Science and Policy
First, the students are introduced to the conceptual understanding of international environmental law. This may include the historical development, features, principles, actors and frameworks of international environmental law. Then, students focus on the challenges in implementing international environmental law. These may include challenges related to monitoring, reporting, disputes, compliance and selected legal perspectives. The implications of international environmental law for environmental science and management are covered throughout the unit.
This unit critically addresses the challenges of managing and improving urban air quality. This involves an evaluation of current criteria air pollution concentrations using both measurement and modelling approaches, and the impacts that these pollutants cause. The assessment comprises a practical case study based investigation of local air quality management within the current legal context.
Soil and Water Quality
Students will be introduced to pollutants (and their sources) that influence soil and water quality, and their potential negative impacts on ecosystem and human health. Key techniques used to identify occurrence and measure concentrations of pollutants in soil and water samples will be described. Practical identification and measurement of soil and water pollutants will be undertaken, including assessment of data quality and consideration of possible impacts.
First, students are introduced to the conceptual understanding of ecosystem services. This may include the theoretical, governance and economic aspects, and limitations of ecosystem services. Then, students focus on the challenges of measuring and monitoring ecosystem services and consider how services could be managed at a landscape scale. These may include challenges related to data collection, analysis and reporting. The implications of the concept of ecosystem services for environmental science and management are covered throughout the unit.
Environmental Assessment Field Course
Students are introduced to a range of desk- and field-based environmental assessment methods. These may include geographical information systems, remote sensing, social, economic, and environmental methods. Then, during a residential field course, students focus on applying a range of these methods by undertaking an interdisciplinary environmental assessment. Challenges related to data collection, analysis and reporting; and implications for environmental science and management are covered throughout the unit.
Climate change and Carbon Management
This unit examines the challenge of climate change and our response to it. We first review the evidence for climate change, impacts and vulnerabilities. We then focus on mitigation, with an emphasis on greenhouse gas measurement and management. Students will critically assess and apply a range of carbon accounting methodologies, evaluating their strengths and weaknesses, and the implications for carbon management from international, national, organisational and individual perspectives.
Students are introduced to the conceptual understanding of the model of sustainable development. This may include different historical, disciplinary, ethical, theoretical, and global perspectives. Then, students focus on the challenges in implementing the model of sustainable development. These may include challenges related to governance, monitoring and measurement. The implications of the model of sustainable development for environmental science and management are covered throughout the unit.
Environmental Management, Policy and Regulatory Environments
This unit comprises of two parts: an examination of the macro regulatory environment associated with new business developments, namely EIA; and both the macro and micro influences that shape decision making within an organisation. This unit provides students with the opportunity to study in the field of EIA and the closely associated Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). The unit will cover the origins and regulatory background of EIA, project screening and scoping, preparing environmental statements, Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Sustainability Appraisal (SA). Students will be introduced to the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and how the approach is adopted by organisations to manage and communicate their environmental performance.
Core option unit - choose between this unit, 'Placement Project' or 'Dissertation'.
This unit comprises of two parts: a series of taught sessions, followed by a work-based placement tailored to the interests and professional ambitions of the student. The taught element of this unit will be delivered through a series of lectures, seminars and workshops, all designed to provide the student with a solid foundation from which to base their professional placement project. Topics covered will include project planning and management, data analysis, report preparation and employability skills. Typical work-based placements could include projects with local government agencies, charities/ NGOs, and environmental consultancies and/ or practitioners. Opportunities may also available to undertake research with academic staff, either internal to Manchester Met or in other universities. Students will be allocated to an academic tutor appropriate to the placement topic as a point of contact and support during the placement.
Core option unit - choose between this unit, 'Dissertation' or the 'Placement Project'.
This unit encompasses planning, executing and writing a Masters project in the field of environment science. The unit provides the framework and guidance for students to undertake and complete their research project. Students will demonstrate that they have appropriately addressed project management, health and safety and ethical issues pertinent to their area of study. Supervision by a member of staff with similar research interests ensures students get continual support to give them the confidence to complete their project successfully.