Cranfield's Environmental and Public Policy course offers excellent grounding in environmental science, sustainability, ecosystem functions and environmental management. Students will have access to a full suite of policy making tools to translate science and environmental knowledge into effective and lasting policy. This course is suitable for new graduates keen to pursue a career in environmental policy or environmental management; environmental scientists, technologists and engineers looking to enhance their political skillset, either for a civil service, research, or industry career; policy-focussed individuals looking to move into the environmental sector and individuals seeking an intensely applied postgraduate experience and connections to the applied policy field.
Specifically, lectures will cover:
- International, national and local political contexts
- Methods for designing new evidence-based policy, evidence assessment, futures thinking, cost-benefit appraisal and risk analysis
- Policy implementation including regulatory and other tools
- Policy review methods
- Communication and synthesis of environmental policies to inform strategic decisions.
This course comprises seven core modules, one elective module, a group project and an individual project.
Group projects, which run between February and April, enable you to put the skills and knowledge developed during the course modules into practice in an applied context while gaining transferable skills in project management, teamwork and independent research. Group projects are usually sponsored by industrial or public sector partners who provide particular problems linked to their businesses. Projects generally require the group to provide a solution to the operational problem. Potential future employers value this experience. The group projects are across the MSc courses in the environment programme, giving the added benefit of gaining new insights, ways of thinking, experience and skills from students with other backgrounds
During the project you will develop a range of skills including learning how to establish team member roles and responsibilities, project management, and delivering technical presentations. At the end of the project, all groups submit a written report and deliver a presentation to the industrial partner. This presentation provides the opportunity to develop interpersonal and presentation skills within a professional environment. The project is assessed through a written report and an oral presentation by the group. In addition, a poster exhibition provides the opportunity to develop presentation skills and effectively handle questions about complex issues in a professional manner.
Part-time students normally complete individual dissertations in place of the group project.
Recent group projects include:
-A global review of capacity building organizations in water and sanitation for developing countries (CAWST)
-A rapid evidence appraisal to develop better evidence for UK environmental regulation reform (Defra)
-Valuing and enhancing carbon sequestration on passive mine water treatment sites (Coal Authority)
-An integrated assessment of the Lafarge quarry restoration (Lafarge Tarmac)
-Regulation and networking in functional ceramics (Piezo Institute)
-Comparative regulatory policy landscape analysis for EU/UK electricity markets (Ernst and Young)
-Drivers and barriers for photovoltaic uptake in the UK.
The individual research project allows you to delve deeper into a specific area of interest. As our academic research is so closely related to industry and public sector organisations, it is very common for our partners to put forward real-world problems or areas of development as potential research topics.
The individual research project component takes place between April/May and August for full-time students. For part-time students, it is common that their research projects are undertaken in collaboration with their place of work under academic supervision, given the approval of the Course Directors.
Individual research projects undertaken may involve a wide range of techniques from qualitative analysis to quantitative modelling.
Recent individual projects:
-Systematic examination and analysis of European Court decisions based on the precautionary principle
-Exploring social media and networks as a driver to promote sustainable behaviour: case analysis and policy implications
-Evaluation of methods for sustainability assessments of new, emerging and/or renewable energy technologies
-Cultural services evaluation of agri-environment schemes at Waddesdon Manor Estate Farm
-The future resilience of river basin management measures: a framework for stress testing water management measures
-Stakeholder analysis of a chalk grassland landscape in southern England
-Implementing a Natural Capital Committee in the Lazio Region, Italy
-Decision support tool for rural electrification
-Development of an integrated economic model for the assessment of the environmental burdens of arable, forestry, and silvoarable systems.
There are seven core modules and one elective module from a choice of two.
Principles of Sustainability
Environmental Advocacy and Discourse
Financial and Economic Appraisal for Environmental Management
Environment Horizon Scanning and Futures
Environmental Policy and Risk Governance
Technology, Environment and Society
Environmental Management in Practice
For the MSc:
Taught modules: 40%
Group projects: 20%
Individual project: 40%
For the PgDip:
Taught modules: 66.6%
Group projects: 33.4%
For the PgCert:
Any of 6 taught modules: 100%
Funding opportunities exist, including industrial sponsorship, School bursaries and a number of general external schemes. For the majority of part-time students sponsorship is organised by their employers. We recommend you discuss this with your company in the first instance.
Graduates of this course have taken on Environment Policy Officer roles in Government, industry and NGOs. These posts cover an enormous range of environmental issues (e.g. climate change, deforestation, transportation, disaster response, or flooding), and typically develop into Senior Policy Officer roles, Director of Policy posts and ultimately Managing Director positions.
You will leave with an understanding of how to engage with management boards on a range of issues and present your arguments at a senior level. You will also gain skills and knowledge delivering significant business benefits to your employer, enhancing your progression to more senior roles in the future.
For further information on this course, please visit our course webpage - http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Courses/Masters/Environment-and-Public-Policy
Candidates must possess, or be expected to achieve, a first or second class UK Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant environmental, business or science based discipline. Other relevant qualifications together with industrial experience may be considered.