Environmental Management MSc

Environmental Management MSc

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The MSc in Environmental Management draws on expertise in the School of Geographical & Earth Sciences and the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Glasgow. Together they represent a leading centre of expertise in environmental teaching and research. They work on issues dealing with the natural and urban environment including policies and practices for environmental management.

Programme structure

The MSc in Environmental Management aims to produce graduates who

  • have a strong understanding of the environment and how it changes
  • have an awareness of economic and policy issues affecting the environment
  • are able to apply practical and technical solutions to assist in the management of the environment, environmental risk and environmental change.

You will develop a firm understanding of the environment – and how human and physical processes affect it.

You will be introduced to policies and practices for environmental management, as they are applied in a range of environments and at different scales. You will develop skills in processing and presenting environmental information to inform and enhance environmental management.

You will gain an enhanced appreciation of the importance of research and reflection as a route to successful environmental management.

Graduate attributes

This degree programme equips you for a wide range of opportunities by providing the knowledge and understanding to:

  • Critically assess the influence of physical processes and the impact of human decision making on the environment
  • Evaluate theories of environmental management
  • Discuss theories of climate change, how this will affect different environments
  • Compare and contrast environmental management policies in different regions and at different scales
  • Develop strategies for behavioural change to improve management of the environment
  • Explain the need to develop policies to manage the environment at different scales
  • Create plans to react to and manage environmental change
  • Explain how GIS and Remote Sensing contribute to the management of environmental data and can contribute to environmental management.


The programme is taken over 2 years of full-time study and is divided into 4 main components:

Part 1: Compulsory courses taught by University of Glasgow (Total 80 credits)

  • Principles of Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Management (20 credits)
  • Environmental Remote Sensing (20 credits)
  • Understanding Changing Environments (20 credits)
  • Environmental Ethics and Behaviour Change (20 credits)

Part 2: Compulsory courses taught by Nankai University (Total 50 credits)

  • Applied Mathematics (20 credits)
  • Environmental Economics (15 credits)
  • Environmental Management

Part 3: Optional courses taught by Nankai University (Total 30 credits)

At least 2 from:

  • Environmental Planning and Strategic Environmental Assessment (15 credits)
  • Cleaner Production (15 credits)
  • Municipal Ecology (15 credits)
  • Environmental Risk Assessment (15 credits)
  • Advancement in Environmental Impact Assessment Techniques (15 credits)

Part 4: Compulsory Research Experience and Skills

  • Social Science Research Methods (20 credits – taught by UofG)
  • Dissertation or Major Project on an approved topic in Environmental Management (60 credits – jointly supervised. 20 Glasgow / 40 Nankai)

Career prospects

Career opportunities include positions in international organisations, government ministries, academia and research institutions, non-governmental organisations; and further study at PhD level. 

English language requirements




Overall score of 6.5, with no sub-test less than 6.0 in each band.




Overall score of 90


Sub-tests no less than:

Reading 20

Listening 19

Speaking 19

Writing 23

How to apply

To apply as a student of Chinese Nationality:

  • Students register online for the China National Postgraduate Entrance Examination and select their desired JGS MSc programme.
  • Students sit the National Entrance Exam
  • Once the results are released, students are selected for joint interviews by Nankai University and the University of Glasgow. Students must fulfil the requirements for both universities.

To apply as a student of non Chinese Nationality:

Please apply through the International Office of Nankai University, which can be contacted at:

Tel: +86 22 2350 8825

Email: studyinnankai@nankai.edu.cn


Session dates

  • Autumn semester: 15/09/2017 - 21/01/2018
  • Winter break: 22/01/2018 - 25/02/2018
  • Spring semester: 26/02/2018 - 01/07/2018
  • Summer semester: 02/07/2018 - 29/07/2018
  • Summer break: 30/07/2018 - 16/09/2018


Professor Trevor Hoey – Understanding Environmental Change

Trevor HoeyTrevor Hoey has been Professor of Numerical Geoscience since 2003. His research interests focus on sediment transport processes in gravel-bed rivers; the dynamics of braided rivers; numerical modelling of sediment transport and landscape evolution; and the geomorphological basis or river management.

He gained an MA from Cambridge University and his PhD from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand where his thesis was on the topic: “An examination of the Forms and Processes Associated with Bed Waves in Gravel-Bed Rivers with Special Reference to the Braided River Type”. He was a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Sheffield before joining the University of Glasgow in 1992.

