Taught course

Environmental Impact Assessment

Oxford Brookes University · Department of Planning

Entry requirements

The MRes in Environmental Impact Assessment attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities. Applicants are welcome from any academic discipline, as well as those in work and seeking continuing professional development. Admission is normally open to those with a good honours degree (2:1or equivalent), a postgraduate diploma or an equivalent professional qualification.

Months of entry


Course content

The Master of Research in Environmental Impact Assessment is primarily a research training course and is designed primarily, although not exclusively, to enable students to link a course of substantive research training to the subsequent pursuit of a doctorate.

The course is modular in structure and includes training in environmental assessment and in research methods and methodology. You will undertake a dissertation of 15,000 words and will also have the opportunity to become involved in research projects of our Impact Assessment Unit.

Course content

The MRes consists of five modules, an optional module and the dissertation, representing 190 level 7 credits in total. The PGDip and PGCert are available as exit awards only. Students need to achieve 130 credits for the PGDip and 70 credits for the PGCert.

The two core substantive modules are:

  • Environmental Assessment.
  • Environmental Law and Decision-Making.

Research methods modules are:

  • The Philosophy of Research.
  • Qualitative Methods and Inquiry by Design.
  • Statistical Research Using SPSS.

The dissertation comprises the Research Design and Strategies module, and the dissertation itself.

The optional module can be chosen from a range of modules in the environmental assessment field offered within the school, such as GIS and Environmental Modelling, Strategic Environmental Assessment, and Principles of Environmental Assessment and Management.

Information for international students

IELTS level 6.5 in the academic test, with a minimum score of 6.0 in reading and writing OR TOEFL score of 79 (internet-based), with 4.5 in the Test of Written English (TWE).

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
+44 (0)1865 483573