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Masters in Environmental Management

About the course

Design and implementation of solutions to current issues of global environmental
concern requires both specialists and well trained managers capable of working within,
between and across disciplines. This programme provides the necessary multidisciplinary training and is relevant to those concerned with the management of natural resources and the formulation and implementation of policies that create environmental improvements at local,
national and international levels, and in community, corporate and government organisations.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Program Aims

The programme leads to the following learning outcomes for students:

  • a sound understanding of the principal environmental policy issues confronting managers in diverse geographical and culture situations
  • an awareness of the ethical and moral issues involved in seeking the wise and sustainable use of resources
  • a range of relevant practical skills, particularly in the fields of impact assessment, audit and law.

Career Progression

Graduates of this programme will typically find work or will already be working in:

  • government ministries and related agencies, performing environmental planning and/or policy analysis work
  • private companies and consultancies, providing an environmental analysis of work being undertaken
  • corporations implementing programmes to meet goals of social and environmental
  • research and educational institutions involved in environmental management and sustainable development
  • international and non-governmental organisations concerned with economic development and environmental change
  • charitable trusts and organisations carrying out conservation and educational field work.

Structure and Syllabus

MSc: 10 modules (4 core, 4 elective plus 2 research)
Postgraduate Diploma: 8 modules (4 core plus 4 elective)
Postgraduate Certificate: 4 modules (at least 3 core plus up to 1 elective)

Core modules

Environmental science and management (C200)
Environmental auditing and environmental management systems (C208)
Environmental assessment (C207)
Introduction to environmental economics and policy (C170)

Elective modules

Climate change and development (C124)
Environmental valuation: theory, techniques and application (C122)
Ethics and environmental practice (C163)
International environmental law (C114)
Managing social and environmental responsibility (C167)
NGO management (C132)
Sustainable forest management (C185)
Sustainable land management (C168)
Water resources management (C126)
One module selected from another programme

Research modules (MSc only)

Research methods (R106)
Research report (RR01)

Short courses

Modules can also be taken as short courses for professional development or as a taster of the full degree, diploma or certificate programme. In 2009 the cost of taking a module is £925. To apply please fill in the short course application form available on the Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (SOAS) website [external link].

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