MSc Managing the Environment

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"IBERS is a world class research and education centre at Aberystwyth University. It is an internationally recognized centre of excellence and students' first choice for the study of biological, environmental and rural sciences.”

This MSc programme was established at IBERS in 2005 and is regarded as one of the best vocational MSc courses in the country. It holds a significant international profile and attracts students from all over the world. The programme is concentrated into one year and involves a core of key management skills with the opportunity to specialise in one of four designated pathways which lead to a range of highly regarded employability prospects in the environmental sector. The pathways are; Environmental Sustainability, Marine and Freshwater Biology, Bioenergy and Environmental Change, and finally,  Habitat Restoration and Conservation. 

Key Facts

Duration:

Both full-time (1 year) and part-time (2 year) routes available.

Entry Requirements:

Good Undergraduate degree 2.2 (UK) (or above) equating to a mark of 56.5 or above in Biological Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Physical Geography or closely related discipline. European and International applicants can find their grade equivalence on our comparability page. Those who are not graduates must satisfy the University that they are of the required academic standard to pursue postgraduate study.

English Language Requirements:

If you have a Bachelor’s degree from a UK University, you do not need to take an English proficiency test.

Non-native English speakers who do not meet this requirement must take a University-recognised test of academic English language proficiency. For further information please see our English Language requirements page

Course Fees:

Please see the tuition fee pages for current tuition fees. Please note that all fees are subject to an annual increase.

Funding: 

Funding opportunities may be available, please check our funding calculator for details.

Overview

IBERS offers excellent core and specialist MSc training under the umbrella title of Managing the Environment. The unique pathway structure was developed to provide students with both a breadth and specialism of skills making them more competitive in the jobs market.

We benefit from our wonderful location. Aberystwyth is picturesque coastal town which lies between the Cambrian and Snowdonia mountain ranges in Wales. The course is taught by internationally recognised researchers, consultants and professionals. Aberystwyth has a strong research base, in the latest Research Excellence Framework assessment (2014) the university was placed in the top 50 institutions for research power and intensity. Altogether we provide our students with world class experience and ensure that students make those all important links and career networks both in the UK and abroad.

Students on the MSc automatically take the following COMMON CORE modules as part of this course:

  • Professional Skills in Managing the environment
  • EIA Theory and Practice
  • Statistics for Experimental Scientists
  • Frontiers in Biosciences
  • Introduction to Environmental Law
  • Critical Evaluation in Environmental Management

They next SPECIALISE by selecting a pathway:

Habitat restoration and conservation pathway

Students selecting this pathway would also take the following modules:

  • Sampling Techniques in Practice
  • Management in Practice –Coastal, Estuarine and Wetlands (based either at Abisko Scientific Research Station in Swedish Lapland or in Mid –Wales).
  • Research Dissertation (four months)

Habitat destruction (via human development) represents the most serious threat to biodiversity on the planet. IBERS has a strong internationally recognised research background in Habitat Restoration and Conservation. We conduct research both in the UK and abroad and our MSc students are integrated into our research environment. This pathway offers the exciting option of undertaking up to three months study in Swedish Lapland (limited places for eligible students).

If you want to discuss this pathway further, please contact Dr John Scullion, jos@aber.ac.uk or telephone +44(0)1970 622304

Environmental Sustainability Pathway

Students selecting this pathway would also take the following modules:

  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Sustainability in Practice
  • Research Dissertation (over four months)

This pathway offers students vocational skills in sustainability analysis, environmental auditing plus environmental impact assessment. Our students interact with professional consultants and develop vocational skills that are directly transferable to a wide range of working environments. Students acquire practical, ‘field’ experience and develop skills targeted for employment in this Environmental sector:

If you want to discuss this pathway and course further, please contact Dr. Dylan Gwynn-Jones dyj@aber.ac.uk or Telephone +44(0)1970 622318

Marine and Freshwater Systems Pathway

Students selecting this pathway would also take the following modules:

  • Sampling Techniques in Practice
  • Management in Practice - Coastal, Estuarine and Wetlands
  • Research Dissertation (over four months)

Marine and Freshwater habitats play an exceptionally important role in providing a multitude of ecosystem services; however these unique and complex habitats are vulnerable. Climate change, over exploitation, and increased pressure from recreational activities are just some of the treats facing these habitats. The Marine and Freshwater Systems pathway utilises the full range of aquatic habitats within the surrounding area and beyond to maximise the learning experience. Our students are provided with a range of vocational skills to enable them to enter professional employment in the marine and/or freshwater Environmental sector.

