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Postgraduate study

Environmental Management MSc

Environmental management involves the protection and conservation of natural resources, from the air we breathe, to the water we drink to the ecosystems that support life to the renewable and non-renewable energy and materials that are exploited for modern living and the disposal of waste.


Course overview

British Council Scholarships for Women in STEMHuman activities exert a profound impact on the natural world but with concerted environmental stewardship from the local to global level, negative environmental impacts can be minimised to ensure long-term sustainability

On this course you benefit from an applied and multi-disciplinary approach, gaining a working knowledge of biology, chemistry, ecology, geography, geology, and the social sciences, delivered by research and practice-led teaching staff, drawing on case studies and active academic and professional experience.

You gain knowledge and skills needed to navigate the scientific, social, technological, and regulatory aspects of an environmental management career. You learn how to communicate scientific principles clearly and effectively to a range of stakeholders from local community members/groups to national/international governing bodies.

Teesside University is situated in the Tees Valley - an industrialised area pioneering new environmental technologies to help the UK achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions targets. Located in a wealth of natural spaces including Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, national parks, and exceptional coastal ecosystems. The unique juxtaposition of industry and nature provides a wealth of learning opportunities for the budding environmental manager.

Careers in sectors include sustainability, conservation, environmental policy, consultancy, and PhD study.

Top reasons to study environmental management at Teesside include:

  • Be part of developing sustainable solutions to address complex environmental challenges
  • Vibrant range of learning environments
  • Widely published and research-active academic team, with professional experience

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Course details

For an MSc award you must successfully complete the 120 credits of taught modules and a 60-credit master's research project. 

The structure of the course reflects the core themes of environmental management, considering both the natural processes that shape our changing environment, and the anthropogenic causes of environmental change. As well as introducing you to the fundamental theories and arguments of environmental science, the course exposes you to a wide range of fieldwork and laboratory activities. These activities develop skills in teamwork, planning, data collection and analysis, and presentation, linking theoretical ideas and concepts to tangible processes, environments, and situations. You develop a rounded understanding and experience of the diverse scope of environmental management, gradually building up layers of knowledge, skills, and experiences. These culminate in the personal research project, an opportunity for you to research a topic aligned with your interests, demonstrating the knowledge and skills acquired during the course.

You are encouraged to take up opportunities of voluntary placements with local industries to conduct real-world research projects. These placements are assessed in line with the assessment criteria and learning outcomes of the Project module. 

Examples of past MSc research projects

  • A feasibility study of the application of zero-carbon retrofit technologies in building communal areas
  • Assessment of the climate change impacts of the Tees Valley
  • Carbon trading opportunities for renewable energy projects in developing countries
  • Demand and supply potential of solar panel installations
  • Energy recovery from abandoned oil wells through geothermal processes
  • Exploring the links between carbon disclosure and carbon performance
  • Exploring the potential for wind energy in Libya
  • Hydrothermal carbonisation of waste biomass
  • Potential for biochar utilisation in developing rural economies
  • Wind energy potential in Thailand
  • Waste management in Yaounde, Cameroon

Course structure

Core modules

Advanced Research Project

This is your opportunity to undertake a major independent practical research project in your discipline. You work independently and to a level recognised to be at the forefront of the discipline.
You complete a hypothesis-driven project using appropriate discipline-specific laboratory, database, or computational research methodologies to interrogate a hypothesis in a specialised area of the investigative sciences.

Delivered through a combination of seminars, supervisor meetings and specialist technical workshops. Key skills in research and knowledge creation are developed through seminars and guided-independent study. You must demonstrate the capacity for comprehensive and objective analysis, and for developing innovative and constructive proposals for the solution to the project topic. Supervisors provide guidance to support you, but a high degree of autonomy is required.

Climate Change

Climate change is an urgent challenge facing humanity and this module will provide the scientific knowledge and understanding needed to address this challenge. You explore how the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, cryosphere and biosphere interact to shape earth’s climate, a dynamic system on both temporal and spatial scales. Global climate is changing in a manner that is unprecedented over the past 800,000 years. The evidence that human activity since the onset of the Industrial Era has significantly perturbed the earth’s natural climate state is all too clear from the palaeoclimate and instrumental record. Rising global temperatures, warming oceans, retreating ice sheets, declining Arctic sea ice, sea level rise, weather extremes, ocean acidification, coral bleaching, are all lines of evidence that climate change is occurring.


