School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

MRes Sustainable Environmental Management

At the frontier of natural and social science where economic, ethical and political issues converge this programme helps you explore the many dimensions of sustainability and the environment. From the classroom to the field, our practical teaching provides a strong foundation for you to investigate your specific interests and gain hands-on experience. Led by renowned experts, as part of a multidisciplinary research community, you’ll develop the skills and knowledge to build a successful career.

Duration
1 year
Start date
September 2014
Course type
Full-time
Location
Plymouth

Key features

  • Work side by side with experts from across the Faculty of Science and Environment and Plymouth Business School – schools which were rated as ‘internationally excellent’ in the latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008.
  • Carry out an extended dissertation project - designed to benefit those who intend to undertake further study or a research-based career. 
  • Tailor your studies for the career you want – from environmental agencies and consultancies to local or central government and research – and take your place shaping the pioneering policy and projects of the future.
  • Focus on the aspects of sustainable environmental management that you feel most strongly about, with an individual research project and accompanying dissertation.
  • Benefit from our local, national and international sector connections as part of a respected and active research community that includes groups such as the Marine Institute – the first and largest of its kind in the UK – and the Centre for Sustainable Transport
  • Add value to your qualification by studying on a programme accredited by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) – the benchmark for high-quality programmes recognised internationally by learners and employers.
  • Balance your work commitments and further education with the opportunity to study part time for a masters-level qualification.

Course details

  • Programme overview
  • Exploring topics that span the natural and social sciences, you’ll gain vital insight into the whole spectrum of environmental management issues – from law and ethics to impact assessments and data analysis, river basin plans to marine regulations. We’ve designed the programme flexibly to equip you with an in-depth understanding of the essential theories, as well as practical fieldwork and industry experience.

    During the first two terms of this one-year programme, you’ll study a range of core and optional taught modules – from international environmental policymaking to options like climate change: science and policy or economics and the environment. In the final term you’ll complete an independent dissertation project.

    Throughout your studies, we’ll support you in gaining the research and professional skills to help you get the most from the programme – and launch a successful career. 

    Core modules
    • BUS5102 Environmental Law and Ethics

      This module concerns the methods and principles of Environmental Law and Regulation, the methods of Environmental Law and Regulation and the ethical context for environmental issues.

    • SCI5201 Mres Dissertation

      The student will integrate into a research group and within that sphere carry out a research project which they have designed as part of Period 1 study. The results of the project work will be written up as a dissertation.

    • EAR5205 Project Planning for Mres

      The module develops the students practical and theoretical skills and contributes to the design and conduct of a major research project. The students will hone their skills in project design through meetings with the supervisory team. The student will complete all the necessary saftey conditions and acquire all materials to begin the project. The student will review key publications in the journal club and seminar activities (organised by the pathway's academic leader). The student will give an oral presentation of the project proposal.

    • EAR5101 Research Methods

      The module equips the student with practical and theoretical skills required to carry out a major research project. Through a workshop the student will acquire skills relevant to project management. The student will identify with a departmental research group and participate in their journal club and seminar acivities (organised by the pathway's academic leader).

    • IMS5101 Research Skills

      The module trains the student in the generic skills required to carry out research. The emphasis will on practical development of computing, communication, writing and oral presentation skills. The context of research (ethics, funding, rules and controls, careers) will also be discussed.

    • EAR5107 Sustainability: Issues and Debates

    Optional modules
    • BUS5101 Economics and the Environment

      This module is concerned with understanding the use and management of natural resources and the environment from an economic perspective.

    • EAR5110 Integrated Coastal Zone Management

      This module examines aspects of human influence and utilisation of the coastal zone, key coastal processes and the effects of sea-level rise, and the methods of integrated coastal zone management. Although much of the spatial focus is UK based, a strong international angle is provided through discussion of other nations¿ approaches through lectures and seminars.

    • EAR5111 Integrated River Basin Management

      River basin management plans are the basis for strategic environmental planning in the UK. The philosophy and development of integrated river basin management will be outlined, along with practices for relating knowledge of human influences on river basin processes to objectives for sustainable resource management and restoration.

    • IMS5103 Marine Science and Regulations

      This module is designed to give the student an appreciation of the role of science in the legislative system developed for protection of the marine environment. It covers national, European and international policy, law and regulation and looks critically at the origin of these and their implementation.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline. Candidates with experience in a relevant area are also encouraged to apply. 

Applicants with overseas qualifications can check their comparability with the UK equivalent through NARIC, who provide an advisory service.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English then evidence of English proficiency is required. The level of proficiency that is required can vary with the type of programme for which you are applying. For further advice on the appropriateness of overseas qualification and proficiency in the use of English, please contact our International Office.

The minimum IELTS score for acceptable English proficiency for entry is normally 6.5.

Fees & funding

Full-time rate

Home/EU £5,495 

International £12,250

Part-time rate (per 10 credits):

Home/EU £305

International £680

For the most up-to-date information on fees and scholarships please visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/money  

How to apply

Applying for postgraduate study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Information team is on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. The Graduate School is also available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist Services webpages. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office.

If you would like to speak to one of our course information advisors, please contact us:

Telephone:  +441752 585858

Email: prospectus@plymouth.ac.uk

Documents for downloading

Postgraduate application form DOC – A 16 page DOC application form for postgraduate students to print, fill in and mail to University

Postgraduate application form PDF – A 16 page PDF application form for postgraduate students to print, fill in and mail to University

International student postgraduate application form DOC – Postgraduate taught programmes application for international students

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Applying for postgraduate study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Information team are on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. The Graduate School are also available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office.

If you would like to speak to one of our course information advisors, please contact us:

Telephone: +44 1752 585858

Email: prospectus@plymouth.ac.uk

Documents for downloading

Open days

A number of open day events are held each year, welcoming you to the campus to find out more about the University, accommodation, facilities and study opportunities.

Find out more from our open days section.

Research community

As part of the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, we contribute to a strong collective of research groups – so you’ll benefit from insights into work at the forefront of the sustainability sector.

Be inspired by people who are dedicated to forging new knowledge in your chosen field.

Find out more about the research groups

Student voice

Who better to give you an insight into the course than our alumni? We asked some previous students to share their thoughts.

Location, staff expertise and flexibility are just some of the reasons they chose Plymouth. What’s important to you?

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