Ensuring the environmental sustainability of society is one of the most significant challenges facing humanity in the 21st century.

  • How can the needs of the world’s growing population be met without threatening the ecological processes that support human well-being?
  • How can economy and energy systems be restructured to combat climate change?
  • What policies foster sustainability?
  • How can the necessary changes in the behaviour of organisations and individuals be promoted?

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

Study Details:

1 year full time, 2-3 years part time

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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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 sectors as diverse as transport, renewable energy, ecosystem planning and management, community development, technology innovation and beyond.

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

Our graduates

Recent graduates have been employed in sustainability-related roles in organisations such as:

  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Carnegie Wave Energy
  • E.ON
  • Friends of the Earth
  • German Council for Sustainable Development
  • Global Justice Now
  • Institute for European Environmental Policy
  • International Energy Agency
  • London Borough of Camden
  • Marine Conservation Society
  • Northumbrian Water Group
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • John Muir Trust
  • The Scottish Government
  • Transport for London
  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC secretariat)
  • World Resources Institute
  • Zero Waste Scotland


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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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