MSc Environmental Management provides a solid grounding in the scientific principles behind environmental management issues.
Participate in world-leading fieldwork research projects, and take advantage of outstanding teaching collections and facilities housed in modern premises.
You will benefit from our custom-designed building with specialised research facilities, including laboratories and instrumentation for work in molecular ecology and biochemistry, environmental chemistry, physics and stable and radioisotopes. You will have access to superb controlled environment facilities, a large area of experimental polytunnels and glasshouses and extensive opportunities for fieldwork at our experimental farms.
You can take an optional Research and Enterprise Micro-Placement, during which you will be placed with a member of staff on an externally-funded project based in the UK or internationally, or with an environmental consultancy or government organisation to gain experience of working within an external commercial environment.
The programme has three pathways:
Contaminated and Urban Environments
The Changing Environment
Agriculture and Rural Environments
Contaminated and Urban Environments is intended for students interested in environmental pollution.
The Changing Environment is intended for students interested in the mitigation and adaptation of ecosystems and society to climate change.
Agriculture and Rural Environments is intended for students interested in sustainable land management.
Coursework assessments are designed to reflect the outputs of industry, ensuring you develop skills that are desired by employers and are well-prepared for your career. These skills include:
how to conduct and write an environmental risk assessment
the valuation of non-market goods and ecosystem services
team-working skills, by engaging with team-based learning
drafting policy briefings and tenders
producing and presenting consultancy reports
The course includes an optional, free-of-charge residential field class that provides the opportunity to gain real experience and put your theoretical knowledge into practice.
We are a partner of Climate-KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Community), which is Europe’s largest climate innovation initiative. This partnership provides Reading students with many opportunities for free and significantly discounted Climate-KIC short courses and summer schools.
IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5
You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (2:2) (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) in geography, environmental science, environmental studies, ecology, agriculture or a related field. Applicants from more diverse backgrounds such as economics or law are also encouraged. Applications from those with no first degree but who have previous experience may also be considered.
What will you study?
Environmental management : principles and practice
Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.
How much will it cost?
How much will it cost?
New UK/EU students: £8,620 per year
New international students: £19,230 per year
The fees listed are for full-time study, unless otherwise stated, and relate to courses starting in the 2019/20 academic year. Fee information will be confirmed in offer letters sent out to successful applicants. You can find further information on fees and funding, including for part-time study, through our fees and funding page.
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs.
The School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science offers postgraduate scholarships ranging from £500 to £5000. You will be provided with further information after you apply.
After completing this course you will be ideally placed to work in government agencies (e.g. DEFRA, Environment Agency), environmental consultancies, waste management companies, water companies, agricultural consultants and firms with in-house roles covering sustainability and implementing environmental law. A proportion of graduates also go on to further study through funded PhD projects.