About This Course
This programme is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Students of this programme will graduate with the dual award of a Bangor University Masters and a Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership.
This course has IEMA approval.
This one-year course is intended for students with a keen interest in integrating environmental management with business practices. It includes free membership to IEMA, the professional body for Environmental and Sustainability. The role of the corporate environmental manager is becoming increasingly complex and strategic. Corporate social and environmental responsibility is becoming prominent in consumer demand and a pre-requisite for tender eligibility. This necessitates a more sophisticated environmental manager who can interpret legislative and audit requirements and deliver them in a manner conducive to continued economic development, whilst recognising the market trends. The aim of this programme is to develop skills in the delivery of economic activities related to environment, green technology and sustainability. The programme includes highly topical case studies from across these sectors reflecting changing strategies and alternative approaches. The course is suitable for graduates in a wide range of disciplines, including Environment, Engineering, Finance, Social Sciences and other subjects.
"The MBA is a fantastic chance for me – not only is it carrying on and expanding with the environmental side that I learnt in my undergraduate degree, putting my knowledge into a more realistic context, but it is also teaching me about how businesses function on both a human and financial side which will be vital after university." CHARLIE WILD
"Studying the MBA Environmental Management is one of the best decisions I have ever made. The course has put many things into perspective and I have learnt so much in such a short space of time that I know I will benefit from in the future. The course is like having the best of both worlds as you are able to access two knowledge-pools, both of which have expertise in all types of fields." BECCA JONES (Full profile)
What will you study on this course?
Organisations and People: This module examines key issues arising from contemporary research in organisational behaviour (OB) and human resource management (HRM). It provides an integrated analysis of management, organisations and people, developing the conceptual, strategic and practical skills necessary for managers in complex, global organisational contexts. Specific topics include:
- The nature of organisations
- Organisation structures: strategy, design and function, job design
- Organisation cultures: values, ethics, norms of behaviour
- Theories and models of management: classical and contemporary
- Individual differences: perception, learning, motivation, equality and diversity
- Groups and teams in the organisation
- Managing relationships: power, conflict, communication, engagement
- Managers as leaders, people developers, coaches
- Managing job satisfaction and performance
International Strategic Management: This module analyses strategic decision-making within business. You will develop a critical understanding of the strategic processes of business management, the interconnections with the functional domains of marketing, human resource management and corporate finance, and the management of knowledge systems. Specific topics include:
- Concepts of strategic management applicable to business
- Prescriptive and emergent strategies
- Strategy implementation through capacity building and resource allocation
- Managing, monitoring and reviewing strategic change
- Organisational designs for strategic advantage
- Human resources strategy, marketing and corporate financial strategy
- Organisational learning and knowledge management
Management Research: This module analyses the philosophical basis for research in the management sciences, and examines a number of key methodological issues and approaches. Research designs for both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies are developed, including interviews, case studies, focus groups, surveys and experiments. Specific topics include:
- Research methodologies and philosophy: positivism and interpretivism
- Qualitative research methods and the search for meaning
- Selecting a research strategy and design
- Data gathering, documentary records, triangulation and mixed methods
- Content analysis, conversation analysis, discourse analysis, grounded theory
- Quantitative research design and methodologies
- Univariate and multivariate analysis, factor, cluster and discriminant analysis
Business Planning for the Green Economy: This module explores the process of establishing a venture from idea generation to the completion of a business plan which incorporates environmental planning and management. It takes the student through the actual process of developing a business plan and its different components, the market and sustainability. Specific topics include:
- The entrepreneurial role in relation to the initiation and development of a sustainable business
- Key environmental factors of business development
- The differences between the entrepreneur and the environmental manager, and the problems faced by small growth firms in sustainable growth.
- The importance and complexity of entrepreneurship and environmentalism within a large firm environment
Finance for Managers: This module is designed for those who aim to achieve a basic understanding of financial management and control, and who require an understanding of finance in order to manage an organisation effectively. Financial planning and control are central themes, as well as the appraisal techniques of investment projects. Specific topics include:
- Principles underlying the preparation of accounting information
- Recording business transactions
- Preparation and analysis of financial statements
- Preparation of budgets, financial planning and control
- Costing methods, uses and interpretation of cost data
- Investment appraisal techniques
Strategic Environmental Management: This module is designed to provide a an understanding of the principles of sustainable development, environmental legislation, environmental auditing and assesment, and green technological development. Specific topics include:
- Sustainable development
- Environmental legislation
- Environmental auditing
- Environmental assessment
- Corporate social responsibility and socially responsible investment
- Life cycle analysis
Green Technology: This module reviews the environmental consequences of economic activities, including energy generation, waste management, food and water supply, consumer goods. It then goes on to consider recent policy initiatives and drivers and examines key green technologies. Specific topics include:
- Development and deployment of green technologies
- Environment impacts of energy generation
- Green technology policies and initiatives
- Green technologies - commerce, ideas and concepts
- Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for green technologies
For MBA Environmental Management, you must complete Part 2 by undertaking a relevant dissertation.
Modules for the current academic year
Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Environmental Management Modules page.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
Entry to the MBA in Environmental Management programme requires a 2(ii) undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, e.g Environmental Science or Business Studies from a university, or a similar qualification from any other institution. Alternatively, possession of a suitable professional qualification and relevant practical experience may also be accepted. In general, however, applicants are judged on their individual merits and age, work experience and other factors are also considered. For MBA degrees, whilst work experience is desirable, it is not essential.
If your native language is not English, you must provide satisfactory evidence that you have an adequate knowledge and understanding of written and spoken English:
- IELTS: 6.0 (with no element below 5.5)
- Pearson PTE: a score of 56 (with no element lower than 51)
- Cambridge English Test – Advanced: 169 (with no element lower than 162)
It may be necessary for applicants falling short of this minimum standard to attend an intensive English Language course before registering for the academic programme. Such a course is available at Bangor, and full details and an application form may be obtained here.