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Managing Sustainability (Advanced Professional Diploma)

Course Description

With the rising importance of creating a sustainable environment, an increasing number of people are finding that enhancing and ensuring sustainability has become part of their job role.

If you are from a project management, finance or legal background, this course offers an ideal way for you to gain a greater understanding of sustainability in the management of construction. You will find out more about the new technology that can make a difference to the environmental impact of organisations and look at processes that could make your company more sustainable.

Our teaching team combine industry experience with cutting-edge research, meaning you can be sure of returning to your job with the most up-to-date information, relevant to your working environment.

Whether sustainability is a new part of your role or you are looking for new skills that would make you attractive to employers, this course will give you the knowledge to make better, more informed decisions about managing sustainability in the workplace.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/managingsustainability_apd

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


Building on your existing knowledge of the built environment, this course will give you the tools to plan and manage sustainable projects at work. Whether you are established in your role, a recent graduate with an engineering background or you are looking to get back into the construction industry, we will help you develop the specialist skills you need to set you apart.

- Sustainability Manager
- Facilities Manager
- Project Manager
- Values Manager

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

This course offers a great way to learn something that can advance your career without having to put it on hold. Study at your own pace, around your day job at one of the leading centres for sustainability in the UK.

You will learn from a teaching team who have been instrumental in changing UK regulations, contributing to a vast reduction in the carbon emissions produced by the built environment. Visiting consultants from industry, project managers, engineers and sustainability experts, will ensure you benefit from the latest academic research combined with practical experience of managing sustainability in the workplace.

The research findings of our Leeds Sustainability Institute will feed into the course and ensure your learning always reflects the latest sector developments. You will be invited to guest lectures from industry professionals as they discuss topics such as the benefits of a green economy to stimulating economic growth. Previous speakers have included Jonathan Porritt, founder of Forum for the Future, the UK's leading sustainability development charity. Our virtual learning environment will also give you access to the latest reports about sustainability written for industry associations and government bodies.

Core Modules

Project Management with Sustainability
Learn about managing projects taking into account the 'triple bottom line' of environmental, social and economic factors, with a particular focus on an environmental perspective.

Work-Based Learning
Apply your learning about sustainability project management to your workplace or a simulated project and look at how new technologies could benefit this project.

Professor Chris Gorse

Professor of Construction and Project Management

"Engineers, managers and future professionals are not only expected to have an understanding of sustainability, but to ensure that decisions made are effective and considerate of social, economic and environmental needs. The knowledge gained through this course will expose you to key issues and how they can be managed responsibly."

Chris Gorse is Professor of Construction and Project Management and Director of Leeds Sustainability Institute. He leads projects in the areas of sustainability, low carbon and building performance and has an interest in domestic new builds, commercial buildings and refurbishment. Chris is an established author and has consultancy experience in construction management and law.


- Northern Terrace
Based at our City Campus, only a short walk from Leeds city centre, Northern Terrace is home to our School of Built Environment & Engineering.

- Leeds Sustainability Institute
Our Leeds Sustainability Institute's facilities include the latest drone and thermal imaging technology to provide new ways of measuring and evaluating building sustainability.

- Library
Our Library is open 24/7, every day of the year. However you like to work, we have got you covered with group and silent study areas, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the Managing Sustainability (Advanced Professional Diploma) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Please check our site for the most up-to-date entry requirements (View Website).

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