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This interdisciplinary programme offers a unique opportunity to study the theory and practice of sustainable environmental management.
It covers a diverse range of sustainability and environmental issues spanning the natural and social sciences, allowing you to develop a broad knowledge base while also specialising in specific fields of environmental management.
Its interactive and practically focused approach provides a rigorous training in the legal, political and ethical dimensions of sustainability. The wide range of options also enables students to specialise in specific aspects of sustainable environmental management. Class-based teaching is combined with a range of fieldwork activities to provide an excellent foundation for professional careers in environmental consultancies, specialist environmental agencies, local and central government, research and a range of other organisations in the public and private sector. 


There are three types of scholarships available for the full time mode of study and two for the part-time mode of study. Applicants must be UK citizens or UK residents.
The Postgraduate Experience Project (PEP) MSc Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Scholarship Scheme.
Application form (Word document)
Notes for guidance (PDF document)

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  • An interactive and practical programme providing a vigorous training in the legal, political and ethical dimensions of sustainability
  • A wide range of options allowing students to specialise in specific aspects of sustainable environmental management
  • Provides an excellent foundation for professional careers in environmental consultancy, government agencies, research and other organisations in the public and private sector

​SSTAR  Awards 2012

SSTAR logoThe UPSU SSTAR Awards have been organised by students with the support of the Students' Union to reward the many excellent University staff members and dedicated course reps we have here at Plymouth University.
Professor Neil Roberts - Shortlisted Most Useful Feedback

programme leader and team

Dr Peter Downs is the Programme Leader for the MSc/MRes Sustainable Environmental Management programmes.
Dr Ian Bailey, Deputy Programme Leader, is a leading researcher on environmental policy and sustainable development, and specialises in European Union environmental policy, climate change, waste management and environmental assessment.
Dr Andrew Williams, Deputy Programme Leader, is an international authority on catchment hydrology and the effects of over-grazing on upland landscapes.

key features

  • The programme is interdisciplinary, straddling the natural and social sciences and drawing on expertise from across the Plymouth Business School and the Faculty of Science and Environment.
  • The teaching staff are all active researchers in their fields and have wide national and international experience of environmental management issues.
  • The programme links to outside organisations involved in the environmental sector.
  • The schools involved in sustainable environmental management were given 'internationally excellent' ratings in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.
  • Vocational opportunities are provided via work-based learning and dissertation projects.

what our students say ​ 

photo of Sally Murrall"I travelled to South America, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the Far East, which was when I witnessed first hand how the changes to the environment are affecting the world. This was when I realised what I wanted to do with my life. When all my friends were on the beach in Thailand. I was in an internet café researching my options. I started looking at courses relating to environmental change and sustainability. When I returned to the UK, I volunteered as a climate change campaigner for Friends of the Earth in Birmingham before taking up a place on the MSc at Plymouth.
Having completed my MSc, I had a lot of options but I decided to stay on and complete a PhD in Renewable Energy Policy. The University was a great place to study."
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what our students say

"I studied for my MSc in Sustainable Environmental Management at Plymouth University. I thoroughly enjoyed the flexibility of the course, which enabled me to study such diverse subjects as environmental law and ethics, marine policy and Geographical Information Systems. I chose to do my research dissertation on strategic environmental assessment and gained a considerable amount of experience developing my own ideas and concepts and making contacts. I subsequently gained employment as Biodiversity Action Plan Officer with Scottish Natural Heritage, largely on the basis of my knowledge of international environmental policy and my dissertation topic. I am now working for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs as a Senior Policy Officer with responsibility for Biodiversity Action Plans.
I thoroughly recommend the programme - apart from the academic side of things, there was also a great postgraduate social life!"
Kathrina Mannion
Senior Policy Officer, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs