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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:Mr 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.

In order to progress to project upon completion of their taught modules students must have a pass at 50% or above in a minimum of 90 credits and an overall credit weighted average of at least 50%. Students that do not meet these criteria will be suspended from progressing to project until after re-sits have been taken – these are normally taken in August. If after their re-sits the student has passed sufficient 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 165 credits of level 5 modules and achieve an average mark of 50 across 180 credits. A postgraduate diploma (PGD) can be obtained if 90 credits are passed. A postgraduate certificate (PGC) can be obtained if 60 credits are passed.

Year1 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SOEE5192MProject Management: Developing and Managing Environmental Contracts15 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5231MThe Regulatory and Planning Context for Sustainable Projects15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5281MIntroduction to Sustainability15 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5341MIssues and Cases in Corporate Social Responsibility15 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Year2 - 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 (12mth)
SOEE5226MManaging and Delivering Sustainability through Projects and Organisations30 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: 11/05/2018


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