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    For over 20 years, the University of Surrey has led the way in environmental research. From investigating peoples attitudes to the environment to understanding how nanotechnology can enhance future solar power solutions Environment and Sustainability researchers take a truly collaborative approach to seeking new sustainable solutions for a more prosperous, equitable, safe and secure future.

    Why Surrey?
    This programmes is run by the Centre for Environmental Strategy (CES), which is a leading centre for environmental and sustainability-related research and postgraduate teaching in the UK. CES accommodates a wide range of disciplines dedicated to resolving environmental problems. The programmes prepare a new generation of environmental professionals for the myriad challenges ahead of them.

    Several high-profile guest lecturers have assisted with the delivery of some of the modules. CES modules make maximum use of guest lecturers, drawing on the practical skills and experience of key experts from government and industry to complement the theoretical components of the modules offered.

    For example, Jonathon Porritt, former chairman of the Sustainable Development Commission, gives a guest lecture on the Sustainable Development Applications module, analysing the standing of sustainable development in business and policy making.

    The extensive expertise of CES academics and researchers is also drawn upon in modules. Professor Tim Jackson, advisor to the government and international bodies and author of the seminal book, Prosperity without Growth economics for a finite planet also lectures on some CES modules.

    Programme overview
    This programme gives you a solid grounding in issues key to the sustainable development debate. The views of stakeholders such as business groups, environmentalists, government agencies and development institutions will be considered.

    You will acquire the necessary skills to evaluate existing frameworks, inquire into environmental issues in organisations and industries, and develop a sensitive business practice.

    The three CES programmes can be taken full or part-time, and are taught through a series of intensive, week-long modules. You will also complete a dissertation, and have the option of a placement in industry or the public sector. CES modules make full use of guest lecturers, drawing on the practical skills and experience of key experts from government and industry to complement the theoretical components of the modules offered. The programmes provide excellent preparation for any sustainability or environment-related career and they are accredited to provide the basis for Associate membership of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment.

    The programme of study is structured in a flexible format, with modules offered as a series of intensive one-week lectures, seminars and practical exercises, supported by independent learning material.

    The programmes are based on one-week modules in a similar format to the Universitys Engineering Doctorate. Each programme consists of eight modules and a project/dissertation. Four modules are compulsory and the remaining four optional modules can be chosen from a wide range available at CES and other relevant MSc programmes. Each module carries 15 credits.

    The compulsory modules have been designed by CES in consultation with industry and will continue to be fine-tuned in close consultation with our graduates and collaborators in the field.

    Students on the full-time programmes start in September and follow a sequence of modules that has been designed to ensure steady and structured progress through the achievement of the Postgraduate Certificate to the Diploma and masters degree. Part-time students may begin the programme at any time of the year.

    You are allowed to choose up to two modules elsewhere in the University of Surreys Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, or from the Energy and Environmental Technology and Economics programme at City University, as agreed with your personal tutor. Students may take modules at other universities with the approval of the Board of Studies.

    Module overview

    Corporate, Social and Environmental Responsibility
    This module evaluates and discusses how environmental concerns have affected organisations in the private sector. It will also examine how organisations have affected the content, shape and direction of the environmental debate.

    Ecological Economics
    This module introduces the basic insights of ecological economics that is an economics grounded in ecological realities - and contrast these with perspectives from conventional economic theory and environmental economics.

    Environmental Auditing and Management Systems
    This module enables students both to understand and develop appropriate environmental policies, and to appreciate and work with environmental management systems (EMS).

    Environmental Law
    This module introduces the structure of key environmental laws in the UK and EU. Regulations covering waste, water and atmospheric pollution will be an important element.

    Environmental Science and Society
    This module introduces basic environmental science concepts including thermodynamics of ecosystems and human systems, ecology and biodiversity, pollution science, the science of climate change, and environmental policy and human behaviour. During the module, students learn how to undertake environmental risk assessments.

    Foundations of Sustainable Development
    This module introduces the foundational concepts of Sustainable Development. The aim is to provide a basic understanding of sustainable development that will equip students to discuss and research complex conceptual and practical challenges in the integration of sustainable development ideas in organisations, policies and projects.

    Integrated Assessment
    This module explores the interface between scientific evaluations of environmental impacts and their use in policy decision processes. Case studies will be important to demonstrate examples.

    Life Cycle Thinking
    This module introduces participants to life cycle thinking, life cycle management and related environmental systems analysis approaches. Participants gain sufficient depth of understanding to be able to commission an LCA study, interpret the results and provide critical feedback on its execution.

    Life Cycle Assessment
    This module builds upon the understanding of the life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology developed in the Life Cycle Thinking module by providing more in-depth training on LCA methodology, practical experience of doing a LCA and opportunities to analyse LCA case studies.

    Sustainable Development Applications
    This module provides an introduction to SD for students primarily concerned with industrial ecology, and a consolidation and deepening of understanding for students focussing on sustainable development and corporate environmental management.

    Transitions to a Low Carbon Economy
    This module provides a broad understanding of the role of energy, and of the range of economic, human and environmental impacts associated with energy systems. Specialist knowledge of the energy field is placed within a more general environmental/sustainability framework, allowing students to analyse strategic energy issues and carbon management.

    Water Policy and Management
    This module aims to introduce students to global water issues, problems and potential solutions. Students gain a basic understanding of hydrological cycle, global trends in water resources use, international water resources law, as well as concepts such as Integrated Water Resources Management.

    Industrial Placement
    You will work on specific projects to gain valuable practical experience in industry, government agencies, NGOs or research centres.

    There are twelve other modules dealing with materials, manufacturing and energy that students can choose from, both at the University of Surreys Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences and at City University. For further information on these options, please contact the Faculty.


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    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


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    Program requirements

    The normal entry level is a minimum 2.2 honours degree (or equivalent) in social, life or physical sciences, or engineering disciplines. Applicants without a qualifying degree, who have significant relevant experience, will also be considered.Students are accepted on our MSc programmes from a wide range of academic backgrounds, the strengths of which will be built upon during each specific course.English language requirementsIELTS minimum overall: 6.5IELTS minimum by component: 6.0We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.
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