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Environmental Management MSc

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Apply full time - 15 months (Jan)

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Apply full time - 12 months (Sept)

Mode of study

15 months full-time (January intake); 1 year full-time (September intake); 18 months full-time (with Professional Development, September intake); 3 years part-time (September intake)

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Start date

January, September

Environmental Management MSc


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This course is accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).

Please note for January 2018 entry, the application deadline is Friday 1st December 2017. Any applications after this date will be considered on an individual basis, subject to course vacancies.

Postgraduate Loans: From 1 August 2017 , students who live in England will be able to apply for a Postgraduate Loan in academic year 2017/18 of up to £10,280. Find out more

Not all options * for this course are eligible for the Postgraduate loan. (* distance learning /January start or part-time option). If you are unsure you can contact the Student Centre, +44 (0) 1895 268268, email us: student.centre@brunel.ac.uk

About the course

Starting in January 2018, our new Master's course in Environmental Management addresses the management principles necessary for the successful implementation of sound environmental management practice and sustainable development for a healthy planet.

The course develops an understanding of how human activity can affect the environmental and applies this to both the legal framework and management decision-making activities. The course seeks to raise your ability to understand and analyse environmental problems at Master's level, in order to develop long-term sustainable solutions.

You will obtain a solid foundation in environmental management and legislation, planetary health and sustainable development, and then can choose to focus on one of three themes: chemical regulation and management; pollution and monitoring; or clean technology and the environment.

This course can be taken with or without a Professional Development work placement. Both options are accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).


  • You will be trained in critical analysis of legislative and management aspects of the environment.
  • You will develop an understanding of the big picture as well as strong attention to detail – essential skills when it comes to critical analysis at Master’s level.
  • We aim for you to leave the course with an ability to approach environmental management and legislation with an investigative attitude, to be innovative to assess a wide range of problems in the modern environment, and to explore solutions.

The course places a lot of emphasis on individual student development but also involves team-working and presentations to develop your interpersonal skills.

Who is this course suitable for?

This MSc is appropriate for UK/EU and International graduates or those with appropriate experience who wish to develop a career in the environmental industry and public bodies with environmental management and environmental legislation.

Successful graduates are expected to take up roles as environmental managers, environmental analysts, environmental practitioners with an emphasis on environmental monitoring and pollution control, carbon data analyst, energy manager and technical positions in environmental consultancies. 

The course combines academic and applied aspects to provide skills appropriate for entry into all professions related to environmental assessment and management.

About Environmental Sciences at Brunel

During your MSc you will be based in the Environmental Sciences group, which is closely linked to one of Brunel’s flagship research institutes: the Institute of Environment, Health and Societies (IEHS). IEHS is a rapidly expanding research centre housing a strong team of leading experts held in high international regard in their respective fields. In 2011, our research revealing the link between chemicals in rivers and reproductive health won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education. Given this background, we are committed to research-led and innovative teaching.


Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)

Course Content

As with most courses, this Master’s course in Environmental Management is taught in a range of discrete modules for teaching and assessment, throughout the academic year.

However, it is convenient to consider the course as being divided into three equal portions in order to emphasise the course structure and content. The three portions overlap in time, throughout the academic year, and aim to maintain an even balance of work throughout the study period, whether full- time or part- time. The three portions are outlined below:

Compulsory modules

Environmental Management & Legislation

This modular block includes content from a wider range of topics relating to environmental management and environmental legislation. The aims of this modular block are to understand the key management principles necessary for the successful implementation of sound environmental management practice, to understand the environmental, methodological and technological and legislative issues in environmental management and to understand the main environmental legislation and policy tools that are used at the level of the European Union as well as internationally.

Strategic Sustainable Development

This study block focuses on the major sustainability challenges facing our society today, and to learn the importance of taking a whole-systems perspective when trying to identify problems and plan solutions. You'll also learn, critique and apply different sustainability tools and concepts available for practitioners to assist with sustainable development.

