Taught course

Environmental Management

University of Reading · Department of Geography and Environmental Science

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Entry requirements

You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (2:2) (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) in geography, environmental science, environmental studies, ecology, agriculture or a related field. Applicants from more diverse backgrounds such as economics or law are also encouraged. Applications from those with no first degree but who have previous experience may also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc Environmental Management provides a solid grounding in the scientific principles behind environmental management issues.

Participate in world-leading fieldwork research projects, and take advantage of outstanding teaching collections and facilities housed in modern premises.

You will benefit from our custom-designed building with specialised research facilities, including laboratories and instrumentation for work in molecular ecology and biochemistry, environmental chemistry, physics and stable and radioisotopes. You will have access to superb controlled environment facilities, a large area of experimental polytunnels and glasshouses and extensive opportunities for fieldwork at our experimental farms.

You can take an optional Research and Enterprise Micro-Placement, during which you will be placed with a member of staff on an externally-funded project based in the UK or internationally, or with an environmental consultancy or government organisation to gain experience of working within an external commercial environment.

The programme has three pathways:

  • Contaminated and Urban Environments
  • The Changing Environment
  • Agriculture and Rural Environments

Contaminated and Urban Environments is intended for students interested in environmental pollution.

The Changing Environment is intended for students interested in the mitigation and adaptation of ecosystems and society to climate change.

Agriculture and Rural Environments is intended for students interested in sustainable land management.

Coursework assessments are designed to reflect the outputs of industry, ensuring you develop skills that are desired by employers and are well-prepared for your career. These skills include:

  • how to conduct and write an environmental risk assessment
  • the valuation of non-market goods and ecosystem services
  • team-working skills, by engaging with team-based learning
  • drafting policy briefings and tenders
  • producing and presenting consultancy reports
  • oral presentations

The course includes an optional, free-of-charge residential field class that provides the opportunity to gain real experience and put your theoretical knowledge into practice.

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).

Fees and funding

UK students
£8,840 per year (full-time)
International students
£19,715 per year (full-time)

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Global Recruitment Team