menu icon
MSc Environmental Management

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Environmental Studies Environmental Management

Course type


Course Summary

Our MSc in Environmental Management meets the needs of future environmental professionals and is regarded as one of the best vocational MSc courses in the country, attracting students from all over the world. Allowing you to develop a vocational network for future success, the unique MSc structure provided at IBERS offers scope for employment in a wide range of environmental areas. Key skills and training are provided and industrial and research experiences are integrated into the course, allowing you to respond to and find solutions for problems, and to exploit opportunities and meet challenges in environmental management.


Why study MSc Environmental Management at Aberystwyth University?

Aberystwyth is located in a high quality outdoor physical environment, situated between the Cambrian and Snowdonia mountain ranges, and offering habitats ranging from coastal to upland. Fieldwork opportunities are enhanced by our location.

We have a long and distinguished history of environmental teaching and research. This MSc programme was established at IBERS in 2005 and holds a significant international profile.

The course is taught by internationally recognised researchers, consultants and professionals operating across a wide range of environmental topics.

Undertake vocational and professional training in environmental management and be introduced to new technological advances and developments.

Opportunity to interact with professionals in the field and to develop a network of contacts that will help you to establish your future career.

This course was designed with employers from industry, environmental agencies and governmental and non-governmental organisations. Students benefit from interaction with these external bodies and develop skills that environmental employers target when recruiting.

Our most recent joint submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) displayed that 78% of our research is world-leading or internationally excellent, and 97% of our research is internationally recognised.

76% of our joint submission to the most recent Research Excellence Framework was judged as world-leading in terms of research impact.

Our submission in conjunction with Bangor University was the 5th strongest submission in the UK - REF 2014.


Graduates from the course have moved on to successful careers:

in environmental consultancy

in environmental regulation and monitoring

as Conservation Managers

as researchers in a wide range of research areas.

Teaching & Learning

How will I learn?

This course is concentrated into one year. In the first two semesters (September-May), students complete 120 credits of taught modules, before completing a supervised 60 credit dissertation in the final semester (June-September).

Much of the delivery of the course is based on ‘learning by doing’ through engaging with real life problems and challenges. Modules are delivered through combinations of lectures, workshops, fieldtrips, practicals, and tutorials, and are taught by academics and professional practitioners at the forefront of activity in the field.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment for this course is varied and includes case studies, reports, group projects, presentations, essays, journalistic articles, examinations and online assignments.

Successful submission of the dissertation in the final semester leads to the award of an MSc.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module will introduce students to a number of different areas of law: processes; categories; legislative tools; theories and principles. The assessment is designed to draw in the various strands from each of these areas. It will also provide an understanding how the theory and practices employed in current Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) have developed. Seminars focus on skills that may be used in a professional capacity through case specific exercises.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Generally, the minimum entry requirement for most Taught Masters courses is a lower second class honours degree (2:2). However, some departments may require 2:2 degrees with a score of 56.5 or above (e.g. Department of International Politics) or relevant work experience (e.g Distance Learning courses).