SOAS University of London

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 Practitioner Membership of IEMA. By becoming a Practitioner Member of IEMA, you will receive a wide range of benefits that can greatly enhance your professional and academic career.


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

On completion of your qualification you will have 12 months to join IEMA. As an international leader for environment and sustainability professionals, IEMA is a nonprofit membership organisation with more than 15,000 members worldwide. IEMA promotes best practice standards in environmental management, auditing and assessment. It promotes sustainability through environmental practice and performance, and supports professional development of individuals involved in the environmental profession in the public, private and nongovernmental sectors. Benefits of  IEMA membership include access to: professional networking and career opportunities, training sessions such as workshops, seminars and webinars, regional and national events, publications, negotiated deals for professional indemnity insurance, special interest groups and website. For more information see:

Programme aims

This programme will provide you with the following learning outcomes:

  • 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 natural resources
  • a range of relevant practical  skills, particularly in the fields of environmental impact assessment, audit and law


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MSc Environmental Management student Julio GirĂ³ discussing his experiences of distance learning with CeDEP


Programme structure

QualificationNumber of modulesDuration
MSc in Environmental Management 4 3* 2 9 Minimum of 2 years and maximum registration of 5 years
PGDip in Environmental Management 4 4*   8 Minimum of 2 years and maximum registration of 5 years
PGCert in Environmental Management 3 1*   4 Minimum of 1 year and maximum registration of 5 years

* Includes one free choice across all programmes subject to the approval of the Programme Convenor.