Taught course

Environmental Practice

Manchester Metropolitan University · School of Science and the Environment

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree of 2:2 honours (or international equivalent) quality in a relevant allied subject normally would be expected. Exceptions may be possible for applicants who can demonstrate relevant work experience in industry. Each application is considered on its own merit.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Environmental Practice draws equally from environmental sciences and environmental management. The programme is suitable for graduates and professionals wishing to gain advanced knowledge and skills in these disciplines. The programme links the professional gap between scientific and managerial practices. During the programme students develop skills in assessing, monitoring, and modelling environmental pollution (air, water and land) and ecosystem degradation. Furthermore, students learn to apply environmental management tools, impact assessment procedures, and carbon management methods. Finally, students foster abilities in evaluating and assessing implementation of environmental policy and progress towards sustainable development.

Problem-based and work-based learning strategies include a residential field course, short field trips, practical classes, seminars, and involving practitioners in teaching. Practical classes take place in high specification laboratories equipped with state-of-art analytical and computing equipment. International case studies from rich, emerging, and poor countries are used throughout the programme. These allow UK and international students to gain insights from across the world. Students develop a specialism by undertaking either a master’s dissertation or a placement project. These prepare students for a career in research, private, public or charitable sectors. The programme uniquely prepares students for combining scientific and managerial practices in implementing effective environmental strategies.


  • Sustainable Development
  • Science and Policy
  • Air Quality
  • Soil and Water Quality
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Environmental Assessment Field Course
  • Environmental Management, Policy and Regulatory Environments
  • Climate Change and Carbon Management
  • Dissertation or Placement Project

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. An MSc qualification demonstrates your aptitude for high-level study and research and your advanced laboratory skills. Recent graduates have been employed by local authorities, the environmental departments of major companies, regulatory authorities and research organisations. Others have gone on to create their own successful environmental companies.

Potential careers include environmental consultancy in analytical chemistry (i.e. air, water, soil), carbon management, ecosystem services management, environmental management systems, impact assessment and in strategic impact assessment; and in public sector environmental agencies and charitable sector environmental companies.

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, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0)161 247 6969