Environment and Sustainability (MSc)

Year of entry

2018

Start date

October 2018

Location

Central London

Status

Fully Approved

Duration

One year full-time or two years part-time

Attendance

Four evenings a week full-time or two evenings a week part-time

The MSc Environment and Sustainability provides 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.

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. It is relevant for managers with responsibility for environmental affairs in the public or private sector, members of a regulatory body, members of environmental pressure groups, or those with a general interest in ecological issues.

It is also possible to specialise in Geographic Information Science (GIS) and gain an MSc Environment and Sustainability with GIS. 

Highlights

            Course structure

            You take five compulsory modules, one 30-credit option module or two 15-credit option modules, and write a dissertation.

            Options may vary from year to year. Relevant options may also be taken from other programmes, subject to agreement with the programme director.

            Module groups

            Please note: not all option modules run every year.

            • Entry Requirements

              Entry requirements

              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.

              Credits and Accredited Prior Learning (APL)

              If you have studied at university previously, you may have accumulated credits through the modules you studied. It may be possible to transfer these credits from your previous study to Birkbeck or another institution. You should discuss this with the Programme Director when you are making your application.

              Find out more about credits and Accredited Prior Learning (APL).

            • Fees

              Fees

              Part-time home/EU students: £4375 pa
              Full-time home/EU students: £8700 pa
              Part-time international students: £7425 pa
              Full-time international students: £14850 pa

              Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their programme. Tuition fees for students continuing on their programme in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases. For more information, please see the College Fees Policy.

              Additional costs

              As well as fees, you should expect to pay other study-related expenses, for travel to and from College, books, stationery, etc. Birkbeck provides advice and financial support for students who experience hardship in meeting the travel costs of essential fieldwork or study visits.

              On this programme, you will also have to pay for the following additional costs:

              The field trip to Delhi, India is an optional element of this programme and will cost approximately £1300 per person.

            • Teaching and assessment

              Teaching

              At Birkbeck, almost all of our courses are taught in the evening and our teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments. We actively encourage innovative and engaging ways of teaching, to ensure our students have the best learning experience. In the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the government’s system for rating university teaching, Birkbeck was allocated a Silver award.

              Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading.

              Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.

              In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your Personal Tutor.

              Methods of teaching on this course

              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.

              Staff teaching on this programme

              Timetables

              Timetables are usually available from September onwards and you can access your personalised timetable via your My Birkbeck Profile online (if you have been invited to enrol).

              Indicative class size

              Class sizes vary, depending on your course, the module you are undertaking, and the method of teaching. For example, lectures are presented to large groups, with 30 to 100+ students in attendance, whereas seminars usually consist of small, interactive groups of 10 to 30 students, led by an academic.

              Study skills and additional support

              Birkbeck offers study and learning support to undergraduate and postgraduate students to help them succeed. Our Learning Development Service can help you in the following areas:

              • academic skills (including planning your workload, research, writing, exam preparation and writing a dissertation)
              • written English (including structure, punctuation and grammar)
              • numerical skills (basic mathematics and statistics).

              Our Disability and Dyslexia Service can support you if you have additional learning needs resulting from a disability or from dyslexia.

              Our Counselling Service can support you if you are struggling with emotional or psychological difficulties during your studies.

              Our Mental Health Advisory Service can support you if you are experiencing short– or long-term mental health difficulties during your studies.

              Assessment

              Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations. You will be given time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

              Unseen written examinations are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June, and, in most cases, are held during the day on a weekday – if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance. Exam timetables are published online in March each year.

              Find out more about assessment at Birkbeck, including guidance on assessment, feedback and our assessment offences policy.

              Methods of assessment on this course

              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.

              Feedback

              As well as a mark for your coursework and exams, you will also receive feedback from your marker(s) to help you learn, improve and succeed. We encourage you to discuss feedback with your module tutor.

              Feedback can come in different forms: notes via Moodle (our online learning environment); a paper copy of a completed feedback form; or in-class or face-to-face feedback. The College Policy on Feedback on Assessment sets out what you can expect from your feedback.

              Your department will usually provide you with your marked coursework within four weeks of submission. Your initial mark is provisional until the relevant Board of Examiners has confirmed it.

              Your official coursework and exam results will be made available to you via your My Birkbeck Profile online.

            • Careers and employability

              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.

              Find out more about these professions.

              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.

            • How to apply

              How to apply

              You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application.

              Birkbeck can give you all of the information and help you need to complete your application form, including our online personal statement tool, which will guide you through every step of writing your personal statement.

              Application deadlines and interviews

              Application deadline: 20 September.