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MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert Sustainable Development in Practice

Course Description

Businesses, governments and communities are taking on the practical challenges that come with creating a sustainable future. Innovation is a big part of overcoming these challenges thinking differently, and finding new ways to reconcile the needs of people and businesses with those of our planet.

Sustainable development is now a mainstream agenda, with implications for every area of society:

• Businesses and organisations ensuring sustainability informs every aspect of their operations, from the environmental and social impacts of product design, logistics, manufacturing and waste management, to communicating with shareholders, the workforce and consumers.

• Governments, policy makers and NGOs to create the frameworks of innovation that will ensure pro-sustainability changes.

• Individuals making better choices about things like food sourcing and waste, to energy use, transport and buying goods and services.

Course detail

You'll get to work on live briefs and real world projects, and have invaluable access to the organisations and case studies we offer through UWE Bristol's research activities, and its thriving network of sustainability partners. You will learn to apply your skills and knowledge to enhance your employability.

You'll also benefit from the expertise and experience our multi-disciplinary team brings from consultancy, policy and practice.


The full Master's course comprises 180 credits divided into three 60 credits stages: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and Master's. Students work incrementally through the three stages and must pass all modules at each stage in order to progress to the next.


• Sustainable Development: Principles and Practice (15 credits)
• Creating Sustainable Behaviour Change (15 credits)
• The Sustainable Organisation: Vision into Practice (15 credits)
• Communications Campaigns: Creative Approaches and Tools (15 credits)
• Work-Based Learning (30 credits)
• Master's Project (60 credits)

You also choose two 15 credit optional modules from the departmental offering including:
• International Environmental Law
• International Human Rights Law
• Managing Change
• Leading Change
• Leadership
• Sustainable Procurement
• Natural Resources Law
• Interventions for Creativity and Change
• Researching Educational Contributions to Just and Sustainable Societies


We use blended learning to teach this course, including:

• Taught sessions on campus, from an interdisciplinary team with expertise in areas such as sustainable development, behaviour change, business management, health and well-being, and media and communications.

• Guided learning, through lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, visiting speakers, online resources and case studies. A lot of this is collaborative, through group projects, peer assessment and virtual communities including blogs, online discussions and peer-assisted learning.

• Independent study, so you acquire the knowledge to challenge existing perspectives and apply creative thinking and knowledge.

• Work-based learning, involving a six-week professional project.This allows you to apply your sustainability knowledge and skills to a project based with one of our professional partners or in your own workplace.


This course is assessed via a combination of coursework and presentations. You'll take a project-based assessment that focuses on real-world challenges, which will help you build a valuable portfolio of work in pro-sustainability change.

Careers / Further study

In the 2010 Business in the Community survey, 70% of businesses said they expected the gap in sustainability knowledge and skills to become one of the most pressing challenges facing UK businesses in the next five years.

This course offers the blend of skills, knowledge and thinking to develop your career in a wide range of private and public sector businesses and organisations. You might choose to lead change in multi-national corporations, international organisations, national, regional and local governments, or to plan and implement sustainable development with organisations in specialist sectors, such as business, environmental or project management, or in planning, transport, construction, waste or energy.

You could get involved in campaigning, development or aid work, or as an advisor in bodies such as the UN, EU or the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Or you might want to help develop government policy, set up your own consultancy, go on to a PhD, or go into teaching.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx


- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

Visit the MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert Sustainable Development in Practice page on the University of the West of England, Bristol website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

We normally require an honours degree of 2.2 or above.We can consider applicants who do not meet the normal entry requirement, but who do have relevant professional experience or qualifications. In your application, you should describe in detail your professional experience and qualifications.

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