Environment and Sustainability (MSc)

Year of Entry


Start date

October 2017


Central London


Fully Approved


2 years part-time or 1 year full-time


2 evenings a week part-time or 4 evenings a week full-time

The 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 programme will allow you to apply to become an Associate Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). IEMA is the largest professional membership body for the environment with over 15,000 members working across all industry sectors. IEMA Associate Member status is required for many environmental job roles.

Aimed at people from a wide range of backgrounds, the course is suitable for anyone who wishes to develop a deeper understanding of the key drivers of environmental policy developments in the UK and internationally.

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Course structure

The MSc Environment and Sustainability comprises six taught modules, two at 30 credits, the others at 15 credits. A 60-credit dissertation is also required, making 180 credits in total.

Compulsory modules will be undertaken in the first year in Environment and Policy (30 credits), Environmental Science for Environmental Management (30 credits), Sustainable Business Practice (15 credits) and Environmental Reporting and Management Systems (15 credits).

By engaging with academic, professional and popular literature you will gain an informed understanding of the key issues in the two important areas of science and policy. You will be able to assess the effectiveness of different policy approaches and critically evaluate different environmental issues.

In the second year of the programme, you will further develop your research skills in the uncredited module GEDS Research Methods, designed to equip you with the necessary skills to complete an independent research project. You will pursue your own interests via two option modules worth 15 credits each - in Energy and Climate Change, Cultural Landscapes, Readings in the Environment, Introduction to GIS, or Remote Sensing and Environment, or other Birkbeck modules - and conducting research for an in-depth study of real environmental challenges (60 credits).


Please note: not all option modules run every year.

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