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Sustainable Environmental Management, MSc Postgraduate prospectus

  • Exposure to wide ranging employability skills
  • Delivery through the integration of disciplines
  • Taught by research active staff



The world is currently facing the greatest environmental crisis of recent times: how to sustain over seven billion people while maintaining a habitable environment. There is a need to manage the global environment in a more sustainable way and sustainable development must be underpinned by a thorough understanding of environmental issues and their interactions. Emphasising the integrated nature of the subject, this programme provides a solid foundation in environmental science, data collection and analysis, as well as the economic and social contexts in which environmental investigations operate.

Many of NRI's academics are research active. This programme focuses on developing country issues, although the material is applicable to environmental studies worldwide, and draws on NRI's unrivalled pool of expertise in issues of sustainable development, climate and other environmental change, environmental data collection and analysis, bio security and ecological applications. The programme is focused on providing students with the key concepts needed to address these issues, learning from real case studies delivered by experts with experience of implementing environmental projects around the world.

Teaching and learning include a variety of educational styles including seminars, lectures, group work, assignments and tutorials.


The aims of the programme are:

  • To examine key concepts in sustainable development, climate and other environmental change, environmental data collection and analysis, bio security and ecological applications
  • To integrate these to provide a holistic approach to sustainable environmental management
  • To provide more specialist expertise in aspects of sustainable environmental management relevant to your interests and courses of study.

Please note there will be no January 2018 intake for this programme.

What you'll study

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses

Students are required to choose 60 credits from this list of options

All courses are subject to student numbers.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

An honours degree (at least 2.2 or above)

OR an equivalent professional qualification in an appropriate subject.

Students educated in a language other than English should have an IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent.

What people say

"The fact the lecturers were specialists in their fields was fantastic. They really understood what they were teaching and this made lecturers more interesting and easier to understand".

MSc Sustainable Environmental Management student

"Gaining self-confidence and being able to think critically"

MSc Sustainable Environmental Management student

Extra information


Assessment consists of a combination of assignments:

  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Reports
  • Portfolios 
  • Formal examinations


This programme provides specialist expertise for those working or wishing to work in aspects of environmental management, consultancy or research, or seeking an advanced environmental development/management qualification in the UK and overseas, allowing students to graduate with a broad general knowledge of environmental issues in sustainable development and also more focused in-depth knowledge of an area of specialisation.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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