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This established course combines practice with theory with proven excellence in distance learning.

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This established course combines practice with theory with proven excellence in distance learning.

Summary

Environmental Management techniques are integral to conservation, agriculture, forestry, industry and countryside planning. This online programme is designed for new graduates who lack professional experience in environment management. It is also for people already in environment-related employment who wish to develop their careers by updating their knowledge and skills. It aims to satisfy an industrial and public sector demand for environmental scientists.

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About

The programme has been developed to set environmental management tools in the context of an understanding of ecosystem structure/function and legislative/policy frameworks.The flexible nature of this course makes it especially suited to people in full-time employment.

The principles and practice of Environmental Management are covered, with specific objectives being to:
• Understand the importance of an evidence-based approach in developing management strategies
• Apply quantitative techniques to assess the effects of environmental management
• Produce environmental impact statements and advise on implementing environmental management systems
• Apply structured planning principles to site biodiversity management and ecosystem restoration
• Monitor pollution and assess its environmental effects

To take this course, you will need access to a computer with a fast internet connection. The course uses the Blackboard learning environment and the modules are delivered using online lectures, including practical and tutorial material. Students and staff interact via email, discussion boards, online chat and telephone. You will find that this course is much more flexible than traditional on-campus university courses as you can study using your own computer and the internet, at your own pace, any place and any time (within given timeframes).

Attendance

Fully online - part-time by distance learning. You do not need to visit Ulster at any stage to successfully complete this course.

The Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) Environmental Management and the Master of Science (MSc) Environmental Management are linked courses. You must successfully complete the PgDip (120 credit points) before transferring to the MSc (a further 60 credit points), i.e. to get the full MSc you complete 180 credit points in total.

The PgDip takes two years part-time (4 semesters) as one module is taken each semester. Modules are available on a two year rotational basis so the order in which they are studied is dependent upon when you start the course.

For the MSc an additional two semesters are required to complete the project module i.e. three years in total part-time. (6 semesters).

Start dates

  • September 2018
  • January 2019
How to apply

Modules

Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

Biodiversity Management

Year: 1

Biodiversity managers make decisions based on understanding ecosystems and by applying ecological principles to achieve their objectives. This module covers key scientific topics, which are crucial for developing effective biodiversity management plans in different ecosystems. It exemplifies how ecological-social-economic factors interact to influence our ability to conserve and manage biodiversity.

Environmental data analysis

Year: 1

This module will provide new and synthesise existing knowledge and skills necessary to understand and analyse environmental data. Statistics, environmental modelling, geographical information systems and presentation skills will all be taught and demonstrated. The students will put this knowledge into action in the form of worked examples and assessments. Knowledge and evaluation techniques are provided in lectures, skills developed during worked examples and demonstrated by assessments

Year two

Environmental Impact Assessment

Year: 2

This module introduces the concepts and requirements of environmental impact assessment, the methodology of planning and carrying out an environmental audit and the use of environmental management systems.

Pollution Monitoring

Year: 2

This module provides the knowledge and skills necessary to monitor pollution of the environment. The topics included are: the key elements of the monitoring programmes for air, water and land; sample collection; chemical methods of analysis, including quality assurance; biological methods of analysis, including toxicity tests and bioassessment; use of environmental models; statistics, data analysis and assessing compliance and; critical loads. The student gains experience through lectures, supporting documents, directed reading and practicals.

Year three

Environmental Management Project

Year: 3

The professional environment manager often has to conduct, commission or evaluate research in order to develop practical solutions to environmental problems. This module focuses on environmental management research techniques. This module provides students with the opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of independent research in an area of particular interest to the student. The student will be assessed on their project plan, a literature review, a poster and a research paper.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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Entry Requirements

Entry to the PgDip:
You must hold a degree in a science or other suitable discipline or demonstrate your ability to undertake the course through the accreditation of prior experiential learning.

Entry to the MSc:
You initially register for the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) and if you complete the PgDip with an overall mark of 50% or higher can proceed to the MSc programme.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Teaching and learning assessment

Assessment is 100% by course work (no sessional examinations); a mixture of methods including practical reports, problem analysis, projects, literature reviews and essays, class tests, group work and a research project.

Students are able to use the University's extensive online resources of electronic journals, books and databases.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

Most students on the course are already working in industry or public services.
Key skills which will be developed are:

  • Biodiversity management plans and site restoration design
  • Ecological monitoring
  • Environmental management systems
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Research analysis and data interpretation techniques.

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How to apply

Applications to our postgraduate courses are made through the University’s online application system.

Start dates

  • September 2018
  • January 2019

Contact

Course Director: Dr Paul McKenzie
T: +44 (0)28 7012 4628
E: sjp.mckenzie@ulster.ac.uk

Admissions Office:

T: +44 (0)28 7012 4159

E: science@ulster.ac.uk

Testimonials

Andrew

When I started out on the Environmental Management course, I had worked for several years in hands-on conservation and environmental restoration but had reached a point where I needed appropriate qualifications to allow my career to progress in a direction that worked for me. This course provided me with a strong base of knowledge and skills directly relevant to current environmental issues and practices, making it easy to apply the course content to my job at the time, while making plans for the future.

Distance learning can be a challenge as you never know what life is going to throw at you over the duration of the course. I found that the staff and tutors were extremely helpful and supportive in all aspects of life as an online student. The distance learning system also gives you the opportunity to interact with other students on the course, so it is never a lonely experience. The ability to bounce ideas off other students and your tutors in the forums is an essential part of the learning process, and really helped me gain confidence in my own abilities.

I have always preferred working outdoors and this course has given me the building blocks to progress in my career while staying away from the desk as much as possible! I intend to work as a freelance ecologist and wildlife surveyor in the near future, the course has been key in working towards this goal.

David

When you tell people you work in the food industry they immediately assume you’re involved with cooking or making foods. I couldn’t be further away from those stereotypical images as I work in environmental management. I completed Honours Degree course in Food Management and Marketing (validated by the University of Ulster) at Loughry College, Cookstown. During the course I completed my one year work experience with Ballyrashane Creamery investigating waste and environmental issues. I was in the fortunate position to be offered a fulltime job with them after I graduated from Loughry in June 2012. What with good environmental strategy and leadership fast becoming something that the marketplace expects, rather than impressed by, I decided to go back to studying to further my knowledge and understanding of environment. In January 2013, I enrolled on the course; but due to work commitments, I could only afford time to study on an part-time basis. Therefore, I enlisted on the e-learning postgraduate course of Environmental management. I get great satisfaction from studying on a course that aids my everyday workings in a business that has and continues to embrace new technologies to drive on environmental management – good news for me, Ballyrashane and the environment.