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Environmental Management and Consultancy

MA (Full Time)

UCAS Code: 
Minimum Length:12 Month(s)
Maximum Length:12 Month(s)
Credit Points:180
Director of Studies:Dr NM Watson

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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Subject Specific

The MA in Environmental Management and Consultancy is designed to help students fill career opportunities in the rapidly growing field of private and public sector environmental management.  Public- and private-sector organisations are under increasing pressure from governments and consumers to control their impacts on the environment, yet this is a complex process since it needs to cover sectors as diverse as energy, land use and waste management.  Such complexity requires creative managers with both technical skill and the personal qualities to communicate effectively, resolve disputes, negotiate solutions and deliver projects.  This MA provides students with a comprehensive skills set in the principles and practice of environmental management so that they can exploit career opportunities in private consultancies and public agencies in the UK and other countries.
Students take a core curriculum that covers environmental management and systems; environmental law; decision making and project management. The students are also able to tailor their individual scheme of study to suit their interests and career ambitions by selecting one module from a wide range of optional modules offered by the Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC). The course gives students the opportunity of undertaking their research project as a placement with an external organisation, exploiting linked projects generated by the LEC Enterprise and Business Partnership. The MA is available as full-time (1 year) and part-time (2 year) schemes of study.


The MA is unlike many other postgraduate degree courses in that it recognises the importance of vocational skills as well as academic skills and research expertise. Our teaching philosophy is to provide students with the mix of academic and vocational skills needed to operate and succeed in commercial environmental management. We believe that it is this mix of abilities, rather than a skill in a single specialised area, that defines the professional environmental manager.
The programme benefits from Lancaster University's proven record of outstanding teaching and research in the environmental field.  The development of the Lancaster Environment Centre (linked to the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology) provides a reservoir of research and teaching expertise that we exploit. In addition, the programme draws on material delivered by specialists from the Law Department (European and Environmental Law). The environmental theme at PGT level also develops from our undergraduate teaching.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills
On successful completion of this scheme of study students will be able to:
- demonstrate their understanding of environmental management systems;
- demonstrate their understanding of environmental liabilities and decision making;
- show they can plan, execute and write up a substantial dissertation report for an commercial partner;
- undertake effective environmental research and fieldwork in academic and vocational settings and communicate the results;
- assess the moral/ethical issues associated with the development and implementation of environmental management;
- use the advanced technical skills relevant to this degree scheme.
General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills
On successful completion of this scheme of study students will:
- have a critical understanding of key theoretical, methodological and practical approaches to development and implementation of environmental policies and environmental performance management;
- have learned a wide range of methods and approaches which are applicable to this field;
- have gained knowledge in specific areas of environmental performance management from a mix of compulsory and optional modules;
- have knowledge of the contribution of natural and social sciences to environmental management;
- have demonstrated competence in the taught and research elements of an advanced course;
- have developed transferable skills that they can use in careers within, and beyond, the environmental performance management sphere;

and they will be able to:

- assess contrasting theories, concepts and arguments;
- carry out analysis, problem-solving and decision making;
- interpret, evaluate and critique evidence and arguments;
- abstract and synthesize information;
- develop reasoned argument.

Structure, Features and Regulations: Compulsory and Optional Modules

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Compulsory Modules

GEOG414 Environmental Management

GEOG416 Environmental Auditing

GEOG400 Research Methods (compulsory unless already done social science research methods at UG)

LL.M5212 International Environmental Law

LEC.501 Dissertation Project (with placement)

Optional modules  Select TWO or THREE optional modules you would like to take from the LEC portfolio (following approval from your DoS).  Your number of credits across core and optional modules must total 180 (185 acceptable).  You should aimj to balance your taught moduels across each term OR take more in the earlier terms.

BIOL 420  Food Security, Agriculture and Climate Change

ENV.405  Groundwater Resources and Protection

ENV.407  Catchment Protection (Field Course)

ENV.432 Chemical Risk Assessment

ENV. 434  Contaminated Land and Remediation

ENV.441  Geological Hazards

ENV.457  Air Quality and Climate

GEOG410   Perspectives on Environment and Development

GEOG413   Geoinformatics

GEOG415  Environmental Justice

GEOG419  Health and Environment

GEOG421  Sustainable Water Management: concepts, gov & practice

GEOG422  Disaster Management

LEC.428  Safety and environmental impact assessment: an industrial perspective

LEC.429  Conservation and sustainable development in the Brazilian Amazon

LEC.430  Behaviour of Pollutants in the Environment

LEC.431  Sustainable Systems

LEC.432  Low-Carbon Energy Use

LEC.434  Environmental Aspects of Renewable Energy

LEC.439  Conservation and sustainable development in the Brazilian Amazon

LL.M5212 International Environmental Law

LL.M5237  The Right to Adequate Food as a Human Right

SOCL521b  Environment and Culture

SOCL527b  Ecology, Conservation and Culture

LEC.440   Numerical Skill : Unassessed study module (to be taken as required)

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