MSc, PGCert, PGDip Sustainability

Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Accreditation: MSc offered within SBS a triple-accredited Business School.
  • Study mode and duration: Full-time, 1 year

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  • designed to promote interdisciplinary group and problem-based learning, including skills for working with evidence from communities and non-academic experts, entrepreneurs and policymakers
  • flexible and accessible: encouraging candidates from all backgrounds to enroll
    and opt to complete a part of their curriculum under a specialism track of their choice
  • gain skills across a breadth of sustainability-relevant areas, being taught by experts from all four faculties in University of Strathclyde
  • become equipped as a sustainability professional, with an opportunity to work in a range of industries after graduation.
  • designed under a novel pedagogical framework, integrating principles and competencies for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Alongside the course, the university hosts great opportunities for learning around sustainability. Our students have been distinguished on sustainability challenges in the past: Strathclyde groups have been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize (2019 and 2021), working together on a year-long research project challenge (e.g. to help their sector reduce carbon emissions to net zero and other relevant topics).

The University has also been a previous winner in the UK-wide Green Gown Awards, for a climate education programme held in the run-up to the COP26 conference in Glasgow and has been hosting the innovative Vertically integrated projects (VIP programmes) on problem-based learning supporting ESD, having engaged hundreds of students across stages of their study.

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Why this course?

The course reflects the breadth of sustainability work across all four faculties in Strathclyde and offers a unique opportunity to work in interdisciplinary groups, meet people from all over the world and focus on a particular specialism which helps you focus and capitalise on your learning experience.

What makes this course special for you?

  • It is interdisciplinary and inclusive to candidates from all backgrounds
  • It provides an opportunity to focus on a specific ‘specialism’ of an individual’s interest and a flexible choice of modules under that track
  • The course strives to empower candidates to become sustainability professionals, allowing them to work in a range of industries after graduation. It further appeals to people who may want to upskill to work in sustainability-oriented roles within their field
  • The course exposes individuals to different perspectives and diverse voices – particularly those from underrepresented communities and non-experts
  • The course offers a programme of presentations by sustainability experts including activists, entrepreneurs and policymakers
  • Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) competencies will be situated centrally across the curriculum: The course uses new pedagogical frameworks, that articulate principles for education for ESD to ensure the course is embedding and assessing sustainability skills and competencies

The course is structured in a way that allows candidates to achieve non-specialised qualifications from PG Certificate to Masters Level, making it a flexible choice for those who want to upskill or continue their education at that level.

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What you’ll study

The curriculum of the MSc in Sustainability is shaped so that students have access to the core tools and principles for exploring contemporary challenges around social, economic and environmental sustainability. You will be exposed to various perspectives and interdependencies between actions and policies that aim to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Taught classes take place over Semesters 1 and 2, and include compulsory and optional choices, with the distinct feature of options under a specialism track that you will choose in the start of the course.

Compulsory classes will teach you the basic principles and pillars of sustainability, understanding and using complex frameworks like the UN SDGs for assessing success and what makes a sustainable organisation, project or initiative. Skills for working in interdisciplinary teams and addressing systemic and wicked problems are at the heart of the curricula. Core concepts like circularity, wellbeing and prosperity, planetary boundaries, as well as the role of development processes in relation to local and global inequalities.

Optional classes under the specialism track offer you the chance to focus on and develop skills in an area of interest.

The specialism tracks are:

  • Track 1 - Business challenges and responsible resource management
  • Track 2 - Novel economic approaches for sustainability
  • Track 3 - Social inequalities and policy for sustainability
  • Track 4 - Environmental resources and health

The course director helps each student build their curriculum based on their background and interests, starting with the choice of the specialism track.

The course is designed to mainstream Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) competencies, recognised by UNESCO as key for embedding sustainability in thinking and practice across curricula.

Sustainable Strathclyde activities

The course allows students to engage with Sustainable Strathclyde activities within our Campus including the Climate Neutral Glasgow City Innovation District, which has been selected as a winner at the 2022 International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) Excellence Awards in the Partnerships for Progress Category.

Our students will have the opportunity to engage in challenges and projects that demonstrate how environmental, social and economic issues can be tackled in collaboration with community partners.

Moreover, Strathclyde is working in partnership with Glasgow City Council as part of Sustainable Glasgow, and formed a strong city and region external stakeholder steering group, enabling our students to access city-relevant challenges as part of their studies.

