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Environmental Management MSc

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Placement available

Mode of study

1 year full-time

18 months full-time with placement

24 months part-time

15 months full-time

21 months full-time with placement



UK £12,650

International £25,000

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How does human activity affect our planet? How can these effects be managed?

This course develops your understanding of environmental problems at a master’s level and gives you the skills to analyse and develop long-term solutions. You’ll be able to oversee environmental performance in the private, public and voluntary sector, ensuring that improvements are made where possible and legislation is followed. This course looks to raise your ability to understand and analyse environmental problems, in order to develop long-term solutions.

You can choose to take the course with or without a work placement. Both options are accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).

If you opt for the placement route, you’ll have the opportunity to work on various projects and graduate with hands-on professional experience - something that'll make you stand out when you embark on your career. At Brunel, we have excellent links with many organisations through our research activities, so you can be assured of a high-quality placement at a relevant organisation. Opportunities for our master's students include placements at The Environment Agency and international placements at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

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.

British Council Scholarship for Women in STEM In partnership with the British Council, we are offering five fully-funded scholarships for female students from the Americas region (eligible countries only). The deadline to apply for this scholarship is 7 April 2023 – 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.


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Course content

The compulsory modules of your course will provide you with an academic understanding of the principles of environmental practice. You can choose to follow one of the three themes from the optional modules.

This course can be studied 1 year full-time, 18 months full-time with placement or 24 months part-time, starting in September. Or this course can be studied 15 months full-time or 21 months full-time with placement, starting in January.

Year 1

This course has a placement option. Find out more about work placements available.

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Our exciting range of modules are currently under review and may be updated for 2024.

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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 manager, an environmental analyst or perhaps start up your own consultancy or business. Many of our graduates go on to PhD level and research green technology. Some have started their own businesses supporting SMEs to remove toxic chemicals from wastewater treatment. There are opportunities in business, industry, education or government and local councils.

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UK entry requirements

  • 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; Commerce and Economics.
  • Applicants with a third class honours degree or other qualifications will be considered with any relevant work experience. Such applicants may be required to attend an interview.

Additionally, you should submit a personal statement of between 500 and 1000 words in length, and which addresses your understanding of the MSc Environmental Management course at Brunel University London, your motivations for studying this course and how your skills, knowledge and experience will help you succeed.

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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

2024/25 entry


£12,650 full-time

£6,325 part-time


£25,000 full-time

£12,500 part-time

More information on any additional course-related costs.

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

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

Scholarships and bursaries

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Teaching and Learning

How your course will be delivered

Required equipment

How you'll learn on your course

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Assessment and feedback

Assessment will take the form of written coursework, reports, written exams and assessed teamwork.


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