The MSc Sustainability Planning and Environmental Policy will provide you with knowledge and understanding of sustainability theory, principles and practice. You will gain insights into the ways in which problems are defined, and the scope for applying cutting-edge policy and planning solutions to the environmental challenges faced by government, business and regulatory bodies.
The course is aimed at those wishing to gain expertise on contemporary sustainability issues. It links together theoretical debates about sustainability at different spatial scales with the practical dimensions of policy formulation and implementation. The planning system is given particular attention because it provides one of the most sophisticated mechanisms for regulating environmental change. A further core feature of the course is the focus on the latest social science research around environmental problems.
The course address three key dimensions:
• Principles and processes - how policies may (or may not) achieve more sustainable development; • Resource sector studies - comparative and in-depth analysis of sustainability issues in key economic sectors (including food, transport and housing); • Research training - the development of sustainability and planning research skills.
• Scope to focus on environmental problems and environmental policy in a range of sectors, including planning, food/agriculture, transport and housing.
• This course is recognised by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) as a 'specialist' masters, allowing those who have completed a three year RTPI recognised undergraduate spatial planning degree to complete the RTPI's educational requirements for membership.
• Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), allowing completion of the educational requirement for RICS membership.
This course is offered in full-time mode for 1 year or part-time mode normally for 2 years (though this may be extended to 3 years), leading to the award of an MSc in Sustainability, Planning and Environmental Policy.
A Diploma is awarded to students who successfully complete the taught part of the Programme but who do not wish to undertake a dissertation.
Researching Sustainability Principles and Practices of Environmental Governance Dissertation
Environmental Management Environmental Policy and Climate Change Planning for Sustainability Debates in Eco-City Planning and Development Urban and Regional Development in Practice Sustainable Food Systems Sustainable Transport Policies Food Security and Justice Renewable Energy Development and Planning
Assessment methods include:
Examinations Essays Reports project work verbal presentations. Written examinations are used to test your understanding of key environmental policy frameworks, knowledge of substantive law and ability to construct legal arguments.
Essays and reports will allow you to employ knowledge generated during the modules in pieces of policy evaluation or sustainable development in action.
Seminar presentations and debates are used to encourage you both to develop and clarify you understanding of a contemporary sustainability issues (in order to defend a debating a position) and give you an opportunity to enhance your oral presentation skills.
This course offers the knowledge and expertise for developing a research career or taking advantage of the increasing professionalisation of environmental jobs in the private and public sectors, including government departments and environmental agencies; the business sector; consultancy, and environmental non-governmental organisations.