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Corporate Environmental Management MSc

University of Surrey
1-5 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
October 2021
Application deadline: 22 July 2021
Virtual open day

Program description

Corporate Environmental Management MSc

Corporations are constantly making choices about their products and services which have significant environmental implications. Corporate environmental managers are needed to help ensure organisations minimise their environmental impact and actively work towards a global sustainable future.

Our MSc in Corporate Environmental Management is run by the Centre for Environment and Sustainability (CES), a leading centre for environmental and sustainability-related research and postgraduate teaching. CES is an inter-disciplinary research and teaching centre seeking to resolve environmental sustainability problems within corporations.

This course prepares future environmental and sustainability professionals for the challenges being faced by the corporate world.

From carbon footprints to the design of revolutionary environmentally friendly products, our MSc covers all aspects of managing environmental and sustainability strategy in organisations.

We’ll provide you with a solid understanding of issues crucial to the sustainable development debate. You’ll also consider the views of stakeholders such as business groups, environmentalists, government agencies and development institutions.

You’ll evaluate existing frameworks, inquire into environmental issues in organisations and industries, and develop sensitive business practices, preparing you for any corporate-focused environmental career.

Some exciting organisations participating in our course include: the NHS, Marks & Spencer, Rolls-Royce, HP, Sony, Aviva Investors and Telefonica.

This MSc provides a route to the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment graduate membership.

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Admission requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree, or a recognised equivalent international qualification.

Relevant work experience may also be considered.

English language requirements

  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other element.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your program, offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies.

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

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Program content

Corporate Environmental Management MSc (Full time/Part time)

  • Corporate, Social and Environmental Responsibility
  • Environmental Science and Society
  • Foundations of Sustainable Development
  • Life Cycle Thinking and The Circular Economy
  • Sustainable Development Applications
  • Ecological Economics
  • Environmental Auditing and Management Systems
  • Environmental Law
  • Internship: Industrial Placement
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Transitions to A Low Carbon Economy
  • Dissertation (CES)

Scholarships & funding

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

Program delivery

This course is normally completed in 12 months on a full-time basis, or between 24 and 60 months when completed on a part-time basis.

Both full-time and part-time students must complete five compulsory modules and four elective modules by the end of their MSc. The dissertation forms one of the compulsory modules.

Full-time students can start this MSc programs at the beginning of either the first semester in September or the second semester in February. Part-time students can start any time. The academic year begins with induction week when students are introduced to the University and full-time students choose their elective modules. Part-time students can enrol in modules close to the time they wish to take a module.

Tuition fees

February 2021

Full-time - 1 year

  • For UK/EU students: £10,300
  • For Overseas students: £21,000

October 2021

Full-time - 1 year

  • Tuition fee for UK students: £10,600
  • Tuition fee for Overseas students: £21,700

Part-time - 5 years

  • Tuition fee for UK students: £1,200
  • Tuition fee for Overseas students: £2,400


Credits and ECTS Credits: 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits

Learning Outcomes

  • Intra and inter-organisational contexts in which corporate environmental strategies are developed
  • Concepts of sustainable development and their usefulness to business ethics
  • Evolving regulatory and policy framework as part of engendering an anticipatory view of environmental management
  • knowledge of a range of corporate environmental management strategies and control mechanisms
  • Accessing and using environmental data
  • Absorb complex environmental information and communicate them effectively through logically constructed arguments
  • Creatively formulate new ideas
  • Learn the value of teamwork to solve problems that require multi-disciplinary engagement
  • Independent learning and study through self-directed assignments and dissertation
  • Critical reading and analysis of environmental policy and regulation
  • Inductive reasoning: using specific examples/observations and forming a more general principal
  • Deductive reasoning: use stated general premise to reason about specific examples
  • Comprehend how corporations build, implement and maintain an Environmental Management System (EMS)
  • To perform an EMS Audit according to the ISO standards
  • Give coherent presentations
  • Lead discussions on complex subject areas
  • See the other side of the argument given that there are varying and often conflicting perspectives in the environment field
  • Competently handle environment information
  • Self-motivation, self-regulation and self-assurance
  • Acquire knowledge and skills to prepare and deliver a structured and successful presentation
  • Write effectively as a means of communicating important ideas
  • communication of findings and presentation of research to a non-specialist audience
  • Lead discussion of small/large groups
  • Organise and manage a research project
  • Basic to advanced IT skills, depending on type of electives and dissertation topic

Career opportunities

Graduates of this course go on to pursue a diverse range of careers. You’ll help to implement sustainable development and deal with the real environmental challenges facing humanity.

You could go on to work as an energy efficiency officer for a local government, an environmental officer in a multinational chemical company, or a sustainability adviser for a national television or radio station.

Equally, you could become an environmental consultant for an engineering consultancy, or a program officer with a sustainability charity.

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GU2 7XH Guildford, Surrey

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