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 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.
A first or second class UK Honours degree (or equivalent) ideally in a related subject. Other recognised professional qualifications or several years relevant industrial experience may be accepted as equivalent; subject to approval by the Course Director. For further and specific information please visit the course page.
If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. The minimum standard expected from a number of accepted courses are as follows:
IELTS - 6.5
TOEFL - 92
Pearson PTE Academic - 65
Cambridge English Scale - 180
Cambridge English: Advanced - C
Cambridge English: Proficiency - C
In addition to these minimum scores you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low. We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date). Students requiring a Tier 4 (General) visa must ensure they can meet the English language requirements set out by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and we recommend booking a IELTS for UKVI test.
Full-time MSc - one year, Part-time MSc - up to three years, Full-time PgCert - one year, Part-time PgCert - two years, Full-time PgDip - one year, Part-time PgDip - two years
- Postgraduate Certificate
Environmental management is increasingly important in private, public and voluntary sector organisations. This course will equip you to critically evaluate environmental issues and contribute to the economic and policy decision making process in organisations of any size.
Who is it for?
This course provides students with the necessary up-to-date knowledge and understanding of environmental issues and policy as they impact on the public, private and voluntary sectors. It also provides students with the ability and skills to develop and implement strategies to promote sustainable business practice.
This course will equip you to critically evaluate environmental issues and contribute to the economic and policy decision making process in organisations of any size. It will give you the skills and experience required to monitor and critically evaluate business practice through the environmental auditing and other assessment methods. You will graduate ready to effectively develop and implement best practice strategies which lead to environmentally and socially responsible products and services.
Why this course?
Informed by Industry
- Employment prospects – our reputation and links with employers ensure outstanding opportunities to secure excellent positions.
- Flexibility – A wide choice of topics for your personal project means that you can choose your own specialism. The course is available on a full-time or part-time basis.
- Excellence in teaching – In the last Teaching Quality Assessment our courses were rated as “excellent”. Eighty percent of the staff are members of the Registered Practitioners with the Higher Education Academy.
- Track record – we have been providing Masters-level training for over 20 years.
- Professional recognition – We regularly consult with senior representatives of key industries on questions of course and curriculum design to ensure that the programme continues to reflect the changing needs of the various sectors in which our students aim to work. The course is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).
- Postgraduate level – Cranfield University is entirely postgraduate. Many of the students on the course have considerable professional experience.
- Expert staff – The course is designed and delivered by experts in the field of environmental management.
- Practical focus – We believe in giving you as much hands-on work as possible so that you are learning by doing.
Our courses are designed to meet the training needs of industry and have a strong input from experts in their sector. These include:
- P A Consulting
- Joint Research Centre, Ispra
- Cresswell Associates
- Chartered Institute of Waste Management
- Geospatial Insight
- Oakdene Hollins
- Astrium Geo-information Services
- Landscape Science Consultancy
- WRc PLC
- Environment Agency
- Chartered Institute of Water and Environment Management
- Health Protection Agency
- Neales Waste
- Natural England
- National Trust
- SLR Consulting
- Highview Power Storage
- Nomura Code Securities
Your teaching team
In the last Teaching Quality Assessment, our courses were rated as “excellent”. The course is designed and delivered by experts in the field of environmental management and 80% of the staff are members of the Registered Practitioners with the Higher Education Academy.
Dr David Parsons - Course Director. A mathematician specialising in the use of modelling, risk assessment and optimisation in decision making related to natural resources.
The teaching team includes:
- Dr Philip Longhurst - Reader
- Dr Gill Drew - Lecturer in Environmental Management
- Dr Anil Graves - Senior Lecturer - Land Use Systems
- Dr Paul Burgess - Reader
- Dr Sophie Rocks - Lecturer in Nanotoxicology
- Dr Nazmiye Balta-Ozkan - Senior Lecturer in Environmental/Energy Economics
- Dr Adrian Williams - Principal Research Fellow
- Dr Simon Jude - Lecturer.
- Paul Stevens – Managing Director at Aviso Ltd.
- Adam Faiers – Spedan Ltd.
This degree has been accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).
This course comprises eight modules, an individual project and a group project. Part-time students normally complete individual dissertations in place of the group 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:
- 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.
Taught modules 40%, Group projects 20%, Individual project 40%
- Environmental Management in Practice
- Environmental Policy and Risk Governance
- Environmental Valuation
- Evaluating Sustainability
- Financial and Economic Appraisal for Environmental Management
- Principles of Sustainability
- Risk, Communication and Perception
- Technology, Environment and Society
To help students in finding and securing appropriate funding we have created a funding finder where you can search for suitable sources of funding by filtering the results to suit your needs.
The Prestige Scholarship provides funding of up to £11,000 to cover up to £9,000 fees and a potential contribution to living expenses. This scholarship has been designed to attract exceptional candidates to Cranfield University so we welcome applications from UK or EU graduates with a first-class honours undergraduate degree. Prestige Scholarships are available for all MSc courses in the Water, Energy and Environment themes.
Merit MSc Bursary
The Merit MSc Bursary provides funding of up to £5,000 towards tuition fees. Applicants should be UK or EU graduates with a first class honours, 2:1 honours or in exceptional circumstances 2:2 honours undergraduate degree in a relevant subject. Merit MSc Bursaries are available for all MSc courses in the Water, Energy and Environment themes.
International MSc Bursary
The International MSc Bursary provides funding of up to £5,000 towards tuition fees. Applicants should be from outside the EU with a first class honours or upper second class honours undergraduate degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. International MSc Bursaries are available for all MSc courses in the Water, Energy and Environment themes.
Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme (CPLS)
The Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme (CPLS) is a funding programme providing affordable tuition fee and maintenance loans for full-time UK/EU students studying technology-based MSc courses.
Conacyt (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia)
Cranfield offers competitive scholarships for Mexican students in conjunction with Conacyt (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia) in science, technology and engineering.
Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme
Students from developing countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the UK can apply for Commonwealth Shared Scholarships for Master’s study, jointly supported by UK universities.
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