The need for environmental sustainability is increasingly acknowledged in policy areas throughout the developed and developing world. For this reason, our course is designed for those looking to gain a high-level qualification in the theory and practical application of sustainable environmental management. The next intake will be October 2016.
Our Masters degree in Sustainability and Environmental Management (suited to those with science and technical experience) offers insight into the causes and solutions to a range of environmental issues. You will develop the ability to evaluate the constraints and opportunities facing a variety of institutions and acquire the skills required to implement sustainable policies. You will exercise problem solving scenarios, develop analytical skills and critically evaluate environmental management policies.
You will study alongside students from a range of cultural backgrounds offering you the chance to learn in an international arena and share ideas on a global scale. You will also take part in a field trip to southern Spain with our teaching staff including researchers from our world-renowned Flood Hazard Research Centre, who have conducted research into desertification processes, management and policy solutions.
This MSc course is aimed at students with an interest in the application of sustainable environmental management principles in practice. It focuses on sustainability issues and the development of tools and techniques to envision change and bring about practical solutions to real world cases.
You will gain an in-depth understanding of the scientific basis of the most significant global environmental issues confronting private and public sector decision makers and they will master a variety of analytical approaches to aid the design, evaluation and application of management options based on law, policy and best practice.
Global Sustainability Issues and Practice (compulsory)
Applied Sustainability Case Study (compulsory)
Law and Governance (compulsory)
Environmental Assessment and Management (compulsory)
Research Methods (compulsory)
MSc Dissertation Project (compulsory)
Professional Experience Placement (optional)
Risk Management (optional)
Corporate Governance & Responsibility (optional)
Lectures will introduce you to core material and concepts; seminars will allow you to develop and discuss ideas; and interactive workshops will improve your research, data collection and other practical skills.
You will work on group projects and will also attend conferences and group tutorials. You will submit your own dissertation and research report – there is a specific module on research skills to help you with this.
Assessment is entirely through coursework. As well as your dissertation and research project, you will be assessed through essays, papers, reports, group and individual presentations, case study analyses, policy analysis reports and bibliographic exercises. Students will give feedback on each other’s work, and you will also be asked to evaluate your own work.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.
If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, portfolio or audition.
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the university. Please visit our Postgraduate application page for further information and to apply.
On completion of this MSc you will be able to go on and undertake a PhD or further your academic career in higher education in the UK. Graduates have successfully found employment in the business sector, consultancies, government ministries, non-governmental organisations (local and international) and in education. Some examples are government official in a Ministry for Tourism in Africa and Head of Operations in an Environmental Business Consultancy in the UK.
As 81% of employers value employability skills over type or class of degree, it's essential you develop these while studying and utilise our Employability Service on campus. We provide one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters and interview techniques. We offer part-time, internships and graduate roles plus webinars, workshops and events and a support service to those wishing to start their own business.
Suzanne Worzella graduated in MSc Sustainable Environmental Management in 2010. She chose Middlesex because of the comprehensive and interactive programme for environmental management, and also its strong focus on fieldwork and practical learning. Suzanne found the diversity at Middlesex to be a huge asset to her degree, valuing the different perspectives and experiences of the students in her class. She also felt the passion and experience of the tutors greatly cemented her desire to learn.
Having graduated, Suzanne now works for a company that focuses on helping large and multi-site organisations lower their energy consumption. Her role is as an Energy Analyst, but primarily as an Administrator in Business Development. As an Energy Analyst she diagnoses problems through several levels of data analysis. As a Business Development Administrator she focuses on expanding the business through reaching out to potential clients like universities and federal agencies. She is also helping her business be more sustainable and environmentally focused through revamping their marketing and business strategies to focus on their contribution to energy.
Becky Armstrong began her MSc in Sustainable Environment Management at Middlesex in 2010 and currently works in the sustainability sector. The main reason she chose the course was to improve her career options. "My Geography bachelors degree didn't give me enough understanding of the environment and sustainability," she said. "The course modules available [on the MSc in Sustainable Environment Management] held a lot of interest for me, particularly the opportunity to gain work experience through the internship module."
While her favourite part of the course was the field trip to Almeria and a project that took her to Bangladesh, the internship module has proved vital in expanding Becky's knowledge of environmental issues and provided her with core skills relevant to her new job. "I definitely think the internship helped me to get my job, as the experience I gained during it (in particular taking part in environmental audits on site visits) was something I discussed a lot in job applications and was asked about specifically during interview. The understanding I gained throughout the internship showed during my interview and this, combined with my knowledge developed during the masters, boosted my confidence in both applying for jobs and at the interview stage."
Having made the most of her time at Middlesex, Becky is now flourishing in a new career. "I'm really enjoying working in the sustainability sector after a couple of years of failed attempts before the masters", she says, "and I'm really pleased to have found a job with such a well-established company in sustainability".
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MSc Sustainability and Environmental Management
This course is offered full time or part time. You can choose to study the full Masters or a PG Diploma or PG Certificate. The fees below refer to the 2016/17 academic year unless otherwise stated.
|Full time course fees 2016||UK/EU Students||International Students|
|Part time course fees 2016*||UK/EU Students||International Students|
|Masters (120 taught credits |
+ 60 credits for dissertation)
|£48 (per taught credit) |
£24 (per dissertation credit)
|£84 (per taught credit) |
£42 (per dissertation credit)
|PG Dip (120 taught credits)||£48 (per taught credit)||£84 (per taught credit)|
|PG Cert (60 taught credits)||£48 (per taught credit)||£84 (per taught credit)|
*Course fees are subject to annual inflation so the total costs for part time study are shown here as a guide
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