Taught course

International Environmental Management

University of Northampton · School of Applied Sciences

Entry requirements

Candidates entering these courses will normally be expected have gained at least a second class honours degree in a relevant discipline such as ecology, environmental science, geography or geology. Other qualifications will be considered as will applications from candidates with relevant work experience. Applicants for whom English is not their first language will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent). If you do not meet our standard entry requirements, it is possible to undertake a single module and upon successful completion of this module, progress to the full MSc qualification. Please contact us at science.admin@northampton.ac.uk to discuss this option.

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

Countries all around the globe are faced with a myriad of environmental problems resulting from a variety of issues including urbanisation, population rises, climate change and pollution events. Mitigating against these risks requires skills, competence and knowledge to be able to work effectively at a local, national and global level. This Master's level course provides an integrated and coherent programme covering a range of aspects pertinent to environmental management, within a global context. The materials have been designed with a strong vocational and industry focus to provide real world experiences, thereby enabling our graduates to enter a range of jobs from policy development to practice.

This course has been specifically designed to enable you to understand these key issues, and develop policies and initiatives that will build resilience amongst individuals and communities worldwide.

In order to complete this qualification, you must complete six modules and an independent research thesis. During the course, you will complete four compulsory modules and choose two optional modules. This ensures that you are familiar with the fundamental principles relevant to this subject, but are able to tailor the qualification to suit your own needs and interests.

Please note: Optional modules may not run or be offered due to staff availability or low numbers of students choosing a module.

Course modules (16/17):

Climate Change and Risk Management - Core module Y

Extends understanding of the climatic process, the concept of risk, along with developing familiarity with the susceptibility, vulnerability and adaptability of systems to climate change.

International Environmental Management Policy and Control - Core module Y

Examines the legal rules and principles governing the regulation of the global environment. You will appraise the regulatory options and mechanisms available to policy makers for monitoring, controlling and enforcing environmental management practices. The module will also explore the complex social, economic and political contexts in which international environmental law exists using legal and non-legal materials as examples.

International Wastes Management - Core module N

Assesses the environmental impact and economics of current waste disposal practices in urban areas, the system deficiencies that exist as well as the steps that need to be taken to correct solid wastes management practices in both developed and developing countries using 'best practice' examples adopted around the world.​​

Geo-informatics for Environmental Management - Core module N

Enables you to explore the concepts of GIS, remote sensing and mapping technology within a case study and evaluate how such systems allow real time and repetitive data to be collected and present to decision and policy makers in society.

Implementing Sustainability - Core module N

You will evaluate the economic, social and environmental objectives of society to ensure that developments meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations.

Research and Analytical Methods - Core module Y

Develops your ability to independently design a research project. Specially, you will focus on the acquisition, processing and delivery of information, approaches to analysis and interpretation, methodologies, effective communication, recommendations to academic, professional and other audiences as well as the design of ethical and health and safety assessments and guidance.

Research Thesis - Core module Y

You will undertake a substantial element of independent research, demonstrating your conceptual understanding as well as the application of cross-disciplinary research and analysis skills.

Water Resource Management- Core module Y

You will examine the concept of water as a resource and the problems of water resource development and management in both urban and rural environments. Emphasis will be placed on the sustainable management of water resources in the developed world, although you will be encouraged to examine the effectiveness of various management strategies from around the world, thereby providing an essential framework for understanding the problems associated with water resources, and what the appropriate response could or should be.

Environmental Management Policy and Control (India) - Core module N

Wastes Management in India - Core module N

Pollution Abatement Technologies - Core module N

Environmental Psychology - Core module N

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
distance learning
24 months

Course contact details

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