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Environmental Governance MSc

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Degree awarded
Master of Science
12 Months (Full Time); 27 Months (Part-Time)
Entry requirements

Applicants should have a Bachelors degree with a minimum classification of Second Class Honours, Upper Division (2:1) or its international equivalent.

Admission of candidates who do not meet this criterion may be approved if satisfactory evidence of postgraduate study, research or professional experience can be provided. Please contact the School's admissions office for further guidance.

For enquiries about the admissions process please contact the Admissions Team at

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
Approximately 80 applications are received each year and 20-25 new students registered.
How to apply

Apply online

The deadline for applications is the 31st August 2015; later applications are considered at our discretion.

Applications for 2016 will open on Monday 14 September 2015.

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

Global warming, over-fishing, famines, water shortages, organic food, the loss of rare animal species, fair trade coffee, deforestation, geopolitical struggles over oil and gas supplies, and desertification: these are among the signature issues of our time. They raise important questions about how we currently - and should in future - organise the relationships between societies and the natural resources and environments upon which they depend. This new MSc addresses these questions. It will provide a thorough training in the principles and practices of environmental governance. It is targeted at three audiences: those wishing to pursue a career in environmental regulation and management; those wishing to do further research on these topics; and current environmental professionals wishing to update their knowledge.

'The MSc tries to offer students a blend of theory, varied case material and practical problem-solving so that it can produce the next generation of professionals able to tackle complex environmental issues. Issues in Environmental Policy, one of the core modules, introduces students to some of the key dimensions of environmental policy today and caters to students from a wide range of undergraduate backgrounds' - Prof Erik Swyngedouw.

The MSc is distinctive in four ways:

  • First, it considers the whole spectrum of approaches to regulating human use of the non-human world: from market-based to non-market approaches
  • Second, the degree covers a wide spectrum of environments and resources, using case studies from the `first', `second' and `third' worlds equally
  • Third, the MSc makes the connections between the different social spheres where environmental governance occurs - such as production, distribution and consumption.
  • Finally, the MSc is highly interdisciplinary and will expose students to ideas and practices developed in a range of subject areas rather than one alone.

The degree is taught in such a way that students develop a wide range of both generic and subject-specific skills. Though the core teaching staff belong to the Geography discipline in the School of Environment and Development, the degree draws upon the expertise of the Society-Environment Research Group (SERG). This group involves over 10 researchers from SED and the School of Social Science. These researchers have distinguished records of theoretical, empirical and applied research in a range of geographical and environmental settings. These include work on mining in the south Pacific and French Guyana, on land rights in southern Africa, on bioprospecting in central America, on conservation projects in central Africa, on GMOs in Britain, and on water management in Ecuador and Spain - to name but a few.

The programme will also make good use of environmental practitioners in Manchester and the north-west of England. One of the practical elements of the programme will involve working with (or on) local institutions of environmental governance.

Informal enquiries, prior to applications, are welcomed. Please contact: Dr Maria Kaika(Programme Director) | Email:

Open days

Postgraduate open days provide a great opportunity to take a look at the University and find out what Manchester has to offer you.For further information, please see: open days and visits  


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2015, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £6,500
    International students (per annum): £14,500
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,250
    International students (per annum): £7,250

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.


The School of Environment, Education and Development Loyalty Bursary offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a 1st and are progressing to a postgraduate taught masters course for September 2015 entry (terms and conditions apply - please contact us for further information). Other bursaries and scholarships awarded by the School are usually advertised from January with a closing date of June. Awards for 2015 entry have not yet been set. This information will be added to our funding page as it becomes available.  See also the University's postgraduate funding database for more funding opportunities.

Students at the Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM) are often funded by their national governments or their employers, or are self-financing their studies. They also traditionally benefit from a number of additional funding options from the following sources:

  • UK Department for International Development/Foreign and Commonwealth Office (including DfID/ACU Shared Scholarship Schemes )
  • British Council
  • World Bank/International Development Agency
  • Bilateral aid agencies (SIDA, CIDA, GTZ, NORAD, FINNIDA, etc.)
  • United Nations (UNDP, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO, FAO, etc.)
  • European Union
  • Church, educational and other trusts
  • Regional development banks

Contact details

Academic department
School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
SEED PGT Admissions Team
+44 (0) 161 275 0969
Academic department overview
See: The School .

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