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Overview

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This programme is aimed at graduates and professionals who want to pursue roles as consultants and managers in the corporate social responsibility, environmental management and sustainability arenas. The programme, which was the first of its kind in the UK, combines courses that provide grounding in the broad scope of topics which sit under the umbrella of sustainability, ranging from project development to corporate sustainability strategy; alongside courses that focus on the tangible professional skills that are used by environmental and sustainability consultants and project managers.

The MSc Sustainability (Environmental Consultancy and Project Management) programme, is truly focused on sustainability as an integrated issue, rather than separating the environmental, economic and social elements. Specialist courses are delivered by both academic staff and practicing consultants and other practitioners, providing students with exposure to real-life, international case studies and a good understanding of contemporary management techniques and solutions.

The Consultancy Project

A key component of this programme is the management of a consultancy project, which is usually undertaken in the form of a placement with a professional organisation. This experience plays a key role in student's personnel and professional development.

    • "A course with a bright future. This course offers it all." Guardian 2004
    • "An interactive and challenging course that provides a real insight into the professional consultancy world". James Elliott, Graduate 2005
    • 'If the students I talked with are typical of those on the MSc Sustainability (Environmental Consultancy) course, then I'm optimistic for the future of professional environmentalism!' Peter Foulston, Principal Officer, Environment Agency
    • "The graduates from this course are two to three years ahead of the other graduates we have been interviewing". Leading UK consultancy

This strong relationship with businesses and other influential organisations in the field of sustainability means that graduates from this programme are able to contribute to transforming business to prepare for a more sustainable future.

Excellent Career Prospects

Students who have graduated from this programme have gone on to a wide variety of careers, spanning the spectrum of sustainability. Careers include:

  • corporate sustainability and corporate social responsibility;
  • sustainability strategy;
  • environmental and social impact assessments and project financing;
  • environmental management;
  • carbon reduction and energy management;
  • stakeholder management and engagement;
  • policy development;
  • sustainability assessment.

Examples of graduate roles and destinations are given below.

Role

Organisation (s)

Sector Strategy Analyst

The Carbon Trust

Corporate Social Responsibility Consultant

KPMG

Graduate Consultant - Participation, Engagement and Communications

Jacobs

Sustainability Consultant

RPS, WYG, Mott MacDonald

Environmental Management Consultant

FIRA International

Environmental Advisor

E.ON UK

Corporate Social Responsibility Manager

Total

Environmental Consultant

Halcrow, Mott Macdonald

Policy Officer

CIWEM

Consultant

URS/Scott Wilson


Our alumni are currently working in many parts of the world including Canada, Germany, India, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago, UAE, UK and USA.

Professional accreditation a fast track for your career

The MSc Sustainability (EC&PM) option is accredited by the institute for environmental management and assessment (IEMA) which means that, if you complete an additional assessment during Semester 2 and pass the MSc, you automatically qualify for Associate Membership of IEMA, a step which usually requires an additional exam after a period of workplace experience.

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'If the students I talked with are typical of those on the MSc Sustainability (Environmental Consultancy) course, then I'm optimistic for the future of professional environmentalism!'

Peter Foulston, Principal Officer, Environment Agency