Autumn term 2020-21

Courses will begin on schedule in Autumn and we look forward to seeing new and returning students in person, if travel and visa arrangements allow. Teaching will be a combination of on-campus (in-person) and remote learning (online). This ‘multi-mode’ offering may be subject to change. We will do our best to provide increased on-campus teaching and research activities as we progress throughout the year.

To ensure each programme of study can be delivered safely, we'll be making some changes to our courses for 2020-21. Read about the changes to our undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses, and to MRes and PhD courses.

Find out more about multi-mode delivery, the learning experience and the steps we’ll be taking to keep students safe on campus on our COVID-19 pages for current students and offer holders.


The programme aims to:

  • Provide the highest standard of training for environmental scientists and managers, who will become leaders in their fields, whether in academia, consultancy, research, government bodies, non-governmental organisations or industry and commerce, both nationally and internationally
  • Deliver an holistic understanding of the interdisciplinary complexities underlying environmental issues integrating science, technology, law, economics, policy and management, with in-depth education in the more specific areas addressed by the eight specialist options
  • Attract highly motivated students, both from within the UK and from overseas
  • Develop new areas of teaching in response to the advance of scholarship and the needs of vocational training 

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the MSc students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a broad understanding of sustainability from a range of perspectives relevant to environmental technology
  2. critically engage with a broad range of appropriate literature
  3. be aware of and critically engage with a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods
  4. critically select from and use a range of problem-solving strategies and tools to tackle complex and unfamiliar ill-structured problems in a self-directed manner
  5. gather, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information in a critical manner
  6. critically assess evidence of impact from current sustainability policy and practice, and anticipate future risks in the context of evolving sustainability challenges
  7. draw out original insights and develop creative solutions to sustainability problems
  8. take responsibility for decisions that they make, taking into account the trade-offs and ethical considerations inherent in decision-making 
  9. communicate effectively to a range of audiences using a variety of media
  10. manage their own continuous development in a range of appropriate transferrable and professional skills
  11. demonstrate high personal self-efficacy and take responsibility for their own learning