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Environmental Management MRes

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Subject area

Environmental Sciences

Mode of study

1 year full-time

2 years part-time



UK £11,500

International £21,470

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Carbon dioxide levels are at a record high. Plastics have impacted species throughout the food chain and have even been found trapped in arctic ice. What policies and regulations can tackle environmental issues? How can corporations move towards renewable energy? How can we manage climate change? Brunel’s Environmental Management MRes will provide you with the skills and knowledge to really make a difference to the future of our planet.

This course is designed to provide you with research skills and an in-depth understanding of research methodology with specific relation to environmental management. You’ll focus on areas such as policy, regulation, pollution, waste management and modelling. You’ll study taught modules and undertake an extended research project which will be tailored to your research interests.

Brunel’s MRes students receive the same support as PhD students. Your supervisory team for your research project will consist of a principal supervisor and a secondary supervisor to facilitate cross-disciplinary research. You’ll benefit from the expertise of our award-winning academic team of leading environmental scientists and receive support from specialist technical staff in a well-equipped research environment.

Dean’s International Scholarship: This course is eligible for a £2,000 fee waiver, per academic year, subject to availability. This Scholarship is for full-time international students only. Find out more.

The Water Conservators Environmental Sciences Bursary: Awarded by The Worshipful Company of Water Conservators, a Livery Company of the City of London. The company has a particular interest in issues related to water and the environment. They will award a single bursary of £2,000 towards the tuition fees of the successful candidate.

The deadline to apply for this scholarship is Friday 27 May, 2022 – find out more.

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

The main focus of your course is an extended research project. You’ll spend a large proportion of your time planning and conducting research which can be desk-based, in the laboratory or in the field. Your research project could cover areas such as pollution and waste management; climate change management; environmental design; corporate and industrial environmental compliance; public safety and regulation; non-governmental environmental advocacy; environmental law and environmental modelling. You may choose to carry out multi-disciplinary research encompassing two or more of these subjects.

This course can be studied 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time, starting in September.

Year 1

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

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Careers and your future

After completing the course, you’ll be equipped with the skills to pursue a range of environmental careers. You may wish to work as an environmental researcher, an environmental consultant, an environmental analyst or perhaps start up your own consultancy or business. If you’re considering progression to PhD level, then an MRes is the perfect stepping stone as you’ll graduate with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of research.

Some of Brunel’s graduates have started their own businesses supporting SMEs to remove toxic chemicals from wastewater. There are opportunities in business, industry, education or government and local councils.

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UK entry requirements

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, Pharmacy, Biosciences, Medical Sciences.

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 59 (59 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 63% (min 58% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 90 (min 20 in all) 

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2022/23 entry


£11,500 full-time

£5,750 part-time


£21,470 full-time

£10,735 part-time

More information on any additional course-related costs.

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

Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2023/24 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to continue our support during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course.  

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

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Teaching and Learning

How the course will be delivered

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Assessment and feedback

Assessment will take the form of written coursework, reports, research presentations and an MRes research thesis.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.