Taught course

Sustainability and Environmental Management

Staffordshire University · Computing and Digital Technologies

Entry requirements

For recent graduates it provides a focussed programme of work for moving into environment related posts in the private sector. It can also support public sector employment where the principles and techniques of environmental evaluation and management need to be applied. For such specific areas of work where competition is intense, a postgraduate qualification is increasingly seen as essential. Studying part-time whilst in paid employment provides an excellent way of developing your skills and career opportunities. For graduates who have been working for a number of years or are well into a career path, the course provides a way of developing your profile and expertise in your current job, or building towards a change of career direction. This is particularly the case for employees in-post who have acquired responsibility for environmental concerns within a business or organisation and need training and a formal qualification to back this up. By studying part-time via distance learning you are able to achieve these goals without pulling out of your existing source of employment. Studying individual modules can also contribute to a programme of continuing professional development for environmental professionals building up, if so wished, to a certificate, diploma, or MSc qualification. The full MSc programme can also provide the basis for further research at doctoral level. Successful completion of the two accredited modules of this course can confer associate membership of IEMA (subject to payment of IEMA professional membership fee – which is not included in our course fee).

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

Sustainable development and the effective management of environmental impacts have become key goals for policy action at global and local levels. It is now widely recognised that understanding sustainability and integrating its principles and methods into everyday practice is vital for the environmental, economic and social welfare of society. This course will challenge you to transfer the broad ideas and principles of sustainability and environmental management into implementation at a 'local' level and particularly within commercial organisations.

You will examine sustainable development as a concept integrating global environmental and development agendas and how environmental concerns need to be integrated into the day-to-day management and functioning of organisations and the evaluation and monitoring of their ongoing performance.

You will learn about a range of evaluation and monitoring techniques - such as environmental management systems, sustainability indicators and corporate environmental and sustainability reporting - and about the regulatory and legislative context within which organisations have to operate.

The course will also offer you an insight into how the combination of economic, environmental and ethical/societal factors are increasingly influencing business activities. You will explore whether businesses will need to fundamentally re-evaluate their philosophy and policies if they (and we) are to have any kind of sustainable future.

We have designed the course using our experience of teaching a wide range of postgraduate students interested in the sustainable development agenda and drawing on the expertise of a variety of academic staff in the School of Sciences undertaking research and teaching across a diversity of environmental concerns. The result is a course closely tied into recent developments, covering new perspectives on business and environmental management and addressing key techniques for planning, monitoring and auditing sustainability initiatives.

Prospective students based abroad should note that one of the modules has a distinct focus on the UK legislative, policy and regulatory system, although students will be able and encouraged to relate this to systems in other countries with which they may be familiar.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36 months


distance learning
24 months


distance learning
12 months

Course contact details

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+44(0) 1782 294 400