Taught course

Environmental Management and Sustainability in Business

University of Chichester · Business School

Entry requirements

A 2:2 at Undergraduate level in a relevant course or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

There is increasing pressure for businesses and organisations to operate in a sustainable way; to utilise the Earth’s resources more efficiently, to reduce their carbon footprint, to not exploit the developing world and its peoples and recognise the value of its own employees. This is a vocationally based course that has been designed with input from businesses that are working to promote the growth and development of environmental and sustainable practices.

You will be taught by staff from within the Centre for Research in Sustainable Business. You will study a wide variety of business and environmental management topics in an interactive environment and get the opportunity to apply these around related projects some in support of local businesses. You will visit regional businesses on field trips to better understand sustainable practice in action and apply this to your own projects. From 2018, you will have access to the University’s landmark Engineering and Digital Technology Building, which is being designed to allow students to explore efficient building management.

You will explore a variety of practice-based topics across a full range of environmental management and business disciplines.
The programme has been designed with input from consultants working in environmental management and is focused on giving students a practical understanding of the systems, processes and legislation required for businesses to implement and operate sustainable practice.
There is a specific emphasis on implementing and auditing sustainable supply chains.
Core modules for the MSc Environmental Management and Sustainability programme aim to provide students with a detailed understanding of management systems and auditing, sustainable procurement and legal compliance.
Competence in these areas should be attractive to larger organisations, especially those with an externally certified Environmental Management System (e.g. ISO 14401 or EMAS), complicated supply chains or where legal compliance requires on-going management and dedicated resource (e.g. large manufacturers or waste management companies).
There will also be a focus on enhancing communication and project management skills.
You will be assigned a Personal Tutor from the start of your course who will work with you throughout your studies to help you achieve your
academic best.
Where this can take you
The course has been designed to provide you with a very practical understanding of the issues associated with implementing and managing sustainable practices in business and other public sector and not-for-profit organisations.
On completing the degree, you should be able to apply for a wide range of jobs associated with:
  • sustainable sourcing
  • auditing and supply chains
  • environmental project management
  • corporate social responsibility implementation and oversight
  • Health and Safety
  • environmental marketing and communications
  • green energy advisor
  • recycling coordinator
You will also receive a good grounding in business management and could apply for more general management jobs perhaps with a company working in the low carbon and renewable sector.
Indicative modules:
  • Introduction to Environmental Management & Sustainability (20 credits)
  • Sustainability Law & Governance (20 credits)
  • Sustainable Procurement & Supply Chain Management (20 credits)
  • Environmental Assessment & Management (20 credits)
  • Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Resource Efficiency (20 credits)
  • Research Project – Environmental Management (60 credits)
Teaching assessment
Our approach to supporting your learning, and how your learning is assessed, is designed to mirror the workplace environment.
With this in mind, key features of our approach to learning and assessment include the following:
  • We place a lot of emphasis on course work related activity.
  • Opportunities to work with organisations on current commercial/business problems and projects. These experiences are used to provide the basis for assessments that enable you to apply your learning within authentic commercial situations.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details