Postgraduate ( full-time, part-time)
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.
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.
The course has re-ignited my confidence in going after a career that encompasses all that I love and have the qualities to do.
We’ll give you the knowledge and skills you’ll need to lead the way to a more sustainable future in business, government and society.
In the first trimester our taught modules give you an up-to-date knowledge of key sustainability challenges, and of the scientific findings and policy issues that underlie them. Delivered mainly through online material you will have 3 weeks of face to face learning in Cambridge for full-time students or 2 weeks of face to face learning in Cambridge for part-time students. You’ll develop your ability to understand complex environmental, economic and social systems and apply this knowledge to help create a more sustainable future.
In the second trimester you’ll learn how to apply this knowledge as a sustainable business and for a sustainable economy. You’ll spend time learning and living at the Eden Project in Cornwall (2 weeks) experiencing first-hand how it functions as a world-renowned visitor attraction and as a sustainable business. You’ll also get the chance to practice what you have learned in the workplace, gaining valuable work experience and rehearsing your future as a ‘catalyst for change for sustainability’. Finally, you’ll also undertake your own piece of research, a Major Project on a sustainability topic of your choice.
Our course is open to graduates from all disciplines and attracts students with backgrounds in the arts, science, health, finance and business. Our students come from a wide range of roles. Some utilise their prior experience and return to a sector that is already familiar, working with a new sustainability perspective to help change how that sector and their business operates. 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 businesses or to provide a stepping stone to PhD research.
This course offers you flexibility to continue working in your current job anywhere in the world. Even if you choose to study full-time you’ll only be required to attend five weeks of residential visits between September and March. The rest of your course is supported via online learning. See the 'Where you’ll study' section below for residential week dates.
Our course will prepare you for many roles, including sustainability consultant to businesses, governments or NGOs, education, or founding your own sustainable business. You’re also in the perfect position to continue your academic career and move up to our Sustainability PhD.
You’ll be assessed through reports, essays, presentations, outline plans and designs, and your dissertation.
The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a 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.
Our course mixes online learning with week-long residential workshops at our campus in Cambridge, and at the Eden Project in Cornwall.
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.
Welcome week: 18-22 September, Cambridge
Week 5: 23-27 October, Cambridge
Week 9: 23-25 November, Cambridge
Week 2: 5-9 February, Eden Project, Cornwall
Week 7: 12-16 March, Eden Project, Cornwall
Work placement: Trimester 2 for full-time students
Work placement: Trimester 3 (summer) for part-time students
Our 2018/19 residential weeks will be based on the same weeks as above.
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.
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
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
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.
From September 2018, EU students starting a postgraduate degree with us can access a £600 bursary.
Meanwhile, our £400 Books Plus scheme helps with the costs of study. There's no need to apply for this: if you're eligible you can simply collect a Books Plus card when you start your course.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
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.
Full-time, part-time postgraduate ()
January 2019, September 2018
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