Work placement

The course does not require you to do a work placement as part of completion. The Centre can support you in identifying a partner to work with if you desire to expand your experience through our extended network of industrial partners, communities and third-sector organisations or public policy bodies.

The course encourages students to complete their thesis project in the form of an industrial project with an external partner, which allows you to incorporate this collaboration in your curriculum.

Student competitions

  • Our active Strath Union and Sustainability Hub offer a range of opportunities to engage in climate and environmental activism, socio-economic challenges and competitions open across the year
  • Students will be able to join the annual Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) conference happening in Strathclyde annually and gain experience from discussing and reviewing other student work on challenges
  • The Centre for Sustainable Development is a member of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) network, which provides opportunities for students to join international networks for leadership and collaboration i.e SDSN youth network or The Sustainability Impact Forum
  • Strathclyde hosts activities and opportunities offered by the Students Organising for Sustainability (SOS) UK, such as programmes and campaigns to improve sustainability on and off campus that enable students and society to act on sustainability

Learning & teaching

The class will be taught in person in Glasgow. Some optional classes included as part of specialism may be delivered in blended learning format. The modes of teaching include among others lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical sessions where skills development is involved.

The course content incorporates concepts and theories of sustainability with applied group work, within which students work in interdisciplinary groups and apply problem solving, project management skills and innovative systems thinking to respond to complex nexus challenges.

Guest lectures

The course will expose students to a range of expertise as part of their study. You will benefit from meeting with both internal Strathclyde experts and invited lecturers with experience across public, private and non-governmental sectors. In the past, the Centre has hosted lectures and masterclasses with distinguished international calibre speakers.


Assessment criteria are linked to the learning outcomes set for each individual class and these are published in the modules descriptors which are available to students. The criteria are also explained by staff at the start of each class, to make sure that you're comfortable and clear with what is expected of you.

Assessment methods will utilise the framework outlined in the QAA-AHE 2021 Guidance for Education for Sustainable Development based on the three functions of assessment as and for learning. The assessment of group work is developed collaboratively between staff and students and includes formative assessment components and peer feedback to help students critically assess the work of others. Real life scenarios and case studies will be used to support experiential learning and dynamic feedback by stakeholders will be included where possible.

Learning outcomes are linked to set out criteria and performance while core ESD competencies are integrated in the course-related skills and competencies. This increases your sense of ownership of the learning process and is integral to the course values.

On successful completion of 120 credits of taught classes, you’ll be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma. If you complete the additional thesis of 60 credits you’ll receive an MSc in Sustainability.


The Centre is hosted within Strathclyde Business School, one of only 124 business schools in the world that hold triple accreditation from the most sought-after international accreditations: AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS (MBA Today, June 2023).

Students opting for the Business or Economics specialism will benefit from accessing classes offered within Strathclyde Business School.

Students opting for the Environmental health specialism will be following classes from the Department of Civil Engineering, the only engineering department of its kind in Scotland with an Athena SWAN Gold Award.

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Course content

Concepts and theories of sustainable development

This class will offer an introduction to the concept of sustainable development and how it has evolved across time as well as its various uses across disciplines.

Students will explore, firstly, the history of the concept of sustainable development and the global challenges that it seeks to address. Key concepts such as the 3 pillars, the notion of planetary boundaries and circular approaches to resource management will be presented. The integration of ecological perspectives and climate change issues within the wider agendas for SD will be explained. The concept of Nexus challenges and systemic thinking for the SDGs will be exemplified and enable participants to consider holistic solutions in practice.

Knowledge systems for sustainability

This class revolve around critical thinking exercises and recognition of divisive epistemologies around solving sustainability challenges. It encourages deeper understanding of barriers to using community and 'non-scientific' knowledge for the development of smart and localised solutions to global problems.
The class includes interdisciplinary group work, aiming to enhance participants’ ability to work with ‘others’ and perform quality community engagement, hand in hand with improved project management skills in the context of collaborative projects. It will cover cross-cutting issues like ethics, inclusion, as well as familiarisation with evidence-based approaches to research and integration of data sources. All those are key for working in global context and for achieving sustainability from a human and social perspective. The class includes groupwork in the form of designing fieldwork where students will work on challenges identified by external stakeholders and familiarise with tools related to understanding needs for sustainable solutions in real life context.

