Taught course

Environmental Management and Sustainable Development

Manchester Metropolitan University · School of Science and the Environment

Entry requirements

A good UK Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a subject such as environmental science or management, sustainable development, social sciences, geography, chemistry, biology, engineering or the majority of science subjects is usually required – or, alternatively, relevant environmental experience. All applications will be considered on their own merit.

Months of entry


Course content


This programme combines scientific study, laboratory and fieldwork techniques with the policy that underpins them and the management expertise to successfully deliver real-world sustainability projects.

Gaining advanced scientific skills and knowledge as well as the management, policy and corporate social responsibility aspects make you a great all-rounder who can hit the ground running when it comes to managing live environmental issues and challenges. You will develop into a professional able not only to assess environmental impacts but who can also put these into legislative context; and has the expertise to influence stakeholders, negotiate contracts and project-manage complex processes. This skillset is much sought after and valued by environmental employers and consultancies.

Designed with today’s environmental managers in mind this MSc integrates the scientific, social, economic and political factors involved environmental decision making. The course provides a systematic understanding of the scientific background; critical awareness of the state of knowledge and the burden of proof requirement; comprehensive knowledge of the policy and regulatory frameworks; and a practical understanding of management methodologies for best practice. The programme’s vocational aspect is supplemented by in-depth case studies, field practitioner expertise and the opportunity for a placement-based research project.

We recognise not everybody can commit to full-time study because of work, family and other commitments. That is why we bring together all of the taught elements of this MSc programme to a single afternoon a week, on Wednesdays. We find it helps our students achieve a balance between MSc study and their busy lives.


  • Policy for Sustainable Development
  • Science for Sustainable Development
  • Management for Sustainable Development
  • Research Design and Methods
  • Project

A continuous variety of assessment methods includes policy briefings, executive summaries and practical reports. MSc students will complete a dissertation.

Career prospects
This course aims to provide relevant knowledge and skills required of environmental managers operating at a strategic level in the public, business and non-governmental sectors. Recent graduates have been employed by local authorities, the environmental and sustainable departments of major companies, regulatory authorities and research organisations. Others have gone on to create their own successful environmental companies.

Careers support is available from the moment you join us, throughout your time here, and for up to three years after the completion of your course. We have a range of services available through The School of Science and the Environment and the University Careers Service including dedicated careers and employability advisors.

Information for international students

For more information to support your studies in the UK, including course details, how to apply, and living in the UK visit www.mmu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Please check the latest Postgraduate prospectus for information on the tuition fees for each course. For further information on potential sources of funding for postgraduate students, visit http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees/

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0)161 247 6969