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Sustainability and Environmental Management MSc

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October 2018
September 2018 (EU/INT induction)
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
£9,050 (UK/EU) *
£12,750 (INT) *
Course leader
Maeve O'Loughlin

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.

Why study MSc Sustainability and Environmental Management at Middlesex University?

Our Master's 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.

Course highlights

  • You will have the opportunity to take part in an innovative field trip to southern Spain will support learning about management and policy solutions for sustainability through practical experiences.
  • Our teachers are actively linked to variety of non-governmental organisations across the EU, Central America and Africa as well as to major international institutions such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and UN Regional Centres of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development.
  • Teaching by specialist staff including practitioners and researchers from our world-renowned Flood Hazard Research Centre inspires our students and in turn, expands their ambitions.
  • We provide an exciting and motivating programme of guest speakers, seminars, field visits, external visits and day conferences to other universities.
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the MSc Sustainability and Environmental Management?

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.

  • Modules

    • Global Sustainability Issues and Practice (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module sets the ethos of the programme orienting students towards the sustainability issues across the three core domains of sustainability – the environmental domain, social domain and economic domain. It presents the theory, drivers, experience and challenges across various spheres of experience and practice including the natural environment, communities and business. It also presents the approaches used to influence these contexts.

    • Applied Sustainability Case Study (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module seeks to explore the current nature and history of the environmental, social and economic sustainability challenges in a case study environment subject to sustainability challenges. The field case study involves field exposure to a practical case study environment, which has challenged stakeholders and the practice of sustainability. Through meeting local stakeholders, experts and relevant academics relating to the case study, and with the supply of published literature and material in relation to the field area, students will experience and learn that there are various tensions and conflicts relating to sustainability which represent a balancing act.  This allows students to develop a deeper understanding of contemporary challenges of Sustainability and Environmental Management than is possible otherwise. The opportunity to understand the area in the context of policy and legislation brings a practical perspective and critical focus to learning from other modules.

      The case study is experienced through the field trip in late March with a week long visit to various locations in Almeria in Spain, with context and theoretical applications being explored in some introductory lectures. There is an alternative largely self-led UK-based case study for students in situations where travelling abroad is not possible due to personal issues.

    • Law and Governance (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module grounds student learning in the policy, legal and governance relating to sustainability from local to international level. It provides key principles of policy and law, and their application to key domains of concern.

    • Environmental Assessment and Management (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module equips students with the practical tools and approaches to successful environmental assessment and management in organisations through a focus on the environmental management systems approach and application to varying industry sectors.

    • Research Methods (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module prepares students with the philosophical and practical methodological approaches to research through lectures and workshops which prepare the student not only with knowledge but practical experience of working with the tools and computer packages including Minitab and NVivo.

    • Dissertation Project (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides for independent research completion by the student to completion of MSc level dissertation supported by a dedicated supervisor.

    • Risk Management (30 credits) - Optional

      This pathway supports student learning in this aligned area of practice. Students engage in learning about risk theory and practice, with a focus on risk management systems and the experience of risk management as it relates to flood hazard management. This pathway is underpinned by the research of the award winning Flood Hazard Research Centre at Middlesex University.

    • Professional Experience Placement (30 credits) - Optional

      This module provides students with the preparatory skills for undertaking a work experience placement in a relevant field. Supported by the Middlesex University Employability Office, students are given the opportunity to undertake a work placement.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How is MSc Sustainability and Environmental Management taught?

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.

The course includes a field trip in late March with a week-long visit to various locations in Almeria in Spain. There is an alternative largely self-led UK-based case study for students in situations where travelling abroad is not possible due to personal issues.


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.

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  3. How to apply
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  2. International

How can the MSc Sustainability and Environmental Management support your career?

This course will equip you with the skills and expertise you need to work in a wide range of roles and sectors. Recent graduates have gone onto such diverse roles as government official in a Ministry for Tourism in Africa, and Head of Operations in an Environmental Business Consultancy in the UK.

You might also wish to explore your options in research or academia, or even complete further study at doctoral level.

There are many opportunities available in a variety of sectors including consultant agencies, government ministries, non-governmental organisations (local and international) and education.

The environmental and occupational health suite contains industry-grade equipment which enables students to experience the real-world process of investigation, engagement with clients, strategies development and the promotion of best practice in a business setting.

The suite houses extensive collections of food and other pests, noise assessment equipment for both environmental and occupational exposure, environmental pollution monitoring equipment, occupational hygiene equipment, building materials and a dedicated resource library.

Maeve O’Loughlin
Programme Leader

Maeve is programme leader of the MSc Sustainability and Environmental Management and leads module PRS4700 Environmental Assessment and Management. A sustainability practitioner prior to joining the university, her interests relate to both knowledge transfer and research in social sustainability in the area of built environment supply chains.

Dr Meri Juntti
Course Leader

Meri leads PRS4530 Law and Governance. Her work involves investigation of environmental governance approaches, actors, and policy instruments. Her research interests include integration of environmental standards and values into rural and agricultural EU policies and planning, power, networks and policy implementation.

Dr Christophe Viavattene

Christophe's research with the Flood Hazard Research Centre is mainly focused on understanding how society can better manage the environment through the lens of the water resources and their associated risks (e.g. flood, drought, pollution). He leads PRS4510 Global Sustainability Issues.

  • Middlesex staff profile

    Becky Armstrong

    MSc in Sustainable Environment Management graduate

    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.

    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.

    I'm really enjoying working in the sustainability sector after a couple of years of failed attempts before the master's and I'm really pleased to have found a job with such a well-established company in sustainability.

  • Middlesex staff profile

    Suzanne Worzella

    Energy Analyst | MSc Sustainable Environmental Management graduate

    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.

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