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MSc Sustainability and Consultancy (Part-Time)

Programme code:MSC-EV/S&C-PUCAS code:
Duration:24 Months Method of Attendance: Part Time
Programme manager:Dr Paul Abbott Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Candidates should normally be graduates or holders of an equivalent undergraduate qualification. A 2:1 degree classification on first degree will be the normal minimum requirement. Relevant business or professional experience is taken into account.

Candidates from a broad range of disciplines can apply, including natural, environmental, physical, management and social sciences.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Earth and Environment

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Earth and Environment

Programme specification:

This programme is aimed at graduates and professionals who want to pursue roles as management consultants in the environmental and sustainability arenas. The programme - which was the first of its kind in the UK - combines courses which provide a foundation of knowledge on sustainability and environmental protection with courses that focus on the tangible professional skills that are used by environmental consultants and project managers.

Specialist courses are delivered by both academic staff and practicing consultants, providing students with exposure to real-life case studies and a good understanding of contemporary management techniques. A key component of this programme is the completion of a consultancy project, which is usually undertaken during a placement with a professional organisation.

At the end of the programme students should have:
- an understanding of the environmental and social pressures and opportunities facing business and public sector organisations;
- the skills to use management tools and techniques in the environmental and corporate social responsibility world to address those pressures and exploit those opportunities;
- a good knowledge of the range of policy and regulatory frameworks that provide the context for specific projects;
- the skills in business development and project management in the environmental and sustainability arenas;
- experience of working in interdisciplinary teams on cases and problems relating to environmental consultancy; and
- consultancy experience, through the completion of a consultancy project usually within a placement environment.

Students who have fewer than 90 credits with an overall credit weighted average of 50% from their taught modules at the end of semester 2 (Yr 2), will be suspended from progressing to project until after re-sits have been taken – these are normally taken in August. If after their resits the student has achieved the required number of credits to allow them to potentially achieve an MSc, they will be allowed to progress to project at the next available opportunity - this is usually in the next academic year.

If a student has not achieved the minimum number of credits to progress to project after their re-sits, or they do not wish to continue to their project, they will be awarded either a Postgraduate Diploma or a Postgraduate Certificate dependent on the award criteria for their programme.

To obtain the Masters' (MSc) qualification candidates must pass 180 credits of level 5 modules (including all compulsory modules), composed of 120 credits of taught modules and 60 credits of project and dissertation.
A postgraduate diploma (PGD) can be obtained if 120 credits are passed including all compulsory taught modules
A postgraduate certificate (PGC) can be obtained if 60 credits are passed in the taught modules

Year 1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SOEE5042MSustainable Venturing and Innovation15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5231MThe Regulatory and Planning Context for Sustainable Projects15 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5281MIntroduction to Sustainability15 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5341MIssues and Cases in Corporate Social Responsibility15 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Candidates may be able to apply to study ONE of the following two field class modules in year 1, Semester 2. These modules incur an additional cost. Enrolment is by application as places are limited. Candidates must have the qualifications and/or experience to successfully complete the module. Further details are available by following the link to the Module Catalogue.

SOEE5496MEnvironment-Development International Field Course15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5498MSustainability and Local Enterprise: Patagonia Field Course15 creditsNot running in 201718

Year 2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SOEE5051MBusiness, Environment and Sustainability15 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5175MSustainability Consultancy Project60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep
SOEE5192MProject Management: Developing and Managing Environmental Contracts15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5223MDelivering Sustainability Through Projects15 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study one of the following optional modules in year 2, Semester 1:

SOEE5094MIntroduction to Ecological Economics15 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5472MEnvironmental Policy and Governance15 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5540MClimate Change: Physical Science Basis15 creditsSemester 1

Last updated: 28/04/2017


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