Design and implementation of solutions to current issues of global environmental
concern requires both specialists and well trained managers capable of working within,
between and across disciplines. This programme provides the necessary multidisciplinary training and is relevant to those concerned with the management of natural resources and the formulation and implementation of policies that create environmental improvements at local, national and international levels, and in community, corporate and government organisations.
The programme leads to the following learning outcomes for students:
* a sound understanding of the principal environmental policy issues confronting managers in diverse geographical and culture situations
* an awareness of the ethical and moral issues involved in seeking the wise and sustainable use of resources
* a range of relevant practical skills, particularly in the fields of impact assessment, audit and law.
The MSc and Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management are approved by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), subject to the completion of specified modules. Completion of either of these qualifications can provide exemption from the training requirement for Associate membership of the IEMA. In order to qualify for recognition, you will be required to study the elective modules in 'Managing social and environmental responsibility' (C167) and 'International environmental law' (C114).
Aiming to be the international leader for environmental sustainability professionals, the IEMA is a non-profit membership organisation that promotes best practice standards in environmental management, auditing and assessment. IEMA promotes sustainability through environmental practice and performance, and supports professional development of individuals involved in the environmental profession in the public, private and non-governmental sectors. Benefits of IEMA membership include access to: regional and national events, publications, workshops, negotiated deals for professional indemnity insurance, website and special interest groups.
Graduates of this programme will typically find work or will already be working in:
* government ministries and related agencies, performing environmental planning and/or policy analysis work
* private companies and consultancies, providing an environmental analysis of work being undertaken
* corporations implementing programmes to meet goals of social and environmental
* research and educational institutions involved in environmental management and sustainable development
* international and non-governmental organisations concerned with economic development and environmental change
* charitable trusts and organisations carrying out conservation and educational field work.
MSc: 10 modules (4 core, 4 elective plus 2 research)
* Ecological science and management (C100)
* Environmental auditing (C108)
* Environmental impact assessment (C107)
* Introduction to environmental economics and policy (C170)
* Climate change and development (C124)
* Environmental valuation: theory, techniques and application (C122)
* Ethics and environmental practice (C163)
* International environmental law (C114)
* Managing social and environmental responsibility (C167)
* NGO management (C132)
* Sustainable forest management (C85)
* Sustainable land management (C168)
* Water resources management (C126)
One module selected from another programme
Research modules (MSc only)
* Research methods (R106)
* Research report (RR01)
Modules can also be taken as short courses for professional development or as a taster of the full degree, diploma or certificate programme. In 2009 the cost of taking a module is £925.
How you study
The study year commences in February and modules are examined in October. The study time required for each module is, on average, 7-8 hours per week over a period of 30 weeks (plus 4 weeks for revision). Some students may find that the study time required is longer than indicated, especially at the beginning, until they become more familiar with the subject matter and the mode of study.
Once registered, you will be sent a comprehensive study package for each of your chosen modules. This includes:
* A detailed study guide. Composed of ten units, this incorporates exercises, assignments and other activities into the study text, which will take you through your programme of self-directed study. Most module study guides are now provided in electronic, CD-ROM format.
* An indicative study calendar. This will assist you in planning your study, as well as highlighting deadlines such as those for Tutor Marked Assignments.
* Books and other published materials. Generally textbooks, these are acquired on your behalf and should provide background as well as key extracts necessary for study of the module.
* Integrated volumes of key readings. These are drawn from a wide range of sources and are provided as required readings. Information is also supplied regarding sources of further reading as well as weblinks, for students to look into should they so wish.
* Supplementary study materials. These are included where appropriate, and include items
such as computer software.
* A student handbook. This booklet contains useful administrative information, as well as a CD with study tips and advice.
You will be issued with an Athens password to gain access to the University of London´s online library resources.
There are numerous opportunities for receiving support from tutors and CeDEP staff throughout the study year. Communication is increasingly carried out via email and the CeDEP's tailor-made Online Learning Environment (OLE).
It is now easier than ever for students to contact tutors and their peers electronically to gain help and support. Tutors are allocated to each module and are available to answer queries, promote discussion and offer feedback during the study year (February to October).
CeDEP tutors also provide a monthly update, to summarise activity on the OLE, answer any
frequently asked questions and draw attention to topical events which relate to their module. These are posted on the OLE and also emailed to all students to ensure they reach those with poor internet connectivity.
An opportunity for specific tutorial feedback on students' understanding and interpretation of the subject matter is offered in the form of Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs). These are two substantial assignments which you can complete voluntarily for informal assessment. In the case of the research methods module (R106), assignments are assessed and make up the final module marks.
The Online Learning Environment (OLE)
The OLE provides you with the opportunity to extend your studies by discussing both academic and non-academic issues with tutors and fellow students through the Internet.
The OLE provides easy access to study resources, as well as to fast and efficient academic and administrative support. It also enables you to be part of a learning community in a way in which distance learners have seldom been accustomed in the past.
The OLE includes a number of learning support features:
* student-student and student-tutor interaction
* links to relevant resources
* course-specific discussion rooms where you can debate and find solutions to queries about your course
* assignment submission and tutor feedback area
* administrative and technical help areas
* electronic course documentation to download and print
* notice boards where you will be informed of any important events, deadlines and new resources
* student café where you can meet and talk to your fellow students socially
* point of contact with the Study Director.
Each individual course for the MSc and Postgraduate Diploma, with the exception of the research report, will be examined by a two-hour unseen written paper. The research report will be assessed by submission of a 10,000-word written report.
Examinations take place once a year in October. If you fail an examination at the first sitting you will be allowed one further attempt. Examinations are normally held in a student's country of residence. We have examinations centres in over 140 countries worldwide.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.