Environmental Strategy MSc - 2020/1

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Level 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MSc Environmental Strategy

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
PGDip Environmental Strategy
PGCert Environment and Sustainability

Professional recognition

Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)
Accredited by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) for the purpose of eligibility to apply for associate membership.

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time PFG61001 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits
Part-time PFG61002 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Other internal and / or external reference points


Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences - Centre for Environment & Sustainability

Programme Leader


Date of production/revision of spec


Educational aims of the programme

  • Provide theoretical and practical grounding for evaluating technical, social, economic, and organisational aspects of environmental problems
  • Apply life-cycle assessment thinking and other analytical methods to gain better understanding of resource uses and materials/wastes management
  • Anticipate and respond pro-actively to future environmental policy developments including government regulation and policy, and competitive market pressures
  • Develop a greater understanding and sensitivity to the range of stakeholders in environmental planning and management
  • Adapt and apply appropriate specialist techniques and methodologies for problem-solving and decision-making through advanced module options

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
National and supra-national policy frameworks and their implications to sustainable development K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Systems thinking in environmental management K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Evolving regulatory mechanisms to anticipate and adapt to new legislation K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
The place of ethics in good environmental practice and the advance towards sustainability K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Balancing risk with economic and social outcomes K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Strategic adaptation to technological changes, evolving values and regulation, and social expectations K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Accessing and using environmental data K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Absorb complex environmental information and communicate them effectively through logically constructed arguments C PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Creatively formulate new ideas C PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Learn the value of teamwork to solve problems that require multi-disciplinary engagement C PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Independent learning and study through self-directed assignments and dissertation C PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Critical reading and analysis of environmental policy and regulation C PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Inductive reasoning: using specific examples/observations and forming a more general principal C PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Deductive reasoning: use stated general premise to reason about specific examples C PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Understand and use LCA tools for decision-making P PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Read legal documents and communicate them succinctly to varying audience P PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Give coherent presentations P PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Lead discussions on complex subject areas P PGCert, PGDip, MSc
See the other side of the argument given that there are varying and often conflicting perspectives in the environment field P PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Competently handle environment information P PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Design, use, analyse various research/study techniques, e.g. questionnaires, interviews etc. P PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Self-motivation and self-regulation P PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Acquire knowledge and skills to prepare and deliver a structured and successful presentation T PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Write effectively as a means of communicating important ideas T PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Communication of findings and presentation of research to a non-specialist audience T PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Lead discussion of small/large groups T PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Organise and manage a research project T MSc
Basic to advanced IT skills, depending on type of electives and dissertation topic T PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Apply basic numerical skills for research T PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Willingness to learn T PGCert, PGDip, MSc

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure


This Master's Degree programme is studied full-time over one academic year, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)


This Master's Degree programme is studied part-time over three to five years, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7. All modules are worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)



Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics Y
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) Y Yes
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
Study exchange (Level 5) N
Dual degree N

Other information

Each module on this programme is taught on an intensive modular basis. There is pre-reading to do for each module and on occasion a pre-module assessment, followed by the intensive taught week where classes run from approximately 9 - 5, Monday - Friday for one week. Post-module coursework is to be completed over the four week period after the intensive week.

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