Circular Economy & Transformations Towards Sustainability - 10 Credits

The class, run by the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, introduces circular economy as a systems-based concept in which production is designed to be restorative and resilient, while waste is designed out of the system. Circular economy is thus featured as a reaction to the conventional dispensation of the linear ‘make-use-dispose’ economy, and as a framework for the development and management of a sustainable, ‘waste-as-a-resource’ economic system. The implications of the concept for research, policy and industrial practice are also explored as these relate to innovation and knowledge production; social trends and consumer behaviour; conservation and sustainable use of energy and material resources; climate change and environmental sustainability; and design of business models for green enterprise development and for sustainable growth and employment generation.

Global Energy Policy and Politics

Governance of energy systems is as much a technological, financial, and economic challenge as it is a political one. This class focuses on this latter aspect of the politics and political economy of global energy policy. Its central aim is to develop a good understanding of how political systems and institutions shape energy policy and governance outcomes.

The class is grounded in political science and political economy models and equips students with analytical tools to:

  1. rigorously assess variation in energy policies around the world
  2. analyse these policies
  3. understand the drivers of differences in policies
  4. formulate actionable policy recommendations

Drawing on examples and data from the developed and developing world, the class strikes a balance between academic and policy debates and between different approaches to student learning and engagement, including, for instance, scenario analysis, group work, or role play.

Natural Resources, Sustainability and Governance

This class provides you with a comprehensive overview of natural resources, sustainable consumption and the sustainable development goals (SDGs) through consideration of such topics as:

  • where natural resources are located
  • how they are used and what are the key challenges facing consumption
  • what policies are in place to protect natural resources globally
  • how environmental change and degradation may impact natural resources
  • how conflicts can occur over natural resources and the steps we can take to remediate this

Business challenges and responsible resource management

Semester 1

Managing People in Organisations

The aims of this class are to provide you with a range of concepts, insights and evidence that will enhance your understanding of contemporary organizational challenges in managing people.  The aim is to ensure that you can make judgements about your behaviour, and that of others, and can seek to influence organisational practice and outcomes effectively. In addition, the aim of the course is to provide an understanding of modern organisations in terms of the management of people, the strategies and processes of HRM, and to provide the basis for a critical review of human resource systems and techniques.

Managing Business Operations

This class teaches essential principles, tools and techniques of Operations Management – both in general and as applied to specific manufacturing or service businesses. A section of the class focuses on service operations, where specific subjects and operational issues surrounding services will be discussed.

Semester 2

Dissertation Skills

In preparation for the Dissertation an intensive course known as Dissertation Skills is taught early in the 2nd semester, covering all aspects required for successful submission. By the end of this class, combined with necessary readings, you should be sufficiently prepared to undertake your dissertation, which requires a pass mark to proceed.

Plus one optional module:

Organisational Development & Change

This class will cover theoretical and critical perspectives across the following content:
• organisational structure, design, culture and climate, including globalisation and international aspects
• models and methods of organisational and individual change and development
• wider context of change and implications for people management

Climate solutions management

This class focuses on building core knowledge of effective solutions to the climate emergency and the motivation and skills required to manage impactful, long-term action. It focusses on four areas: First it will develop a clear moral and economic case for action before developing understanding of climate science, the causes and impacts of climate change and will link these to consumer and government service demand. It will then explain, across jurisdictions, the legislative and policy opportunities (and threats) for individuals and organisations resulting from government action on climate change. The final section will explore the broad range of mindset, skills based and technical solutions required for solutions.

Social Impact Strategy Lab

The educational aim of this class is for students to understand how they can enact social impact through organisational strategy. The purpose of this class to develop students into organisational leaders who approach strategy with a social lens. Where social impact is not simply a CSR exercise but is embedded in the organisational outcomes and activities.

Social entrepreneurship

There is a growth in the number of entrepreneurs starting businesses with social and environmental purposes. This module examines ideas and practices for addressing social needs. These include social enterprises, collaborative innovation networks, hubs, digital platforms, and support intermediaries. The module is centred around how students can start their own social entrepreneurship projects. The module will consist of a selection of presentations and discussions around social innovation and social entrepreneurship.

