This MSc Environment and Sustainability aims to provide an advanced-level grounding in sustainable responses to a broad range of environmental issues. It explores the relationship between policy, practice and the ecological environment and the development of effective strategies for addressing the threats and opportunities posed by environmental issues. As the programme is offered through part-time, evening, face-to-face study, it provides a distinctive opportunity for practitioners to combine study with a continuing career.
Completion of this MSc will allow you to become an Associate Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA).
Aimed at people from a wide range of backgrounds, it is suitable for anyone who wishes to develop a deeper understanding of the key drivers of environmental policy developments in the UK and internationally.
It is also possible to specialise in Geographic Information Science (GIS) and gain an MSc Environment and Sustainability with GIS.
Find out more about studying at Birkbeck and what our students say about our geography- and environment-related programmes.
Watch an Introduction to Climate Change taster lecture.
Lecture: 'Climate Change and the River Thames' (delivered by Becky Briant)
The River Thames is the lifeblood of London, yet under future climate change scenarios it will be under considerable pressure. With projected changes in rainfall affecting both the water quality and quantity received in the upper reaches of the Thames and sea level rise encroaching in the lower parts, what is the future for this iconic part of London’s landscape?
Podcast and slides
Compulsory modules: MSc Environment and Sustainability
Compulsory modules: MSc Environment and Sustainability with GIS pathway
Good honours degree or equivalent.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests.
If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.
Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.
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Careers and employability
Graduates go on to careers in business, environmental management, local government, policy work, and in environmental groups and charities. Possible professions include geographical information systems officer, nature conservation officer, or environmental consultant. This degree can also be useful in becoming a planning and development surveyor or town planner.
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We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.
Teaching and assessment
Teaching will take place in lectures and seminars, but substantive content will also be delivered through the Moodle virtual learning environment.
Student learning, as well as taking place within formal face-to-face sessions, will involve reading and assimilating the considerable literature on this subject, and engaging with key experts and stakeholders in guest sessions.
Coursework and examinations. Master's programmes require a substantial piece of independent research in the form of a dissertation, which accounts for one-third of the MSc.