M.Sc. Sustainable Futures, PGDip/MSc

University of Greenwich

Tuition fee:
  • £ 7,200 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 11,350 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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Humanity is facing one of its greatest challenges as a result of the unsustainable use of the planet's natural and physical resources, primarily in the last 40 years. As such, sustainable development has become a key policy driver governing the future long- term development of human society, with the principles of sustainability pervading activities and decision making within governments, organisations and individuals at global, regional and local levels.

The concept of sustainability underpins much environmental, social and economic activity across a broad range of stakeholders, including the work of governments, business, industry, non-governmental organisations, charities and pressure groups. There are few commercial or business enterprises that can now afford to ignore the concept of sustainability.

By the end of this programme, students acquire an interdisciplinary understanding of the principles and practice of sustainability and the means by which these principles can be implemented. They also have a deeper awareness of sustainability and sustainable development, its interdisciplinary nature and its links to planning, the law and the physical, natural and social sciences.

In addition, students develop an awareness of the values and criteria that underlie sustainability and sustainable development and are able to apply these to decision making. During the period June to September, students undertake a research project in a specialist area of interest related to sustainability, often in collaboration with an external organisation.

This programme is available part-time and is timetabled in such a way as to also allow for day-release part-time learning.


The aims of the programme are:

* To develop in students a critical understanding of the sustainable development debate and ways to create a more sustainable and just society
* To develop in students an expertise and critical perspectives on research and practice in contemporary sustainability issues
* To develop the skills necessary for students to effectively promote sustainable development in governmental and non-governmental organisations.


* Sustainability: Principles and Practice (15 credits)
* Research Methods for Postgraduates (15 credits)
* Climate Change and Sustainability (15 credits)
* Environmental Legislation and Policy (15 credits)
* Sustainable Energy Futures (15 credits)
* Measuring Sustainability (15 credits)
* Planning for Sustainability (15 credits)
* Business and Sustainability (15 credits)
* Sustainable Futures - Dissertation (60 credits)


Applicants should have:

Agood first degree, normally at 2.1 or above

OR a postgraduate diploma in an appropriate subject

OR relevant personal/professional experience.

Students who do not have English as their first language, must have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above or an equivalent rating in another recognised language testing system.

Applicants from other backgrounds may be considered.

All UK applicants are interviewed.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) 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. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

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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