He is currently collaborating with the China Earthquake Administration (Institute of Crustal Dynamics) on incision of the Yangtze River at the First Bend, having carried out fieldwork there last year.

Professor Hoey co-supervised a PhD student, Wangpeng Feng, from the China Earthquake Administration (Institute of Geodesy) in fault modelling, and is collaborating with a former PhD student, who is now a post-doctoral researcher at Shenzhen University, on subsidence in the Yellow River delta. He has also carried out fieldwork in the Three Gorges area.

Key publications

  • Tomás, R, Li, Z, Liu, P, Singleton, A, Hoey, T and Cheng, X 2014 Spatiotemporal characteristics of the Huangtupo landslide in the Three Gorges region (China) constrained by radar interferometry. Geophys. J. Int. doi: 10.1093/gji/ggu017
  • Hodge, RA, Hoey, TBand Sklar, LS 2011. Bedload transport in bedrock rivers: the role of sediment cover in grain entrainment, translation and deposition. J Geophys Res – Earth Surface. doi:10.1029/2011JF002032

Dr. Stuart Hanscomb – Interdisciplinary Studies

Dr. Stuart Hanscomb

Stuart took his degree in philosophy and psychology at Hull University, and wrote his Ph.D. on Existentialism at Durham University. He has lectured in the Philosophy Department at Durham, and taught both philosophy and psychology at a number of other institutions, including City University (London), The City Lit. (London), Birkbeck College (London), Stirling University, and Edinburgh University.

He has been a lecturer at Glasgow University’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies since 2003, teaching philosophy and communication, and has published articles and books on, among other things, environmental ethics and behavioural change, and critical thinking.

Between 2002 and 2006 he worked as a consultant for the marketing company Mountainview (London), writing and delivering material on the self, emotion and the psychology of persuasion.

Dr David Forrest – GIS (Geographic Information Systems)

David ForrestDavid Forrest is a Senior University Teacher in the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences. He has broad interests in cartography and GI (Geographic Information) research, the main theme of which is a focus on improving the usability of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) to help non-cartographers design and produce sensible maps.

This involves the development of knowledge-based systems, the theoretical issues that underpin them and the necessary data and meta-data structures to make data more accessible and usable.

Another main interest is the content and design of topographic maps, especially at medium scales, and the representation of topographic information on maps. Currently he is researching the development of the International Map of the World at 1:1Million scale and its use as a base for thematic mapping.

He is currently Convenor of the Science Progress Committee and within the School, he is Co-ordinator of Postgraduate Teaching; he also serves on the School’s Learning and Teaching Committee and the Graduate Studies Committee.

Dr Forrest graduated BSc (Honours) in Topographic Science at the University of Glasgow; M.A. Geography (Cartography), Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada; and PhD Topographic Science, University of Glasgow. He has been lecturing at Glasgow since 1991 but has also worked at the University of Portsmouth and Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.

Outwith the University he is active in the British Cartographic Society (Council member 1991-present; President 2000-2002); Chair of the UK Committee for Cartography; Vice-chair of the ICA Commission on Use & User Issues; and Chair of the Helensburgh branch of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

Key publications

  • Brown M., Sharples S., Harding J., Parker C., Bearman N., Maguire M., D. Forrest, M. Haklay and M. Jackson. (2012) Usability of Geographic Information; Current Challenges and Future Directions. Applied Ergonomics.
  • Cornelius, S., Medyckyj-Scott, D.,  Forrest, D. , Williams, A. and Mackaness, W. (2008) The virtual placement: an alternative to the traditional work placement in the geographical sciences?   Journal of Geography in Higher Education. 32 (2). pp. 287-302

Dr Brian Barrett - Environmental Remote Sensing

Brian BarrettBrian Barrett is a lecturer at the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences. His main research interests are in the use of microwave remote sensing for applications in the terrestrial environment. From a wider perspective, the use of remote sensing to study the interaction and further understanding of Earth system processes, in the context of environmental change, greatly interests him. A lot of his research has focused on modelling and characterising the spatio-temporal behaviour of surface soil moisture using synthetic aperture radar (SAR). Assessing the influence of soil moisture on Differential SAR interferometry is an area of particular interest. More recently, he has been exploring the use of different machine learning algorithms to identify patterns in time-series of multispectral and radar datasets with the goal of improving land use inventories. He is currently working on the assessment of grassland biomass and management (cutting, grazing) activities across different locations (Ireland, Colombia, and New Zealand) using a dense time series of extra-high-resolution spaceborne radar data.

