Taught course

Environmental Sciences, Policy & Management

The University of Manchester · School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences

Entry requirements

Applications are welcome from candidates with a good first degree (Bachelor or equivalent with minimum 3 years of university studies) in a subject related to environmental sciences, policy and management such as biology, geography or chemistry, engineering, management or economics. Candidates with other first degrees are also considered if they show commitment to environmental issues, usually through work experience. All candidates should demonstrate proficiency in English. Admission is based on the academic and intellectual excellence of applicants as well as their motivation and prior experience.

Months of entry


Course content

This Erasmus Mundus masters course aims to prepare future leaders to analyse and manage environmental issues in various social contexts. There is a growing need worldwide for such internationally trained specialists, able to link advanced scientific knowledge to effective policy and management responses.

MESPOM builds on more than 50 years of combined academic excellent in postgraduate environmental education from its four partners:

The University of Manchester (focus on environmental sciences and pollution control)

Lund University, Sweden (focus on environmental management in industry)

Central European University (CEU), Hungary (focus on environmental policies)

The University of the Aegean, Greece (focus on ecosystems management)

Successful graduates receive the Master of Science degree from one of the four participating universities.

Course structure

The two-year (120 ECTS credits) course of three taught and one research semester. The first two semesters are delivered at CEU, with contributions from Lund, Manchester and the Aegean.

Mandatory courses during the first semester include: Introduction to Environmental policy and thought: and Introduction to Environmental Management.

More than 20 elective course units are available in the second semester including: Sustainable Energy Solutions; Environmental Impact Assessment; Environment and Producer Responsibility; Water Resource Management; GIS; Biodiversity; and conservation. A unit on Ecosystems Management delivered by the University of the Aegean involves a field's trip to the Island of Lesvos in Greece.

During the 3rd semester, you choose whether to specialise in Environmental Sciences and pollution control at the University of Manchester, or in Preventive Environmental Strategies at Lund University. The fourth semester includes independent thesis research, which can be hosted at any of the MESPOM Consortium partners.

Throughout the course, in addition to your academic work, you will develop research, communication and other professional skills, learn to orient yourself in European and worldwide networks of environmental institutions, and explore career strategies. Many students combine thesis work with internships in international organisations governments, NGO's or the private sector.

For a detailed description of the course see http://www.mespom.org/

Information for international students

For further information about entry requirements, including English Language requirements, please see the University website.

Fees and funding

Please see www.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences