Master of Science Degrees in Sustainability Studies

Compare 94 MScs in Sustainability Studies

Sustainability Studies

The Master of Science in Sustainability Studies is a degree that is increasingly relevant today due to population growth and growing awareness of the resulting environmental impact. People who care about finding growth and development solutions that benefit the planet will enjoy studying this field and pursuing careers in it.  

What is an MSc in Sustainability Studies? A degree in this field helps students understand the theory behind sustainable practices, current challenges in this area, and potential means of solving those issues. Most degree programs combine topics from the natural sciences, such as climatology, biology, and ecology, and topics from the social sciences. Coursework might explore ways to use energy more sustainably, help developing countries grow in an environmentally responsible manner, or shape policies that the public will actually follow.

Sustainable practices are a growing source of concern for many potential employers, including companies, government agencies, and non-profits. People who have earned a Master of Science in this discipline enjoy a wide range of employment opportunities and rewarding careers doing work to make the world a better place.

The cost of pursuing the MSc in Sustainability Studies depends on several factors. The institution, the location, and even the program duration can all affect tuition, fees, and other expenses. Potential students should compare the true cost of several programs before making a final decision.

People who have earned an MSc in Sustainability Studies may pursue various careers. These professionals may become environmental consultants or hold specialized positions within companies, such as environmental executives. Individuals with science backgrounds may pursue work as researchers, environmental scientists, or conservation scientists. People with legal or financial backgrounds may pursue work as auditors or compliance directors.

MScs in a subject related to sustainability are offered at numerous educational institutions, including institutions with online degree programs. Online degrees can be one of the more economical and convenient options for people pursuing higher education. If you are ready to learn more about completing an online Master of Science in this growing field, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

 

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MSc in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development

Manchester Metropolitan University
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Crewe Manchester + 1 more

Designed with today’s environmental managers in mind this MSc integrates the scientific, social, economic and political factors involved environmental decision making. [+]

This programme combines scientific study, laboratory and fieldwork techniques with the policy that underpins them and the management expertise to successfully deliver real-world sustainability projects.

Gaining advanced scientific skills and knowledge as well as the management, policy and corporate social responsibility aspects make you a great all-rounder who can hit the ground running when it comes to managing live environmental issues and challenges. You will develop into a professional able not only to assess environmental impacts but who can also put these into legislative context; and has the expertise to influence stakeholders, negotiate contracts and project-manage complex processes. This skillset is much sought after and valued by environmental employers and consultancies.... [-]


MSc Sustainable Construction

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
Campus Full time Part time 18 - 36 months September 2018 China Suzhou + 1 more

The aim of the programme is to provide Master’s level education for graduates to develop technologically advanced knowledge, problem-solving skills and comprehensive understanding of the key aspects of sustainability in Civil Engineering construction with a particular emphasis on the future trends of global sustainable development in light of reliability, environmentally-friendly and cost-effectiveness initiatives. [+]

Overview

The rapidly developing world and evolution of urban development have caused a massive surge in environmental pollution, energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. Civil engineers should take a leadership role to promote sustainable development by providing creative and innovative solutions to the challenges associated with sustainability in civil engineering practices.

The MSc Sustainable Construction programme provides students with the technologically advanced knowledge, problem-solving skills and a comprehensive understanding of the key aspects of sustainability in civil engineering construction. It has a particular emphasis on the future trends of global sustainable development. It is intended to provide a critical awareness of current and future problems associated with the intervention of sustainability strategies and their integration in the civil engineering sector, as well as prospective solutions from existing and emerging scientific technologies.... [-]


MSc Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2018 United Kingdom Edgbaston + 1 more

Climate change, deforestation and unsustainable use of resources are all issues at the top of the environmental agenda. An understanding of the interactions between the environment and economics is essential for developing appropriate policies to tackle global issues in the long term. [+]

Climate change, deforestation and unsustainable use of resources are all issues at the top of the environmental agenda. An understanding of the interactions between the environment and economics is essential for developing appropriate policies to tackle global issues in the long term.

Environmental and natural resource economists deal every day with the most challenging problems facing mankind: global climatic change, environmental pollution, deforestation, biodiversity loss, water scarcity and food poverty, to name but a few.

The Environmental and Natural Resource Economics MSc programme is unique in that it combines a solid foundation in key areas of economics, with specialized field courses.... [-]


Master in Sustainable Development

Utrecht University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Utrecht

This two-year Master’s programme is aimed at students who want to contribute to the design of the solutions needed to achieve an environmentally and socially accountable society. In this programme, you will learn how to analyse the processes associated with change and will consider the short and long-term management of these processes on local and global levels. [+]

CONTRIBUTE TO SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS

This two-year Master’s programme is aimed at students who want to contribute to the design of the solutions needed to achieve an environmentally and socially accountable society. In this programme, you will learn how to analyse the processes associated with change and will consider the short and long-term management of these processes on local and global levels.

Multidisciplinary perspective

This programme is suitable for candidates who want to study and solve societal sustainability issues from a multidisciplinary perspective. The programme is of particular interest to students who are willing to broaden their perspectives through collaboration and interaction with students who bring to the programming knowledge of other natural and social science disciplines.... [-]


Master of Science in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security

Royal Agricultural University
Campus Full time 12 months September 2018 United Kingdom Cirencester

This course combines the principles of sustainable development with an examination of the various systems of food production in the context of providing a secure supply to meet the ever-changing requirements of a growing world population. It provides an opportunity for graduates or professionals in other disciplines to direct their careers towards agriculture and food supply. [+]

The principal aim of the course is to enable you to gain the specialised knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes necessary to contribute effectively and ethically to strategic decision making, opinion forming and operational management for the sustainable development of agricultural and food supply systems.

Who is the course for? Anyone who is concerned that our food production systems will not be fit for purpose by the middle of this century! This is the ideal course for those looking for a career in production, policy, and sustainable development focusing on food or resource consumption in agriculture. You should have a degree in a related subject or an interest in a career in one of the key themes. This course attracts students from a wide age group and a wide range of backgrounds and is particularly appropriate for more mature students who are re-directing their careers. The following themes will be developed: Human exploitation of the Earth's resources for food production and the global and local implications of human development.... [-]


International Master DAMAGE : Disaster Management Environmental Impact

École des Mines d'Alès
Campus Full time 24 months September 2018 France Alès

The International Master DAMAGE aims to train managers able to anticipate and manage major crises which can have health and environmental consequences for the affected countries. It will allow students to deepen their knowledge base by integrating an international dimension on large-scale crises. It also incorporates the emergency humanitarian concept that is organized in crisis situations, usually conflicts or natural disasters. [+]

The Master Damage is co-managed by Ecole des Mines d'Ales and Université de Nîmes :

Ecole des Mines d'Ales (part of Institut Mines-Télécom) is a public institution dedicated to higher education, research and innovation in engineering, materials, and environment. The institution is under the authority of the Minister for Industry and Electronic Communication. Always attentive to the economic world, it combines strong academic legitimacy, close corporate relations and a unique focus on 4 key transformations of the 21st century in Information Technologies, Energy, Ecology, and Production. Its activities are conducted in ten Mines and Télécom graduate schools.

The schools of Institut Mines-Télécom are listed amongst the leading Grandes Ecoles in France. Geared towards economic stakeholders, the activities of the institution involve research, innovation, and education for engineers, managers, specialists, and professors, and are acknowledged for their excellence at both national and international level. Each year, approximately one hundred start-up companies are formed from the incubators of the schools.... [-]


Master of Science in Sustainable Systems

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 USA Rochester + 1 more

The MS degree in sustainable systems focuses on sustainable production systems, which create goods and services using processes that are non-polluting; conserving of energy and natural resources; economically viable; and safe and healthful for workers, communities, and consumers. [+]

Graduates of this program are prepared to pursue careers in their chosen fields with an understanding of basic sustainability principles and the expertise to analyze and solve complex sustainability issues.

For example, students entering the program with a degree in information systems may go on to work in the eco-IT field while students with an economics background may work in the area of life-cycle economic analysis of alternative energy systems.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS in sustainable systems, a candidate must have:

Earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. One year of college science. One year of college mathematics (including calculus and statistics). Minimum grade point average of 3.0. Arrange an interview (with the academic department). ... [-]

Master of Science in Sustainable Environment

Hamad bin Khalifa University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Qatar Doha

The HBKU Sustainable Environment master’s program provides students with extensive knowledge in topics related to sustainable environment issues, including the effect of human development on the environment; the causes, impact, and control of pollution; and the demands of a growing global population on natural resources. [+]

The HBKU Sustainable Environment master provides students with extensive knowledge in topics related to sustainable environment issues, including the effect of human development on the environment; the causes, impact, and control of pollution; and the demands of a growing global population on natural resources.Students conduct original, guided environmental research that concentrates on issues surrounding the support of sustainable development.The multidisciplinary approach to the curricula builds fundamental knowledge that evolves with the developments within the field, equipping graduates with the tools needed to pursue a wide variety of career paths.

Program Focus Core skills to build a successful career in science, engineering, and technology-related areas, including ethics, technical writing, research methods, data analytics, and advanced computing methods. Fundamentals of sustainable development and human-environment interactions related to policy, engineering, and technology and the fundamentals of environmental processes. Water demand, resource management, and treatment processes. Air emission sources and how these relate to human activity, as well as the impact on human health and the environment of key pollutants. Explore the impact of human activities such as energy generation, water treatment, and manufacturing on land – particularly in terms of solid and hazardous waste generation and disposal. Curriculum ... [-]

Advanced Sustainable Design - MSc

University of Edinburgh – Edinburgh College of Art
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Edinburgh

This programme helps you conceive, refine and explain sustainable strategies in the built environment. The programme is scenario based, delivered in a series of studio projects supplemented with workshops and seminars on aspects of sustainable design. [+]

Programme description

This programme helps you conceive, refine and explain sustainable strategies in the built environment.

The programme is scenario based, delivered in a series of studio projects supplemented with workshops and seminars on aspects of sustainable design. There is an opportunity to study environmental simulation techniques and discover how these can influence wider issues in the built environment.

We address the complex relationship of design to contemporary sustainable agendas and engage in cultural and professional debates that increasingly influence the production of architecture.

This programme is affiliated with the University’s Global Environment & Society Academy.... [-]


Innovative Dairy Chain Management (MSc)

Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Leeuwarden

Are you interested in modern and highly developed dairy chains? This programme focuses on farms delivering milk of sufficient quantity and excellent quality in a profitable manner while adhering to quality and safety requirements of the chain. [+]

Changes and innovations in the international dairy sector

The Master IDCM focuses on farms delivering milk of sufficient quantity and excellent quality in a profitable manner while adhering to quality and safety requirements of the chain. IDCM is suitable for candidates interested in modern and highly developed dairy chains, and the Netherlands’ dairy industry is used as an example for innovations. It also focuses on milk processing from the perspective of processing companies, collaborating with stakeholders in the chain or supporting the chain. “Innovative” stands for creativity in dealing with complex situations such as: developing scenarios for farms and the sector as a whole for uncertainties as opposed to traditional advisory services; developing strategies for changing circumstances; innovative technologies in production, processing and in chain governance; and the establishment of farms in new countries or new areas.... [-]


MSc Sustainable Food and Natural Resources

Centre for Alternative Technology
Campus or Online Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Machynlleth + 1 more

A flexible Masters degree designed to develop a rigorous understanding of transformational responses to the pervasive effects that economic structures and environmental change are having on a diet, health, sustainability and community empowerment. [+]

Masters in the Sustainability of Food and Natural Resources

This MSc will run, subject to validation of Liverpool John Moores University

Taught at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), which pioneered sustainability practice and theory in the UK, this is the first MSc course to properly integrate the social, political, economic and practical aspects of sustainable food and natural resources production. This Masters degree tackles these themes through a combination of academic study, discussion and hands-on practical work. Our MSc programme is taught either by distance learning or through residential blocks in one of the most innovative environmental buildings in the UK, or via a mixture of the two.... [-]


MSc in Sustainable Agriculture and Business

International Hellenic University (IHU)
Campus Full time Part time 18 - 30 months September 2018 Greece Thessaloniki + 1 more

The MSc in Sustainable Agriculture and Business approaches agriculture from an interdisciplinary perspective that focuses on: Increasing agricultural production whilst minimizing the impact on the environment; Developing and managing agricultural enterprises of various sizes; Agricultural products marketing and trading. [+]

The MSc in Sustainable Agriculture and Business approaches agriculture from an interdisciplinary perspective that focuses on:

Increasing agricultural production whilst minimizing the impact on the environment, Developing and managing agricultural enterprises of various sizes, Agricultural products marketing and trading.

The Programme aims at:

University and technological education institute graduates who wish to acquire expertise in sustainable agriculture and agribusiness, Professionals who wish to establish start-up agricultural companies that bring new ideas to both farming and the market, Professionals who work in the private/public agricultural/agribusiness sectors and wish to redirect their careers or enhance their existing capabilities. The Core Courses ... [-]

MSc Global Sustainable Cities

University of Strathclyde Business School
Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months August 2018 United Kingdom Glasgow + 1 more

This innovative programme focuses on tackling major urban opportunities and issues. The course provides you with the skills and understanding to become a leader in the design and delivery of sustainable city strategies. [+]

Why this course?

This innovative programme focuses on tackling major urban opportunities and issues.

The course provides you with the skills and understanding to become a leader in the design and delivery of sustainable city strategies.

Over half the world’s population now live in cities. Achieving sustainable futures for urban centres is a growing issue. You’ll develop a full understanding of how cities work and acquire the tools to:

re-design city systems raise finance gain political and community support for transformative city strategies and projects

You’ll demonstrate your knowledge through high-quality work placements rather than a traditional dissertation. The course offers flexibility to pursue your individual interests and diversify your skills.... [-]


MSc in Science for Sustainable Development

Linköping University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Sweden Linköping

MSc Science for Sustainable Development is a two-year, full-time study programme that provides a strong basis for a career related to sustainable development and environmental change. [+]

The programme focuses on critical analysis of environmental challenges and applying science to solve real‑world problems. It consists of core and specialisation courses followed by thesis work. Upon completion of the programme, students acquire a Master’s degree in Science with a major in Environmental Science.

Core courses

In the core courses, students gain knowledge of theories, approaches, techniques, and methods from various scientific disciplines (such as critical analysis of sustainability perspectives, commodity chain analysis, indicators, resource management, and GIS). They also learn to develop general analytical skills that will enable them to interpret, design, communicate, and implement sustainability and environmental issues. They develop problem-solving abilities and adaptability skills, which will be indispensable to professional success.... [-]


Master Programme in Resource Recovery

University of Borås
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 Sweden Borås

The program is strongly connected to the research areas industrial biotechnology, energy recovery, and polymer materials. [+]

MSc in Resource Recovery

As the Earth’s population rises and the global demand for consumable products increases, the amount of waste produced and energy consumed worldwide through both production and consumption is on an alarming rise. As more and more companies look for methods of making this cycle sustainable, the services of an appropriately qualified engineer become very attractive.

By studying this unique master program in Resource Recovery, given by the Swedish Centre for Resource Recovery, you will develop skills and competence to analyze and resolve problems related to disposing of, processing and recycling of residuals into useful products.

Such a useful and salable product can be an item to the automotive industry made from biological material which can easily be recycled. It could be biogas or ethanol to replace oil and petrol. Or electricity, heating, and cooling produced sustainably by thermal treatment of waste. Why not fish feed, in addition, to solve a waste problem and also reduce the depletion of the oceans? Regardless of whether you will be working as a researcher or work in business and management you will be a global community builder, with knowledge and skills to take on challenges in areas even not directly related to resource recovery.... [-]