Environmental Management Programme

With the increasing prices of commodities, the growing scarcity of production resources, and emergent scrutiny of business operations and their entire value chain by the public, it has become a strategic goal for businesses to develop and implement greater social and environmental efficiencies across the globe.

Next start date

8 October 2018

Format

Online

Structure

10 courses offered on a modular basis. Each course runs for eight weeks.

How to apply

Complete our online application form

Fees per course

US$ 550
Up to 75% scholarships available.

Programme overview

Our Executive MBA Environmental Management provides a high quality, interdisciplinary, postgraduate qualification to professionals wishing to deepen their understanding of environmental issues and learn about theoretical and methodological advances that are being deployed to tackle them. With the increasing prices of commodities, the growing scarcity of production resources, and emergent scrutiny of business operations and their entire value chain by the public, it has become a strategic goal for businesses to develop and implement greater social and environmental efficiencies across the globe. You will learn about creating a sustainable business in a local and global context.

The programme explores the creation of innovative and sustainable solutions to various economic, societal and environmental challenges.

You will be taught by seasoned international academics, consultants and experts who will help you enhance your education through shared knowledge, ideas and experiences in the field of environment and sustainable development.

The programme is delivered through a highly flexible virtual learning approach to higher education. It allows students to study at their own pace, location and convenience. This means that students can be in full-time employment, staying close and committed to their families, while studying to improve their career prospects.

Target students

Our Executive MBA programme is designed for:

  • Individuals and executives seeking appropriate management and leadership skills in the field of Environmental Management and Sustainability
  • Individuals seeking competencies to better position themselves for future

advancement and success.

  • People seeking career advancement
  • People who are looking to change industry or job function
  • Graduates that expect to develop skills and critical thinking in business,

management and administration

  • Those looking to gain the entrepreneurial tools that will enable them to put their own business plan into practice.

Entry requirements

You must have completed a Bachelors degree with an honours (at least 2nd Class Lower) in a subject associated with or of relevance to Environmental Management from a recognised institution.

The course is also open to recent graduates with Bachelors degree intending to pursue academic careers to PhD in future.

Why study with us

The EMBA will prepare you to be a responsible and ethical business leader that will contribute to the development of sustainable economic, social and environmental policies in a globally competitive and sometimes hostile business and social environment. Upon successful completion of the EMBA in Environmental Management, you will: 1) become a change agent with competence in environmental management and sustainability 2) acquire an extensive interdisciplinary management qualification 3) develop globally sought after skills for managing the environment 4) become equipped with the required expertise to assume leadership positions in public, private, and non-profit sectors The EMBA in Environmental management is aimed at a wide range of individuals, particularly those who aspire to or already hold positions of responsibility for environmental management and decision-making. The programme is intended to attract students who understand the need to address a wide range of environmental issues, are willing to develop a holistic understanding of these problems, and are eager to proffer solutions using an interdisciplinary approach.
The EMBA in Environmental management is aimed at a wide range of individuals, particularly those who aspire to or already hold positions of responsibility for environmental management and decision-making. The programme is intended to attract students who understand the need to address a wide range of environmental issues, are willing to develop a holistic understanding of these problems, and are eager to proffer solutions using an interdisciplinary approach.The modular nature of the programme and the favourable teaching hours allow you to attend only those courses that you can afford in a year, thus offering you the opportunity to learn while you earn and fitting your studies around your work, family and life commitments, without taking a career break. Our application process is free of charge. Our fees payment schedule is flexible, allowing you to pay in modular instalments. We have five intakes a year (January, March, May, August and October), thus allowing you to join at your earliest convenience. We also have opportunities for scholarships and bursaries, as well as partnerships for internship and mentoring with leaders in the relevant industry of interest. In addition, you can obtain a Postgraduate Certificate within 12 months.

We have five intakes per year

Programme structure 

The programme consists of 10 courses offered on a modular basis over a 20-month period followed by six months to finalise the dissertation or research paper. Each course runs for eight weeks.

Given the nature of today’s world, all organizations need to keep up with the changing times in order to remain literally in business. Successfully managing the process of strategic planning and implementation will grow a better and more successful organization. Strategic Management focuses on all the issues that relate to the process of strategy formation in organizations: the planning and implementation of strategy, strategic change/transformation and “turn-around processes”, the improvement of an organization’s strategic competences at various levels inside the organization, and on characteristics of organizations that manage to be successful and survive over long periods of time. 

“Going with the flow” is not a good approach to managing organisations and people. Nowadays organisations, public or private, large or small, local or international are intricate entities that require constant attention and care. In order to do this, one needs concepts, models, and tools that will make analysis possible and lead to logical conclusions including the choice of the relevant approach to steer the people and the organisation in the right direction.

