Graduates of the MA/MSc in Environmental Practice will be able to:

  • Relate their knowledge to environmental issues in their work environment 
  • Assess the environmental and socio-economic elements of sustaining a healthy environment and societal well-being as an environmental practitioner 
  • Develop and evaluate goals, objectives and strategies, taking a range of perspectives into consideration 
  • Prepare, communicate and implement action plans 
  • Make decisions that require a broad understanding of environmental knowledge, policy and regulation, and leadership skills 
  • Solve problems effectively in differing workplace situations 
  • Act as a leader who can meet the fundamental challenges of addressing complex environmental issues 
  • Possess the skills and knowledge to coordinate and integrate different perspectives to aid public and private bodies make informed decisions 
  • Possess a broad environmental vision and a sound understanding of how environmental issues are addressed under different jurisdictions and the dynamics of both public and private sectors

Competency Domains

The descriptions of competency domains, together with associated learning outcomes and context statements are the foundations for both designing and delivering courses and assessing performance. These are:


  • Effective personal communications (speaking, listening and feedback skills); and, 
  • Effective preparation and presentation of written and graphic materials.


  • Application of sustainable development principles and practices in defining, analyzing and selecting ways to resolve environmental issues and solve environmental problems; and, 
  • Application of leadership and management skills to the achievement of short- and long-term environmental management objectives. 

Leadership and Teamwork

  • Leadership in personal learning and decision-making; 
  • Facilitation of the learning and decision-making ability of others; and, 
  • Developing and modelling personal and team visions, values and practices. 

Critical Thinking

  • Application of critical thinking to the integration of objective and subjective knowledge in practice; 
  • Identification and use of appropriate research, assessment and reporting methods for the investigation and analysis of an issue, problem or project; and 
  • Identification of and use of values and ethics when formulating solutions and recommendations. 

Global Awareness

  • Use of disciplinary concepts and links among these to explain how global and local issues are interconnected; 
  • Demonstration of how a global issue can be reflected in local events and vice versa; and, 
  • Identification of the implications of scale for options, actions and decisions respecting environmental sustainability from historical, disciplinary and governance perspectives.