BSc (Hons) Environmental Management

Environmental matters are a key consideration for any company. Environmental management graduates understand the impact on the environment of construction and regeneration and the need for the effective management of waste, energy, land resources and social issues.

The programme is unique in providing you with an opportunity to focus on personal interests within a variety of specialisms, ranging from waste management, geographical information systems, contaminated land, social inclusion, enhancing the countryside, energy efficiency and transport policy.

You will have the opportunity to carry out a work placement in the UK or in Europe, as well as opportunities for industrial placements in India and America. The programme is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE), and the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). On completion of this course, you will automatically qualify for GradIEMA status which is a professionally recognised grade in the marketplace.  

Your career

With the rise of the ‘green economy', environmental graduates are increasingly sought by local authorities, government, environmental consultancies, energy providers and specialist agencies in the UK and abroad.

Year 1

Urban Issues, Natural Resource Management, Principles of Work PlaceLegislation, Sustainability Online, Construction Materials.

Year 2

Introduction to key themes including Environmental Policy and Regulation, Society, Politics and Sustainability, Environmental Science & Measurement, Environmental Assessment, Urban Planning and the Principles of GIS.

Year 3

Practical work experience which can involve working with local authorities, environmental consultancies, energy companies or studying abroad; Trimester B increases the GIS specialism as well as studying Climate Change: impact, mitigation and adaptation, and Corporate Sustainability.

Year 4

Honours Dissertation in preferred specialism; specialist modules include Urban Regeneration Energy Resource Management, Waste Management, Project GIS, Water Policy and Management, and Sustainability and the Built Environment.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Study Options

  • 2020/21


Mode of study


Start date




BSc (Hons)
Full Time
3 - 4 Years
14 Sep 2020
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 3 - 4 Years 14 Sep 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Year 1

SQA Higher: BBBB plus Nat 5 English and Maths at C

A level: CCC plus GCSE English and Maths at C/4

ILC Higher: H2 H2 H3 H3 plus English and Maths at Ordinary Level O2

IB Diploma: 24 points must include Maths at grade 4

BTEC: Level 3 Extended Diploma at MMM in relevant subject plus GCSE Maths and English at C/4

SWAP: Access to STEM programme at BBB

Foundation Apprenticeship

Accepted as equivalent to one Higher as part of the overall grade profile of Highers required for entry. Any essential subjects at Higher should still be achieved in addition to the Foundation Apprenticeship.

Year 2

College HNC: Built Environment subject or HNC Social Sciences with A in graded unit

BTEC: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Built Environment/ Countryside Management subject at DDM

English language

Students whose first language is not English will normally be required to hold the equivalent of an Academic IELTS test score of 6.0 with no element less than 5.5.

Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2020/21

Home: £1,820*
RUK: £9,250**
EU: £1,820*
International: £12,250

Tuition fees 2019/20

Home: £1,820*
RUK: £9,250**
EU: £1,820*
International: £11,845

*Scottish and EU student tuition fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

**Students from rest of UK will pay no more than £27,750 towards the total fees of a three or four-year degree.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

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For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 11 September 2020 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.

Find out more about international life at GCU.


Students have the opportunity to complete a work placement in the UK or Europe, as well as opportunities for industrial placements in India and America.

In partnership with HM Forces, GCU has identified this programme is being particularly suited to military and ex-military men and women. Visit the HM Forces Careers Zone for more information on the services we provide.

The Environmental Management degree at GCU is accredited by the:

CIWEM - Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management

RICS - Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

CABE - Chartered Association of Building Engineers

IEMA - Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment

On completion of this course, you will automatically qualify for GradIEMA status which is a professionally recognised grade in the marketplace.

From GradIEMA professional status, you can fast track to PIEMA practitioner status after completing a work-based competence assessment on your way towards chartered membership. After gaining suitable experience in the job, you will become a Chartered Environmentalist.

The programme has been developed to ensure that teaching modules reflect current best practice and cater for the needs of employers. As a result, graduates are well equipped to gain fulfilling and well paid employment on its completion. Supervised work experience is an integral part of the programme.

A variety of assessment methods, including coursework activities and formal examinations. Our Environmental Management course has taken a new approach to one element of assessing the students by developing the innovative Vertical Project. Unusually, our first year students work with our third years, with the latter group acting as project managers. This approach has garnered plaudits from our external examiners, accreditation bodies and employers who recognise how this assessment method gives our students real life experience and project management skills. Traditional methods of examinations, reports and essays as well as a time constrained test where our students are given 72 hours to write a series of short reports, are also used.

A key aspect is teaching our students Geographical Information Systems throughout the four years of their degree, developing them into expert users of the software system. Through their familiarity with the two most important software packages; ArcGIS, the market leader of Geographical Information Systems and Idrisi, our students have a unique specialism within the field of environmental management. We encourage our students take up placement opportunities at home and abroad. Local Authorities actively seek our students for employment opportunities and they will be placed with organisations such as Scottish Power, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and SERCO as well as Local Authorities in the west of Scotland for a placement of a minimum of 16 weeks. Abroad, our second year students spend a week with one of our Erasmus partners at a European university.