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  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements * English language requirements: For applicants whose first language is not English, the University’s minimum English language requirement is a TOEFL score (paper-based test) of at least 550 with 4.0 on the Test of Written English TWE or 220 with 4.0 on essay writing (computer based test) or a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 with not less than 5.5 in listening and reading, not less than 5.0 in speaking and writing. * Academic entry requirements: A good first degree in a cognate discipline (normally 2.1 or above) in natural, environmental, physical, management and social sciences. Candidates who do not have a background in environmental science will be required to take an environmental management module. Those without a background in management will similarly be expected to take a management module.
  • Academic Title
    Sustainability (Business Environment and Corporate Responsibility) MA/PGDip
  • Course description
    This course equips students with the ability to set up, implement and run environmental and sustainability programmes within or for business organisations. Students will acquire knowledge of how companies are currently tackling environmental, social and sustainability issues. By the end of the course students should be able to use the knowledge and skills required to think through and articulate their own views on the sustainability issues that arise in business. They will understand and be able to put into operation the strategies and sustainability tools needed to address the sustainability issues facing a company.

        * Core modules cover the environment, sustainable development and business; sustainable business tools; case studies in sustainable business; research methods; and a research project.
        * Optional modules include: theories of sustainable development; corporate social responsibility and it’s practice; accounting for managers; marketing for managers; international business management; understanding organisations; introduction to international environmental law; environmental law 1 – the regulation of pollution; risk, uncertainty, ignorance and trust; practical approaches towards sustainable development; sustainable finance & value-based sustainability management; european environmental law; international relations and the environment; and transnational corporations and development.

    12 months full-time; part-time up to 4 years

    The School of Earth and Environment provides a stimulating learning experience for students of earth, environmental science and environmental management. Our research was rated as grade 5 in the HEFCE Research Assessment Exercise. We have over 80 academic staff in the school covering a wide variety of research which is undertaken by four institutes within the School.

        * Sustainability Research Institute is dedicated to the development and application of interdisciplinary environmental analysis in realisation of the principles of sustainable development:
        * Institute of Atmospheric Science is dedicated to understanding the physical and chemical processes that govern the behaviour of Earth's atmosphere. Atmospheric processes are investigated using numerical models and field and laboratory experiments from the Earth's surface to the stratosphere.
        * Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics is dedicated to understanding the structure and evolution of the Earth and neighbouring planets. Detection and measurement of resources in the crustal layer and understanding of geological hazard; measurement of gravity, magnetism, seismic waves and electrical properties, theoretical and computer modelling, and surface structural mapping.
        * Institute for Geological Sciences researches the physical, biological and geochemical processes to understand controls on the modern environment (both land and sea) and how man is affecting that system.

    What you study

    The programme is delivered via a mix of a mix of lectures, seminars, workshops and ICT-based means.

        * 60 compulsory credits on core environmental and sustainable business issues
        * 60 optional credits chosen from a range of subjects to suite the students needs and interests from the School and partner departments in the University
        * 60 credits on an Individual Research Project

    The programme will be delivered via a mix of lectures, seminars, workshops and ICT-based means.Students will work individually on specific tasks and exercises. There will also be group discussion. There will be guest lectures from invited speakers from industry.

    The dissertation will provide opportunity for the development and demonstration of advanced research skills. Research training will be provided through the accompanying research methods module.

    A mixture of assessment modes is used: written examination papers, continuous assessment through assignments and presentations.

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