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University of Stirling

University of Stirling
MSc. in Environmental Management

About the Programme


The postgraduate course at Stirling is designed to train you to become a professional Environmental Manager and we pride ourselves on the successes of past students in obtaining employment and developing high profile careers in the environmental sector. Now in its 18th year, this highly respected and flexible course is suitable for students from a wide-range of backgrounds who wish to develop new skills. Our staff have extensive national and international experience in managing environmental problems. Core courses taken in the autumn include: environmental policy; environmental economics; environmental and ecological systems; information technology; and environmental techniques and assessment. Outside speakers drawn from government agencies, industry and the private sector emphasis the range of job-opportunities available.

In the spring, students select four options from diverse topics such as environmental techniques for environmental managers (primarily taught in the Donana National Park Region in SW Spain), catchment management and water quality, pollution control, river conservation and management, sustainable development, business strategy and the environment, habitat management and biodiversity. A research training module leads students into the 3-month research project (written-up as a journal paper), often in collaboration with outside agencies and based overseas if you wish. This completes the formal requirements of the MSc.

There is also the opportunity to enrol on two new courses that have evolved out of our core Environmental Management programme. These are River Basin Management and Sustainable Development and have been developed to meet emerging job prospects in these areas.

For further information on the career opportunities our course will give you, please contact the course directors.


About the University


The University of Stirling was founded in 1967 and has around 7200 students and 1600 staff, and an annual turnover of £55 million. It is well-known for the innovation and quality of its teaching and for research excellence in many academic disciplines, attracting around £5 million each year in research grants. With around 10% of students coming from overseas and some 70 nationalities represented at any one time, the university is well-experienced in the training of students from outside Great Britain.

The University has four main Faculties: Arts, Human Sciences, Management and Natural Sciences. The Faculty of Natural Sciences conducts teaching and research across the sciences and has over 130 academic staff responsible for teaching a variety of undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes. There are also around 130 research students following full-time, part-time and split-centre programmes.

The School of Biological and Environmental Sciences is a member of the Faculty of Natural Sciences. It is the only University Department of its kind in Scotland. There are currently over 20 Academic staff and ten technical support staff who cover a full spectrum of environmental subjects such as hydrology, geology, soil science, conservation science, environmental history, geoarchaeology, environmental radioactivity, marine biology, ecology and remote sensing. The School has about 40 postgraduate students at any one time, including both taught MSc/Diploma and PhD research students.

Further information can be obtained from the Postgraduate Prospectus.

Address Information

Address Airthrey Castle, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA, Scotland
Tel. No. +44 (0) 1786 467840
Fax No. +44 (0) 1786 467843
E-mail DJG1@stir.ac.uk
Course titles MSc. in Environmental Management
Length of course Either one year full-time or two years part time to complete the whole course. However, we will also accept students onto single units for as little as two weeks, providing the valuable opportunity to upgrade skills.
Admission requirements Students normally require the equivalent of a second class UK honours degree. We accept students from diverse first subject choices and pride ourselves on being able to teach to an advanced level despite this diversity. Students with little previous university experience in an environmental subject would normally have worked (either paid or voluntarily) in an appropriate field.

The language requirements are a score of 6.0 in IELTS, or 550 in the traditional TOEFL exam, or 213 in the new computer-based TOEFL qualification.
Date of Commencement Mid-September in each year
Accommodation Accommodation is available close to campus, managed by the university.
Student grants/
financial assistance
Around eight grants are available annually but these are only available to Scottish or UK students. Some overseas students are funded by their governments or via the British Council.
Age range We accept recent graduates in their early twenties to experienced professionals in their 40's or older wanting to re-train. Age is not, of course, a criterion for successful entry onto the course.
Men/Women The ratio of men to women varies year to year but on average more women take the course than men.
National/Overseas The majority of students come from Britain but 10-25% annually are from overseas.
Course directors Dr David Gilvear


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