This programme is run by the Centre for Environmental Strategy (CES) – a leading centre for environmental and sustainability-related research and postgraduate teaching.
CES accommodates a wide range of disciplines dedicated to resolving environmental problems, and this Masters programme prepares a new generation of environment and sustainability professionals for the challenges and opportunities ahead.
This programme equips you with the tools essential for analysis of the relationship between environmental issues and human society, in order to make informed decisions. As part of this approach, you will evaluate political, socio-economic, ethical, cultural and regulatory frameworks.
You will acquire a sensitive appreciation of issues surrounding sustainable development and an understanding of the theory and application of sustainable development.
This programme provides a route to graduate membership of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.
This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time students must study at least two taught technical modules per academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation. The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
-Life Cycle Thinking and the Circular Economy
-Environmental Science & Society
-Foundations of Sustainable Development
-Corporate, Social and Environmental Responsibility
-Energy Policies and Economic Dimensions
-Energy-Consumer Goods in the Home
-The Energy Market from the Purchaser’s Perspective
-Corporate Energy Management
-Environmental Auditing and Management Systems
-Sustainable Development Applications
-Transitions to a Low Carbon Economy
-Psychology of Sustainable Development
-Energy in industry and the built environment
-Life Cycle Assessment
-Renewable Energy and Sustainability
-Transport Energy and Emissions
Full-time students are able to undertake an industrial placement module which enables them to spend six to twelve weeks working for a company or NGO, doing the type of work they will aim to find on graduation.
Examples of organisations at which recent industrial placements have taken place include:
-Portsmouth City Council
-Diocese of London
Graduates go on to a diverse range of careers implementing sustainable development and dealing with the real environmental challenges facing humanity.
Recent examples include working as an energy efficiency officer for a local government, an environmental officer in multi-national chemical company, a sustainability advisor for a national television / radio station, an environmental consultant for an engineering consultancy, and a programme officer with a sustainability charity.
Other graduates use the research skills they developed to go on and do PhDs.
EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME
-To provide participants with a thorough conceptual framework and the skills necessary to understand the concept of Sustainable Development, and make judgements about Sustainable Development policies and their implementation
-To equip participants to evaluate existing political, socio-economic, ethical, cultural and regulatory frameworks to inform decisions regarding Sustainable Development
-To encourage participants to develop a sensitive appreciation of the significance of the contextual settings of sustainable development, especially as they relate to developing countries
-To develop and enhance participants' research and data handling skills
PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES
The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:
Knowledge and understanding
-The concept of sustainable development, and awareness of current debates
-Ecological principles and processes and how they are affected by human activities
-How to integrate sustainable development into the day-to-day management and functioning of organisations, and on-going performance monitoring
-Accessing and using environmental data
-Absorb complex information and communicate them effectively through logically constructed arguments
-Critical reading and analysis of sustainable development principles
-Learn the value of teamwork to solve problems that require multi-disciplinary engagement
-Independent learning and study through self-directed assignments and dissertation
-Inductive reasoning: using specific examples/observations and forming a more general principal
-Deductive reasoning: use stated general premise to reason about specific examples
Professional practical skills
-Evaluate technical, social, environmental, economic and political aspects of sustainable development
-Adapt economic and social assessment tools to support decision-making
-Incorporate ethical dimensions to project design and implementation
-Give coherent presentations
-Lead discussions on complex subject areas
-Competently handle environment information
-Self-motivation, self-regulation and self-assurance
-Independent learning capacity
-Deliver a structured and successful presentation
-Team work (group)
-The use of analytical approaches appropriately in different decision-making situations
-Write effectively as a means of communicating important ideas
-Communication of findings and presentation of research to a non-specialist audience
-Lead discussion of small/large groups
-Organise and manage a research project
-Basic to advanced IT skills
We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.
In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.