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On our master's programme, you will develop your technical, research and business skills alongside your awareness of environmental science and policy.

You will also build on your practical experience with fieldwork, lab work, placements and a research project.


Studying a master's course in the Department of Geography and Environmental Science

Meet the staff and students from the MSc Environmental Management.

MSc Environmental Management

Gain a thorough understanding of the scientific and socio-economic principles of environmental management, understand environmental issues, and develop skills for a career in environmental management and consultancy.

You’ll study topics such as waste management, ecosystem services and environmental economics, and be taught by leading academics and experts from industry.

Learn more about MSc Environmental Management

Professional accreditation

Our master's programme is accredited by the Committee of Heads of Environmental Sciences (CHES), the education committee of the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES). CHES is the collective voice of the environmental sciences academic community and serves to enhance the quality of environmental education worldwide.

A programme accredited by CHES is assured to meet high standards, contain a strong component of practical, field and theoretical activities, and has excellent opportunities for training, work experience and links to the professional environmental sector.

Students enrolled on CHES-accredited programmes can apply for free student membership of the IES and for a fast-track route to membership once they graduate. This can start you on a route towards becoming a chartered environmentalist or chartered scientist.


The University of Reading's master's scholarships scheme offers two funding opportunities:

  • Scholarships that are centrally-funded and for which all master's students are eligible (General Scholarships)
  • Scholarships provided by our Schools and which are course or subject-specific (Subject Scholarships).

Students can usually be considered for both types of award. Successful candidates may be offered one or both of these scholarships.

For 2024 entry, the School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science is offering three master’s scholarships for international students at £5,000 and two scholarships for UK/Republic of Ireland students at £2,500.

The Rotary Graduate Scholarship Programme also awards one scholarship for postgraduate study at Reading University in the academic year 2024/25, subject to the applicants’ studies, careers and community work fitting within Rotary’s area of focus, Protecting the Environment.

Find out more about our master's scholarships


Why study with us?

The University of Reading is ranked 3rd in the UK for research power in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences (Times Higher Education, Institutions Ranked by Subject, based on its analysis of the latest Research Excellence Framework 2021).


How you'll study

Through our high-quality fieldwork and research projects we train you to the highest standards as a preparation for professional employment or doctoral study. 


Life in the Department

Join a vibrant and welcoming department situated on an award-winning campus. 

Committee of Heads of Environmental Sciences of IES
Athena SWAN Silver Award