The School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Ulster has a well established reputation for teaching high quality fully online programmes and registers some 250 students each year to its suite of postgraduate courses. The PgDip/MSc in Environmental Management is part-time and offered by Distance Learning. There are 2 start dates each academic year - end of September (closing date for applications is 31st August) and end of January (closing date for applications is 31st December).
This online programme, accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences, is designed for new graduates who lack professional experience in environment management. It is also for people already in environment-related employment who wish to develop their careers by updating their knowledge and skills. It aims to satisfy an industrial and public sector demand for environmental scientists.
The principles and practice of Environmental Management are covered, with specific objectives being to:
• Understand the importance of an evidence-based approach in developing management strategies
• Apply quantitative techniques to assess the effects of environmental management
• Produce environmental impact statements and advise on implementing environmental management systems
• Apply structured planning principles to site biodiversity management and ecosystem restoration
• Monitor pollution and assess its environmental effects
Modules in these programmes are available on a two year rotational basis so the order in which they are studied is dependent upon when a student enters the programme. Four taught modules constitute the postgraduate diploma and these are taken over two years (4 semesters). The MSc Research Project is the final element of the programme and this is commenced once a student has completed the postgraduate diploma.
Environmental Data Analysis(30 credits)
This module teaches the skills necessary to understand and analyse environmental data.
Statistics, environmental modelling, Geographical Information Systems and presentation skills are taught and demonstrated through applied case studies in environmental management.
Biodiversity Management(30 credits)
Biodiversity Managers make decisions based on understanding ecosystems and by applying ecological principles to achieve their objectives. This module covers key scientific topics which are crucial for developing effective biodiversity management plans in different ecosystems. It exemplifies how ecological-social-economic factors interact to influence our ability to conserve and manage biodiversity.
Pollution Monitoring(30 credits)
This module provides the knowledge and skills necessary to monitor pollution of the environment. The topics included are:
• the key elements of the monitoring programmes for air, water and land
• sample collection
• chemical methods of analysis including quality assurance
• biological methods of analysis including toxicity tests and bioassessment
• use of environmental models
• statistics and data analysis
• assessing compliance
• use of critical loads
Environmental Impact Assessment(30 credits)
This module introduces the concepts and requirements of environmental impact assessment, the methodology of planning and carrying out an environmental audit and the use of environmental management systems.
Plus (Masters only)
Environmental Management Project (60 credits)
To obtain an MSc qualification, students are required to complete advanced study under supervision within a specialised area. The project module aims to extend the experience of the student in the practice of scientific investigation and to develop the intellectual skills of recognising and using subject specific theories, concepts, and principles, analysing, synthesising and summarising information critically, collecting and interpreting several lines of evidence to formulate and test hypotheses and applying knowledge and understanding to address familiar and unfamiliar problems. The student, by making an original contribution to their field, develops the skills of postgraduate, independent research, commensurate with an MSc.
This course is accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences.
International Student Requirements:
English language requirements - IELTS overall band 6.0 with no contributing band less than 5.5 or TOEFL 550 in the paper based-test.
Facts & Figures
Financial Aid: No
International Financial Aid: No
In State Tuition (per year): 3573 GBP
Out State Tuition (per year): 3573 GBP