MSc Environmental Policy and Management

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Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available MSc
Course length One year full-time;
two years part-time
Part-time study available Yes
Open to international students Yes
Number of places 30
Start date September 2016

Programme overview

This programme is aimed at talented graduates seeking to develop or enhance expertise in the fields of environmental policy, management, protection, and advocacy. Through a demanding academic curriculum and practice-based learning opportunities students develop the skills and knowledge needed for professional employment in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

The programme is provided by the School of Geographical Sciences, the top-ranked geography department in the UK and a world-leading centre for research and teaching in environmental processes, systems and the social sciences. Staff in the school have been directly involved in advising the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and regularly engage with policymakers, industry and non-profit organisations at local, national and international levels.

The programme is closely affiliated with the University of Bristol's Cabot Institute, which promotes multidisciplinary research around global environmental change, and benefits from our location in the city of Bristol, the 2015 European Green Capital and a vibrant hub of environmental activism and technological innovation.

Fees for 2016/17

Full time fees


Part time fees


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2016/17

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

The programme consists of six compulsory taught units and a dissertation project. Taught units delivered by social scientists provide training in corporate governance and risk management; public policy-making for environmental protection; policy analysis and consultancy skills; statistical methods; and the analytical techniques of geographical information systems (GIS). Natural scientists introduce students to fundamentals of climate science and the analysis of remotely sensed data. You then complete a research dissertation on an environmental topic of your choice either independently or in partnership with an external organisation in the public, private or non-profit sector.

Core units

  • Corporate Environmental Management
  • Environmental Policy and Politics
  • Climate Change: Science and Impacts
  • Introduction to remote Sensing and GIS for Environmental Policy and Management
  • Practical Statistics for use in Research and Policy
  • Consultancy project


You will complete a research dissertation of 15,000 words.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent). 

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Selection process Online application form
English language requirements Profile C
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
How to apply
Application deadline:

1 June 2016


Our graduates have gone on to work in environmental consulting, civil service, environmental management, conservation, marketing and communications, and a range of private companies in areas such as sustainable housing and energy.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.


REF 2014 results

  • 51% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 33% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 14% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 2% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Get in touch

Postgraduate Activities and Admissions Co-ordinator Phone: +44 (0) 117 954 5977 Email:

School of Geographical Sciences
University of Bristol
University Road
Bristol BS8 1SS


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