For over 20 years, the University of Surrey has led the way in environmental research. From investigating people’s attitudes to the environment to understanding how nanotechnology can enhance future solar power solutions – environment and sustainability researchers take a truly collaborative approach to seeking new sustainable solutions for a more prosperous, equitable, safe and secure future.
This programme is run by the Centre for Environmental Strategy (CES) (http://www.surrey.ac.uk/ces/
), which is a leading centre for environmental and sustainability-related research and postgraduate teaching in the UK. CES accommodates a wide range of disciplines dedicated to resolving environmental problems. The programmes prepare a new generation of environmental professionals for the myriad of challenges ahead of them.
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.
This programme gives you a solid grounding in issues key to the sustainable development debate. The views of stakeholders such as business groups, environmentalists, government agencies and development institutions will be considered.
You will acquire the necessary skills to evaluate existing frameworks, inquire into environmental issues in organisations and industries, and develop a sensitive business practice.
The three CES programmes can be taken full or part-time, and are taught through a series of intensive, week-long modules. You will also complete a dissertation, and have the option of a placement in industry or the public sector. CES modules make full 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.
The programmes provide excellent preparation for any sustainability or environment-related career and they are accredited to provide the basis for Associate membership of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment.
Why not read about past and present student experiences of our environment and sustainability programmes, including Cheyvonne James (http://www.surrey.ac.uk/discover/cheyvonne-james-msc-sustainable-development
), Nicki Ledger (http://www.surrey.ac.uk/discover/nicki-ledger-msc-corporate-environmental-management
), Nicholas Roberts (http://www.surrey.ac.uk/discover/nicholas-roberts-msc-corporate-environmental-management
), Matthew Arnold (http://www.surrey.ac.uk/discover/matthew-arnold-msc-corporate-environmental-management
), Harsheenee Doorga (http://www.surrey.ac.uk/discover/harsheenee-doorga-msc-sustainable-development
), Ayman AlAfifi (http://www.surrey.ac.uk/discover/ayman-alafifi-msc-environmental-strategy
) and Katie McManus (http://www.surrey.ac.uk/discover/katie-mcmanus-msc-sustainable-development
The programme of study is structured in a flexible format, with modules offered as a series of intensive one-week lectures, seminars and practical exercises, supported by independent learning material.
The programmes are based on one-week modules in a similar format to the University’s Engineering Doctorates. Each programme consists of eight modules and a project/dissertation. Four modules are compulsory and the remaining four optional modules can be chosen from a wide range available at CES and other relevant MSc programmes. Each module carries 15 credits.
The compulsory modules have been designed by CES in consultation with industry and will continue to be fine-tuned in close consultation with our graduates and collaborators in the field.
Students on the full-time programmes start in September and follow a sequence of modules that has been designed to ensure steady and structured progress through the achievement of the Postgraduate Certificate to the Diploma and Masters degree. Part-time students may begin the programme at any time of the year.
You are allowed to choose up to two modules elsewhere in the University of Surrey’s Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences (http://surrey.ac.uk/feps/
), or from the Energy and Environmental Technology and Economics programme at City University, as agreed with your personal tutor. Students may take modules at other universities with the approval of the Board of Studies.
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:
- Minimise Solutions
- Portsmouth City Council
- Diocese of London
- The Radisson
- LC Energy
- Solar Aid
For full details of the modules listed below, please visit the University's module catalogue - https://modcat.surrey.ac.uk/search_provisional.asp
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.
See the profiles, at the end of the page, of some recent graduates from the CES MSc programmes.
Teaching and assessment
Teaching is a collaborative effort between university lecturers and research fellows, with some industrial contributions where appropriate.
Each module is taught over an intensive five-day period, preceded by preparatory reading and followed by coursework. A typical five-day teaching week is an intensive period of lectures, interactive group work and seminars, with occasional site visits. A preparatory learning package for each module is generally made available on the University’s online learning system.
Seminars, themes, discussions and fieldtrips are also organised to give students opportunities to consolidate their learning.
Each module is a self-contained unit, assessed separately. Traditional essays, report writing and case-study presentations will be required for assessment. There are no exams on any of the modules.
Your dissertation of 15,000 words will involve an in-depth piece of research on an appropriate subject. This may be the findings of a small-scale pilot study, an analysis of data or a development of theoretical aspects of a topic.
You must achieve a satisfactory standard in both the taught modules and the dissertation to be awarded a Masters degree.
Each full-time student will be allocated a personal tutor. Together, you will draw up a personal study plan. It is recommended that you meet regularly to discuss your progress.
The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) is a broadly based environmental management organisation with more than 15,000 members. Successful completion of the modules Life Cycle Thinking, Environmental Science and Society, Environmental Auditing and Management Systems, and Environmental Law offer a direct route to associate membership of IEMA.
Our Admissions Policy (http://www.surrey.ac.uk/apply/policies/postgraduate-admissions-policy
) provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students.
Further information for applicants - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/apply/postgraduate
The normal entry level is a minimum 2.2 honours degree (or equivalent) in social, life or physical sciences, or engineering disciplines. Applicants without a qualifying degree, who have significant relevant experience, will also be considered.Students are accepted on our MSc programmes from a wide range of academic backgrounds, the strengths of which will be built upon during each specific course.