If you are interested in the environment and issues concerning sustainable development, conservation and the management of natural resources, and would like to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to assist with the implementation and maintenance of sustainable environmental management, this course is ideal. It focuses on combining sound environmental practice with economic and social agendas. These subjects are taught in combination with the fundamentals of management theory, setting your scientific knowledge in a vocational context.
What will you study?
The sustainable environmental development modules enable you to evaluate the changing nature of human interaction with the environment; examine current conservation policy, strategies and issues; and look at the involvement and response of commercial, industrial and public sectors to environmental issues. The management studies modules give you an insight into how the business world operates and will introduce you to marketing concepts and people management skills.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.
* Sustainable Environmental Management
This module evaluates the changing nature of human interaction with the environment and the development of present day environmental awareness in the context of sustainable development.
It provides an in-depth understanding of the environmental issues faced by business and industry, and the challenge of improved sustainability against a background of evolving government policy and stakeholder pressure.
The module also promotes critical understanding of environmental management systems (EMS) as developed in response to changing environmental policy or other stakeholder demands.
* Biodiversity and Conservation
This module reviews the concept of biodiversity and examines current conservation policy, strategies and issues as they apply at a range of scales. An examination of their applications within local, regional and national and global frameworks provides an important policy perspective.
* Water Resource Management
This module offers an opportunity to study the relationships between water and human society at a variety of scales.
In particular, it looks at how water has been managed at global, national and regional scales and how an understanding of hydrological knowledge can be applied to practical water resources problems. It further introduces and investigates the wider concepts of water resources management, governance and water planning decisions.
* Economic Ethics and the Social Environment
This module explores the meaning and application of responsibility towards the environment, economy and society.
It uses relevant economic and geographical theory to examine local, national and international sustainability issues. In particular, we use case studies to examine the commercial, industrial and public sectors' involvement and response to a range of issues.
* Waste Management and Contaminated Land Remediation
This module provides an understanding of the types, sources and effects of contaminants in the environment, and their effects on ecosystems and human health. It covers an awareness of the feasibility and limitations of the main techniques and strategies for the remediation of contaminated land. There is a specific focus on the policies and practice of waste management in developed countries.
* Research Analysis and Data Analysis
This module prepares you for independent research work, including an explanation of the importance of unbiased data sampling and how it may be achieved.
It seeks to improve the quality of your scientific thought and procedure by explaining a range of statistical and other data analytical techniques applicable to environmental and spatial data.
In addition to the use of GIS elsewhere in the course, the module provides extensive experience of the use of computers for data analysis and other applications.
* Finance Resource Management
This module examines the role of financial accounting within organisations. It provides an overview of financial accounting systems in business and public sector organisations.
It also covers:
* the needs of first level managers for financial information and their role in supplying information;
* accounting concepts and conventions; and
* ways of measuring income and valuing assets.
* Managing People and Organisations
This module will provide you with a framework which will enable you to critically reflect upon your performance and plan your professional development. It provides an understanding of human behaviour within organisations and looks at how management performance can be enhanced through effective human resource management. You will demonstrate your ability to integrate international aspects of managing people and organisations and develop an understanding of human resource practices and procedures.
* Research Project
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.