Environmental Assessment and Management MSc

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: 24 months
  • Programme start: September 2020
  • Entry requirements: You will need a good 2:1 degree from an approved university or equivalent. Any first degree subject can be considered. We also welcome non-traditional qualifications and relevant work experience which are considered on their individual merits.
Environmental Assessment and Management msc

Module details

In addition to the compulsory modules, students must choose at least two from the list of optional modules.

Compulsory modules

Politics of the Environment (ENVS525)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
Aims

This unit is designed to critically evaluate the political responses to the growing impact that environmental issues and the concept of sustainability are having on decision making at all levels of governance (international, national and local). More specifically the unit aims to:

Develop a critical understanding of the growing importance of environmental and sustainable development thinking in political decision-making processes;

Explore different environmental attitudes, values and perspectives and examine the impact on various political perspectives;

Develop a critical understanding of the opportunities and limitations of environmental decision making international dimension of environmental politics and its impact on nation states;

Understand the role that environmental pressure groups have in shaping political decisions at the international, national and local levels of governance;

Critically evaluate the policy responses at national and local levels to the new emerging environmental agenda.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) a critical appreciation of how environmental issues are being addressed at all levels of governance;

(LO2)  a critical understanding of different environmental values and attitudes and the way that these impact upon political philosophy and decision-making;

(LO3) a critical understanding of the way that various environmental interest groups impact on political and other decision making processes.

(S1) Communication skills

(S2) International awareness

(S3) Ethical awareness

Environmental Assessment of Policies, Plans, Programmes and Projects (ENVS529)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
Aims

To introduce environmental assessment theory and practice;

To teach relevant assessment methods and techniques;

To make students appreciate the complex nature of environmental assessment.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) 1. Understand why and how EIA and SEA are important to further an environmentally sustainable development and influence policy/practice;

(LO2) 2. Have a clear understanding of SEA and EIA requirements and practices;

(LO3) 3. Know how to collect, analyse and report environmental information and data in SEA and EIA;

(LO4) 4. Be able to analyse environmental problems effectively and choose suitable assessment tools, methods and techniques;

(LO5) 5. Be able to communicate effectively in (and on) SEA and EIA processes.

(S1) Communication skills

(S2) Problem solving skills

(S3) International awareness

Business & the Environment (ENVS470)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To explore the relationships between business and the new environmental agenda;

To develop an understanding of the benefits of a positive approach to environmental management for business;

To develop an understanding of the processes involved in developing environmental management systems for businesses.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) an appreciation of the growing importance of environmental management to business;

(LO2) an understanding of the processes involved in the development of a formal environmental management system

(LO3) an ability to appreciate the advantages and disadvantages of formal verification.

(LO4) an ability to communicate ideas effectively to different audiences

(S1) Communicating to different audiences using a variety of different approaches

(S2) Teamwork

(S3) Organisational skills

Green Infrastructure Planning (ENVS545)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
Aims

The module aims to introduce the field of Green Infrastructure and green space planning by addressing its principles, values and utility within urban planning.

Drawing on a wide range of case study material both at home and overseas the module examines the influence of landscape ecology and the politics of planning on urban development to critically question how, where and why we use Green infrastructure to meet quality of life and place making agendas. By examining the relationship between the landscape, planning policy and human interactions the module will highlight the opportunities to implement positive urban greening at a number of scales.

The module also draws links between the role of Green Infrastructure planning in supporting sustainability objectives and the processes of management and monitoring. More particularly the module aims:

To introduce the concept of Green Infrastructure from its historical antecedents to its current use;

To critically evaluate value of Green Infrastructure planning in urban planning as a mechanism for addressing biodiversity, climate change, health, water management and wider urban greening issues;

To critically examine the management frameworks of green space planning and evaluate the utility of evaluation and monitoring techniques available to environmental managers;

To introduce the policy contexts of Green Infrastructure planning and examine the influences of political will, financial incentives and social needs in developing greener and more sustainable urban environments;

To develop an understanding of how Green Infrastructure can be, and is being, implemented through a more in-depth assessment of a series of global case studies.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) A critical understanding of the multifunctional benefits of green infrastructure;

(LO2) An ability to evaluate different planning mechanisms in place that govern the development of Green Infrastructure resources in different localities;

(LO3) The skills required to evaluate the role and added value of Green Infrastructure in real world planning scenarios;

(LO4) An ability to critically assess what methods are appropriate in the evaluation of urban and landscape development.

