MSc Climate Change and Sustainability

Brunel University London, Institute for the Environment

Program Description

MSc Climate Change and Sustainability

Brunel University London, Institute for the Environment

Our MSc in Climate Change and Sustainability has been developed around two important principles:

  1. the latest academic research from this field, which is used to give you all the necessary knowledge to work on sustainability issues; and
  2. the skills requirements of employers in the environmental sector, so that you can be sure of your employability.

Whether you want to work in the public, private, charitable or academic sector, our course has the flexibility to give you the focused knowledge and skills that are needed to start, or re-energise, your career.

The programme is based around 5 compulsory modules that provide the essential background to climate change and sustainability. Students then chose 3 optional modules to focus their studies on their particular area of interest e.g. energy, policy and law, environmental management, modelling and data analysis or environmental science. Indeed, our alumni have gone on to work in all these areas.

The programme can be taken Full- or Part-time (from 2-days or 1-day contact time per week, respectively, depending on the optional modules chosen) and has a start date in September or January.

This MSc is accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM). The Environmental Science teaching team has achieved the NUS Green Impact Bronze accreditation. We have excellent links with many employers and regularly have guest lectures from, or site visits to, these employers.

About Environmental Sciences at Brunel

During your MSc you will be based in the Environmental Sciences group. , which is closely linked to one of Brunel’s flagship research institutes: the Institute of Environment, Health and Societies (IEHS). IEHS is a rapidly expanding research centre housing a strong team of leading experts held in high international regard in their respective fields. In 2011, our research revealing the link between chemicals in rivers and reproductive health won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education. Given this background, we are committed to research-led and innovative teaching.

Key features about Brunel and the Course

  • Interdisciplinary course led by award winning Research Institute
  • Extensive range of optional modules
  • Excellent staff to student ratio (around 1:4)
  • IES and CIWEM accredited course and NUS Green Impact accredited teaching team
  • Outstanding alumni network
  • Available full time (from 2-days contact a week) or part time (from 1-day contact a week)
  • Start dates in September or January
  • Excellent links with external bodies (i.e. employers) with guest lectures and site visits
  • Curriculum designed around employer needs and programme incorporating employability skills
  • Campus university with excellent facilities and close to London with great transport links


Compulsory modules

  • Climate Change: Science and Impacts (15 credits)
  • Sustainable Development in Practice (15 credits)
  • Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation (15 credits)
  • Environment, Health and Societies (15 credits)
  • Research and Critical Skills in Environmental Science (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional Modules

Group A (pick 2)

  • Environmental Hazards and Risk (15 credits)
  • Environmental Management (15 credits)
  • Biosphere (15 credits)
  • Environmental Modelling (15 credits)
  • Renewable Energy Technologies I - Solar (15 credits) (September start only)
  • Renewable Energy Technologies II - Wind, Tidal, Wave, Hydroelectricity (15 credits) (September start only)

Group B (pick 1)

  • Clean Technology (15 credits)
  • Environmental Law (15 credits)
  • GIS and Data Analysis (15 credits)

If desired, students are also able to choose “1 module from Group A and 2 modules from Group B” or “3 modules from Group A and no modules from Group B” but must understand that this unbalances the 2 terms: 45:75 or 75:45 credits as opposed to 60:60.


Global warming is a pressing and universal environmental issue, which is likely to affect essentially all arenas of human activity. This will create demand for professionals with the knowledge and understanding of how to mitigate our impact on the atmosphere and how to adapt to climate change. These professionals will be needed in a wide variety of organisations in public, private and charitable sectors; in energy, transport, mining, heavy and light industrial, service and retailing, financial, marketing and insurance.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally hold at least a second class science, social science or law based degree from a British University (or overseas equivalent) for admission to the Masters degree programme. Lower or other qualifications will be considered if supported by science A-Level (or equivalent) and / or relevant work experience. Applicants with prior experiential learning will be considered for admission.

English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT 65% (min 60% in all areas)

[Please note that this MSc programme has been recently updated and revised so information on some websites may not be as up-to-date as that found here.]

Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
7,000 GBP
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Home/EU students can apply right up to the start date. Non-EU students usually require much longer.
Start date Sept. 2016
United Kingdom London, England
Application deadline Request Info
Home/EU students can apply right up to the start date. Non-EU students usually require much longer.
End date Sept. 23, 2016
Duration 1 - 2 years
Price 7,000 GBP
£16,500 for overseas students