He has a BSc (Honours) in Geomatics, MSc in GIS and Remote Sensing in Environmental Resource Management, and a PhD in remote sensing (Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) intensity and interferometric approaches to near-surface soil moisture characterisation). He has previously worked at the University of Edinburgh and University College Cork before joining the University of Glasgow in 2015.

He is presently collaborating with Professor Jeanne Huang of the College of Environmental Science and Engineering at Nankai University on the separation of soil evaporation and vegetation transpiration for Huang-Huai-Hai in China using a modified two-source remote sensing model. In November 2016, he gave an invited talk at LIESMARS (State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing), Wuhan University.

Key publications

Professor Lin Zhu – Ecotoxicology and Environmental Risk

Lin ZhuLin Zhu is Professor of the College of Environmental Science and engineering at Nankai University. He did his undergraduate degree in Marine Biology at the Shandong Oceanography College and received both his MSc degree in Marine Ecology and his PhD in Ecotoxicology from the Free University of Brussels (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) (VUB), in Belgium.

His research interests focus on ecotoxicology, marine ecology and ecological assessment. He was the secretary-general of the Tianjin Society of Ecology from 1996-2001 and a member of the European Society for Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry from 1990-96. He was an assistant engineer in the Institute of Marine Environmental Protection in Dalian, China, before joining the staff of Nankai University.

His research has ranged from studying the effects of crude oil and dispersant on marine phytoplankton to the feeding behaviour of Copepods (small seawater crustaceans) in West European estuaries, and researching the security of drinking water in northern China and using PCR (polymerase chain reaction) technolocy to detect pathogenic microbes in seawater.

Recent publications

  • Xiaoshan Zhu, Lin Zhu. Comparative toxicity of several metal oxide nanoparticle aqueous suspensions to Zebrafish (Danio rerio) early developmental stage. Journal of  Environmental Science and Health Part A - Toxic/Hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering, 43 (3): 278-284 Jan 2008.
  • Duan Zhenghua, Zhu Lin, Yao Kun, et al. Single and joint toxic effects of pentachlorophenol and bisphenol A on the development of zebrafish (Brachydanio rerio) embryo. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety,71, 774-780, Mar 2008
  • Zhongzhi Chen, Lin Zhu, Kevin J. Wilkinson. Validation of the Biotic Ligand Model in Metal Mixtures: Bioaccumulation of Lead and Copper. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2010, 44, 3580–3586

Dr JunFeng Wang – Environmental Economics

Junfeng WangJunFeng Wang received his PhD in Environmental Science from Nankai University in 2006.  His major research interests are: Caluation of natural resources; sustainable development; renewable resource management and conservation; methods of implementing efficient environmental policies; case studies of economic-ecologic conflict or harmony; and material flow analysis (MFA).

Key publications

  • Junfeng Wang, Jingwen-zhang, Xinliu. (2013). The study of allowance prices association mechanism on carbon emissions trading market-based on econometric model association analysis, China population, resources and environment, vol.23(12).
  • Junfeng Wang, Caobo Hou, (2013). Study on Implementation Framework and Compensation Pattern of Basin Ecological Compensation Mechanism in China: From the Perspective of Compensation Funds Source,China population, resources and environment, vol.23(2).
  • Junfeng Wang, Yong Yan. (2012). Research on Regional Difference's Impact on Pollution Charge and Tax in China, China population, resources and environment, vol.22(3). 

Professor He Xu – Environmental Management

He XuHe Xu’s research focus is on strategic environmental assessment, environmental planning, the circular economy and global climate change.  Since 1997 he has contributed to various research projects, including research supported by CIDA (the Canadian International Development Agency), IGES (the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies), the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank, among others.

He has been a Visiting Scholar to the School of Management at the Royal Holloway, University of London, to the Department of Civil Design at the University of Liverpool, and to the Institute of Environmental Studies’ Graduate School of Frontier Sciences at the University of Tokyo. He was a postdoctoral Fellow at the United Nations University – Institute of Advanced Studies. He gained his BSc, his MSc and his PhD from the College of Environmental Science and Engineering at Nankai University.

He has been on the staff of Nankai University since 2001 and holds the position of Professor of the College of Environmental Science and Engineering at the University. He is also Vice-Director of the Research Centre for Strategic Environmental Assessment, the Nankai National Centre for Innovation Research on Circular Economy, and the TEDA Circular Economy Promotion Centre.

