Taught course

Environmental Management

University of Reading · Department of Geography and Environmental Science

Entry requirements

IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5

Normally an undergraduate honours degree (2:2 or above) in geography, environmental science, environmental studies, ecology, agriculture or a related field. Applicants from social science backgrounds such as economics or law may be considered. If you have no first degree but do have equivalent experience, you may also be considered.

Pre-sessional English language programme

If you need to improve your English language score, you can take a pre-sessional English course prior to entry onto your degree.

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.

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.


This programme is accredited by the Committee of Heads of Environmental Sciences (CHES), the education committee of the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES). CHES is the collective voice of the environmental sciences academic community and serves to enhance the quality of environmental education worldwide. A programme accredited by CHES is assured to meet high standards, contain a strong component of practical, field and theoretical activities, and has excellent opportunities for training, work experience, and links to the professional environmental sector.

Students enrolled on CHES-accredited programmes can apply for free Student Membership of the IES and for a fast-track route to membership once they graduate, starting them on a route towards becoming a Chartered Environmentalist or Chartered Scientist.

For more information, please visit the Department of Geography and Environmental Science website.

Fees and funding

New UK/Republic of Ireland students: £12,550

New international students: £26,950

Tuition fee information

The fees listed are for full-time study, unless otherwise stated. Fee information will be confirmed in offer letters sent out to successful applicants. You can find further information, including information for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.

EU student fees

With effect from 1 August 2021, new EU students will pay international tuition fees. For exceptions, please read the UK government's guidance for EU students.

Additional costs

Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.

Financial support for your studies

You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.

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

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