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Sustainability and Environmental Management MSc 2018/19 entry

Course code:

EECT009

Study options:

1 year full-time
2-3 years part-time (UK/EU only)

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018
January 2019

Fees:
Faculty:

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+44 (0) 24 7765 2152


Overview

We live in a dynamic world where the impact of human activity on the environment and society is now recognised as needing urgent attention. In 2015 the UN launched its 17 Sustainable Development Goals which have quickly become adopted as the framework by which nations and organisations are measuring their progress.

Demand for sustainability practitioners is growing and is likely to continue to grow. This course aims to equip you with a range of knowledge, skills and experience integral to the sustainability and environmental professional.

The MSc in Sustainability and Environmental Management course offered at Coventry University reflects the needs of the profession as well as the research interests and commercial background of the lecturing staff. As such, it is evolving to meet the needs of this important discipline.

The course focusses on the environmental, technological, political and social issues associated with environmental management and sustainability issues that face organisations.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Course information

This course aims to equip you with a range of knowledge, skills and experience integral to becoming a sustainability and environmental professional. The course focuses on the environmental, technological, political and social issues associated with environmental management and sustainability issues that face organisations.

 

Modules

Overview

The course has been created to provide a consistent and standardised series of mandatory content which all students will complete. The breadth of sustainability can be bewildering and we have listened to professionals across this wide field and focussed on a series of fundamental areas. In these areas we will explore a wide range of current issues.

The sustainability practitioner may be required to use a broad range of tools and techniques. The course will allow you the opportunity to explore and use tools such as management systems (e.g. ISO14001:2015) life-cycle assessment, Social and Environmental Impact Assessment and stakeholder identification and mapping.

Crucial to the successful practitioner is an ability to apply a wide range of legislation and other compliance obligations. While the aim is not to turn you into an environmental lawyer, you will have the opportunity to learn how to access and evaluate the relevance of legislation from a strategic, management and project perspective.

Modules

  • Stakeholder Engagement and Communication

    Organisations need to understand their stakeholders, their needs and expectations, their power and influence and their role in shaping both the policy arena and the organisation's own strategy. In an ever more interconnected world, sustainability professionals must be able to analyse their stakeholders' expectations and tailor their engagement approaches to meet the demands of different audiences.

    Stakeholder mapping is a basic starting point and will enable the professional to appreciate those with significant power and influence and the relationships that exist between different individuals and groups. During the module, students will have the opportunity to study many forms of corporate communications and marketing collateral, across all forms of media, in order to analyse the relative effectiveness and appropriateness.

    This module is 15 credits.

  • Governance and Law

    This module aims to provide a basis for an informed understanding of the law relating to sustainability and the environment. To that end it will cover major areas of environmental and human rights law in the UK, the European Union and other international organisations.

    The role of international, national and regional regulatory agencies, professional institutions, pressure groups and private individuals in formulating and implementing anti-pollution measures will be examined.

    The module will attempt to address how organisations are governed and how sustainability criteria and strategic plans need to be aligned with clear business outcomes and benefits. Students will have the opportunity discuss how sustainability professionals can challenge organisational thinking and behaviour in order to effect positive change.

    This module is 15 credits.

  • Social and Environmental Impact Assessment

    This module explores the role of Social Impact Assessment (SIA) and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) as a process for identifying, predicting, evaluating and mitigating the biophysical, social and other relevant effects of a proposed development prior to major construction decisions being taken. Students will also discuss the role that these tools can play in contributing to more sustainable design as a means of minimising and mitigating impact.

    An introduction to the development of SIA and EIA and the current legislative requirements are followed by a detailed examination of impact assessment methods and data sources. The module aims to help students develop skills and learn the processes required to predict significant social and environmental impacts and propose mitigation measures and plans to implement them. The reliability of data and subjectivity of many impact estimates is addressed along with the quality of statements submitted as part of the development process.

    This module is 15 credits.

  • Climate and Carbon

    Climate change, and the anthropogenic shaping of the global climate system, has become a defining phenomenon of the 21st century. Assessing and managing the risks posed by climate change is now a major driver of national policy and international diplomacy and provides a backdrop against which new social movements, business strategies and public policies are, and have, emerged. This module examines the consequences of climate change for businesses and society, with consideration given to issues of the sustainable growth of low carbon economies. These consequences – physical effects, social responses, and technology-policy debates - will be examined from a number of different disciplinary perspectives.

    This module is 15 credits.

