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

Designed with today’s environmental managers in mind, emphasis is placed on integrating the scientific, social, economic and political factors into environmental decision making. The course provides 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. The programme’s vocational aspect is supplemented by in-depth case studies, field practitioner expertise, and the opportunity for a placement-based research project.


  • Policy for Sustainable Development
  • Science for Sustainable Development
  • Management for Sustainable Development
  • Research Design and Methods
  • Masters Project in Environment and Geography

A continuous variety of assessment methods includes essay writing, practical reports, portfolios, consultations and fieldwork. MSc students will complete a dissertation. In addition to the virtual learning environment, Moodle, there is a dedicated website containing all the information that EMSD students need in one place.

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
Full-time UK/EU £1,410 per 30 credits. Part-time UK/EU £1,410 per 30 credit unit. MSc = 180 credits.
International students
Non-EU international £2,400 per 30 credits.

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


part time
36 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0)161 247 6969