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Environmental Management

What is distinctive about Environmental Management?

The programmes in Town & Regional Planning offer an exciting portfolio of undergraduate, postgraduate and distance-learning opportunities. Importantly, our courses are informed by the research undertaken by members of staff at The Geddes Institute within the School of Social Sciences. This positive environment of theoretically informed and applied research, critical reflection, active dissemination, and learning means that students are at the forefront of cutting-edge developments in spatial policy and environmental planning. Further, students are encouraged to participate in interdisciplinary learning, through a range of joint degrees, in addition to the accredited professional degrees.
The staff are committed to the highest teaching standards and Town and Regional Planning holds the highest Teaching Quality Assessment rating for the discipline in Scotland. The majority of teaching staff are members of the Higher Education Academy, as well as members of the relevant professional bodies for its degree programmes. Graduates hold a range of senior positions within central and local government, executive agencies, partnerships, and the private development and consultancy sectors.

The Environmental Management programme addresses the manner in which environmental change interacts with human activities. In applying the principles and practices of environmental decision making, students develop specific skills including the identification, definition and analysis of environmental issues; the formulation of policies; and an ability to select the appropriate methods of implementation and assessment.

The programme includes a number of field visits across the different years of the degree. In recent years Level 3 students have visited Belgium, Holland and Poland, as part of the European Spatial Planning module.


Module Content

Level 1

Planning Perspectives - TP11001 Semester 1 Credits 20
This module provides a general introduction to the field of town and regional planning, the origins of planning, and the historical context to planning theory and practice. The module also examines the nature of the land and property development process.
Design and the Environment - TP12002 Semester 2 Credits 20

This module considers the main principles of design in the built environment and examines the key issues necessary to town and regional planning practice.

Sustainable Development and Environment 1 - TP11003 Semester 1 Credits 20
This module provides an introduction to Scotland's natural environment, human utilisation of the environment and impacts upon the quality of air, land and water.
Countryside Planning and Management - TP12004 Semester 2 Credits 20
This module introduces the principal institutions concerned with the environment, planning and development in the countryside and some of the major issues and concerns that have a bearing on planning and environmental management.
The Physical Environment - EV11001 Semester 1 Credits 20
This module examines the geological environment, terrestrial processes, hydrological processes, energy in the environment and study skills.
Environment for Life - EV12002 Semester 2 Credits 20
This module examines environmental chemistry, atmospheric processes, terrestrial ecosystems, aquatic science, urban green space management and the application of environmental biology in the built environment.

Level 2

Management in the Built and Natural Environments - TP21009 Semester 1 Credits 20
This module examines management for environmental (built and natural) professionals and environmental projects. It also considers the basic techniques used for investment appraisal and how these may be adapted to meet the requirements of environmental projects.
Introduction to Environmental Law - TP22004 Semester 2 Credits 20
This module introduces students to statutory controls in relation to the environment, and considers the relationship between planning law and environmental regulation.
Global Economic Perspectives - EC11002 Semester 1 Credits 20
This module studies aspects of the global economy, including endowments, trade, money, investment and rate of return, risk management and risk premium, and employment efficiency wages.
Ethics and Skills for Environmental Professionals - TP21005 Semester 2 Credits 20
This module provides a general introduction to the field of professional ethics and to skills that are needed in academic and professional careers, and to the collation and basic analysis of data using surveys.
Design and Development - TP12005 Semester 2 Credits 20
This module develops student understanding of the operation of land and property markets, the pricing of land and land resources, investment in property and issues relating to residential, commercial, retail, recreational and cultural markets.
Planning Theory and Practice - TP22002 Semester 2 Credits 20
This module explores the main theories of planning from the traditional view of planning as an exercise in physical design to more recent ideas of planning as a form of communicative action.
Management and Monitoring - EV21001 Semester 1 Credits 20
This module explores environmental geo-science, environmental monitoring and applications of remote sensing, environmental resource management and the state of the Scottish environment.
Mechanisms and Measurement - EV22002 Semester 1 Credits 20
This module explores aquatic science, terrestrial ecology, and environmental chemistry, including the development of fundamental chemical principles and their relevance to environmental processes.

Level 3

Study Abroad students may take level 3 modules, however, evidence of prior knowledge may be required in the form of transcripts. To find out more about this contact us.

Ecological Economics - TP31006 Semester 1 Credits 30
This module develops a critical awareness and understanding of economic theory as it is applied at the micro level to pollution control and natural resource management and at the macro level to the economics of natural resources management including both renewable and non-renewable resources.
Environmental Law and Practice - TP31007 Semester 1 Credits 30
This module examines a number of aspects of environmental legislation including ethics and law; power, responsibility and principles embedded within environmental law; aspects and impacts of the major types of pollution and Integrated Pollution and Protection Control.
Business and Environment - TP32008 Semester 2 Credits 30
This module provides students with an insight into environmental management theory and practices as applied to the corporate sector. It examines the basic theories of industrial ecology and ecological modernisation, and includes study visits to companies that have adopted environmental management systems.
Environmental Assessment and Sustainability Appraisal - TP32004 Semester 2 Credits 30
This option deals with topics which are at the cutting edge of sustainable development policy and practice, including Environmental Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment.

Level 4

Study Abroad students may take level 4 modules, however, evidence of prior knowledge may be required in the form of transcripts. To find out more about this contact us.

Critical Environmental Agendas - TP41002 Semester 1 Credits 30
This module explores contemporary themes and issues in the planning and management of cities, regions and the environment.
Community Governance - TP41004 Semester 1 Credits 30
This option critically examines key aspects of theory and practice associated with community governance, community based planning and neighbourhood management.
Planning in the Countryside - TP41008 Semester 2 Credits 30
This option examines the concept of rurality, and the nature of the post-production countryside, the nature of rural planning, and its relationship to power and influence in the countryside.
Landscape Design and Management - TP42003 Semester 2 Credits 30
This option explores the forces that shape today's landscape, landscape design methodology, and the role of plants and building materials in project implementation.
Coastal and Estuarine Geoscience - EV42001 Semester 2 Credits 20
This module examines coastal and estuarine environments: relationships between coastal and estuarine processes and pollution, physical and geomorphological processes of coastal and estuarine environments and geophysical investigations of the nearshore zone.
Dissertation - TP21005 Semester 2 Credits 20
This module allows students to undertake an extended study (8000 to 10000 words) of a topic or problem which has relevance to the study of environmental management. This process will involve both theoretical and empirical knowledge and argument.