This programme is aimed at graduates and professionals who want to pursue roles as consultants and managers in the corporate social responsibility, environmental management and sustainability arenas. The programme, which was the first of its kind in the UK, combines courses that provide grounding in the broad scope of topics which sit under the umbrella of sustainability, ranging from project development to corporate sustainability strategy; alongside courses that focus on the tangible professional skills that are used by environmental and sustainability consultants and project managers.
The MSc Sustainability (Environmental Consultancy and Project Management) programme, is truly focused on sustainability as an integrated issue, rather than separating the environmental, economic and social elements. Specialist courses are delivered by both academic staff and practicing consultants and other practitioners, providing students with exposure to real-life, international case studies and a good understanding of contemporary management techniques and solutions.
The Consultancy Project
A key component of this programme is the management of a consultancy project, which is usually undertaken in the form of a placement with a professional organisation. This experience plays a key role in student's personnel and professional development.
* "A course with a bright future. This course offers it all." Guardian 2004
* "An interactive and challenging course that provides a real insight into the professional consultancy world". James Elliott, Graduate 2005
* 'If the students I talked with are typical of those on the MSc Sustainability (Environmental Consultancy) course, then I'm optimistic for the future of professional environmentalism!' Peter Foulston, Principal Officer, Environment Agency
* "The graduates from this course are two to three years ahead of the other graduates we have been interviewing". Leading UK consultancy
This strong relationship with businesses and other influential organisations in the field of sustainability means that graduates from this programme are able to contribute to transforming business to prepare for a more sustainable future.
Excellent Career Prospects
Students who have graduated from this programme have gone on to a wide variety of careers, spanning the spectrum of sustainability. Careers include:
* corporate sustainability and corporate social responsibility;
* sustainability strategy;
* environmental and social impact assessments and project financing;
* environmental management;
* carbon reduction and energy management;
* stakeholder management and engagement;
* policy development;
* sustainability assessment.
This programme, when completed on a full time basis, is a 12 month programme split into three semester:
* Introduction to Sustainability
* Business, Environment and Sustainability
* The Regulatory and Planning Context for Environmental Projects
* Elective: Climate Change: Physical Science Basis OR Introduction to Ecological Economics
* Standards and Tools for Business, Environment and Corporate Responsibility
* Issues and Cases in Business, Environment and Corporate Responsibility
* Environmental Consultancy: Project and Stakeholder Management
* Environmental Consultancy: Contract Development and Management
* Consultancy project usually carried out on placement
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
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.
Postgraduate Scholarships at Leeds
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Other Funding Sources
Students in the past have secured funding through a career development loan, for details visit the UK Government Website
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