Key publications

  • Bai Hongtao*, Zhang Yingxuan, Wang Huizhi, Xu He*. (2014). A hybrid method for provincial scale energy-related carbon emission allocation in China, Environmental Science & Technology. Vol. 48, 2541-2550. (IF=5.257)
  • Huizhi Wang, HongtaoBai*, Jia Liu, He Xu*. (2012). Measurement indicators and an evaluation approach for assessing Strategic Environmental Assessment effectiveness. Ecological indicators. Vol. 23: 413-420. (IF=2.967)
  • HongtaoBai, Huizhi Wang, He Xu*. (2010). Quantitative evaluation of air pollution in transport strategic environmental assessment: a case study based on uncertainty analysis and GIS technology. Journal of Zhejiang University Science A. Vol. 11(5). 370-381. (IF=0.527)

Dr Jing Wu – Advancement in Environmental Impact Assessment

Jing WuJing Wu is currently an Associate Professor in the College of Environmental Science and Engineering and is Assistant Director of the Research Centre for Strategic Environmental Assessment at Nankai University. She is also Secretary of the UNISPAR (University-Industry Science Partnership Programme)/UNESCO Chair holder in Environmental Management at Nankai University. She received her PhD from Nankai University in 2005 and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Chinese University of Hong Kong 2008-09.  She is a Registered Impact Assessment Engineer and holds the Law Occupation Qualification Certificate.

Dr Wu has 15 years of practical, research and teaching experience in environmental management, environmental assessment and planning.  Since 2000, she has contributed to various consulting projects supported by CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency), SIDA (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) and the World Bank, among others.

For the last eight years, Dr Wu has been managing and contributing to a number of local and state-level research projects on clean technologies, emissions and climate change policy, the development of eco-cities and low-carbon cities, eco-industry part and environmental issues in urban planning.

Key publications

  • I-Shin Chang, Jing Wu*, Changbo Zhou, Mingmin Shi, Yanxia Yang. (2014). A time-geographical approach to biogas potential analysis of China. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. Vol. 37.318–333 (SCI IF= 6.018).
  • Jing WU, I-Shin CHANG*, Kin-Che LAM, Mingmin SHI. (2014). Integration of environmental impact assessment with the decision-making process: Practice of urban and rural planning in China. Journal of Cleaner Production. Vol. 69.100-108. (SCI IF= 3.398)
  • I-Shin CHANG, Jing WU*, (2013). Integration of Climate Change Considerations into Environmental Impact Assessment - Implementation, Problems and Recommendations for China. Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering. Vol. 7(4):598-607 (SCI IF=0.754). 

Dr Chunli Chu – Theories and Principles of Sustainability

Chunli ChuAwarded his PhD in 2011 from Nankai, Chunli Chu is a Unversity Lecturer in the College of Environmental Science and Engineering.

His research is focused on industrial ecology, environmental planning and management, and the reuse of resources.

He currently teaches three courses at undergraduate level: Basement of Environmental Science; Industrial Ecology; and Pollution events.

Key publications

  • Chu Chunli,Ju Meiting,Yu Jinglei Yu,et al..(2010). Analysis of resource productivity in Binhai New Area of Tianjin city.MASS 2010:2010 International Conference on management and service science.24-26.
  • Chunli Chu, Meiting Ju and Wei Liu. (2010). Analysis of sustainability and advice on Eco-city of Binhai New Area of Tianjin city. ICECS 2010: 2010 3rd international conference on environmental and computer science. Vol.176.17-19
  • Ju, Mei-ting; Chu Chunli; et al, (2010). Industrial ecology and innovation space , Chemical Engineering Press.

Dr Chunyan Shan – Theories and Principles of Sustainability

Chunyan ShanChunyan Shan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Science in Nankai University;s College of Environmental Science. Her particular research interests are atmospheric particulates pollution control, transportation planning, regional environment planning, and environmental management.

She did both her BSc in Environmental Science and her MSc in Environmental Planning at Northeast Normal University in Changchun in China; she was awarded her D.Eng in Transportation Planning from the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2008. In 2012 she was a visiting researcher at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and in 2002 she was a visiting researcher at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.

In 2001 she was named an “Excellent Teacher of Nankai University”.

Key publications

  • Yanwen Qiang & Chunyan  Shan. (2013). Vehicular Emission Models of Particulate Matter and Their Application in China, Journal of Nankai University (Natural Science), Vol. 46(6):41-47.
  • Chunyan Shan and Tetsuo Yai. (2011), Public Involvement Requirements for Infrastructure Planning in China, Habitat International Vol. 35(1): 158-166