“Going with the flow” is not a good approach to managing organisations and people. Nowadays organisations, public or private, large or small, local or international are intricate entities that require constant attention and care. To do this, one needs concepts, models, and tools that will make analysis possible and lead to logical conclusions including the choice of the relevant approach to steer the people and the organisation in the right direction. This course will lead you through several stages aimed at better understanding of organisations and the functioning of the people within them. This will always be approached from a business perspective to make sure that the situations being discussed are real and that mistakes can have serious consequences.

Environmental Management and Auditing is designed to familiarise students with the fundamental concepts of policy and regulation and their application to our environment. The course provides an overview of the major instruments used in constructing systems of environmental regulations, including the strengths and weaknesses of those instruments. It will look at how environmental management strategies are decreasing environmental impact (on air, water and land), enhancing business opportunities, reducing risk and promoting various forms of collaboration towards sustainability. The course will undertake a critical analysis of the contemporary key issues and ideas that currently characterise environmental management, principally, the voluntary and public regulatory regimes interface. The objective is to situate these ideas within the framework of change drivers in industry, new technologies and the response of business. Business response is examined through initiatives that place and integrate environmental management at the strategic level of decision making.

The ability to think critically and make the right decisions in specific situations is just as important in professional life as it is in personal life. Critical thinking and decision making skills are not the same thing as intelligence, rather they require a focus on examining multiple points of view and using objective, bias-free thinking. As a result of using critical thinking skills, managers can make effective decisions by identifying and choosing the best option among multiple alternatives in specific situations. Business decisions based on critical thought processes are reasoned and defensible. Effective managers who have good thinking skills guided by the norms of rationality can work more logically to implement strategic business plans.

The benefits of developing critical thinking skills include being able to identify thinking flaws, differentiate between good and bad suggestions, communicate persuasively, and manage difficult people or circumstances, especially in crisis situations. Rational decisions that are made after considered judgment, which, when properly executed, result in effective action.

Throughout this course, you will be guided to take a structured approach to dismantle and clarify the various components of problems, and understand the inputs and implications of your thought processes. This way of thinking will allow you to develop positions on issues that are logical and explicable to others.

This course takes the students through the links between health, the environment and development. It shows how the environment affects both health and development, and how development efforts can affect both health and the environment. In particular, it looks at how people’s occupations and quest for development can affect their health.

In this course, we concentrate on the two important concepts of environment and sustainable development, together with their links. All development endeavours take place in the environment. It is for this reason that being aware of the state of our environment today, the background to such state, as well as the desired state and how to get to it, becomes necessary for sustainable development.

The course materials in this course are divided into five units with questions for review and suggested readings listed at the end of each unit. The first unit introduces the understanding of the environment from an ecological perspective. The second unit introduces the concept of sustainable development. The third and fourth unit deals with the analysis of the ecological crisis and the structural contexts that deal with the ecological crisis, respectively. The fifth unit presents case studies from which to learn lessons regarding how to deal with the environment for sustainable development.

Renewable Energy and Energy Management introduces students to basic energy concepts, focusing on definitions, applications and management techniques. The course will enable students to understand energy efficiency models and their interaction with sustainability. Students will be introduced to key technologies, trends and patterns in the development of renewable energy. Theories of ‘transition pathways’ underlining the shift towards more sustainable sources of energy are discussed.  Renewable energy sources which are a key to the materialisation of such transitions are facing big challenges, especially as they interact with society, government planning regulations and the landscape. The role of planning and the impact of developing new renewable energy sources on the environment / visual amenity are explored. The course will also review other salient energy matters (e.g. finance, regulations and markets) for business and industry.

This course equips the students with an understanding of the ethical standpoints behind resource allocation and use, as well as the moral reasons for using resources for their intended purposes. It takes them through an understanding of the different forms of corruption and how to develop their high moral ground and health leaders.

David Bamford. Chairman, Finding Petroleum

African cities do not rate very well in terms of transport efficiency, air quality, city planning, higher education and use of renewable energy is very low

How programme is delivered

Courses are delivered via the Moodle e-learning platform, which is user-friendly and does not require extensive computer knowledge. Content is uploaded for the student to read at his/her pace. 

Common spaces are provided for students to interact amongst themselves or do group work under the supervision of the tutors. Lectures are conducted online using the user-friendly Zoom software used internationally by other great universities. 

Our free online library gives access to close to 50 million resources in over 300 publisher databases.  

Research

The tutors and students on the programme are engaged in research projects focusing on: 

  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Environment and health
  • Environment and livelihood
  • Environment economics
  • Environment and gender
  • Environment and sustainable development
  • Renewable energy

Up to 75% scholarship available 

“I found that my course was fantastic, the flexibility of having everything online including exams and assessments enabled me to learn flawlessly. I especially liked the environment and sustainability aspects of the International Development programme.”

Daniel Adekera