  • Environmental Management and Auditing

    Internationally there has been growing focus on sustainable development and organisational transparency and accountability. This has led organisations to adopt a systematic approach to environmental management by implementing environmental management systems with the aim of contributing to the environmental pillar of sustainability

    This module takes students through the description, genesis and attributes of formal Environmental Management System tools and techniques with focus on the ISO14000 series. Students will have the chance to discuss the benefits of EMS implementation, the challenges likely to arise in doing so and how these challenges can be overcome.

    This module is 15 credits.

  • Pollution Prevention and Control

    Throughout the life cycle of any product and process pollution is created and resources are consumed. Students will have the opportunity to analyse direct (e.g. from a manufacturing process) and indirect pollution (e.g. from the use of a product) and point-source and non-point source pollution to air, land and water. 

    Students will have the chance to study a range of case studies to analyse the ways in which processes and use/disposal of products can lead to water, air, land pollution and noise/nuisance and the regulation that applies to them. The module explores the variety of responses to prevent and control the impacts created by modern society, such as producer responsibility, environmental permitting and the circular economy. Students will be encouraged to identify innovative solutions to pollution prevention.

    This module is 15 credits.

  • Sustainable Water

    Forecasts suggest that the world will have a shortfall of 40% in supply of water by 2030. With climate change expected to radically change weather patterns, leading to increasingly chaotic local rainfall. Water will therefore become a serious problem on a world scale, with some locations suffering extreme water deprivation.

    This module aims to provide students with a broad perspective on the sustainable management, regulation, monitoring and assessment of water provision and disposal. Students will explore water resources and the future threats to water supplies, examine drought and flood mitigation measures, water purification techniques and water management options.

    In the second part of the module students will have the opportunity to consider the effective monitoring and assessment of pollutants, together with evaluation of treatment procedures. World Health Organisation and EU regulations and limits will be used as references.

    This module is 15 credits.

  • Sustainable Energy

    This module is intended to provide students with a concise understanding of how we can continue to decarbonise our energy system. The module first explores traditional means of energy generation, including from fossil fuel and nuclear power, before exploring the various renewable energy technology options for heat, power and transportation. The availability of the various energy sources, the technologies used to exploit them, their efficiency and cost will be explored for the most typical forms. This aims to provide students enough detail on energy options such that alternatives to fossil fuels may be reasonably examined. Energy conservation and energy efficiency, both at a commercial and a domestic scale, also have a significant role to play in a low carbon economy. Students will have the chance to learn about energy management and auditing, and analyse governmental, organisational and community responses to energy efficiency.

    This module is 15 credits.

  • Global Professional Development – Creativity, change and innovation

    The aim of this module is to give students the opportunity to apply a range of creative and innovative problem-solving techniques to situations where change is required.  Students will have the chance to critically evaluate and develop solutions to complex, inter-related, multi-faceted issues that can be found in a variety of organisations and professional contexts. They will have the opportunity to consider how tools can be used to analyse, implement and monitor change initiatives. Students will also have the chance to learn about strategic leadership: the role of vision, mission and values will be studied as well as topics such as leadership style and ethics. In doing so, students can explore how leaders shape the environment for change. The module will involve students working together across disciplines to facilitate an appreciation of how different sectors work and how they can adopt or adapt solutions from other fields. International, cultural and ethical issues will underpin the practical and theoretical developments in the module. The module aims to engage students in wide-ranging debates and problem-solving exercises using examples from a range of organizations, small businesses, communities and the third sector.

    Students who successfully complete the module and meet the CMI evidence requirements will gain a L7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership and a L7 Award in Professional Consulting.

    This module is 10 credits.

  • Research Project

    The module aims to extend the experience of the student in independent investigative work with a view to enhancing the ability of the student to solve technical and environmental problems. Research methods for technical and scientific investigations are included. Written presentation skills are developed as an integral part of the project. Concurrent with this, the student will extend their understanding in a field of study relevant to their course. The module aims to develop the student’s ability to carry out research independently and to commission, manage and evaluate research within an appropriate industrial, commercial or academic context.

    This module is 50 credits.

  • Supporting transition to post-graduate study

    The module aims to assist and prepare students in the transition to postgraduate education by developing their academic skills in order to improve and enhance their personal effectiveness as learners. The module will look at areas such as critical reading, academic writing and referencing skills. Throughout the module, students are encouraged to reflect on their learning in order to deepen their understanding and effectiveness as independent learners. The module should help clarify what we expect of students at postgraduate level and equip them with the resources to be able to meet expectations. This academic skill set is transferable and will be valuable not only in the immediate context but also for continuing professional development.

    This is Mandatory Tutorial Module.

  • Post-graduate research skills (Mandatory Tutorial Module)

    This module is designed to provide additional support for students who will undertake their final research project in their final semester. It aims to provides a mechanism to support the scoping of the research and will reinforce knowledge of research design and methods and aim to ensure their effective application to the students’ area of interest.

