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.


  • Science and Policy
  • Air Quality
  • Soil and Water Quality
  • Ecosystems Services
  • Environmental Assessment Field Course
    • Climate change and Carbon Management
    • Sustainable Development
    • Environmental Management, Policy and Regulatory Environments
    • Placement Project
    • Dissertation (environmental)

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. 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); environmental consultancy in carbon management; environmental consultancy in ecosystem services management; environmental consultancy in environmental management systems; environmental consultancy in environmental impact assessment and in strategic impact assessment; and public sector environmental agencies and charitable sector 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