Skip to content
Home>Study at York>Postgraduate taught>Courses 2019/20>Environmental Science and Management (MSc)

MSc Environmental Science and Management

Managing natural resources through the application of environmental science

Year of entry: 2019
Show year of entry: 2020

Length

1 year full-time

Start date

September 2019 (term dates)

Events and fairs

Find out what studying at York as a postgraduate is really like.  

Meet us

You'll develop knowledge, critical analysis and skills in Environmental Science, and learn about its application to the management of natural resources. You will be prepared for a wide range of careers in environmental consultancy and business, in government and non-governmental organisations and in environmental research.

You'll take part in problem solving especially in issues that are at the forefront of our research. You will also examine case-studies that allow you to analyse and tackle the complex problems that characterise Environmental Management.

​We have a number of partnerships with major environmental organisations that will be of benefit to our students through lectures, workshops and research and internship opportunities. 

The Stockholm Environment Institute has one of its seven international centres here in our department. SEI is an independent research organisation that has been engaged in environment and development issues for more than 25 years. 

The CIRCLE Institute is a jointly funded venture between our department and Flamingo Land, a Yorkshire-based zoo and theme park. CIRCLE carries out research into the conservation of wild animals and places and aims to communicate the results in a fun and accessible way.

You can pick from a variety of optional modules that will allow you to structure this course to your own interests. You'll also be able to chose to do your dissertation work within our department, with the Stockholm Environment Institute at York (SEIY) or with another appropriate institution or organisation.

We perform world-leading research in a wide range of environmental areas. 

Research Excellence

96% of research activity in the department is internationally recognised (Research Excellence Framework 2014)

Links with policymakers

You'll benefit from our unique access to the Stockholm Environment Institute, an international environmental policy unit embedded in the Department

Working together

Our staff collaborate with a broad range of private and public organisations including UNEP, DEFRA, Forestry Commission, Natural England, Overseas Development Institute, Willis Global Insurance Broker

Course content

This course will give you a firm grounding in the fundamental principles of environmental science and environmental management. You'll also learn to analyse and address specific questions in environmental science and management and you'll engage with the latest research via debate and discussion.

You have a choice of optional modules that will allow you to tailor the course to your interests, from health, business or wildlife management and more.

Modules

For the Masters you will need to take 100 credits of taught modules as well as 80 credits for your dissertation.

There are four core modules, amounting to 50 of your 100 required taught credits:

You'll also choose 50 credits from a range of optional modules:

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Dissertation

You will also complete an 8,000 word dissertation, worth 80 credits, as part of the MSc. This dissertation can either be York based, or as a placement with an external partner. For the former, staff in the Department will suggest a range of possible subjects and titles, but you can also devise your own title. For the latter, the dissertation topic will be of relevance to the external partner. For both types of dissertation, you will have a departmental supervisor who will provide regular guidance and will be able to comment on drafts of your dissertation. If you are undertaking a placement for your dissertation, you will receive additional guidance from a project supervisor.

You can also choose to make use of our department's links with the Stockholm Environmental Institute at York (SEIY) as part of the project work for your dissertation.

Innovative facilities

Our superb £12.5m state-of-the-art building contains purpose-built labs, lecture theatre and seminar rooms as well as featuring a spectacular living wall

Weekly seminars

Academic and industry speakers are invited to talk about key and policy-relevant areas of environmental research

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2019/20

Study modeUK/EUInternational
Full-time (1 year) £7,810£17,370

Students on a Tier 4 Visa are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.

Fees information

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK/EU or international student.

Funding information

Discover your funding options to help with tuition fees and living costs.

If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

Home/EU students

International students

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.

Teaching format

This Masters combines formal lectures, practicals, computer labs, seminars, industrial site visits and field trips.

  • Guest lecturers from external organisations, including other universities and environmental organisations, provide a view of the current state of Environmental Science and Management.
  • You'll use the University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to supplement lectures and practicals with additional material.
  • Some modules offer optional drop-in help sessions.

Facilities

Our state-of-the-art building contains purpose-built labs, lecture theatre and seminar rooms.

Teaching location

You will be based in the Environment Department on Campus West.

Most of your contact hours will be in the Environment Department with some additional teaching on Campus West.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Types of assessment in this course include:

  • Essays of around 3,000 words
  • Exams of varying length (depending on the modules chosen)
  • Models, maps and accompanying report
  • Presentations and reports
  • Press releases and accompanying poster presentations
  • Laboratory practical reports of 2,000-3,000 words
  • 8,000 word dissertation.

Formative assessment as you study modules will give you useful feedback on your progress and understanding.

Careers and skills

You'll develop the skills and knowledge you will need to follow a career in an environmental organisation in both the public and private sectors. The Masters in Environmental Science and Management also provides an ideal basis to progress to further study at PhD level.

Career opportunities

  • Environmental Consultancies
  • Chemicals industry
  • Local Government
  • National Government Departments
  • Transportation
  • Energy sector
  • Academic research
  • Non-governmental organisations
  • Teaching.

Transferable skills

You'll develop a range of transferable skills throughout the course, including:

  • Geographic and Information Systems skills
  • Communication of environmental research
  • Environmental health risk assessment
  • Qualitative and quantitative data analysis
  • Wildlife management
  • Practical experience designing and conducting field-based surveys
  • Experience of species identification
  • Laboratory methods for environmental testing
  • Environmental modelling

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
Degree

You should have at least a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent. We will also consider your application if you have a 2:2 honours degree and relevant work experience. Your degree should be in a relevant science or engineering subject. We also welcome applications from those with a non-science background who have a passion for protecting the natural environment.

 

General guidance on international entry requirements: email international@york.ac.uk for details for this course.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS: at least 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each component.
  • PTE Academic: 61, with no less than 55 in each component
  • TOEFL: 87, with no less than 21 in each component
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all components

For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.

Applying

You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.

You're welcome to arrange a visit to learn more about this course, our Department and the University. Please contact Karen Thorpe to find our more.

You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system, which allows you to save your progress and return later to finish. If you're unable to apply online, you can submit a paper application.

Apply for this course

Next steps

Contact us

Get in touch if you have any questions

Professor Colin Brown

Learn more

Department of Environment and Geography

Discover York

Accommodation

We offer a range of campus accommodation to suit you and your budget, from economy to premium.

Student life

Explore campus and city life and hear what our current students have to say about living here.

The city

Lively, full of culture and beautiful, York is regularly voted one of the best places to live and visit in the UK.