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 in the 21st century 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.
Accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), this course integrates interests and applications from business to economics and policy development and review. This includes a range of environmental management tools such as environmental auditing and environmental management systems, as well as analysis of current legal, policy and strategic frameworks, and global issues such as climate change. Graduates will be able to develop and implement best practice strategies in the public and private sectors.
The MSc comprises eight assessed modules, a group project and an individual project. Students undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) complete the eight modules and the group project. Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) students complete six modules.
This provides students with the opportunity to take responsibility for a consultancy-type project, while working under academic supervision. Success is dependent on the integration of various activities and working within agreed objectives, deadlines and budgets. For part-time students a portfolio or dissertation usually replaces the group project.
Students select the individual project in consultation with the Course Director. The individual project provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent research, think and work in an original way, contribute to knowledge, and overcome genuine problems in environmental management.
A number of the projects are supported by external organisations.
The modules include lectures and tutorials and are assessed through written examinations and assignments. There is an emphasis on analysis of real problems, with practical case studies to reinforce learning. This provides the tools required for the group and individual projects.
- Principles of Sustainability
- Evaluating Sustainability
- Risk Management, Toxicology and Health
- Environmental Regulation in Practice
- Environmental Valuation
- Environmental Policy
- Technology , Environment and Society
- Globalisation and Environmental Change