The concept of sustainable development, which aims to harmonise the economic, social and environmental dimensions of development strategy, is now a key feature of policy-making by governments throughout the world. A major challenge is to change patterns of production and consumption to achieve sustainable development objectives without compromising the future viability of natural and human systems.
Businesses will need to develop strategies that further improve products and processes in response to both consumer demand and the needs of the environment. A new breed of professional is required with insight, skills, knowledge and ability to appreciate all sides of the debate in order to get results.
The course comprises eight assessed modules, a group project and an individual research project. The modules include lectures and tutorials, and are assessed through practical work, written examinations, case studies, essays, presentations and tests. These provide the tools required for the group and individual projects.
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:
-Peterborough Smart City Urban Observatory (Opportunity Peterborough)
-Mapping water risk in fresh produce supply chains (Sainsburys)
-Carbon emission implications of slum sanitation improvement (WSUP)
-Measuring water sustainability within a water utility (Yorkshire Water)
-Regulation and networking in functional ceramics. (Piezo Institute).
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
-Sustainability key performance indicators for a media business
-Benchmarking agricultural water value and environmental performance
-How can the fast-moving consumer goods sector help create a market for waste treatment by-products?
-Disruptive chemical technologies - building and interpreting a Delphi exercise to engage stakeholder viewpoints
-An environmental evaluation of urban mobility based on an LCA approach
-Evolution of UK and US shale gas sectors
-Managing the adoption of circular economy in SME
-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
-Exploration of WEEE regulations and the potential for additive manufacturing materials
-3D visualisation for marine spatial planning and risk assessment.
This course comprises eight modules, an individual project and a group project.
-Environmental Management in Practice
-Environmental Policy and Risk Governance
-Financial and Economic Appraisal for Environmental Management
-Principles of Sustainability
-Risk, Communication and Perception
-Technology, Environment and Society
Taught modules: 40%
Group projects: 20%
Individual project: 40%
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.
Successful students develop diverse and rewarding careers in government ministries, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), environmental and business consultancies, public sector organisations, such as environmental protection agencies, and the manufacturing and service industries in the private sector.
The international nature of the course means that career opportunities are not restricted to the UK. Cranfield graduates develop careers around the world.
We have been providing Masters level training for over 20 years. Our strong reputation and links with potential employers provide you with outstanding opportunities to secure interesting jobs and develop successful careers. The increasing interest in sustainability and corporate and social responsibility has also enhanced the career prospects of our graduates.
Cranfield's applied approach and close links with industry mean 93% of our graduates find jobs relevant to their degree or go on to further study within six months of graduation. Our careers team support you while you are studying and following graduation with workshops, careers fairs, vacancy information and one-to-one support.
For further information on this course, please visit our course webpage - http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/masters/environmental-management-for-business.html
This course is suitable for graduates with science, engineering, social science or business related degrees keen to pursue careers in resource management; or graduates currently working in industry keen to extend their qualifications; or individuals with other qualifications who possess considerable relevant experience.