Environmental Monitoring for Management MSc

Entry requirements:
2:2 +
1 year
2 years
Start date:
October 2018
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Study area:



in the UK for geography

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Our Environmental Monitoring for Management MSc focuses on the practical skills required for successful and sustainable environmental management and incorporates lots of field, laboratory and analytical work.

The Environmental Monitoring for Management MSc focuses on the dynamic nature of biological and physical environmental systems and teaches the practical and analytical techniques that science, government and industry increasingly need to do in order to assess and manage dynamic environmental systems. In contrast to similarly titled courses at other institutions which emphasise management theory and environmental policy, our Environmental Monitoring for Management MSc focuses on the practical skills required for successful and sustainable environmental management and incorporates lots of field, laboratory and analytical work.

The unique emphasis of the Environmental Monitoring for Management MSc is the practical challenge of measuring, analysing and evaluating dynamic environmental data for environmental problem solving and management purposes. It is formulated around our fundamental belief that environmental problem-solving and management must be based on asking the right questions, collecting the correct data, analysing it in an appropriate way and evaluating it in an applied context.

The Department of Geography is located inside a brand new, state-of-the-art research and teaching facility, complete with a river science laboratory, geospatial laboratory, and several meteorological and hydrological field stations. The campus also has a 16 hectare research forest comprised of ancient and semi-natural woodland.

What makes this programme different?

  • Focuses on practical skills for successful environmental management
  • Brand new, state-of-the-art research and teaching facility
  • 13th in the UK for geography - Complete University Guide 2018

Who should study this programme?

Our MSc in Environmental Monitoring for Management is aimed at those wishing to pursue a career in the environment sector in the UK or internationally, or those already working in the sector seeking to enhance their skills and employability.

Entry requirements

An honours degree (good 2:2 of 55% or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in geography or other science/engineering discipline or appropriate relevant experience.

English language requirements

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not. Find out more on our English Language requirements webpae.

IELTS: overall 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component.

What you'll study

Our Environmental Monitoring for Management MSc is designed to help you gain a sound theoretical and practical understanding of environmental processes and systems.


The programme consists of three elements totalling 180 module credits:

  • Core skills, applicable across the field of environmental management (70 credits)
  • Environment-specific theory and skills (50 credits)
  • Individual research project (60 credits)

In each module students will develop their theoretical understanding, learn new skills and practice new techniques. The relative importance of the different elements will vary between modules, but all modules will have a significant practical component. Some laboratory work will rely on prior collection of samples in the field and in turn some analysis will rely on data generated in a laboratory. The dissertation module will begin with a series of workshops that distil what has been learned so far and facilitate the development of dissertation proposals.

Each module is described in brief below. Minor modifications to programme content may occur in any given year.

Modules are assessed by a combination of examinations, coursework and group work including a dissertation of up to 50 pages on an agreed topic.

Core skills modules

Professional Practice in Environmental Management (10 credits)

This module is designed to introduce students to environmental management as a professional career via interaction with practising scientists from private consultancies and government agencies. It will provide students with an opportunity to network with practising environmental managers (and potential future employers). The module includes sessions on professional development skills (personality differences and psychometric instruments, career networking and career management skills). Throughout the module, students will work to produce a professional development portfolio.

Natural Hazard and Catastrophe Modelling for Environmental Management (10 credits)

This module will introduce students to mathematical and numerical modelling in simulating hazards and applying the results in catastrophe models. It will also explore the benefits and limitations of modelling methodologies.

Applied Environmental GIS (10 credits)

This module introduces the fundamentals of Geographical Information Systems and how spatial data and analysis tools can be applied to analyse environmental data and support decision making processes. Students will undertake their own simulated GIS consultancy project on a subject of their own choosing.

Hydroclimatological Monitoring and Modelling (20 credits)

This module deals with fundamental techniques for the collection, manipulation, presentation and quantitative analysis and interpretation of hydrological and meteorological data that are applicable to a wide range of environments. Applications in real-time flood-warning, seasonal drought forecasting, and strategic water planning will be explored.

Evidence-Based Environmental Management (10 credits)

This module introduces the principles of ‘evidence-based environmental management’ based on a systematic assessment of available evidence. This module aims to provide students with the knowledge and understanding that will enable them to access and apply existing research to environmental management situations, and to contribute to the evidence-base.

Research Design (10 credits)

This module explores issues involved in the conception, design and execution of a research project. It provides the foundation for the dissertation research project and will initiate the process of formulating the research question and designing a research methodology to address it.

Environment-specific theory and skills modules

Tools for River Management (20 credits)

This module focuses on hydraulics, fluvial sediment transport, river channel stability, stream ecology and the links between physical and biological processes. In each case there will be a recap of basic, contemporary theory but the focus will be on measurement and estimation techniques.

Lake Monitoring and Management (20 credits)

This module consists of two parts, the first focusing on contemporary limnology and the second on palaeolimnology. Part 1 examines the physical (seasonal changes in oxygen, water chemistry, thermal structure and ice cover) and biological (seasonal changes in biological production, grazing and trophic interactions) characteristics of lakes. Part 2 is concerned with sedimentation in lakes, environmental reconstruction and lake management.

Wind Erosion: Management and Measurement (10 credits)

The module examines the design and implementation of measuring and monitoring programmes for wind erosion, with particular emphasis on coastal systems and dryland regions. It addresses the methods used to assess wind erosion risk, quantify wind erosion and assess its impacts both at the erosion site and at the locations where eroded materials are deposited.

Research project

Dissertation (60 credits)

The dissertation is an extended independent research project undertaken by the student with support from academic and technical staff. The research will be on a subject selected by the student (with appropriate guidance from staff). The outcome of the project will be a report of up to 50 pages.

How you'll be assessed

Modules are assessed by a combination of examinations, coursework and group work including a dissertation of up to 50 pages on an agreed topic.

How you'll study

Independent study
Group work
Practical sessions
Field trips

Your personal and professional development

The Department of Geography is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

Our graduates have an excellent track record of securing jobs in environmental consultancy, research and government agencies, in fields including flood risk modelling and engineering, catastrophe risk analysis, water quality monitoring and transport planning. Many of our graduates have secured jobs by networking with the contacts made during the programme.

Graduate destinations

Recent graduate destinations include:

  • AECOM, Ecologist
  • Addax Petroleum Services Ltd – Switzerland, Environmental Adviser
  • Archaeological Project Services, Archaeology Outreach Officer
  • Branston Ltd, Trainee Agronomist
  • Mercia City Council – Spain, Noise Pollution Monitor
  • Pick Everard, Engineer

In addition, graduates regularly go on to undertake PhDs in environmental research.

Your personal development

On successful completion of this programme, you should be able to:

  • work effectively in individual study and in teams
  • manage time effectively
  • problem solve and analyse numerical data from a variety of sources
  • identify, retrieve, sort and exchange relevant information from conventional and on-line sources
  • cost and plan the resource allocation for a research proposal
  • evaluate the risks involved in collecting environmental data and develop mitigation strategies to reduce this risk
  • effectively assimilate and communicate material of a technical nature in written, oral and visual form

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

Our students and academics

Cathrine Beatty

Environmental Monitoring for Management MSc

What I enjoy most about the course is the focus on practical experience and skills.