Social responsibility and sustainability

The intent of the class is to enhance students' criticality of the world around them, teach them to question the validity of statements made around sustainability, and prepare them to create change, either at an individual, business, third sector or societal level using the knowledge and concepts of social responsibility and sustainability marketing. It build upon knowledge on strategic Marketing management, consumer behaviour, brand management and marketing research.

Supply chain operations

This module aims to provide students with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of those key concepts, methods, tools and techniques that are fundamental to effective and efficient running of supply chain operations from suppliers’ suppliers to customers’ customers.

The module covers an Introduction to supply chain operations; Demand management; Master planning; Material management; Capacity management; Inventory management; Distribution management; and Case studies.

On completion the participants will be able to design and manage operational supply chain planning, scheduling and controlling systems for complex and disparate operations. In particular, students will:

  • Understand the basics of supply chain operations in relation to planning, operating, scheduling and controlling, including knowledge of supply chain operation practices (demand management, master planning, material management, capacity management and inventory management); understanding the impact of supply chain operation practices within commercial and social contexts and global trends in supply chain operation practices
  • Identify and assess different methods, tools and techniques for managing plans, operations and materials of end-to-end supply chains
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply those methods, tools and techniques in different contexts, including manufacturing and service sectors, with a critical awareness of drivers and obstacles in real life and the ability to produce sensible solutions to overcome them

Assessment and feedback is in the form of 2 in-class tests (60%) and one coursework (40%).

Novel economic approaches for sustainability specialism track

Semester 1

Climate Change Economics

Climate change will be the pre-eminent global political and economic issue of the 21st century. This class is intended to provide students with an overview of the basic model underlying the economics of climate change and the economic approach to climate change policy. It then goes on to describe the complications that need to be considered beyond this basic model in order to think about climate change policy in the real world.

International Development

This class will introduce policy relevant issues and knowledge in the economics of development. Lectures will combine insights from theoretical economic models with policy-relevant empirical evidence on in low-income countries. Moreover, through the thorough analysis of empirical research, the class will assist students in developing skills required to make an effective contribution working as an applied economist.

You can choose this module or another elective in Semester 2:

Energy Economics

In this class you'll explore key economic issues at the heart of topical energy questions – building on the University’s outstanding reputation as a centre of excellence in energy technology and policy.
The class covers the objectives of energy policy; private and social perspectives on energy supply and demand; the special case of regulation of energy markets; the use of economic models in energy analysis; the economics of oil and gas activity and links between energy use and the energy sector and an economy.

Semester 2

Economic Data Analysis

This class teaches quantitative methods with a practical emphasis. You'll gain an understanding of aspects of econometric theory and of fundamental econometrics tools that are routinely used in the analysis of economic data.

You'll apply the methods you learn about to a variety of models and data sets used in Economics and Finance.

The class will cover the following estimation techniques:

  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Linear Regression Models
  • Heteroscedasticity
  • Unit Roots and Cointegration

Each topic will be introduced in lectures and consolidated through practical applications in lab sessions. In this way, students will gain practical experience in analysing data. On completion of the class you should be in a position to motivate and conduct your own empirical work, and you'll have the opportunity to demonstrate this in your Summer Projects.

Plus one optional module from Semester 1 or 2:

Environmental Economics

A growing, and increasingly important, part of the work of many applied Economists includes the economic analysis of environmental issues. Additionally, many professionals working in the fields of energy, the natural environment, or business more generally will find that their careers require some working knowledge of economic approaches to environmental problems. The main objective of this class is to provide a thorough grounding in the economics of the environment, with a particular focus on environmental protection in an international policy context, such as climate change the loss of biological diversity.

Economics of Inequality and Inclusive Growth

Understanding what drives inequalities in economic outcomes is a key aspect of modern economic thinking. Many of the drivers of such inequalities are cross-cutting, covering a range of economic issues from changes in economic policy through to the overall macroeconomic environment and the changing nature of our modern labour market. This class is designed to:

  1. raise the awareness of the different roles for economic analysis in the formulation of effective policies aimed at tackling inequality and reducing poverty
  2. develop policy-relevant understanding of current issues inclusive growth enabling students to effectively contribute as an applied economist

Social inequalities and policy for sustainability specialism track

Students in this specialism track will not undertake electives from the general list.

Semester 1

Inequalities and Social Policy in the Devolved UK

The module will encourage students to explore the intersections between these inequalities, in terms of patterns, causes and policy responses (actual and potential). The opening session will introduce students to intersectionality as a core social science idea, providing foundations for the remainder of the module where students will explore four exemplar inequalities that have attracted research and policy concern in the UK.