    The module will include an Activity Week which can allow students to develop practical skills in primary data collection such as laboratory analysis, GIS and social science.

    This is Mandatory Tutorial Module.

In more detail...

The programme can be studied full-time over one year or part-time over two to three years for home or EU students. You can start in September, January or May.

Full-time students will study four modules per semester. In a typical week you’ll have 12-15 hours of contact time and will be required to undertake additional directed and self-directed study.

You will be taught through a variety of methods including: lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops.

We are augmenting the subject modules with a parallel and complementary series of small group tutorials to develop academic, professional and research knowledge and skills. These tutorials also allow discussion on key and current issues in relation to the research informed content with the modules.

All students should have the opportunity to spend time in field classes to develop a wider appreciation of sustainability and environmental management in practice. A four-day residential course will include opportunities to experiment with different research tools and techniques, in advance of the Research Project module in the final semester. These research projects reflect the students’ interests and research and consultancy practices of the teaching team.

Please note that if you are an international ‘Tier 4’ student, you will be required to take the course on a full-time basis and must, in addition to the one week of ‘face-to-face’ teaching, receive some additional teaching to fulfill UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requirements. For more information, visit our page on Tier 4 compliance.

The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated at the beginning of each module. Your work will be marked according to how well you address the coursework instructions and you will be given feedback, as well as providing an overall percentage grade. You need to achieve an average of 40% or above to pass each module; marks of 70% or above are classified as a ‘Distinction’. 

Assessment for all modules is by 100% coursework. As well as satisfying the required standards for an academic research project, the 12,000-word dissertation and 20-minute oral presentation provides an opportunity to focus your learning on your own academic and professional development needs.

On successful completion of the course, a student should be able to offer:

  • A critical awareness of current issues, legislation, risks & opportunities and practice in sustainability & environmental management.
  • The ability to apply sustainability principles to relevant stakeholders, organisations, products and services.
  • Analysis of the implications of global trends and governance for the environment, for society and for organisations.
  • Analyse the role of innovation in developing sustainable products and services and providing sustainable solutions.
  • An in-depth understanding of the importance of multi-stakeholder engagement, communication, co-operation and governance in aspects of policy, strategy development, implementation and management.
  • The ability to manage data and information taking into account uncertainty and complexity to make appropriate and justifiable decisions.
  • The ability to conduct research, in an ethical manner, and analyse data using appropriate methods and communicate the output effectively
  • Personal skills and competencies expected of a sustainability professional, in line with recognised standards.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


Entry Requirements

Normally, the entrance requirement is a second-class honours degree in a relevant discipline. Applicants are invited to visit the University as part of the postgraduate open days in the Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing. This offers an opportunity for either party to evaluate each other and to ask questions. It also offers the applicant an opportunity to view the facilities on offer at the University.

Normally, the entrance requirement is a second-class honours degree in a relevant discipline. Applicants are invited to visit the University as part of the postgraduate open days in the Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing. This offers an opportunity for either party to evaluate each other and to ask questions. It also offers the applicant an opportunity to view the facilities on offer at the University.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.5 overall. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

International applicants with an equivalent of a second-class honours degree or demonstrated experience at an appropriate level will be considered for admission. Applicants whose first language is not English or who have not completed a first degree in which English was the main language of tuition must provide evidence of English language ability. An IELTs score of 6.5 or higher (and at least 5.5 in each component) or equivalent qualification is the criterion for admission.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.5 overall. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£7,750 (per year)


January 2019

£7,750 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£7,750 (per year)


January 2019

£7,750 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£15,050 (per year)


January 2019

£15,050 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Career prospects

All modules are relevant to the needs of the sustainability and environmental profession, based on IEMA’s graduate attributes. The formative and summative assignments that you will be set are industry-focused or have a real world practical application.

You will be guided in development planning and reflective practice as current or future leaders, with a focus on influencing and managing change in your team, organisation and the sector more widely.

Your career path could involve being actively engaged in delivering sustainable development within all types of organisations. At the heart of most modules are the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which are becoming the benchmark for organisations seeking to contribute. You will also have the chance to visit local businesses and study their activities, impacts and interactions with communities and stakeholders, comparing and contrasting these to organisations around the world.

Where our graduates work

Previous graduates have gone on to work as environmental officers in industry, local authorities, universities and consultancies. Others have undertaken further study, such as a PhD.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.

The tuition fees stated on the course webpage, prospectus and your offer letter will apply for the duration of your course, subject only to changes to the law or government requirement. Please note that we set fees for individual courses, and fees from previous years are no indication of fees for future years.