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About Environmental Management at The School of Science and Technology, Nottingham Trent University

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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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 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

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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.

Study options for this course

Notes about fees for this course

UK Fees

Tuition fees 2017

  • Full-time study: £6,500
  • Part-time study: £3,250 per year

Tuition fees 2018

  • Full-time study: £7,800
  • Part-time study: £3,900 per year

Please see our Fees and Funding page for details and scholarships.

International Fees

Tuition fees 2017

  • Full-time study: £12,900

Tuition fees 2018

  • Full-time study: £13,900

Please see our Fees and Funding page for details and scholarships.


We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

Entry requirements

You will need 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. Other relevant qualifications and experience may be accepted.

International students please see the English language requirements section.

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