The future of the global environment is becoming more important. The demand for skilled and experienced professionals in environmental and countryside management is continuing to grow.
This course provides knowledge across all aspects of environmental issues relating to people, places and nature. It develops your management ability and professional expertise and concentrates on
* resolving the wide range of demands placed on rural and urban environments
* ensuring that landscape character and broader conservation interests are given consideration
* enhancing the public and community benefits
We work with public and private sector organisations to make sure the course meets the needs of employers.
To ensure your learning is interesting and relevant to the workplace, we use various teaching methods including case studies based on real life scenarios, field visits and role playing.
We have been awarded full marks (24/24) by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for our environment subject area. The QAA provides a quality assurance service for higher education institutions in the UK.
Our environment subject area also has a proven research track record, attracting over £400,000 funding each year from research councils and industry.
This funding means we can invest heavily in specialist computing and laboratory facilities, such as our individually designed, environmental and soillaboratories. Our research also means we can feed the latest developments and understanding into our course content.
It is suitable if you
* want to advance your studies and qualifications to postgraduate level
* work for an environmental or countryside organisation and want to develop your career prospects
* are passionate about the environment and considering a career change to work in environmental management
Field visits are an important part of the course. Previous visits include regeneration schemes in Toronto, Canada, and post-industrial landscapes in Cornwall. We also make frequent visits to local sites in Sheffield and the Peak District.
* environmental perspectives and policy development
* professional management skills
* environmental impact assessment
* a consultancy project
To complete the masters, you also take
* applied research methods
* environmental management systems
* valuing the environment
* landscape and wildlife management
* social inclusion and cohesion
* survey and evaluation (a block week in may)
* landscape planning and restoration (includes a field trip)
* sustainable rural development
* environmental liability for redevelopment of contaminated land
* visitor and sustainable tourism management
* geographical information systems
* geographical information systems and the environment
* cultural landscapes and protected area management
Typically you can find employment in
* government agencies
* national park authorities and local authority countryside services
* environmental consultancies
* voluntary conservation organisations, such as the RSPB and the County Wildlife Trusts
Many graduates achieve posts in the area of their choice, either before completing their studies or shortly afterwards.
Most part-time students are supported by employers and many find that they progress in their workplace after completing the course.
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.