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Course Overview

Environmental impact assessment (EIA) is a process for providing information about likely effects of certain human activities on ‘the environment’, and for identifying ways of minimising adverse effects and enhancing any positive effects.

Case studies, workshops and field visits are used to encourage participative learning related to components of the EIA process.

Oral presentations and written reports provide opportunities to develop your communication skills and to master the theory, policy and implementation elements to EIA.

Visiting speakers from the local area provide practitioner perspectives on the role of EIA in development decisions.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Michelle Pinard

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of MRes Ecology & Environmental Sustainability (Studied) or MRes Environmental Science (Studied) or MRes Soil Science (Studied) or MSc Ecology & Environmental Sustainability (Studied) or Master Of Science In Ecology & Conservation (Studied) or MSc Forestry (Taught) (Studied) or Master Of Science In Environmental And Forest Management (Studied) or MSc Soil Science (Studied) or MSc Environmental Science (Studied) or MSci Biological Sciences (Studied)
  • Either Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied) or BI4015 Grant Proposal (Passed)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • EV4802 Environmental Impact Assessment (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The aim of the course is to provide training in policies, methods and application of EIA in the UK (as a member state of the EU) and elsewhere. The course also aims to foster balanced judgement of the strengths and weaknesses of EIA.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Explain the origins and development of EIA, including key policy drivers and statutes;

  • Describe the different stages of the EIA process, the types of activity involved, and main participants;

  • Explain the environmental effects of a selection of development types, taking account of the scientific evidence base;

  • Critically review impact identification, impact analysis, and proposed mitigation measures in case studies;

  • Describe the typical content and structure of scoping reports and environmental statements;

  • Explain the role of EIA in the development planning consent process;
  • Discuss the role of EIA in contributing to sustainable development, including its strengths and weaknesses;
  • Contrast strategic environmental assessment (SEA) with EIA;
  • Contribute effectively to the preparation and delivery of group presentations;
  • Write concise reports of your own group work and that of others, incorporating both accurate factual content and thoughtful critique.

Associated Costs


Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed


Contact Teaching Time

56 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Continuous assessment (100%).

Formative Assessment




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