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Communication skills

(S3) International awareness

Environmental Planning & Management Project (ENVS560)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

This module is based upon the execution of a client based mini-project. The project should help to develop skills of analysis, interpretation and policy prescription. It is well grounded in the Department’s own research activities and draws upon established links with a number of local authorities and other public bodies.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Data collection and analysing skill: to apply skills in selecting, assembling, manipulating, presenting and interpreting data related to environmental assessment and management;

(LO2) Ability to use skills of policy prescription based on these data;

(LO3) Ability to adopt a critical approach to the examination of existing practice in the analysis and evaluation of environmental assessment and management;

(LO4) Understanding of some of the ethical issues that can arise in the relationship between client and consultant.

(LO5) Ability to provide professional consultation inputto clients

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Communication skills

(S3) Leadership

(S4) Teamwork

Dissertation Mcd/ma/msc Planning (ENVS491)
LevelM
Credit level60
SemesterSummer (June-September)
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

This module aims to introduce students to research and how to start a research project on a selected planning research topic. There are three main objectives: To give students an opportunity to study a subject of their choosing and develop a masterly understanding of the subject area; To develop techniques which will improve research skills in problem definition, information collection, analysis, synthesis, and reasoned argument; To develop individual initiative and judgement; and To develop writing and other communication skills of research findings.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students who complete the course successfully will: Develop substantive knowledge of a planning related research topic.

(LO2) 2. Understand the methodological steps involved in the research process of doing a dissertation.

(LO3) 3. Be able to set up and manage a research project

(LO4) 4. Grasp the nature and techniques of applying different research strategies and data collection and analytical methods

(LO5) 5. Be able to synthesize different information sources to form coherent arguments and relate research findings to planning policy and practice.

(LO6) 6. Be able to write a substantial piece of academic work and use bibliographies,referencing, citations and quotations in the appropriate and correct manner.

(LO7) 7. Understand the ethical issues involved in research.

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Organisational skills

(S3) Communication skills

(S4) Ethical awareness

Optional modules

Marine Planning & Management in Action (ENVS465)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

The purpose of this module is to engage students in a client related marine planning and management strategy making exercise. Provide an opportunity for students to apply marine planning and management concepts and techniques in a practical context: Enhance the capacity of students to identify, collect and synthesis a variety of relevant information from a variety of sources in relation to a marine planning and management task; Evaluate marine planning and management options and develop objectives and strategies which are realistic, implementable and measurable Develop an awareness of the ethical and professional issues that confront marine planning and management practitioners working for a client; Develop collaborative problem solving, project management and written, oral and graphic communication skills.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) An ability to work collaboratively as part of a team in developing a realisable solution to a complex marine planning and management problem;

(LO2) good written and oral communication skills to explain how they have tackled and resolved the task;

(LO3) An ability to identify, collect, analyse and synthesise a range of information relevant to developing an appropriate strategy;

(LO4) an ability to meet the need of a client within a prescribed timescale;

(LO5) an awareness of the way that cultural, political and institutional forces shape policy responses

(S1) Time and project management - Project planning

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

(S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - visual

(S4) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning

(S5) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

Tackling Environmental Issues (ENVS471)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

This  module will promote independent thinking, critical insights, leadership, team work and a sound understanding of environmental issues that affect local, national and international governance.

