encouraged to do these as they will give you an opportunity to (i) apply subject-specific knowledge and skills, allowing review of your progress and understanding, (ii) highlight to tutors any difficulties relating to the study materials, and (iii) receive personal tutorial feedback on their work and any highlighted issues. Modular assignments may involve working with external stakeholder organisations on projects linked to managing environmental performance and/or environmental risk.

School overview

Our school is renowned for the quality of its teaching and research, and is supported by over 80 academic staff at the forefront of their specialisms. Our expanding suite of programmes cover geography and environmental management (GEM), wildlife, biology, chemistry, disease ecology and biomedical sciences and we work closely with our partners to ensure course content develops the skills that employers are looking for.

We have recently been presented with a ‘Bronze Award’ from the Equality Challenge Unit’s (ECU) Athena SWAN Charter for its commitment to gender equality.

If you are looking for a vibrant, welcoming and highly professional environment in which you can realise your potential, the School of Environment and Life Sciences at the University of Salford offers you a world of opportunities.

Our facilities

The University hosts industry standard instrumentation including cell culture facilities, FACS, MALDI-TOF, LC and GC mass spectrometry, FTIR and FTNMR spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy and scanning electron microscopy.

Having access to industry standard technology means that upon graduation, our students are fully prepared and equipped to enter the workplace.

We have recently invested in the development of a new, state-of-the-art, integrated teaching laboratory known as the Bodmer Lab. The Bodmer Lab is a specialist, purpose built facility and ensures our students benefit from the latest technologies to support their learning and remain on the cutting edge of innovation and discovery.

Teacher Profiles

Andrew Clark

Andrew has almost 30 years’ experience of teaching environmental assessment management at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has extensive experience of working with private, public and third sector organisations and companies providing a strong employability focus to teaching and learning on the MSc programmes. He has responsibility for setting up and running industry focused projects for MSc programmes delivering over 100 projects involving MSc students. His research interests span the interface between environmental science and policy including contaminated land risk assessment and remediation, air quality analysis and management, and environmental management practices in organisations.

Carole Conroy

Carole is a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner, Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner and has over 25 years’ experience within private, public and the educational sector. She held or currently holds positions of esteem within external organisations such as external examiner positions, Chair of Manchester Occupational Health and Safety Group; Member of Professional Standards Committee, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.

David Poley

David has over 35 years’ experience as an Environmental Health officer, specialising in environmental management including air quality management and noise control. He has been chair of the Merseyside pollution group and, under his management, his authority became a Beacon Council for their innovation in air quality monitoring. He is a member of the Chartered Institution of Environmental Health and a member of the Institute of Acoustics.

Debapriya Mondal

Priya Mondal is an Environmental Toxicologist with over ten years’ experience in the area of effects of environmental contaminants on human health, especially addressing risk assessments, biomarkers of exposure and identification of molecular and physiological mechanisms of toxicity. Currently, she is a council member of Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, UK and scientific committee member of UK and Ireland Exposure Science Group.

Stephen Todd

Stephen is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Chartered Environmentalist and a member of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing and has over 40 years’ experience in the private and educational sectors. He has sat on the Greater Manchester’s Low Carbon Economic Area Group for Product and Process Innovation and for twenty years was on the Editorial Board for The Journal of Building Surveying. He was also part of the team that developed the Warrington Energy House, which was a collaborative project between the University of Salford, Warrington Housing Association and Warrington Borough Council

Steve Sumner

Steve trained as an Environmental health officer and after a succession of posts as local authority health and safety inspector/manager was seconded to HSE's Local Authority Unit responsible for the development of technical policy. Before establishing his own consultancy and joining the academic staff at Salford he was national lead for health and safety at the Local Government Association for nine years. He is chartered member of CIEH and a chartered fellow of IOSH.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

There are excellent employment opportunities in this field including positions as environmental managers, environmental regulators and environmental consultants working in areas as diverse as contaminated land, planning and environmental impact assessment, environmental management in organisations, and waste, water and energy management.

Previous graduates of this course are working in energy companies at the forefront of environmental innovation (e.g. Uniper and EDF Energy), national and local environmental regulators (e.g. the Environment Agency and local authorities), environmental consultancies with an international dimension (e.g. Royal Haskoning, Scott Wilson, WS Atkins, Mouchel) and utilities companies (e.g. United Utilities, Viridor-Laing).

A taste of what you could become

An environmental manager

An environmental regulator

An environmental consultant

And more...

Career Links

The course emphasises the development of professional skills and capabilities supplemented by practice-based learning opportunities. Your employability is developed through project work with external clients and through opportunities to work on a specific business problem for your dissertation. You will work in a team on a project with an external client organisation to develop your research and analytical skills and to enhance your employability profile. Recent projects include an analysis of the air quality benefits of trees in urban areas (City of Trees), evaluation and enhancement of environmental management procedures for a large multinational manufacturing company, analysis of energy management measures implemented in schools for a local authority and the assessment of environmental management options for a large national charitable organisation.

You are encouraged to undertake voluntary work for which assistance is provided. The programme has links with a range of volunteering organisations including the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the Groundwork organisations and the Bolton Community Development Partnership.

Full-time students also have the opportunity to work with a business on an environmental management project of relevance to the organisation as part of their dissertation. Past projects include work with E.ON UK, United Utilities, Groundwork and Manchester City Council on a range of projects including contaminated land investigation, feasibility studies of sustainable technologies for business and stakeholder perceptions of sustainable environmental practices.

Requirements

What you need to know

Suitable for

The course seeks to contribute to the development of a new generation of environmental practitioners (i.e. managers, advisors and regulators) who can understand the fundamental methodologies used in different disciplines, are capable of thinking in an interdisciplinary way and who can assess and manage risks to health and the environment. The course is for you if you are committed to pursuing a career with a practitioner focus in the environmental industries.

English language requirements

Applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

Applicants should possess at least a UK lower second class honours degree (2:2) or equivalent in any subject.

Alternative entry requirements

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019 £7,776per year
Full-time international 2019 £14,310per year
Part-time 2019 £1,296 per 30 credit module
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

September 2019

January 2020

September 2020