University of Surrey

University of Surrey

Sustainable Development

This programme equips you with the tools essential for analysis of the relationship between environmental issues and human society, in order to make informed decisions. As part of this approach, you will evaluate political, socio-economic, ethical, cultural and regulatory frameworks. You will acquire a sensitive appreciation of issues surrounding sustainable development and an understanding of the theory and application of sustainable development. This programme provides a route to graduate membership of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.

Course modules

Example module listing: Life cycle thinking and the circular economy; ecological economics; environmental science and society; foundations of sustainable development; corporate, social and environmental responsibility; energy policies and economic dimensions; energy-consumer goods in the home; the energy market from the purchaser's perspective; corporate energy management; environmental law; industrial placement; integrated assessment; environmental auditing and management systems; sustainable development applications; transitions to a low carbon economy; psychology of sustainable development; energy in industry and the built environment; risk management; emissions trading; life cycle assessment; renewable energy and sustainability; transport energy and emissions; dissertation.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include: Essays; report writing; case-study presentations; a dissertation of 15,000 words.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2018 - 12 Months
MSc Part-time September 2018 - 60 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site GU2 7XH South East

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