MRes Environmental Management

Our MRes Environmental Management explores environmental management from an engineering perspective, blending focused academic and research training with work-based projects that build your practical expertise. Our highly experienced academic team will guide you, as you focus on one of a choice of five pathways: these are risk assessment, hazardous substances, environmental media, project management and meteorology.

MRes Environmental Management

Course details

Environmental managers use data about the environment, how it is changing, and predictions about how it will change in the future to make decisions about how best to manage human activities and their impacts on that environment. Throughout this course, our team of dedicated experts will guide you as you develop the knowledge and expertise to conduct and apply independent research during your environmental management career as you work to maximise human benefit and minimise environmental damage due to human activities.

Initially, you’ll focus on gaining core knowledge of the principles and practice of environmental management, a specialist area of your choice and research skills and methods. You’ll then develop your understanding by applying this knowledge during two work-based projects. Here, you’ll be expected to investigate a defined issue, develop solutions based on your findings and communicate your ideas effectively. We’ll support you as you learn to plan and implement your projects, collect data and critically analyse results.

We’ll encourage you to draw on these experiences and refine your skills as you prepare your dissertation. Focusing on an agreed problem relevant to environmental management, you’ll undertake an in-depth investigation, analyse your data and critically appraise your results. This major project will allow you to demonstrate your skills in research, critical thinking, communication and application of knowledge to solve specific problems in contemporary environmental management. Overall, we aim to help you gain the skills to examine corporate activities, establish where improvements can be made and how to make them, and successfully communicate your arguments for making those improvements to your organisation.

  • Start date: 21/09/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: MRes
  • Duration: 12 months

Course highlights:

  • This MRes in Environmental Management expertly combines study in our vibrant higher education environment with practical work-based learning and focused research experience.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to choose a specialism from environmental project management, meteorology, risk assessment, hazardous substances, and environmental media by selecting that option module and undertaking research activity in that area as part of the course.
  • Face-to-face sessions and one-to-one support is offered by our dedicated staff team who offer a wide range of professional experience, industry knowledge, technical expertise and academic credentials.
  • Industry experts from across the spectrum of environmental management disciplines are regularly invited to give guest lectures on contemporary practice, challenges and developments in the field.
  • If your research is truly novel, and your work of particularly high quality, we’ll support you to reformat your dissertation or project into an academic paper suitable for presentation at an international conference or in an academic journal.

Key features:

  • We’ll encourage you to develop a mastery of postgraduate-level research techniques and methodologies relevant to environmental management.
  • We’ll expect you to undertake two work-based projects. Our experienced team will support you to find suitable work-based learning opportunities that enable you to achieve the learning outcomes for the MRes. You may conduct the research for your projects as part of an agreed placement or at the University as part of commissioned work.
  • Course materials are available online, allowing you to prepare work at home and make the most of the highly interactive in-class tuition.
  • Our approach to teaching and learning is ‘student-centred’, so we’ll work with you on an individual basis, providing tailored help and support throughout your studies.
  • By studying alongside students and professionals from other environmental management specialisms or alternative industrial sectors, you can benefit from a wider range of knowledge and experience that supports cross-disciplinary thinking.
  • This course is based at the University of Bolton’s campus in the North West of England.

Entry requirements

  • Start date: 21/09/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: MRes
  • Duration: 12 months

Normally, you should have successfully completed an honours degree, or an equivalent qualification, in a relevant subject; for instance, a science or engineering subject.

You should also have appropriate work experience.

You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.

If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details. Find out more

Career opportunities

Environmental managers are often responsible for overseeing the environmental performance of an organisation. You may establish where improvements can be made and ensure compliance with environmental legislation. Your remit may be wide, which means you could be reviewing a whole operation, carrying out environmental audits and assessments, identifying and resolving environmental problems and ensuring necessary changes are implemented.

Some of the advanced skills you’ll possess after completing this course include research and analysis, competence in developing arguments from scientific, ethical and philosophical perspectives, planning and project-management skills, and a broad understanding of local, national and global environmental issues.

What can I do with this qualification?

After graduation, you’ll be able to seek a management role in a wide variety of public and private sector organisations and charities, working to promote sustainable development initiatives and improve environmental performance. This could be in a range of sectors, some of which include renewable energy, flood defence, conservation and civil engineering.

Research is an exciting career path that will allow you to explore at the forefront of the environmental management field. This MRes offers excellent preparation if you wish to continue to a PhD.

Alternative career options

  • Consultancy
  • Education and training
  • Environmental engineering
  • Marine biology
  • Nature conservation
  • Recycling and sustainability
  • Waste management
  • Water treatment and quality
  • Environmental health
  • Town and transport planning

Professional recognition

The University of Bolton’s MRes Environmental Management is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM). Following a period of experience after graduation, you’ll be eligible to apply to become a Chartered member of CIWEM, and use the designatory letters C.WEM. You’ll also be able to apply for external registration through CIWEM for CEng, CSci or CEnv status.

Please note: CIWEM grants accreditation for specific time periods, and programmes are regularly re-evaluated to ensure they continue to meet the standards required. CIWEM has granted accreditation to our MRes Environmental Management for five years, so students joining the programme between September 2018 and September 2022, and who will normally graduate by September 2023, will be eligible for the benefits above.

Fees & funding

No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or for more information

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply


You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

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The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email

Teaching & assessment


Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Research Skills and Methods
  • Environmental Management Principles and Practices
  • Theory of Risk Assessment
  • Hazardous Substances
  • Environmental Media
  • Meteorology
  • Environmental Project Management
  • Work-based Project 1
  • Work-based Project 2
  • Dissertation

Teaching, learning and assessment

This Master of Research (MRes) degree combines taught modules with work-based learning and a significant amount of supervised research. You’ll be expected to study three taught modules (including an option that allows you to focus on a particular specialism), undertake two work-based projects, and complete an in-depth programme of research and investigation culminating in your dissertation. Overall, we’ll expect you to be fairly autonomous and self-directed in your studies, but of course we’ll offer you plenty of encouragement and support along the way.

For the taught modules we’ll use a range of teaching and learning approaches, including lectures, seminars, workshops, practical sessions and tutorials. These will be supported by online discussions and activities posted on the University’s virtual learning environment (VLE). The work-based project modules and dissertation will involve workshops, independent learning and tutor support; which may be face-to-face or through the VLE. Our experienced team will support you to find suitable work-based learning opportunities that enable you to achieve the learning outcomes for the MRes. You may conduct the research for your projects as part of an agreed placement or at the University as part of commissioned work.

Our assessment strategy is designed to ensure that you achieve the overall aims and learning outcomes of the programme, as well as the learning outcomes for individual modules. The types of assessment you’ll be required to complete fall into two general categories: formative and summative. For both purposes, the major forms required for this MRes are reports, presentations and portfolios.

Formative assessments are activities that don’t contribute to your overall module grade, but are designed to help you organise and develop your learning. Your formative assessments will be marked and you’ll receive feedback on your level of achievement. This feedback will support your skills development and understanding of your own strengths and weaknesses. Summative assessments will evaluate your achievement and the marks you gain will contribute to your overall module grade. You’ll also receive feedback on these assessments, so you’ll know what you have done well and where you could improve.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (100%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (74%), Placement/study abroad (20%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (6%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • Course type:
  • Start date:
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
  • Duration:
    12 months

Contact us

Furat Al-Faraj
Programme Leader
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903845

Peter Farrell
Admissions Tutor
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903426

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
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