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Overview Managing natural resources through the application of environmental science


1 year full-time

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.

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 Environmental Institute at York (SEIY) or with another appropriate institution or organisation


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

Course content What you’ll study


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.


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:

  • Current Research in Environmental Science (10 credits)
  • Ecotoxicology (10 credits)
  • Environment and Health (10 credits)
  • Research Skills and Statistical Methods (20 credits)

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

  • Business and Environment (10 credits)
  • Environmental Governance (10 credits)
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (10 credits)
  • IPCC Science (10 credits)
  • Ocean and Coastal Science (10 credits)
  • Pollution Monitoring, Assessment and Control (20 credits)
  • Spatial Analysis (10 credits)

Full list and descriptions of modules.

These modules will be run in 2016-17. Modules may change in later years to reflect the latest research.


You'll also complete a 8,000 word dissertation, worth 80 credits, as part of the MSc. Staff will suggest a range of possible subjects and titles, but you are free to suggest your own. You'll have a dissertation supervisor who will provide regular guidance and will be able to comment on your first draft of the dissertation.

You can 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.

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

Teaching and assessment How you’ll be taught and assessed

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.


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 Where you’ll go from here

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

​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.

Entry requirements How to get here

Course entry

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.

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.

International options

General guidance on international entry requirements: email for details for this course.

English language

If your native language is not English you must provide evidence of your English language ability:

  • IELTS: at least 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each component.
  • PTE: 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

We also accept other English Language Tests.

Students who have successfully completed a recent undergraduate degree at a UK University are exempt from the English Language requirement.

You may also want to attend the University's Pre-sessional courses

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