Module details for Stakeholders in Environmental Science


This module introduces students to the key stakeholders in environmental management. Students will research and report on stakeholder remits at local, national and international scale. This will be done through site visits and invited speakers identified by the students (these may be organised remotely, by webinar, video etc. if in-person visits are not possible). The students will then use the knowledge to develop an in-depth understanding of multi-stakeholder decision-taking process.


This module aims to teach the student how to identify key stakeholders, what their role is in environmental science, their main remit and working methods and to understand how multi-stakeholder decision-making processes are used to establish environmental goals.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Demonstrate a critical understanding of the varied landscape of stakeholders in environmental science in the UK ranging from policy, regulation, SME's, local authorities and research.

2.  Demonstrate in depth understanding of the decision taking and regulating bodies at local, national and international scale operating in environmental science.

3.  Demonstrate understanding of the complexity of, and develop skills to engage in, multi-stakeholder decision taking process.

Indicative Content

1 Valuing nature and how it affects decision taking

2 What actors are involved in the process and how

3 Dealing with uncertainty and risk

4 Examples of decision taking in the environment

5 How to gather and value different form of knowledge

6 Role play in multi-stakeholder decision taking

7 Evaluation of multi stakeholder decision taking

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 24
Tutorial/Seminar 0
Practical Activity 8
Assessment 26
Independent 142
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.