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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    The University of Manchester

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Course description

The MSc Green Infrastructure aligns expertise from Geography with that from Landscape and Environmental Planning.

The course is the first of its kind to bring together the theory, practice and evaluation of Green Infrastructure.

The MSc provides the foundations to understand why we need Green Infrastructure, alongside an understanding of how we transition from design to implementation.

It is taught by nationally and internationally recognised experts in Green Infrastructure who will to deliver a course that trains graduates with the conceptual, practice-based, and evaluative skills needed to develop Green Infrastructure in real-world scenarios.

The course benefits from an integration of cutting-edge research by University of Manchester faculty who are working at the forefront of investment, design and management of urban greening, sustainable drainage, health and well-being, economic prosperity, policy-making and nature-based solutions to urban problems.

Manchester, and the north-west of England, also offers an excellent real-world 'laboratory' to test alternative approaches to Green Infrastructure.

You will engage with policy, practice and communities to gain an appreciation of the range of added-benefits that Green Infrastructure can deliver, and develop an understanding of the innovation solutions that it offers.

Working with, and being taught by, Green Infrastructure practitioners, also provides the course with a clear link between academic thinking and real-world application.

You will also attend an overseas fieldtrip to Berlin (or equivalent) to explore state-of-the-art green infrastructure schemes, and engage practitioners and policy makers.


  • Introduce the concept and principles of green infrastructure.
  • Develop a critical awareness of the values, benefits and functions of different types of green infrastructure.
  • Understand key policies relevant to formation and implementation of green infrastructure.
  • Understand the methods and approaches used to assess the performance of green infrastructure.
  • Gain practical experience in the monitoring and evaluation of green infrastructure.
  • Learn from real-world examples and practitioners of green infrastructure.
  • Benefit from a highly interdisciplinary and applied course.

Teaching and learning

A wide variety of teaching and learning methods are employed across the MSc, including, but not limited to, small group discussion, seminars, field visits, computer-based practical sessions, and one-to-one discussion with staff members.

The course will provide you with a variety of opportunities for active engagement and participation.

The MSc makes use of a range of e-Learning and web-based methods and activities to support and complement the traditional classroom-based learning.

A key focus of the MSc course is the linkage between staff research expertise and the teaching provision.

Coursework and assessment

You must accrue 180 course credits to achieve the required standard for recommendation to the degree of MSc.

The dissertation, based on an original research project of your own design, accounts for 60 credits.

The remaining 120 credits are based on five compulsory and three optional 15 credit course units.

All assessment for the compulsory course units is coursework-based, with no unseen written exams.

Career opportunities

Studying MSc Green Infrastructure provides opportunities to work across a range of interrelated disciplines.

These include planning, hydrology, urban forestry, community engagement, development and infrastructure provision, environmental/ecological management, and local/national government.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 20,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Manchester

  • University League Table


  • Campus address

    The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    11th out of 72 4

    21st out of 85 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 210
    164 78%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    78 78%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.22 84%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 217
    161 74%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    78 78%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.96 79%



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