This module develops topical themes from the wider field of conservation science for you to gain an overview understanding of a range of conservation actions and the latest thinking. There will be a focus on the science and thinking that underpin conservation, using a multidisciplinary approach straddling, bioscience, ecology and geoscience. Key topics include, but will not be restricted to, global change biology, invasion and disease ecology and rewilding conservation strategies.

Environmental Management

This is a multidisciplinary activity which aims to ensure maximum human benefit from the natural world whilst minimising degradation to natural habitats and ecosystems. You addresse key issues for the professional environmental manager including:

• identification of appropriate social, financial, environmental and technical outcomes from a human-environmental interaction
• selection, operationalisation, recording and reporting of appropriate measures of environmental conditions and potential impacts from an activity
• consideration of the regulatory environment
• the Environmental Impact Assessment, the Environmental Statement, and the Environmental Audit, ISO14000.

Global Energy Resources

The oncoming climate catastrophe is the biggest existential threat to humanity today. Emissions of greenhouse gases are mostly due to energy generation; and where we are and how we have got here through fossil fuels will be discussed. Methods to decarbonise energy will be explored as will the possible routes to a cooler, greener future in which there is more worldwide social equality, without sacrificing lifestyles or the environment.

Global Water Resources

Water as a global resource is introduced in this module and you develop skills in exploring competing perspectives on water resource usage and management through the construction and presentation of evidence-based argument. Through interactive lecture sessions, you learn about global water circulations, both natural and anthropogenic; the competing nature of rivers as major resources of fresh water as well as potential environmental hazards; current and emerging pressures on the earths freshwater resource; and approaches being adopted to sustainably manage this previous resource.

Sustainability and Society

Sustainability is more than just maintaining a balance between economic, social, and environmental matters – it is about the critical appraisal of how humans use the planet, and the harm this is causing. You critically investigate the relationship between sustainability and society by approaching sustainability, in a context of climate breakdown, as a vital concern for society, studying it through key theoretical, conceptual and empirical studies. By encouraging interdisciplinary thinking across scientific, socio-cultural, and environmental perspectives, you develop a stronger and more critical understanding of sustainability and how it can be achieved.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

The course provides a number of contact teaching and assessment hours (through lectures, tutorials, projects, assignments), but you are also expected to spend time on your own, called self-study time, to review lecture notes, prepare course work assignments, work on projects and revise for assessments. For example, each 20-credit module typically has around 200 hours of learning time. 

In most cases, around 60 hours are spent in lectures, tutorials and in practical exercises. The remaining learning time is for you to gain a deeper understanding of the subject. Each year of full-time study consists of modules totalling 180 credits; during one year of full-time study you can expect to have 1,800 hours of learning and assessment.

How you are assessed

Modules are assessed by a variety of methods including examination and in-course assessment with some utilising other approaches such as group work or verbal/poster presentations.


Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to have at least a lower second class (2.2) UK honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in a subject related to science, technology, engineering or business/management. 

In addition, international students normally need at least 6.0 with no component below 5.5 in the International Language Testing System (IELTS) test.

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Work placement

There may be short-term placement opportunities for some students, particularly during the project phase of the course.

Career opportunities

Successful graduates from this course are well placed to find employment. As an energy and environmental manager, you might find yourself in a role responsible for overseeing the energy and environmental performance of private, public and voluntary sector organisations, as well as in a wide range of engineering industries.
Energy and environmental managers examine corporate activities to establish where improvements can be made and ensure compliance with environmental legislation across the organisation. You might be responsible for reviewing the whole operation, carrying out energy and environmental audits and assessments, identifying and resolving energy and environmental problems and acting as agents of change. Your role could include the training of the workforce to develop the ability to recognise their own contributions to improved energy and environmental performance.

Your role may also include the development, implementation and monitoring of energy and environmental strategies, policies and programmes that promote sustainable development at corporate, national or global levels.


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2024/25 entry

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£6,710 a year

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£17,000 a year

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  • Length: September enrolment: 1 year, January enrolment: 16 months, including a summer break
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£750 for each 20 credits

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  • Length: September enrolment: 2 years, including a summer break, January enrolment: 28 months, including two summer breaks
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