MSc Environmental Sustainability

  • DeadlineStudy Details:

    1 year full time, 2-3 years part time

Course Description

Ensuring environmental sustainability and achieving it, is one of the most significant challenges facing humanity in the 21st century.

  • What is sustainability?
  • What are the debates and challenges surrounding different models of sustainable development?
  • How can economic and energy systems be restructured to combat climate change?
  • What policies foster sustainability? What are the challenges and implications of implementing these in the ‘Global South’ and the ‘Global North’?

With the MSc Environmental Sustainability, you can explore these questions and other significant challenges affecting our world today and in the future.

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a biological, environmental or physical science, geography, social science or other relevant subject. Due to the focus of this programme, business-related degrees are not suitable for entry.


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Student Destinations

The MSc Environmental Sustainability will prepare you for a wide range of roles within:

  • environmental consultancy
  • national and local government
  • non-government organisations (NGOs)
  • non-profit organisations
  • environmental agencies
  • education or research at community, national or international levels

You can apply critical thinking, policy analysis and interdisciplinary environmental skills in diverse sectors such as transport, renewable energy, ecosystem planning and management, community development, technology innovation and beyond.

There is diversity within the programme, where you can tailor your option courses and dissertation to support your intended career path.

Module Details

You must take these courses
Case Studies in Sustainable Development
Dissertation – Environmental Sustainability
Applied Research Skills in Environment and Society
Principles of Environmental Sustainability

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