Qualitative Methods

This class provides an overview of the ever-expanding field of qualitative methods in social science. This includes the examination of a wide variety of approaches, including case studies, small-N comparisons, ethnographies, historical research, and discourse analysis.
It also includes the study of a range of data collection and data analysis techniques such as observation, document analysis, elite interviews, and qualitative comparative analysis (QCA).

Semester 2

International Political Economy

This module focuses the role of international institutions and the international economic order in conflict and cooperation. It explores the politics of international trade, money, and finance both in developing and developed economies.

Comparative Political Economy

This class looks at how the interplay between economic and politics shapes societies. It familiarises students with models of capitalism and the diversity of political economy traditions amongst states. It also explores the interface between domestic and supranational political economies - the competitive struggle between member states to shape EU economic policy, and the constraints that EU policy places on the governance of the domestic economy.

Environmental resources and health specialism track

Semester 1

Global Water Policy

This class aims to provide you with the ability to:

  • recognise the issues relating to overall global water policy and its interactions with other global issues
  • discuss the impact of climate change and economic development on water resources and availability
  • explore the different implementation issues based on regional case studies
  • explore the role of stakeholders on the acceptance and achievement of policy objectives

Water & Environmental Management

To develop an understanding of the physical, chemical and biological parameters within surface water and how these relate to water quality, water quality objectives and pollution control strategy. To provide knowledge on the design and process involved with the control of water and wastewater treatment.

Qualitative & Quantitative Research Methods

Students will acquire familiarity with, and practice of, research techniques, and examine different ways of, and gain experience in, presenting research results.
The class discusses the key principles, and practical exercises, on both quantitative and qualitative research methods, including survey methods, interviewing techniques, use of census data and statistical methods. The class also includes discussion of ethical issues. Finally, there is dissertation-related teaching on choosing a research question and a research method, and writing a research proposal. This is a semester 1 and 2 class but meetings do not happen every week.

Semester 2

Choose one of these optional modules:

Public Health Studies

This class, run by the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, develops students’ understanding of public and environmental health, and the multidisciplinary approach in preventative and proactive action to safeguarding public health.
A diverse range of subjects are covered ranging from the risk assessment approach taken with respect to protecting the public from private water supplies, to the role of environmental health professionals in the prevention of the spread of infectious disease.
The class also provides students with fundamental knowledge regarding Health Improvement/Promotion and Health Protection, including the different methods used and the variety of agencies involved.

Environmental Pollution Management

In this class, you'll develop in-depth knowledge and skills regarding the science, engineering and management of environmental pollution control approaches to protect public health. You'll benefit from research-led teaching at the interface between public health and environmental engineering, with a particular focus on risk-centred methods. Lecture sessions are complemented by industrial and government case studies in contemporary air quality management practice. 

Choose 20 credits with the exception of Social inequalities and policy track.

City Systems & Infrastructure (10 credits)

This class will examine the key systems and infrastructure on which urban centres depend and promote critical reflection on how the design, management and monitoring of these systems impact on the social, environmental and economic sustainability of cities. The use of case studies will allow students to engage with real-world situations, challenges and opportunities and consider multiple infrastructure and technology options for sustainable city strategies. 

Foundations of Probability & Statistics (20 credits)

The course and thus this introductory module is aimed at graduates who've not previously studied statistics at university level. The module will provide the foundation elements of probability and statistics that are required for the more advanced classes studied later on.
This will include:

  • an introduction to probability distributions
  • introductory hypothesis testing
  • non-parametric hypothesis testing
  • linear regression
  • introductory power and sample size calculations

Data Analytics in R (20 credits)

This module will introduce the R computing environment and enable you to import data and perform statistical tests. The module will then focus on the understanding of the least squares multiple regression model, general linear model, transformations and variable selection procedures.
You can expect to cover concepts such as:

  • use of functions and packages in R
  • use of the tidyverse for data manipulation
  • data visualisation using both base R and ggplot2
  • multiple linear regression
  • using variable selection techniques to cope with large data sets
  • more general model comparison

International Climate Change Law (20 credits)

This course will explore the evolving nature and distinctive components of the international legal framework on climate change.

