MSc/PGDip/PGCert Sustainable Development in Practice

Course overview

Qualification Master's Degree
Study mode Full-time
Duration 1 year
Intakes September
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Entry Requirements

  • We normally require an honours degree of 2.2 or above.
  • We can consider applicants who do not meet the normal entry requirement, but who do have relevant professional experience or qualifications. In your application, you should describe in detail your professional experience and qualifications.

English Language Requirements:

  • If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For this course, in the British Council International English Language Test (IELTS) we normally require an overall score of 6.5 and not less than 6.5 in each component.


The full Master's course comprises 180 credits divided into three 60 credits stages: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and Master's. Students work incrementally through the three stages and must pass all modules at each stage in order to progress to the next.

The course's structure and content is informed by extensive research with potential employers, as well as publications and policies from organisations including government. Sustainability needs graduates with the knowledge, tools and abilities to bring about pro-sustainability change in a wide range of contexts and settings. The following core modules are indicative of the course structure:

  • Sustainable Development: Principles and Practice (15 credits) Explores the fundamental nature, causes and consequences of sustainable and unsustainable development. Practical exercises and projects give you first-hand experience of putting key concepts, frameworks and tools for implementing sustainable development into practice.
  • Creating Sustainable Behaviour Change (15 credits) With case studies and examples, you'll explore a range of different theoretical and practical approaches to understanding and influencing pro-sustainable behaviour.
  • The Sustainable Organisation: Vision into Practice (15 credits) This module examines the vision of a sustainable business operating in a complex ecosystem with resource constraints, and compares this with the reality of contemporary business. Case studies and project work provide insight into the knowledge and skills necessary to help organisations achieve sustainable strategies and operations.
  • Communications Campaigns: Creative Approaches and Tools (15 credits) Analyses a range of historically significant campaigns and social movements, and their implications for pro-sustainability change. The assessment enables you to develop and evaluate a communication strategy for changing cultural understanding, attitudes and behaviour.
  • Work-Based Learning (30 credits) You'll gain vital practice-based experience and build your professional network, as we work with you to identify a host organisation relevant to your career aspirations. Past and present hosts include Arup,  Bristol City Council, Bristol Food Policy Council, Bristol Green Capital Company, Centre for Sustainable Energy, Common Cause, Eat Drink Bristol Fashion, Forum for the Future, Happy City, Go Bristol, Good Energy, Oxfam, Soil Association and Stride Treglown. You can also opt to work in UWE's Sustainability Team, or gain research experience within one of our Research Centres.
  • Master's Project (60 credits) You'll investigate, tackle and report on a specific issue in current sustainability practice, with supervision from specialist subject tutors.

You also choose two 15 credit optional modules from the departmental offering including:

  • International Environmental Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Managing Change
  • Leading Change
  • Leadership
  • Sustainable Procurement
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Interventions for Creativity and Change
  • Researching Educational Contributions to Just and Sustainable Societies

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