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Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP)

Environmental Management

Programme Convenor: Dr Frauke Urban

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.

Professional recognition

The MSc and Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management are approved by the Institute for 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. Students passing their course will have 12 months in which to apply for membership. Graduates who completed their course within the last 3 years will have up to 31st of December 2013 to apply. If it is more than 3 years since completion of the degree, graduates will be required to take the Associate Entrance Exam, however having completed the course, will have a good knowledge base in preparation for the exam. This programme is assessed annually by IEMA.

In order to qualify for recognition by the IEMA, you will be required to study the elective modules in Ethics for Environment and Development (P563) and International Environmental Law (P514).

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.

For more information see: www.iema.net

Programme aims

This 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

MSc Environmental Management student Julio Giró discussing his experiences of distance learning with CeDEP


Programme structure

QualificationNumber of modulesDuration
MSc in Environmental Management43*29Minimum of 2 years and maximum registration of 5 years
PGDip in Environmental Management44* 8Minimum of 2 years and maximum registration of 5 years
PGCert in Environmental Management31* 4Minimum of 1 year and maximum registration of 5 years
* Includes one free choice across all programmes subject to the approval of the Programme Convenor.