International Environmental Law 2 (10 credits)

This module will discuss the international legal frameworks applicable to deal with transboundary and international environmental problems, looking at the effectiveness of international litigation in dealing with global environmental challenges and analysing the relationship between legal rules and governance structures related to non-environmental fields (eg international trade and investment).
Climate change will be used as a key case study, but other global environmental problems, such as loss of biodiversity, fish stocks depletion, transboundary water pollution and over-exploitation (both surface and groundwater) will also be looked at.

Business Analytics (10 credits)

Every two days, we generate as much data as the data generated in all human history up to 2003. From online data on every click of the mouse on the internet through the huge upsurge in manufacturing companies’ use of sensors to sports organisations collecting in-game data. With these increased quantities of data comes an increased need for tools to make sense of the main messages coming from these data.
The module will build on the fundamental multivariate statistics by developing both visualisation and advanced analysis techniques relevant in the area of big data. The focus will be on application and interpretation of techniques and there will be an investigation of what makes good data. The module will develop both new theoretical knowledge in the form of analytics techniques as well as new software skills in relevant analytics software.

Human Information Behaviour (10 credits)

On this module students will learn to:

  • develop an understanding of models and theories of human information behaviour
  • develop an understanding of the factors influencing human information behaviour
  • develop an understanding of information need in context
  • develop an understanding of appropriate research approaches and methodologies

Geographical Information Systems (10 credits)

This class provides a thorough introduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
GIS are spatial databases which can handle spatial information in a far greater variety of ways than was previously possible with paper maps. By capturing, manipulating, integrating and displaying digital spatial data, a wide range of different analyses can be carried out and questions addressed.
The class covers the key theoretical principles of GIS, provides practical hands-on exercises using current state-of-the-art GIS systems, including raster (IDRISI Andes) and vector (ArcGIS) based software, and demonstrates how GIS can be used for spatial query and analysis.

Satellite Data Assimilation & Analysis (10 credits)

This class is designed to provide students with an understanding on available satellite datasets, their characteristics, processing and visualisation methods and tools, descriptive analytics methods. The class is designed to provide theoretical foundations, as well as hands on exercises.

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Entry requirements

Degree requirements
  • Minimum second-class honours degree or overseas equivalent in any subject
  • All backgrounds considered including but not restricted to: social sciences, geography, journalism, arts, engineering, law, business, chemistry, maths, and biology.
  • Lower degree classifications may be considered if there’s strength elsewhere (for example, relevant work experience, very strong academic letter of reference or application statement linking with career goals)
English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please visit our English language requirements page for full details of the requirements in place before making your application.

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Fees & funding

Fees may be subject to updates to maintain accuracy. Tuition fees will be notified in your offer letter.

All fees are in £ sterling, unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to revision.

Annual revision of fees

Students on programmes of study of more than one year (or studying standalone modules) should be aware that tuition fees are revised annually and may increase in subsequent years of study. Annual increases will generally reflect UK inflation rates and increases to programme delivery costs.

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MSc: £9,600

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MSc: £24,000

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The programme responds to the current global need for individuals with comprehensive knowledge and skills to be able to tackle the complex environmental, social and economic challenges the world face. Following completion of this Masters programme, students may find themselves in a range of positions in:

  1. Private consultancies
  2. Government agencies
  3. NGOs
  4. Local authorities
  5. Environmental regulators, businesses, and agencies

The programme is designed to equip our graduates with core skills for a career in organisations concerned with sustainability. Sustainability professionals may be focused on:

  • Sustainable resourcing, circularity and waste management approaches
  • Sustainable product innovation, entrepreneurship
  • Sustainability reporting, metric development, analysis specialists
  • Ethics and governance advisors
  • Environmental, social, and governance (ESG)

Wider roles our graduates would be suited for include:

  • Communication, climate science approaches, advocacy
  • Employee engagement and diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Capacity building, international development and aid roles
  • Role in the policy, regulatory bodies and international organisations range from:
  • Socio-economic analyst (with focus on SD)
  • Policy advisor and governance advisor
  • Environmental strategy leader
  • Circular economy expert/specialist

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Start date: Sep 2024


Start date: Sep 2024

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Telephone: +44 (0)141 553 6105 / +44 (0)141 553 6116


Strathclyde Business School, University of Strathclyde 199 Cathedral Street Glasgow G4 0QU

Dr. Eirini Gallou

Programme leader