You will take nine months of taught classes, followed by approximately three months of independent project work in association with an industry partner.
You will take lectures and seminars which lay the theoretical foundation needed for you to gain an in-depth understanding of sustainability topics, beginning with project management. Through lectures and seminars you will learn how to manage both projects and contracts in a sustainability context and will be taught essential skills for a consultant such as managing budgets, dealing with changes in scope of a project, managing activities and developing tasks to successfully deliver a consultancy project.
During semester one you will also have the opportunity to choose modules which focus on a broad range of consultancy theoretical topics. These topics may include issues associated with corporate social responsibility, corporate governance, alternative economic models such as ecological economics or challenges faced by climate change in a sustainability setting.
During semester two you will apply the knowledge gained in semester one in a more practical way, beginning to think about how these things will work in practice.
The focus of the modules you will study will be on embedding sustainability within both projects and a wider organisation. You will approach this idea from two different angles; delivering sustainability on discrete projects and embedding sustainability at an organisational level.
Optional modules in this semester will allow you to choose which topic appeals most to you; regulation and planning or issues and cases in corporate responsibility. The former tackles an area in which many consultants often end up, working with developers working on planning big infrastructure projects such as power stations and railways. Whereas the latter will allow you to focus more on CSR and in-company sustainability.
Throughout the year you can also take part in personal development workshops and activities including networking with project hosts, helping you secure a successful research project for semester 3.
The focus now switches to your individual work in which you will apply the knowledge and skills that you have developed in both semester one and two in a real world scenario. Over 10 weeks you will work with one of our industry partners to deliver a sustainability consultancy project, in which you will carry out some discrete analysis and produce tangible outputs to the client/host organisation.
The School will help you to find a partner company through our industry contacts, though you are free to develop your own project with a company of choice should you already have connections or links within industry. For many of our students the links formed through this project work has led to a job after graduating.
You will then present the progression you have made in your project around the end of June, submitting your final dissertation in late August.
Want to find out more about your modules?
Take a look at the Sustainability and Consultancy module descriptions for more detail on what you will study.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Sustainability and Consultancy MSc in the course catalogue
Sustainability Consultancy Project
Project Management: Developing and Managing Environmental Contracts
Managing and Delivering Sustainability through Projects and Organisations
Learning and teaching
You will learn through a variety of methods including lectures, practical workshops, computer lab sessions, research seminars, field trips and project work.
The research-intensive environment of the School ensures that your course material is both up-to-date and research led. And our strong links with industry ensures that course content is relevant to needs of the sustainability industry.
You'll also learn the scientific and rational principles lying behind the practical approaches used in the world outside academia, so that your skills keep pace with changes in technology or the regulatory environment.
You will be assigned a personal tutor, who will maintain contact with you throughout the year and offer pastoral guidance. They will help you to settle into the university and clarify any procedures, as well as helping you prepare for employment on graduation. You will also receive administrative support from SEE’s dedicated Student Education Support office.
Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies: it’s a central place where you can find all the information and resources for the School, your programme and modules.
You can also benefit from support to develop your academic skills, within the curriculum and through online resources, workshops, one-to-one appointments and drop-in sessions.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
You will be assessed through a variety of ways including both written and oral assignments and exams. And through individual and group work.
Your final project work will involve you presenting your findings before completing your project and dissertation. You will also complete assessments which help you develop your knowledge of the consultancy sector and how to present yourself for consultancy roles, as well as gaining experience in the essential practical processes of health and safety and ethical risk assessment.