Sustainability MSc

Postgraduate (12 months full-time, part-time)

Cambridge

September

Course duration: 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time.

Please note that this course is not suitable for international students who require a Tier 4 visa as some teaching is delivered face-to-face and the remaining via distance learning. We welcome applications for other available courses.

Teaching times

Part-time

Semester 1: Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00, Teaching weeks 1, 6 and 10.

Overview

Be part of our Global Sustainability Institute and learn in partnership with the Eden Project. You'll meet sustainability researchers from a range of disciplines and learn from inspirational practitioners as well as hands-on experience. This unique blend of distance learning with residential stays in Cambridge and in Cornwall provides an opportunity to study full-time whilst working part-time without relocating.

Full description

Careers

When our students graduate they take up a wide variety of careers. Some utilise their prior experience and return to the business or sector they were familiar with, working with their new sustainability perspective to change it from the inside. Others use the MSc as an opportunity to start a new career or as the bridge to a change in career, becoming sustainability professionals in businesses, charities, governments and education. Some of our graduates use the MSc to set up or grow their own sustainable business or as a stepping stone to PhD research.

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • Introduction to Sustainability and Systems
    Sets the scene for the rest of the course. And addresses the questions; 'What is sustainability?', 'What are its components?' and 'Why is it so important?' The importance of a systems-based approach to addressing sustainability and its epistemology will be discussed and you will examine a range of current concepts and models of sustainability (including 'circular economy', 'five capitals', 'natural step', 'one planet living' etc.) and their usefulness in increasing our resilience to environmental, social and economic change.
  • System Pressures
    This module will help you understand the complexities of the natural, economic and social systems and how these are linked with global risks such as climate change. The module also focuses on ways to increase resilience through specific case studies influenced by research conducted at the GSI. Topics covered may include energy use, biodiversity loss, social inequality and the links between environmental resource use and the performance of global and local economies.
  • Research in Sustainability
    This module ‘Research in Sustainability’ aims to provide you with the necessary knowledge around the research methods applied in the field of Sustainability and to assist you in developing essential employability skills. These methods are taught through specific case studies-examples, focusing on important and timely issues around the field of sustainability such as climate change, ecosystem services, population, well being and health. These case studies will be drawn in the main from the research currently been undertaken within the GSI and will be therefore cutting edge.
  • Governance and Behavioural Change
    In this module you will learn explore the issue of behavioural change within the context of top-down and bottom-up governance approaches found on global, national and local levels of society as well as what it takes on an individual level to be a successful change agent. Main topics covered include: drivers for change, assessing the effect of top-down approaches (legislation, incentives and deregulation) in governance, exploring the effectiveness of bottom-up approaches on global, national, and local scale and developing successful communication strategies.
  • Better Business
    In this module you will focus on the growing business case for sustainability and examine the role of leadership, purpose, innovation and culture to create an organisation which 'does business better'. You will examine The Eden Project itself as a social enterprise, to help you understand its characteristics, culture and ethos and you will assess the transferability of some of key principles to other organisations in Cornwall and internationally. You will also have the opportunity to develop your own plan for a social enterprise.
  • Working Towards Change
    This module is closely linked with a 200 hour work placement where you will undertake practical and supported work-based learning. Your work placement will combine your knowledge and understanding of sustainability with the practicalities and compromises of an organisation, as well as your requirements for personal learning and development. You will gain an insight into the challenges and opportunities of learning and driving change and critically analyse your own strengths and weaknesses through a programme of reflective learning and feedback. During your placement you’ll also be developing a range of work-based skills, recognised as vital by employers.
  • Masters Project
    During your final research project you will choose an independent research topic from an area of expertise within the GSI and Anglia Ruskin University (subject to availability of suitable supervision) and will conduct a significant research project in that area which may involve a literature review, data collection, analysis and a write-up. The final piece of work should be equivalent to a maximum of 12,500 words.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed through reports, essays, presentations, outline plans and designs, and your dissertation.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Engineering is one of the largest of the four faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full-time or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

Cambridge
Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

Explore our Cambridge campus

Specialist facilities

Our course mixes online learning with week-long residential workshops at our campus in Cambridge, and at the Eden Project in Cornwall.

Work placements

We will help you arrange a suitable work placement, if you do not already have one, and support you in the workplace. It’s the opportunity to put your growing knowledge into practice, promoting sustainable change in a real-world environment.

Residential dates for a September 2017 start

Trimester 1 
24th-28th  September 2018, Cambridge 
29th October-2nd November 2018, Cambridge
29th November-1st December 2018, Cambridge 

Trimester 2
18th-22nd February 2019, Eden Project, Cornwall 
25th-29th March 2019, Eden Project, Cornwall 

Work placement: Trimester 2 


Year 2
28th October – 1st November 2019, Cambridge  




Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2018/19 (per year)

£8,100

UK & EU students, 2018/19 (per year, part-time)

£4,050

International students, 2018/19 (per year)

£13,100

International students, 2018/19 (per year, part-time)

£6,550

UK & EU students, 2019/20 (per year)

£8,500

UK & EU students, 2019/20 (part-time, per year)

£4,250

International students starting 2019/20 (per year)

£13,700

International students starting 2019/20 (part-time, per year)

£6,850

Important fee notes

The part-time course fee assumes that you're studying at half the rate of a full-time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.

How do I pay my fees?

Paying upfront

You won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to attend, but you must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter/financial guarantee. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees

Funding for UK & EU students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our finance guide for postgraduate students to learn more about postgraduate loans and other funding options.

We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you're at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Funding for international students

We offer a number of scholarships, as well as an early payment discount. Explore your options:

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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