Corporate Environmental Management MSc – 2020 entry

Key information

Start date: February 2021

Full-time: 1 year (maximum course length)*

Start date: October 2020

Full-time: 1 year (maximum course length)*

Part-time: 5 years (maximum course length)*

Why choose this course

Corporations are constantly making choices about their products and services which have significant environmental implications. Corporate environmental managers are needed to help ensure that organisations minimise their environmental impact and actively work towards a global sustainable future. 

Our MSc in Corporate Environmental Management is run by the Centre for Environment and Sustainability (CES), a leading centre for environmental and sustainability-related research and postgraduate teaching. CES is an inter-disciplinary research and teaching centre seeking to resolve environmental sustainability problems within corporations. This course prepares future environmental and sustainability professionals for the challenges being faced by the corporate world.

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What you will study

From carbon footprints to the design of revolutionary environmentally-friendly products, our MSc covers all aspects of managing environmental and sustainability strategy in organisations.

We’ll provide you with a solid understanding of issues crucial to the sustainable development debate. You’ll also consider the views of stakeholders such as business groups, environmentalists, government agencies and development institutions.

You will evaluate existing frameworks, inquire into environmental issues in organisations and industries, and develop sensitive business practices, preparing you for any corporate-focused environmental career.

Some exciting organisations participating in our course include, but are not limited to, the NHS, Marks & Spencer, Rolls-Royce, HP, Sony, Aviva Investors and Telefonica.

This course provides a route to the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment graduate membership.

Course length

This course is normally completed in 12 months on a full-time basis, or between 24 and 60 months when completed on a part-time basis. 


Several high-profile guest lecturers assist with the teaching of some of the modules. CES modules make maximum use of guest lecturers, drawing on the practical skills and experience of major experts from government and industry to complement the theoretical components of the modules offered.

For example, Jonathon Porritt, former chairman of the Sustainable Development Commission, gives a guest lecture on the ‘Sustainable Development Applications’ module, analysing the standing of sustainable development in business and policy making.

The extensive expertise of CES academics and researchers is also drawn upon in modules. Professor Tim Jackson, adviser to the government and international bodies and author of the seminal book, Prosperity without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet, lectures on some CES modules.

Industrial placement

Some full-time students complete an industrial placement as one of their elective modules. This enables you to spend six to 12 weeks working for a company or a non-governmental organisation, doing the type of work you will aim to find after you graduate.

Examples of organisations where recent industrial placements have taken place include:

  • Minimise Solutions
  • Portsmouth City Council
  • GAP
  • Diocese of London
  • The Radisson
  • LC Energy
  • Solar Aid
  • NUS.

Equality and diversity

We welcome applications from LGBT+ students. At Surrey, we have an active LGBT+ student society along with an LGBT+ Network to support staff. Every year, we run ‘LGBT History Month’ with many events happening across campus to raise awareness of LGBT+ issues. We also participate in the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme.

The University's home town of Guildford has been voted the leading university town for LGBT+ according to a new study. The research carried out by the Alternative UK University City League is based on information from LGBT+ charity, Stonewall.

If you have any queries or want to find out more about how we support our LGBT+ students, contact Jonathan Chenoweth, our CES LGBT+ representative.

Learning and disability

The University welcomes applications from students with disabilities. Teaching on the MSc courses takes place in a single large teaching room, on the same floor where the departmental academic staff offices, staff and student kitchen and toilets are located. There is also direct lift access to the level from the ground floor. We support students with disabilities and encourage any considering studying in the Department to contact our disability representative, Moira Foster.

Study and work abroad

There may be opportunities to acquire valuable European experience by working or conducting research abroad during your degree or shortly afterwards. It is possible to do this in the summer period with an Erasmus+ grant working on your dissertation or as a recent graduate. In order to qualify your Erasmus+ traineeship must be a minimum of two months.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

Graduates of this course go on to pursue a diverse range of careers. You will help to implement sustainable development and deal with the real environmental challenges facing humanity.

You could go on to work as an energy efficiency officer for a local government, an environmental officer in a multinational chemical company, or a sustainability adviser for a national television or radio station. Equally, you could become an environmental consultant for an engineering consultancy, or a programme officer with a sustainability charity.

Our graduates also use the research skills they have developed to pursue PhDs.

Academic year structure

Both full-time and part-time students must complete five compulsory modules and four elective modules by the end of their MSc. The dissertation forms one of the compulsory modules. 

The academic year begins with induction week when students are introduced to the University and full-time students choose their elective modules. (Part-time students can enrol in modules close to the time they wish to take a module).

Modules are taught on an intensive five-day basis, with classes running from approximately 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday over the course of a single week. All modules require students to carry out individual study in preparation for the intensive week (readings and in some cases a pre-class assignment) and each module includes a post-taught component assignment.

All students are allocated a personal tutor who acts as a liaison between the student and the University.

During the second semester students begin to focus on their dissertations, with a series of seminar events held to help students focus their ideas and make a start. Students are free to choose their own dissertation topic, with most students choosing topics related to issues or ideas encountered in the taught modules or in a professional context which relates to environment or sustainability. Each student is allocated a dissertation supervisor to help guide them through the dissertation process.


Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps. 

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:


Each module on this course is taught on an intensive modular basis. There is pre-reading to do for each module and on occasion a pre-module assessment, followed by the intensive taught week where classes run from approximately 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday for one week. Post-module coursework is to be completed over the four-week period after the intensive week.

Part-time students must study until a total of eight taught modules is reached. These eight taught technical modules must include all the compulsory taught technical modules. Arrangements for carrying out the dissertation are flexible, and may be adapted to the circumstances of the student, subject to the rule that the student must have satisfactorily completed the taught portion of their course before being allowed to submit their final dissertation for assessment.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree, or a recognised equivalent international qualification.

Relevant work experience may also be considered.

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English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Credit transfer

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.


Start date: February 2021

Full-time - 1 year

UK/EU £10,300

Overseas £21,000

Start date: October 2020

Full-time - 1 year

UK/EU £10,300

Overseas £21,000

Part-time - 5 years

UK/EU £1,100*

Overseas £2,300*

* per 15 credits

Please note:

  • *The dissertation module is charged as a 15 credit module for fee purposes.
  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2020-21 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
  • If you are on an unstructured self-paced part-time course, the fee shown is per 15 credits for the 2020-21 academic year. The fee payable in subsequent years will be reviewed annually.

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught courses.


Full-time students

You may be able to borrow money to help pay your tuition fees and support you with your living costs. Find out more about student finance.

Part-time students

Part-time students are not eligible for a UK Government postgraduate student loan. Find out more at

Admission information

Our postgraduate admissions policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students. You can also read our postgraduate applicant guidance.

Terms and conditions

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Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.


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Course location and contact details

Campus location

Stag Hill

Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

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