• Status: Fully Approved
  • Start date: October 2017
  • Duration:

    2 years part-time

  • Attendance:

    Core modules are taught as a series of 5-block meetings (Fridays and Saturdays - all day) between October and March. The 2 core modules are available in alternate years and you can study these in either order.

    Additional specialist modules are either taught as 1-week residential courses around the UK or as a series of weekend sessions based at Birkbeck.

  • Location:

    Central London

    Field courses held across the UK

Programme overview

This MSc degree in environmental management, specialising in countryside and protected area management, will enable you to acquire and develop a broad understanding of the knowledge and skills needed for managing protected areas of the environment, including natural, cultural and recreational sites. It will provide you with the key skills and management tools necessary for resolving conflicting pressures and demands in protected areas.

Find out more about studying at Birkbeck and what our students say about our geography- and environment-related programmes.

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How to apply

You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application link below. Please note that online application will open in October 2016.

Need help with your application? Watch videos featuring our academic experts giving advice on applying to Birkbeck and answering some of the most frequently asked questions.

Birkbeck can give you all of the information and help you need to complete your application form, including our online personal statement tool, which will guide you through every step of writing your personal statement.

Application deadlines and interviews

Applications are welcome at any time.

Interviews held between May and September.

Online application

Environmental Management (Countryside and Protected Area Management) (MSc) (Part-time)

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

  • Offers opportunities for career progression for anyone working, or planning to work, in the management of local, national or international protected areas.
  • Flexible study pattern, with a mixture of core teaching based on occasional weekends in London and a spring residential school.
  • A wide range of professional training modules available, with a broad interdisciplinary focus.
  • Watch videos of our postgraduate students discussing their experience of studying at Birkbeck.

Course structure

This MSc degree consists of 2 core modules (30 credits each) taught in alternate years and 2 core residential schools (15 credits each) held in April each year.

You must also select 2 option modules (15 credits each) from the list of options below.

The MSc is completed by a 60-credit dissertation, making 180 credits in total.

Core modules

Core residential schools

Option modules

MSc Environmental Management (Countryside and Protected Area Management) Dissertation

Exploration of topics includes lectures and workshops led by invited speakers (e.g. from relevant government agencies, such as Natural England, NGOs (e.g. RSPB), consultants and academics) as well as a significant component of individual reading and research.

Entry requirements

Good degree or equivalent in any area, or equivalent qualification with professional experience.

International entry requirements

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.

Fees (2016/7)

Part-time home/EU students: £ 5225 pa
Part-time overseas students: £ 7975 pa

Payment and Fees Discounts

Flexible finance: pay your fees in monthly instalments at no extra cost. Enrol early to spread your costs and reduce your monthly payments.

Fees discounts: If you are a Birkbeck alumni or a member of a union that is recognised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), you may apply for a 10% discount off your tuition fees.

Funding and Financial Support

The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses – and you don't have to start repaying until 2019.

Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

Find out more about funding and financial support at postgraduate level.

Careers and employability

Graduates can pursue a career in conservation, education, tourism and planning. Possible professions include countryside management, environmental education, or tourism. This degree may also be useful in a variety of roles within conservation and policy-making, as well as in becoming an environmental consultant, planning and development surveyor, or nature conservation officer.

Find out more about these professions.

Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.

We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.

Teaching and assessment


Lectures, seminars, group and practical work, independent study supported by personal tutorials.


Coursework relating to the core course and specialist modules; a 2-paper written examination; a dissertation of 12,000-15,000 words. Each element contributes roughly one-third to the assessment.

Our research

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Sociology at Birkbeck was ranked 13th in the UK.

Read about Birkbeck research that crosses disciplines and focuses on pressing questions within the social sciences and humanities.

Further study opportunities

If you are interested in further research, we offer an MPhil/PhD in Geography, Environment and Development Studies.