MRes

Environmental Management

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  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught / Professional
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: One year full-time / two years part-time

Learn how to achieve sustainable development within a framework of economic growth. This elearning course is designed to give you the theoretical and practical skills needed to develop, implement and manage a resource strategy for a public or private-sector organisation.

Organisations are under increasing pressure to revolutionise business efficiency and the use of sustainable technologies through effective environmental management.  As a result, there is an increasing demand for master's-level graduates with the skills and knowledge to implement environmental management systems in line with international standards such as ISO 14001 and EMAS.

This Environmental Management Masters was developed by Nottingham Trent University in collaboration with Loreus Ltd, an experienced environmental training and consultancy company. This joint venture will ensure that the course delivers leading edge theoretical content underpinned by practical consultancy experience.

Online distance learning studied full-time or part-time

This course is ideal if you:

  • require a predominantly distance learning course to reduce the amount of time away from work - you can replace the seven-day residential module with the Research Methods module to complete the course entirely by distance learning
  • are working in an organisation and want a master's level qualification to give you a competitive edge
  • are a recently qualified undergraduate and are looking for the professional skills needed to obtain a job in resource management
  • require the skills and experience needed to manage resource use in your organisation and improve its environmental performance
  • want to be able to implement and operate an environmental management system conforming to the international standard ISO 14001 using the latest commercial software tools
  • are an international client who needs to study abroad
  • would like a course written and delivered by experienced academics and practicing consultants.

Postgraduate open events

We hold postgraduate open events throughout the year. Find out more and book a place.

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Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 8351

What you'll study

Although you will study much of the course by distance learning, it is important that you feel part of a coherent group and that you meet others on the course as well as your academic and commercial tutors. This is one of the reasons why the practical resource management module will be delivered as a seven-day intensive residential course. This method of delivery has also been chosen because it is the most efficient use of time for those in work or studying abroad.

If you want to study this course fully online, you can replace the seven-day residential module with the Research Methods module to complete the course entirely by distance learning.

  • Modules

      Core 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.
    • Research Project (120 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.
    • Working individually with the guidance of supervisors, you'll design your experiments and computer-based approaches to address the research questions. A diary-style record of protocols or methods will be used to generate entries for your skills portfolio.

      You'll communicate your findings through a written thesis, and a poster presentation. For the MRes course, an interim written report and oral presentation will be assessed after six to eight months of work, in order to review your progress.

      Optional modules

    • 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.
    • Download our Bioscience module descriptions document PDF icon to find out more about each of these modules.

  • 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.
    • Boost your career prospects.

    Find out more about the ULP.

  • Elearning browser requirements

    To open and run the eLearning courses, you will require access to the Internet, Flash Player 6.0.79 or later and one of the following browsers:

    • Internet explorer 6 or later
    • Firefox 1.x or later
    • Safari 3 or later
    • Google Chrome
    • Opera 9.5 or later
    • Macintosh: Firefox 1.x or later
    • Safari 3 or later
    • Linux: Firefox 1.x or later.
  • Key stats

    • 90% 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

View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

The taught modules are assessed by a variety of different types of coursework. The Research Project module will involve the design, implementation and reporting of a major research task. You'll take self-guided and formal assessments, including written assessments, oral presentations, online assessment tests, poster presentations and a thesis.

How do you study?

You will use a state-of-the-art and easy to use e-learning system, supported by an email helpline, as well as case studies and tests designed to check your understanding of the concepts involved in this subject.

Careers and employability

Students taking this course will definitely have the competitive edge due to the commercial relevance of this course, much of which has been devised in consultation with industry.

The Practical Resource Management module has been designed to encourage you to apply your theoretical knowledge to real-life situations, meaning you can hit the ground running in a practical environment.

This course does not currently offer placements.

You will benefit from an acute understanding of the legal and environmental framework currently affecting environmental management, all of which will equip you to excel in your chosen career.

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.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A UK honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent in a relevant discipline such as Earth or Natural Sciences, Geography, Law or Business Studies or Biological Science.
  • All applications welcome: We welcome applications from prospective students with a range of qualifications and experience, and all are assessed on an individual basis. Mature applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria can still be considered providing they have relevant experience to compliment any qualifications.

What are we looking for?

  • A UK honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent in a relevant discipline such as Earth or Natural Sciences, Geography, Law or Business Studies or Biological Science.
  • All applications welcome: We welcome applications from prospective students with a range of qualifications and experience, and all are assessed on an individual basis. Mature applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria can still be considered providing they have relevant experience to compliment any qualifications.

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language 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

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.

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 Applicant Portal.

Apply for your 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.

  • For a step by step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.
  • For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.
  • For advice on how to write a good personal statement please visit our personal statement page.

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

Course fees for September 2018 and January 2019 entry are:

Study routeUK / EUInternational
Full-time£7,800£13,900
Part-time£3,900 (for Year One*) 

* Please note that if you are considering a course that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for the first year of study. The course fee for the second year may be subject to annual review.

Funding your studies

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and living costs page and our funding page will answer all your questions.

Scholarships

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Alumni discount

We’re happy to be able to offer a 25% alumni discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU alumni. This discount is currently available for those starting an eligible postgraduate taught, postgraduate research or professional course.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on: +44 (0)115 848 2494. For scholarship help please contact us on: +44 (0)115 848 4460.

Course fees for September 2018 and January 2019 entry are:

Study routeEUInternational
Full-time£7,800£13,900
Part-time£3,900 (for Year One*) 

* For a list of international fees for all courses and study routes in the School of Science and Technology please visit our postgraduate fees and funding page.

When and how to pay your fees

For advice and guidance on making secure international payments to the University please visit our international fees page.

Scholarships and other funding

If you’re an international or EU student holding an offer to study with us, you can apply for one of our international scholarships. Please visit our international scholarships page for details. You’ll also find information about EU tuition fee loans and external scholarships to study in the UK on these pages.

Advice and guidance

If you have any questions about international fees, scholarships and other funding please contact the International Development Office at international@ntu.ac.uk or + 44 (0) 115 848 8175.

Still need help?

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