It will enable students to develop the skills to research a key environmental issue, showing a good grasp of what is required in terms of synthesising the relevant information in an objective and robust manner and communicating this at the right level for a consultancy report.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) demonstrate an appreciation of the environmental dilemmas faced by national. regional and local (e.g. towns and cities) government in adapting to a more sustainable way of living, working and playing;

(LO2) Demonstrate an understanding of the factors that will shape different authorities’ approaches to tackling issues such as climate change (e.g. international and national law, local climate, key sectors of employment, available resources, etc ) or sectoral conflicts for resource use.

(LO3) Demonstrate the ability to complete a consultancy report and policy briefing on a key environmental issue

(LO4) demonstrate team working skills

(S1) Teamwork

(S2) Communication skills

(S3) Ethical awareness

(S4) Leadership

(S5) International awareness

(S6) Organisational skills

Marine Planning Theory and Practice (ENVS541)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

The aim of this module is to enable students to develop a theoretical, practical and critical understanding of the notion of marine planning as it is developing internationally, in its wider context of marine management and policy-making. The objectives of this module are that students should be able: 1. To explore the background, history and theoretical underpinnings of the concept of marine planning. 2. To understand and critically appraise key writings that are contributing to the development of marine planning. 3. To investigate leading approaches and techniques being applied in marine plan-making and pilot projects. 4. To appreciate the diversity of marine planning thought and practice in different political and geographical settings. 5. To argue constructively for the appropriate development of marine planning in various contexts.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) 1. Knowledge of the historical, conceptual and theoretical background of marine planning

(LO2) 2 . Knowledge of the practical application of the principles of marine planning in selected contexts.

(LO3) 3. Ability to research marine planning literature and documentation.

(LO4) 4. Ability to engage critically with international academic and practitioner arguments for the development of marine planning.

(LO5) 5. Ability to present knowledge and critical thinking about marine planning orally and in written form.

(S1) Communication skills

(S2) International awareness

(S3) Lifelong learning skills

(S4) Problem solving skills

Research in Anthropocene Environments (ENVS485)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

The aim of this module is to provide students with:

The opportunity to conduct in depth piece of research on a chosen topic within the broad theme of human impacts on the environment;

Provide students with training in research methods and critical analysis techniques;

Teach them to write a short concise abstract (in a conference format);

To present the results in the form of a high impact, high quality A0 poster.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) 1. Demonstrate an understanding of anthropocene environments;

(LO2) 2. Knowledge of a series of key case studies illustrating interactions between human activities and terrestrial and marine ecosystems;

(LO3) 3. Critically analyse and assess previously published materials and synthesize into an appropriate case study;

(LO4) 4. Write a concise abstract;

(LO5) 5. Demonstrate knowledge of poster development and construction;

(LO6) 6. Present a poster in a professional manner.

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Communication skills

(S3) IT skills

(S4) Organisational skills

Geographic Data Science (ENVS563)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

The module provides students with core competences in Geographic Data Science (GDS). This includes the following:

Advancing their statistical and numerical literacy;

Introducing basic principles of programming and state-of-the-art computational tools for GDS;

Presenting a comprehensive overview of the main methodologies available to the Geographic Data Scientist, as well as their intuition as to how and when they can be applied;

Focusing on real world applications of these techniques in a geographical and applied context.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Demonstrate advanced GIS/GDS concepts and be able to use the tools programmaticallyto import, manipulate and analyse data in different formats.

(LO2) Understand the motivation and inner workings of the main methodological approcahes ofGDS, both analytical and visual.

(LO3) Critically evaluate the suitability of a specific technique, what it can offer and how it canhelp answer questions of interest.

(LO4) Apply a number of spatial analysis techniques and how to interpret the results, in theprocess of turning data into information.

(LO5) When faced with a new data-set, work independently using GIS/GDS tools programmatically.

(S1) Numeracy

(S2) Organisational skills

(S3) Problem solving skills

(S4) IT skills

(S5) Ethical awareness

(S6) Communication skills


Choose one optional module in each semester.

Students wishing to take ENVS410 should have a geoscience background.