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 strategic challenges ahead.
This programme provides both a theoretical and practical grounding for evaluating the technical, social, economic and organisational elements of environmental problems.
These include life-cycle assessment and other analytical methods to understand how to use resources and manage materials and waste. You will learn how to anticipate and respond to future policy developments and market pressures, understand stakeholders’ roles, and develop problem-solving and decision-making skills.
This programme provides a route to graduate membership of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment. We encourage you to explore past and present student experiences of our environment and sustainability programmes.
This programme is studied full-time and part-time. 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.
-Environmental Science and Society
-Environmental Auditing and Management Systems
-Life Cycle Thinking
-Transitions to a Low Carbon Economy
-Foundations of Sustainable Development
-Sustainable Development Applications
-Corporate, Social and Environmental Responsibility
-Life Cycle Assessment
-Psychology of Sustainable Development
-Energy policies and Economic Dimensions
-Corporate Energy Management
-Energy-Consumer Goods in the Home
-The Energy Market from the Purchaser’s Perspective
-Energy in Industry and the Built Environment
-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
Several high-profile guest lecturers have assisted with the delivery of some of the modules. CES modules make maximum use of guest lecturers, drawing on the practical skills and experience of key experts from government and industry to complement the theoretical components of the modules offered.
For example, Jonathon Porritt, former chairman of the Sustainable Development Commission, gives a guest lecture on the Sustainable Development Applications module, analysing the standing of sustainable development in business and policy making.
The extensive expertise of CES academics and researchers is also drawn upon in modules. Professor Tim Jackson, advisor to the government and international bodies and author of the seminal book, Prosperity without Growth – economics for a finite planet– also lectures on some CES modules.
EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME
-Provide theoretical and practical grounding for evaluating technical, social, economic, and organisational aspects of environmental problems
-Apply life-cycle assessment thinking and other analytical methods to gain better understanding of resource uses and materials/wastes management
-Anticipate and respond pro-actively to future environmental policy developments including government regulation and policy, and competitive market pressures
-Develop a greater understanding and sensitivity to the range of stakeholders in environmental planning and management
-Adapt and apply appropriate specialist techniques and methodologies for problem-solving andn decision-making through advanced module options
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
-National and supra-national policy frameworks and their implications to sustainable development
-Systems thinking in environmental management
-Evolving regulatory mechanisms to anticipate and adapt to new legislation
-The place of ethics in good environmental practice and the advance towards sustainability
-Balancing risk with economic and social outcomes
-Strategic adaptation to technological changes, evolving values and regulation, andsocial expectations
-Accessing and using environmental data
Intellectual / cognitive skills
-To absorb complex environmental information and communicate them effectively through logically constructed arguments
-To creatively formulate new ideas
-The value of teamwork to solve problems that require multi-disciplinary engagement
-Independent learning and study through self-directed assignments and dissertation
-Critical reading and analysis of environmental policy and regulation
-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
-Understand and use LCA tools for decision-making
-Read legal documents and communicate them succinctly to varying audience
-Give coherent presentations
-Lead discussions on complex subject areas
-See the other side of the argument given that there are varying and often conflicting perspectives in the environment field
-Competently handle environment information
-Design, use, analyse various research/study techniques
-Self-motivate and self-regulate
Key / transferable skills
-Knowledge and skills to prepare and deliver a structured and successful presentation
-To write effectively as a means of communicating important ideas
-Effective communication of findings and presentation of research to a non-specialist audience
-To lead discussion of small/large groups
-To organise and manage a research project
-Basic to advanced IT skills, depending on type of electives and dissertation topic
-To apply basic numerical skills for research
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.