Environmental Conservation & Management (MSc)

Society is increasingly sensitive to anthropogenic effects on the natural environment and the public perception is that we do not always weigh the benefits of activities against the associated environmental cost. Such themes are significant with environmental management; the disciplines here help deal with many challenges facing our planet and locality.

Key Facts

Course Length:
Full time: 1 year
Part time: Up to 3 years

Start Date: September

Tuition Fees for 2020/21:
£7,500 (Home/EU students)
£10,340 (Overseas students)
Scholarships and Bursaries

School of Architecture, Built and Natural Environments
Contact Name:
Associate Prof Christopher House
Contact Email:
Language Choice:

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Managing our environments in a sustainable way will help balance these concerns with our social and economic problems. Environmental conservationists have the knowledge and skills that is required to meet the many challenges our environment faces; this helps enhance societies by assisting decision makers in various disciplines. This postgraduate programme addresses environmental conservation in both a practical and holistic way, which is supported by geographical and governance academic knowledge, while also delivering a platform from which this knowledge can be disseminated to interested parties.

Candidates are welcomed from all social and educational backgrounds. Applicants will normally be expected to have a good degree in an associated subject.  Students will be considered if vocational experience, relevant to the course, has been acquired and academic credibility demonstrated.

The School of the Built and Natural Environment has delivered this Environmental Conservation and Management programme since 1998.

Part 1

Compulsory Modules

  • Environmental Planning and Policy
  • Strategic Management for Environmental Conservation
  • Sustainable Development
  • Research Methodology
  • Environmental Law

Elective Modules

  • Energy: Issues and Concerns
  • Waste and Resource Management
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Coastal Zone Management
  • Habitat Management
  • The Workplace Environment 

Electives Outside Programme

  • Facilities Management and Sustainability
  • Work Based Critical Reflection

 Part 2

  • Dissertation

The School of Built and Natural Environment prides itself on providing a supportive learning environment, with personal attention afforded to all students.  Delivering a successful and enjoyable learning experience is at the very core of our vision to produce first-class professionals with high employability skills.

We are situated in an urban/maritime environment very close to Britain’s first designated ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and with many interesting buildings and cultural assets nearby. We are in close proximity to magnificent natural and physical resources of south, mid and west Wales and the University and its staff play a major role within the conservation and heritage management of these and other similar national assets.

As class sizes are generally less than 15, this engenders a culture and environment that listens to and supports individual student needs.  Our teaching is informed by research in subjects that extend right across our portfolio, suitably supplemented by external experts from around the world.  We believe in engaging with employers to develop, deliver and review courses that enhance our graduate’s employability credentials in a manner that is central to our vision for students, the city and region.  This is further reflected by recent postgraduate success stories that include employment in international organisations, entrepreneurship and community engagement.  Our commitment is demonstrated by recent investment in facilities, staff and engagement, which means the future for our alumni, is stronger than ever.  We truly look forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve your personal goals and ambitions.




Assessments used within these Programmes are normally formative or summative. In the former assessment is designed to ensure students become aware of their strengths and weaknesses. Typically, such assessment will take the form of ‘life projects’ where a more hands-on approach shows student’s ability on a range of activities and includes engagement with employers.   

Furthermore, much of the coursework requires that the student and lecturer negotiate the topic for assessment on an individual basis, allowing the student to develop skills appropriate to their employment goals. Some modules where the assessment is research-based require students to verbally/visually present the research results to the lecturer and peers, followed by a question and answer session. Such assessment strategies are in accord with the learning and teaching strategies employed by the team, that is, where the aim is to generate work that is mainly student-driven, individual, reflective and where appropriate, vocationally-orientated. Feedback to students will occur early in the study period and continue over the whole study session thereby allowing for greater value added to the student’s learning.  The dissertation topic is developed and proposed by the student to help them refine their expertise in their chosen area.

Applicants will normally be expected to have a good degree in an associated subject.  Students will be considered if vocational experience, relevant to the course, has been acquired and academic credibility demonstrated.

This programme combines academic study with the application of professional skills and competencies. The student will acquire the highest transferable employment skills, which include: oral and visual presentations, environmental assessments, information dissemination, data analysis, and the ability to write reports.  Students are particularly well suited to the increasingly important skills associated with environmental management, awareness raising and public participation forums. The Go Wales programme provides quality work experience for undergraduates to make students more attractive to potential employers.

There is an optional ten week paid placement with local companies and a short term ‘work taster’ to help clarify student career choices. The scheme also provides a job shop for students seeking to work part-time to financially support their studies. A recent student survey showed that 53% of students worked part-time. Organisations contributing to the Industrial Liaison Committee that helped design the course content include: Natural Resources Wales (Environment Agency, Countryside Council for Wales and Forestry Commission), various local authorities, waste management companies,  the renewable energy industry, RSPB etc.

There are no additional costs for this course.

"I would just like to take the time to express how valuable I have found my MSc Environmental Management and Conservation. The course itself is very diverse, covering all dimensions of the environmental and sustainability agenda, providing an invaluable platform of knowledge which I attribute to helping me obtain my position on the Climate Change Team here at Coventry City Council.

I would particularly commend the modules in Environmental Management and Wastes and Resource Management, as these enveloped my particular interests within the field and led to my choice of dissertation from which I was given the opportunity to work alongside Defra and the Environment Agency; which aided me hugely in my professional development.

Alongside the excellent range of modules available, I found all lecturers to be highly knowledgeable and extremely supportive, making the course all the more enjoyable and providing me with an excellent grounding for a career in the field."

Rhian Jones, Sustainability Consultant