MSc Environmental Management

Our MSc Environmental Management is recognised as internationally leading in training environmental managers for careers in the public and private sector.

Environmental Management

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date September 2021, January 2022, September 2022, January 2023
  • Duration MSc full-time: 12 months, MSc part-time: 24 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based, Stand-alone modules

Established more than 30 years ago, our Masters degree provides a solid grounding in the scientific principles that underpin environmental management. We cover topics including ecological, economic, social, political and legal aspects of environmental management, and give comprehensive training in quantitative, theoretical, analytical and practical skills.

Environmental managers play a vital role in the protection and sustainable use of resources. You’ll learn to address issues such as adaptation to climate change, biodiversity and sustainable energy management. At the local level Environmental Management focuses on conservation and protection of land and water resources and natural habitats. You’ll also benefit from employability skills training, a residential field skills course and the chance to carry out an environmental management related dissertation project which may include working collaboratively with a business through our Making the Most of Masters programme.

Our graduates work for organisations such as the Environment Protection Agencies, major conservation bodies, local authorities and independent environmental consultancies, many in senior positions.

Flexible degree pathways

You can work towards our core Masters degree, the MSc Environmental Sciences, or opt to specialise in one of the following pathways of study:

Top reasons to study with us

Course objectives

Our course will give you:

  • an understanding of the scientific principles that underpin environmental management
  • an understanding of the economic, social, political and legal frameworks for environmental management
  • a sound training in relevant practical, investigative, research and generic skills that are the most sought after by employers

Work placements

You may have the opportunity to carry out a work-based dissertation with the Making the Most of Masters scheme.

Flexible learning

If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.

Faculty facilities

Some of our key facilities include:

  • 11 specialist laboratories supporting a wide range of research interests from ecology to analytical chemistry to thin section and micromorphology
  • Stirling Controlled Environment Facility: a world-class experimental facility for conducting experimental research investigating the impacts of climate and climate change

Research overview

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), 60% of our research in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences was rated 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'.

Our research and impact positions us as leaders in the area of Environmental Protection and Biological Conservation. We are organised into six research groups:

  • Earth and Planetary Observation
  • Ecosystem Change
  • Environmental Biogeochemistry
  • Evolving Organisms
  • Healthy Environments, Sustainable Societies
  • Quaternary Science and Paleo-environments

What our students said

Hannah Limberger
Hannah Limberger
MSc Environmental Management
My course has provided me with the knowledge and experience I need to pursue a career in environmental management. Thanks to my lecturers, I have been able to build a network of contacts and have found my preferred specialism for the future.
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Hannah Lasisi
Hannah Lasisi
MSc Environmental Management
I chose Stirling because of the global relevance and richness of the course modules. The seminars held by visiting professionals and representatives of government agencies assures me that the course I am pursuing is important in the outside world.
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Calum Langdale
Calum Langdale
MSc Environmental Management
The course is well established and many people within the industry appreciate the quality of the course on offer. When applying for jobs, the rate of interview to applications has definitely increased even before I have finished studying.
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