Postgraduate taught

As leaders in environmental and sustainability related research and postgraduate teaching in the UK, and with a wide range of disciplines devoted to researching an array of environmental problems, we offer MSc taught courses as part of a modular programme.

Why sustainability

Sustainability nowadays affects all aspects of corporate and public policy decision-making. Knowledge, skills and confidence in the increasing demand to implement these sustainability frameworks is now a key career-development asset for managers and decision-makers across all disciplines. Sustainability specialists are drawn from all backgrounds (engineering, sociology, psychology, natural sciences, business studies etc) and combine these specialist insights with broader knowledge of sustainability to develop their leadership skills, roles and reputations. A Masters in Sustainability increases careers and opportunities for the 'next generation' of qualified sustainability thinkers.

Our Masters programmes challenge students to think systematically and creatively, and act pragmatically. They are, by design, multidisciplinary, involving the application of a wide range of engineering, natural and social sciences to problems of resource use and environmental management.

The MSc lifecycle

A graphic representation of the MSc programmes offered by CES and the experiences we offer full time and part-time students.

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Global Graduate Award in Sustainability

The University of Surreys Global Graduate Award (GGA) in Sustainability is free to all students. It will give you an understanding of wide-ranging issues affecting the sustainability of our world. Visit our Global Graduate page to find out more.

Students who undertake specific modules on these programmes are eligible for associate membership of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). Modules are delivered by the Centre’s own staff and leading experts from industry, public agencies and academic partners. Graduates are able to implement ISO14001, undertake sustainability assessments and life cycle assessments, develop energy and low carbon policies and introduce corporate social responsibility programmes into organisations. 

The programmes are taught through a series of intensive, week-long modules and a dissertation, with the option of a placement in industry or the public sector. The modular structure means the course can be followed full time or part time, and is thus highly suited to those in work. Students gain enormously from sharing the wealth of experience existing amongst their peers. As well as the MSc degrees, most modules are available to be taken singly as part of continuing professional development or can contribute to a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma. 

Students are accepted on the Masters programmes from a full range of academic backgrounds, including the engineering, physical and social sciences, with each of these backgrounds bringing different strengths which are built upon during the MSc. Students on the Centre for Environmental Strategy Masters programmes are encouraged to undertake a placement with a company, NGO or public sector body as part of their MSc degree, with the contacts and experience that students gain from these placements helping the University of Surrey maintain one of the highest employment rates of any UK university.

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Interview with David Pencheon and Ian Christie discussing the Masters programme and Sustainability in the NHS.

David Pencheon is a UK trained doctor and he leads the NHS Sustainable Development Unit (England) which develops organisations, people, tools, and policy to help the NHS in England fulfil its potential as a leading sustainable and low carbon organisation.  David has always had a keen interest in sustainability and he helped to found the Unit in April 2008. Since then, he and his team have worked tirelessly to promote the benefits of sustainable healthcare not only nationally but also internationally.  He was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List 2012 for services to public health and the NHS.

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