If you want to discuss this pathway and course further, please contact Dr. Helen Marshall (hem@aber.ac.uk) or Telephone +44(0)1970 628445

Bioenergy and Environmental Change Pathway

Students selecting this pathway would also take the following modules:

  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Bioenergy and Environmental Change in practice
  • Research Dissertation

The Bioenergy and Environmental Change pathway was developed in direct response to the Energy sectors imminent and future need for graduates with Green energy skills. At IBERS we are world leaders in the green energy development sector and attract students from across the globe. This is a rapidly emerging area of employment and managing land for energy is a significant growth area as Governments throughout the world seek to meet their Sustainability and Climate Change targets. This pathway involves industrial case studies where you will interact with consultants and environmental professionals.

If you want to discuss this pathway and course further, please contact Dr Gordon Allison (goa@aber.ac.uk) or Telephone +44(0)1970 823205

Our Staff

The majority of teaching staff at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences are qualified to PhD level and are research active. Vocational courses also have staff whose background lies within industry.  The Institute has a large number of research only staff with whom students may have contact.

Course Content

Welsh medium modules available

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Year 1 Core (80 Credits) You must take the following modules

Semester 1

Frontiers In The Biosciences BRM4920

Research Methods BRM6400

Environmental Auditing And Management Skills BRM7200

Semester 2

Research Methods BRM6420

Introduction To Environmental Law And Environmental Impact Assessment BRM6520

Environmental Auditing And Management Skills BRM7220

Year 1 Options Coastal, Estuarine & Wetlands pathway (the following modules are core for this pathway)

Semester 1

Coastal Estuarine And Wetlands - Project Implementation BRM7400

Semester 2

Management In Practice: Coastal Estuarine And Wetlands BRM7120

Coastal Estuarine And Wetlands - Project Implementation BRM7420

Year 1 Options Environmental Sustainability pathway (the following modules are core for this pathway)

Semester 1

Sustainability, Energy And Environment BRM6820

Semester 2

Sustainability In Practice BRM6920

Year 1 Options Habitat Restoration pathway (Choose 40 credits of core for this pathway from the following)

Semester 1

Restoration And Conservation - Umea Exchange BRM6700

Restoration And Conservation - Project Implementation BRM7300

Semester 2

Restoration And Conservation - Case Studies BRM6620

Restoration And Conservation - Umea Exchange BRM6740

Restoration And Conservation - Project Implementation BRM7320

Year 1 Options Bioenergy pathway (the following modules are core for this pathway)

Semester 1

Sustainability, Energy And Environment BRM6820

Semester 2

Bioenergy In Practice BRM7020

Year 1 Core (60 Credits) You must take the dissertation

Semester 3

Dissertation BRM3560

Employability

How We Help You Shape Your Career

  1. Provision of top quality internationally recognised MSc training in Environmental Management with the unique opportunity to become a specialist through one of the designated pathways. 
  2. Developing and expecting levels of professionalism and excellence in you so that you are able to enter and excel in the work environment. 
  3. Industrial and research experiences and interactions integrated into the course so that you are able to develop a “vocational network for future success”. 
  4. Your own personal tutor that will help you through the journey from learning to employment.

How to Apply

This MSc represents a passport to your new career and aims to provide you with the vocational and professional skills required for future success. To begin this process students first apply for the core MSc in Managing the Environment. You do not have to select pathway at the start of the programme as we provide you with ‘tasters’ of the various pathways and career advice to help you decide on the pathway of your choice.

Postgraduate applicants can submit their application either on-line or off-line. Please see our How to Apply page for further information.

Departmental contact details 

Tel: (01970) 622315

Fax: (01970) 622350

Email: myd@aber.ac.uk

Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences

Edward Llwyd Building

Penglais Campus

Aberystwyth University

SY23 3DA

For an informal discussion about this course and for more specific information, you are very welcome to contact:

Dr Dylan Gwynn-Jones, Email: dyj@aber.ac.uk

If you'd like to see how we assess your application please click and watch our Application videos.

Further Information

As a Postgraduate Student you will be inducted to the University and join one of the top Graduate Schools in the world (Igraduate2012).

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