O x f o r d B r o o k e s U n i v e r s i t y
S C H O O L O F L I F E S C I E N C E S
Environmental Assessment and Management MSc / PGDip
The MSc in Environmental Assessment and Management (EAM) examines the principles, procedures and methods of EAM
against the background of current British and European environmental policy. Although the course's main emphasis is on environ-
mental assessment, it considers management in two senses: management of the environment and project co-ordination. The
course adopts an integrative approach to demonstrate the complementary roles of natural resource management and planning.
Practical experience of methods is provided, and there are opportunities to study related subjects by means of optional modules.
The course is taught at Headington Campus.
Course organisation and study modes
The MSc course consists of four core modules, two optional modules and a Dissertation, representing 180 M-level credits. The
PGDip consists of four core modules and two options (representing 120 M-level credits).
The core modules are:
• Principles of Environmental Assessment and Management (20 credits) considers the context within which EAM is carried out: the principles of sustainability,
international and national policy, approaches to valuing the environment, attitudes to conservation, and the role of the public in environmental decision-making.
• Ecosystem Degradation and Management (20 credits) reviews the nature and extent of ecosystem degradation resulting from human activities, and considers
possible methods for avoiding degradation, and managing, conserving and restoring ecosystems.
• Procedures and Methods of EAM (double module, 40 credits) examines the processes and procedures in carrying out an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
or Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), and provides a practical introduction to methods for assessing, predicting and mitigating a wide range of ecological and
socio-economic impacts. The module emphasises fieldwork and case-studies.
The Dissertation comprises:
• Research Methods (half module, 10 credits) develops the skills needed to research environmental issues, including the formulation of research problems and method-
ology, data collection and analysis.
• Dissertation (50 credits) an individual research study on a topic relevant to EAM chosen by the student.
Optional modules provide an opportunity for students to widen or deepen their field of study. Recommended optional modules
considered to be particularly relevant to the course include:
• Environmental Management Systems - introduces environmental management, the systems and approaches which are being increasingly used in industry and
commerce to meet the challenge of sustainable development and to monitor and improve their environmental performance.
• GIS and Environmental Modelling - is concerned with the practical application of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and a variety of other computer-based
techniques and models (such as expert systems, and spreadsheets) as tools to assist in environmental management and decision-making.
• Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) - examines SEA principles and SEA's status worldwide; links between SEA, environmental impact assessment, and
strategic decision-making; and a wide range of SEA tools and techniques, and their advantages and disadvantages in various settings.
• Spatial Planning in Action - presents an analysis of the structure, objectives and responsibilities underlying the practice of spatial planning from a UK perspective.
The legal basis, administrative aspects and current issues in planning decision-making are introduced, including development plan making, development control and the
Alternative optional modules - selected from an approved list of courses currently running in the University, including Management
of Waste and Contaminated Land; Globalisation, Environment and Development; and Pollution Measurement and Analysis.
However, a student may seek approval from the programme leaders to take a suitable unit that is not included in the approved list.
An Independent Study module - involving individual work on an appropriate topic or set of topics, conducted under supervision and
with prior approval of the course leaders is also available. No more than one Independent Study unit may be included in a
Candidates for the MSc degree should normally have (or be about to attain) at least a second class undergraduate honours degree
in a scientific subject from a recognised institute of higher education.
If the candidate’s first language is not English, then they must satisfy our english language requirement by providing us with
evidence of a minimum TOEFL score of 575 (paper-based) or 232 (computer-based), or an IELTS score of 6.5.
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