University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

Environmental Partnership Management

Future success in sustainable development will increasingly rely upon private sector, non-profit, and governmental bodies working in partnership. The programme is intended for both new graduates from a very wide range of social and physical science disciplines, and existing managers of companies or businesses with corporate social and environmental responsibilities wishing to understand the contemporary environmental context of development from scientific and social perspectives and looking for expertise in the practical decision making tools to make development successful. The programme also offers continuing professional development, to employees of businesses and organisations, in the practicalities of reaching out to external stakeholders, and will appeal to those wishing to set up their own consultancy, community interest company or non-governmental organisation.

Entry requirements

A degree or equivalent qualification, at 2.2 (Hons) in geography, environmental science, environmental management, business management or a cognate subject. Candidates with degrees in other subject areas will be considered if they can demonstrate interest, aptitude and experience in a field relevant to the application of environmental studies and management.

Course modules

1st semester core courses: Collaboration and partnership 1 (principles); contemporary environmental challenges; accountancy and finance for management. 1st semester electives: Planning, land and environmental law; marketing management; project management. 2nd semester core courses: Collaboration and partnership 2 (practice); governance and political economy of sustainability. 2nd semester electives: Managing our coasts and seas; regeneration and economic development; business model innovation. 3rd semester: The Partnership project will involve collaboration (potentially in the form of a placement) with a supporting partner organisation/agency (eg with SEPA, SNH, the National Park Authority, NGO or a Community group.

Assessment methods

Courses are assessed by continuous assessment or by written examination or a combination of these, as prescribed by each course co-ordinator. The outcome of Partnerships Project is based 85% on the dissertation/project and 15% on an oral examination based on the Project.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
King's Campus Aberdeen AB24 3FX Scotland

Key information

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