MSc by Research

Environmental Management

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  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught / Professional
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time / Sandwich
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: January 2017, October 2017 and January 2018
  • Course duration: One year full-time / Two years full-time with one year placement / Two years part-time

Gain advanced knowledge and understanding of the Earth's natural systems and how they can be managed. You'll explore Environmental Management Systems (EMS) and gain practical experience of dealing with the complex issues they raise in a systematic and creative way.

This Environmental Management Masters course is aimed at students wishing to be fully prepared for a career in the environmental sciences, in particular, in the sectors of consultancy, industry, resource management and research.

The distance learning element of this course is particularly suited to individuals already working within an organisation who want to acquire the skills and experience needed to manage resource use and improve environmental performance, or to gain a Master's level qualification to provide a 'competitive edge'.

You have the opportunity to take a work placement, enhancing your CV and employability even further

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What you'll study

Through your choice of topics you will have the opportunity to both prepare for your Research Project and to explore your wider fields of interest, while learning to put into practice key skills in research. These modules will require you to interact effectively with research literature and data, for the structured production of poster, oral and written presentations.

You will study 180 credit points (cp) of taught modules (of which 40 cp is distance learning plus 20 cp residential field course) delivered by experienced academics and practicing consultants, who are experts in individual disciplines. You will emerge as a well-trained postgraduate with excellent prospects for employment or further study.

  • Modules

    Advanced Environmental Management (20 cp) - This module will give you the background required to understand the Earth's natural systems and resources, and how they can be managed. It also explores the legal framework for protecting the environment, and managing environmental improvement. You'll explore Environmental Management Systems (EMSs), and gain practical experience of dealing with the complex issues they raise in a systematic and creative way.

    Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001) (20 cp) - By studying this module, you'll develop the theoretical skills needed to plan, implement and operate an EMS, in accordance with the international EMS standard ISO 14001. You'll have the opportunity to evaluate different systems, and use the latest commercial software whilst working on case study material.

    Practical Resource Management (20 cp) - This module enables you to apply the theoretical knowledge you gained from the modules on MRes Environmental Management to real-life situations, and starts with a seven-day residential field course. During this field course, you'll learn how to monitor natural resources, measuring biodiversity and the effects of anthropogenic pollutants. Furthermore, you'll learn how to strategically manage natural resources using an EMS, and implement an EMS using the latest IT-based tools.

    Research Methods and Bioethics (20 cp) - This module encourages you to think beyond your own subject, and interact accordingly. You'll gain a solid foundation in literature review, research design and planning, data analysis and a poster presentation by focusing your studies on a related ethical issue. Ethical issues in research will also be explored, as you discover when and how to obtain ethical clearance in accordance with ethical governance at NTU.

    Scientific Analysis, Review and Presentation (20 cp) - This module enables you to gain the relevant skills required for high quality academic reporting of scientific research. Through a series of seminar sessions, you’ll learn how to research, analyse and report on scientific findings related to your specialist subject. During this module, you’ll decide upon a suitable thesis topic with guidance from your supervisor, and you’ll present your completed work as a written thesis and poster presentation.

    Business and Enterprise (20 cp) - You'll approach ideas generation in a creative manner to understand the role of new business concepts, and their development in the biosciences industry. You'll explore all aspects of starting up a new biosciences company, including new product development, marketing and research, pricing, distribution, and promotion.

    Research Project (60 cp) - In consultation with a supervisor at NTU, you'll select a research topic comprising an original, defined research question (or series of such questions), and develop a written research proposal for the Project. You'll then present this proposal as part of the Research Methods and Bioethics module.

  • Learn a new language

    Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

    Learning a new language can:

    • Enhance your communication skills;
    • Enrich your experience when travelling abroad; and
    • Boost your career prospects.

    Find out more about the ULP.

  • Where you'll study

    Based at the Clifton Campus, Biosciences students are primarily based in the Eramus Darwin and Rosalind Franklin buildings, which houses some of the UK's best interactive teaching laboratories to support research activities in:

    • immunology
    • cell-based therapy
    • bio-materials science
    • neuroscience
    • pharmacology
    • toxicology

    More about our world-class facilities can be found here.

  • Key stats

    • 100% of our bioscience research activity achieved world-leading, internationally-excellent or internationally-recognised status (latest Research Excellence Framework 2014)
    • 95% of our postgraduates are in work or further study within just six months of finishing their degrees (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15)
    • 83% of NTU postgraduate taught students said that overall they were satisfied with the quality of their course (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016)
    • Leading university in the UK for the number of postgraduate students taking professional qualifications (latest Higher Education Statistics 2014/15)

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

Each module has an academic team which is responsible for developing the curriculum, producing the learning materials, providing support, and assigning coursework and grades. In addition your course leader will provide on-going support during the completion of your course. If you choose to do a placement year, during the placement year, an academic member of staff will visit at least twice to check on your progress and offer any advice.

You will undertake self-guided and formal assessments, including written assignments, tests, formal examinations, oral and poster presentations to test your acquisition of master's level knowledge and skills.

Careers and employability

Students who complete this course typically remain within the field of environmental science, in particular as academic researchers, environmental consultants and resource managers. Recent graduates have found employment in a wide range of public and private sector organisations where they have worked to promote sustainable development initiatives, improve environmental performance and ensure compliance with environmental legislation.

As a graduate you will be equipped to deal with complex scientific issues with confidence, independence and originality to:

  • continue advancing their knowledge and understanding
  • develop new skills in the application of biosciences
  • adapt to future developments in this field of study
  • communicate effectively with a range of personnel in management, research and academic contexts.

Skills portfolio

You will gather together relevant practical skills throughout laboratory classes producing a training record. This can be presented to potential employers as proof of competence in a laboratory setting. It also provides you with experience of managing what is essentially a personal development portfolio, which is now a standard tool for monitoring progression and performance in a scientific career as well as out in the sector.

Employability Team

We will work closely with you to help you strengthen your CV and interview techniques.

The University's Employability Team has an enviable reputation for helping our graduates find employment and offers individual consultations. Sessions are available to all students at NTU on CV writing and interview technique. Visit our Employability pages for more information about the range of services they offer.

This course offers you the opportunity to take a one-year placement or several smaller placements. If you start your this course in September / October then you will complete your placement following your taught modules and research project. If you start in January you will complete one term of taught modules and your project then go on placement before returning to NTU for your final term of modules.

Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice

To qualify for the additional qualification of Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice (PGDIPP) you must submit a work placement portfolio which includes a placement diary, reflective report and updated CV, as well as deliver an oral presentation on your placement experience.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?
  • A UK honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent in a related subject including biological sciences, earth or natural sciences, geography, law or business studies.
  • Applicants with relevant employment experience or other relevant qualifications will also be considered.
What are we looking for?
  • A UK honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent in a related subject including biological sciences, earth or natural sciences, geography, law or business studies.
  • Applicants with relevant employment experience or other relevant qualifications will also be considered.
  • We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates' guide. Here you'll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

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Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

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Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal.

Apply for your place as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies.  If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees 2017

  • Full-time study: £6,500
  • Part-time study: £3,250 per year
  • Placement year: £1,350

Tuition fees 2018

Please see our Fees and Funding page for details and scholarships.

Tuition fees 2017

  • Full-time study: £12,900
  • Placement year: £1,380

Tuition fees 2018

Please see our Fees and Funding page for details.

Funding

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

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