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

07 January 2019

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.

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.

This course introduces the student to the concept of Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the importance of organisational goals in helping achieve alignment between the goals of the workforce and the executive. The many variations thereof are considered. Organisational goals were once regarded as the ambit of Organisational Behaviour. In recent times this opinion has changed and the importance of understanding and using goals within the HRM specialty has come to the fore. Goals form an important part of motivation for today’s workers. The central link between the goals as set by executives and as implemented by workers is the role of the HR manager. Getting the workforce to work towards the company’s goals is central to success

The Procurement skills and processes primarily focuses on managing supply chains that support the wide range of facilities found in the oil and gas industry. This programme explores ways to conduct the procurement process to your advantage. The art to getting the best procurement deal is negotiation and everybody does it, sometimes without knowing they are doing it! Negotiation is the key to everyday business and the ability to negotiate effectively in a wide range of business contexts is crucial.

This course provides the knowledge and the skills to start or innovate IT support in organizational processes. The first part of the course covers the management of information systems because it is now indisputable that managers for the introduction and use of modern information technology to optimise organisational performance are a core part of any organization. The second part of the course is based on the premise that organisations can no longer operate in isolation.

Marketing as a business discipline involves, amongst other things, an understanding of the choices of the “products” and “markets” within which the firm will operate. Consequently, marketing performs a critical function in the management of modern organisations and in shaping their strategic directions and ultimate profitability. In this sense, “marketing” means more than the popular traditional “managerial” concerns of advertising and personal selling. Furthermore, in recent years, there has developed a growing awareness of the importance of marketing in emerging “non-traditional” areas such as the service, public, and non-profit sectors. The influence of new technology, particularly information technology and the Internet is also a potentially important “driver of change” in marketing. These themes, and others, will be explored during the course. Additionally, a range of strategic marketing issues and their relevance to general management are examined.

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.

This course on research methods will prepare students for serious research in any area of development. Given that research methods is a course underpinned by different theoretical and philosophical assumptions, it is important for students to be able to evaluate the various methodologies and choose appropriately a method that will be conducive and relevant to the area of development s/he has chosen to study. The course will familiarize students with all aspects of research from locating and organizing literature, through the choice of research methodology, the collection and interpretation of data, to the dissemination of results. The course will also examine contemporary issues in development research and introduce students to the ethics of research.

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.

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.

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.

As the drive for sustainability gains momentum and environmental laws and regulations take hold, there is an imperative for businesses and organisations to understand and assess the impact of human activities on the environment. This course provides a comprehensive overview of methods for assessing and managing the environmental impacts of policies, plans, programmes, projects and organisations. It also looks at the legal and institutional frameworks in which they operate. The general stages of assessment are identified and explored with reference to appropriate tools and methodologies; screening, scoping, impact identification; mitigation, monitoring, follow- up and process audit.

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