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Course summary

Our MSc Environmental Monitoring and Assessment master’s degree develops the professional skills required for a rewarding career as an environmental scientist in a fast-growing and rapidly-changing industry. Highly skilled environmental scientists are critical for the safe and responsible governance of our environment. This environmental management degree will give you the ability to carry out environmental assessments and audits, handle environmental information and work with geospatial data. On completing the course, you’ll be able to show your knowledge and understanding of: the importance of environmental concepts, terms, principles and methods the value of using techniques and ideas in different subject disciplines; the socio-economic context of environmental issues and the legal framework for environmental regulation; the contribution of science, engineering or communication to the identification and resolution of environmental issues; the human causes and consequences of environmental impacts; general environmental concerns, including biodiversity, environmental limits to economic or population growth. You’ll also have opportunities to work with environmental organisations and visit leading environmental and sustainability initiatives such as infrastructure projects.


In the first semester, you are required to complete three compulsory modules, and select one other from a wide range of choices. In the second semester, you take two compulsory modules, and select two further optional modules. The range of modules available in both semester is broad and can be tailored to suit your specific interests within this area of expertise. You will also be required to complete the MSc Research Project. Compulsory modules include: Advanced Quantitative Methods, Environmental Impact Assessment. Optional modules include: Geographical Information Systems for Environmental Consultants, Environmental Law and Management, Practical Skills in Remote Sensing, Water Pollution

Assessment method

Depending on the modules you choose, we’ll assess you through a combination of: essays, reports, policy briefs, impact statements, environmental management (iso14001) audits, literature reviews, journal articles, presentations, practical and written exams.

How to apply

International applicants

English language requirements: band C, IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components.

Entry requirements

Upper Second Class Honours degree in a science related subject from an approved University. IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. Applications are assessed on an individual basis and we encourage candidates with alternative qualifications plus relevant experience in the environmental sector to apply.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £4625 Year 1
EU £13176 Year 1
England £4625 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4625 Year 1
Scotland £4625 Year 1
Wales £4625 Year 1
Channel Islands £4625 Year 1
International £13176 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Sponsorship information

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

Environmental Monitoring and Assessment at University of Southampton - UCAS