Climate Change and Planetary Health

Planetary health is a new framework that seeks to unite the traditional distinctions between human health, societal well-being, and ecological integrity. The main aim of this study block is to identify key human health effects and indicators across the lifespan related to planetary health and climate change.

Research and Analytical Skills

In this study block, you'll learn to develop professional, research and critical skills necessary to support higher learning and development of an integrative approach to problem solving, necessary for success in environmental and life sciences careers in public or private sectors or the academic environment.

Optional  modules (choose 1 theme from the list below)

Theme 1: Chemical Risk Assessment & Management

The aim of this theme is to study the ways in which toxicity data are used to anticipate risks to human health and wildlife that stem from exposure to chemical substances.  You will be able to distinguish between risk assessment, risk management, reversible and irreversible toxic effects and familiar with various approaches that exist in regulatory and risk assessment practice for dealing with such effects.  The theme is designed to allow those who wish to have a career as environmental managers with an emphasis on chemical risk assessment and management practices.

Theme 2: Environmental Pollution & Monitoring

The aim of this theme is to provide a practical approach to measurement methods and techniques normally used to analyse quantitatively the levels of pollutants present in different environmental samples. The theme is designed to allow those whose career choice lies in the field of environmental pollution and environmental monitoring processes to acquire a broad-based knowledge of the concepts involved. Training is given to students who wish to have a career as environmental analysts with an emphasis on analytical methods & techniques used for analysing environmental samples.

Theme 3: Clean Technology & the Environment

The main focus of this theme is to introduce the process-related innovation strategies which can be used to minimise the level of pollutants which are being emitted/produced by different processes. The process related innovations are commonly divided into end-of-pipe technologies and clean technologies. The end-of-pipe technologies are basically designed for installation at the end of the production process, without altering the chemical reactions manufacturing the main product. The clean technology, on the other hand, is a type of technology with which pollution is eliminated from within the production process, meaning that pollutants do not form in the first place.

MSc (with Professional Development)

Having professional experience in your field of study makes you a much more appealing candidate to future employers. Our aim, therefore, is to integrate a work placement (or Professional Development phase) into the programme. Staff members will closely work with the Professional Development Centre to negotiate agreements with public, private and charitable sector organisations to allow our students to work on various projects related to environmental issues. We are well connected with many relevant organisations through our research activities, particularly water companies, environmental consultancies and government departments and agencies.

The Environment Agency has confirmed that they will be pleased to provide Professional Development opportunities to our MSc students. Further opportunities exist internationally with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

There are also exciting opportunities for students to combine environmental science with entrepreneurship through an existing relationship between Brunel and the Central Research Laboratory.

Read more about the structure of postgraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.

Typical Dissertations

The dissertation topic is linked to the optional module theme selected by you that integrates elements of your learning from different parts of the programme.

Entry Criteria 2018/19

Students will normally be admitted with a science-based degree with a minimum grade of a 2:2 or equivalent internationally recognised qualification. A wide range of disciplines are acceptable, for example: Environmental Science; Engineering; Physics; Chemistry; Biology; Geography; Environmental Health; Marine Science; Maths; Agricultural Science; Law; Business and Economics.

Applicants with a third class honours degree or other qualifications will be considered if supported by science A-level (or equivalent) and relevant work experience. Such applicants may be required to attend an interview.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

International and EU Entry Requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)

Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.

However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English. Find out more information about English course and test options.

Special Features

  • The Environmental Management MSc is an interdisciplinary course informed by research from an award-winning Research Institute (The Institute of Environment, Health and Societies)
  • This is an IES and CIWEM accredited course
  • You can attend full-time or part-time
  • Brunel is a campus university with excellent facilities and close to London with great transport links.

Fees for 2018/19 entry

UK/EU students: £7,700 full-time; £3,850 part-time

International students: £16,200 full-time; £8,100 part-time

Additional course related costs

See our fees and funding page for full details of scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase.