This specialist programme trains you in traditional areas of environmental management, such as environmental audit, environmental management systems, impact assessment, environmental planning and stakeholder participation. It also investigates contemporary topics in environmental management, including urban sustainability, carbon management, climate change adaptation and GIS/remote sensing.
The course has a strong emphasis on the international nature of environmental issues, the natural and the built environment, sustainable development as a contemporary policy objective and the importance of considering the context within which environmental management occurs.
In addition to core modules on environmental assessment, environmental management systems, urban sustainability and environmental research methods, there will the opportunity to select a module focusing on either climate change management or GIS and remote sensing.
Modules include a dissertation (exploring a key research issue in environmental management) and a research project (using your own data and analysis), both of which are supervised on a one-to-one basis. It is also possible to study a topic of your choice independently on a one-to-one basis with your supervisor.
You are given the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of your degree.
Studied modules may include:
Employment opportunities may involve working for government departments, local authorities, environmental organisations and environmental consultancies. Specific roles may involve collecting and evaluating environmental information through science and social science methodologies, and creating environmental management systems and policy responses.
At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:
1. Summarise, synthesis and apply information relating to environmental problems and solutions in a range of complex situations
2. Exhibit a heightened level of competence in professionally communicating material relating to environmental management in a variety of settings
3. Critically analyse environmental management and planning methods and techniques
4. Assess critically contemporary environmental and sustainability visions, barriers towards action and opportunities
5. Design and complete a research thesis with due attention to data collection, data analysis and critical independent thought
A science or social science degree with a minimum second class honours.
Candidates without these qualifications, but with substantial relevant work experience, may be considered for entry by assessing levels of professional experience and skills.
For students whose first language is not English, a standard of written and spoken English equivalent to IELTS 6.0 is required. Candidates must achieve an IELTS minimum score of 6 in the written test as well as in the overall assessment.
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.
Postgraduate Loans: A new system of loans for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England is being introduced from September 2016. The loans will provide a non means-tested loan of up to £10,000 for Masters degrees in all subject areas and modes of study. More information can be found at www.findamasters.com/funding/guides/new-uk-postgraduate-loans-scheme.aspx
Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number . A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.
Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.uk, www.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.
University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-loyalty-discount/): If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.
Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.
If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/howtopay.