MSc Sustainability

University of Lincoln
Program overview
1-2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
September 2024

September 2025

September 2026

About this program

MSc Sustainability

Sustainability is a cross-cutting theme relevant to a wide range of sectors including those such as food production, farming, chemical production, manufacturing, construction, service sector and retail, as well as at a policy level. The need for sustainable development is becoming increasingly important throughout the UK and globally, and organisations are now reflecting this in the decisions they make and the policies they put in place. To achieve these goals, a new generation of sustainability specialists are needed to support companies, public services, and non-profit organisations to identify and implement policies and strategies to manage the resources they use and the waste they generate.

The MSc in Sustainability programe at the University of Lincoln aims to offer a broad range of topics, which enable students to develop both the technical knowledge of the subject, as well as the leadership and business skills necessary to embed sustainable practices, develop sustainable products and services and to implement change. This programe is designed to promote a broad understanding of the topic, through real-life related assignments to develop core competencies and through a specific personal project to increase a graduate's employability across a range of sectors including housing, the built environment, food and agriculture, energy and water sector, service sector, retail, policy and manufacturing.

Admission requirements

Entry Requirements

This is a multidisciplinary MSc so applicants with a BSc (2i or above) degree in Environmental, Agrifood or Biological sciences, Planning, Engineering, Business, Law, Geography, Politics, and Sociology will be considered. Applicants with other academic backgrounds who clearly explain their sustainability-related motivation and any relevant work experience may also be considered.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 6 in listening, reading, and speaking. For further information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page.

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended program of study.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

  • Governance and Risk
  • Innovation in a Circular Ecosystem
  • Measuring, Reporting & Communicating Sustainability
  • Mitigation, Adaption & Resilience in a Changing World
  • Principles of Sustainability
  • Sustainability Research Project - Case Study
  • Sustainable Organisations

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.



Full Time

  • Home: £9000
  • International: £16300


How You Study

The course is based on core and elective modules, and a research project that is aligned to sector issues or problems and opportunities to address them. The core modules focus on the fundamental principles underpinning sustainability, including core eco-socio-economic issues, climate-resilient business management, policy, governance and innovation as well as evidence-based decision-making. Elective modules are themed around specialist areas of knowledge which will help enable students to develop skills aligned to specific sectors such as built environment, food and agriculture, energy and so forth.

The Program is taught through a variety of interactive student-focused activities, including lectures, seminars, workshops, research projects, business visits, work placements, independent study, and peer-to-peer and group activities. Project/case study-based and collaborative research-engaged learning is embedded throughout and will be reflected within the assessments. This will allow students to work as individuals and in groups and to produce solo and group presentations, reports, essays, projects, literature reviews, and a dissertation.

During the Program, students will have the chance to engage with businesses, charities and non-governmental organisations to understand the practical application of sustainability and sustainable development in specific sectors. Students will also have the opportunity to hear from and engage with industry and specific sector speakers and to undertake a research project to demonstrate their ability to communicate and think critically. The projects can use a range of innovative methodologies depending on the question the student seeks to answer.

Career paths

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future. It can help you to further or completely change your career, develop your knowledge, enhance your salary, or even prepare you to start your own business. Postgraduate students at the University of Lincoln benefit from inspirational teaching combined with high-quality facilities and learning spaces, great industry links, and unique research opportunities, all of which are designed to help you stand out from the crowd and make the most of your time with us.

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University of Lincoln

Brayford Pool
LN6 7TS Lincoln

Phone no: +44 (0)1522 835 528

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