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Full time & Part time October MSc Full-time: 1 year (maximum course length); Part-time: 5 years (maximum course length)

About the course

Protecting our finite planet in the face of infinite human ambition and economic growth requires a strategic approach to the environment.   

Our MSc in Environmental Strategy is run by our Centre for Environment and Sustainability (CES) – a pioneering centre for inter-disciplinary environmental research and postgraduate teaching. Drawing upon the engineering, physical and social sciences, we’ll develop your technical and analytical skills to understand and resolve environmental problems.

This course will prepare you to join a new generation of environment and sustainability professionals ready to tackle the challenges ahead through the application of inter-disciplinary approaches, strategic thinking and analysis.

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree, or a recognised equivalent international qualification. Relevant work experience may also be considered.

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Course Content

Where is University of Surrey


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Student Profile(s)


Ayman AlAfifi, from Palestine, studied his MSc in Environmental Strategy at the University of Surrey. He now works as a PhD graduate researcher at Utah State University.

“I was interested in learning about the principles and applications of environmental planning and sustainable development, particularly in developing countries,” Ayman explains. “The Centre for Environmental Strategy (CES) at Surrey seemed to have the most international experience among all the British universities that I was considering applying to. I was attracted by the quality of research and international development projects carried out by CES.”

Ayman says he received great support throughout his degree. “My supervisors got me fully acquainted to the academic system in the UK, which I wasn’t familiar with before joining Surrey. They also provided me with excellent feedback on assignments and research projects, which substantially improved my academic writing, communication and research skills.

“The lecturers were very knowledgeable on the subjects they covered, and the guest speakers enriched the content of classes, by providing case studies and giving every example an external perspective,” he continues. “The facilities we used were also well-equipped and comfortable for long class sessions.”

Ayman is now studying at Utah’s Water Research Laboratory, developing a systems model to improve river and watershed restoration and quantify habitat quality. He is also undertaking two internships: the first as a proposal evaluator for the USAID Water For Food Security Grand Challenge Programme, and the second as an energy and climate change policy implementation intern with the Centre for New Energy Economy at Colorado State University.

“My MSc at Surrey prepared me well for my PhD,” he says, “because it equipped me with the skills and confidence to conduct high-quality research and address the needs of different stakeholders and policy makers in a professional way.”


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