MSc Climate Change and Sustainability

Brunel University: College of Health and Life Sciences

Program Description

MSc Climate Change and Sustainability

Brunel University: College of Health and Life Sciences

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

  • the latest academic research from this field, which is used to give you all the necessary knowledge to work on sustainability issues; and
  • 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 five compulsory modules that provide the essential background to climate change and sustainability. Students then chose three 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 two-days or one-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.


You will be provided with an interdisciplinary knowledge of the science and potential impacts of climate change across a variety of key areas, including energy, health, business, policy and technology. This is underpinned by a critical understanding of the concept of sustainability as applied to resource and energy use. The course will give you the skills and confidence required to develop creative and evidenced solutions to climate change and sustainability.

In so doing, we aim to meet the changing needs of society by generating graduates able to tackle the challenges presented by climate change, thus preparing them for careers that will span the transition to a post-carbon economy. The course content has been developed in consultation with our alumni, employers and using the findings of national surveys of environmental sector employers (i.e. the NERC Most Wanted Skills survey).

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.

Special Features

  • The Climate Change and Sustainability MSc is an Interdisciplinary course led by an award winning Research Institute (The Institute of Environment, Health and Societies).
  • There is an extensive range of optional modules.
  • There is an excellent staff to student ratio (around 1:4).
  • This course is accredited by the IES and CIWEM as well as the NUS Green Impact accredited teaching team.
  • You will benefit from our outstanding alumni network.
  • You can study this course full -time (two days a week contact time) or part-time (one day a week contact time).
  • You can start in September or January.
  • We have excellent links with employers who give our students guest lectures on campus and also the opportunity to visit their sites.
  • We have designed the curriculum around employer needs and we also help you to develop your employability skills.
  • Brunel is a campus university with excellent facilities and it’s close to London with great transport links.


Employability is central to our MSc programme. First, we aim to provide you with the knowledge, skills and abilities that employers want. On top of this, we also want to help you get your career going by providing support and advice on looking for jobs, getting you application right, CV writing, interview skills and even how to use social media to help. You will also have a mock job interview with a real employer from the environmental sector during your MSc studies.


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.

Many of our students have also gone on to further postgraduate studies, working towards PhDs within the Institute for the Environment, other Brunel University Schools and other universities around the world.

Entry Requirements

Students will be admitted with a Science or Social Science based degree with a minimum grade of a 2:2 (or equivalent) from a British University (or equivalent). A wide range of disciplines are acceptable, for example: Environmental Science; Engineering; Physics; Chemistry; Biology; Geography; Environmental Health; Marine Science; Maths; Agricultural Science; Law; History; Sociology; Psychology; Business and Economics.

Applicants with a third class honours degree or other qualifications will be considered if supported by science A-level (or equivalent) and relevant work experience. Such applicants may be required to attend an interview.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


1-year full-time (2-days per week); 2-years part-time (1-day per week)

Cost & Fees

UK/EU students: £7,300 full-time; £3,650 part-time

International students: £15,400 full-time; £7,700 part-time

Scholarship schemes available for this MSc course

  • The Queen’s Anniversary Prize Scholarships
  • The Water Conservation Bursary

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Last updated September 19, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2017
Jan. 2017
1 - 2 years
Full time
7,300 GBP
Start date Sept. 2017
United Kingdom Uxbridge, England
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End date Request Info
Duration 1 - 2 years
Price 7,300 GBP
UK/EU students: £7,300 full-time; £3,650 part-time / International students: £15,400 full-time; £7,700 part-time
Start date Jan. 2017
United Kingdom Uxbridge, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 1 - 2 years
Price 7,300 GBP
UK/EU students: £7,300 full-time; £3,650 part-time / International students: £15,400 full-time; £7,700 part-time