Environmental Strategy - 2017/8

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Level 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MSc Environmental Strategy

Subsidary award(s)

Award Title
PGDip Environmental Strategy
PGCert Environmental Strategy

Professional recognition

Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time PFG61001 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits
Part-time PFG61002 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits

JACs code

H220, H220

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Other internal and / or external reference points


Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences - Centre for Environment & Sustainability

Programme Leader


Date of production/revision of spec


Educational aims of the programme

Provide theoretical and practical grounding for evaluating technical, social, economic, and organisational aspects of environmental problems

Apply life-cycle assessment thinking and other analytical methods to gain better understanding of resource uses and materials/wastes management

Anticipate and respond pro-actively to future environmental policy developments including government regulation and policy, and competitive market pressures

Develop a greater understanding and sensitivity to the range of stakeholders in environmental planning and management

Adapt and apply appropriate specialist techniques and methodologies for problem-solving and decision-making through advanced module options

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
National and supra-national policy frameworks and their implications to sustainable development K
Systems thinking in environmental management K
Evolving regulatory mechanisms to anticipate and adapt to new legislation K
The place of ethics in good environmental practice and the advance towards sustainability K
Balancing risk with economic and social outcomes K
Strategic adaptation to technological changes, evolving values and regulation, and social expectations K
Accessing and using environmental data K
Absorb complex environmental information and communicate them effectively through logically constructed arguments C
Creatively formulate new ideas C
Learn the value of teamwork to solve problems that require multi-disciplinary engagement C
Independent learning and study through self-directed assignments and dissertation C
Critical reading and analysis of environmental policy and regulation C
Inductive reasoning: using specific examples/observations and forming a more general principal C
Deductive reasoning: use stated general premise to reason about specific examples C
Understand and use LCA tools for decision-making P
Read legal documents and communicate them succinctly to varying audience P
Give coherent presentations P
Lead discussions on complex subject areas P
See the other side of the argument given that there are varying and often conflicting perspectives in the environment field P
Competently handle environment information P
Design, use, analyse various research/study techniques, e.g. questionnaires, interviews etc. P
Self-motivation and self-regulation P
Acquire knowledge and skills to prepare and deliver a structured and successful presentation T
Write effectively as a means of communicating important ideas T
Communication of findings and presentation of research to a non-specialist audience T
Lead discussion of small/large groups T
Organise and manage a research project T
Basic to advanced IT skills, depending on type of electives and dissertation topic T
Apply basic numerical skills for research T
Willingness to learn T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure


This Master's Degree programme is studied full-time over one academic year, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)


This Master's Degree programme is studied part-time over two academic years, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)



Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Level 7

Optional modules for Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Level 7

Students to take three optional modules from ENGM069, ENGM064, ENGM184, ENGM067, ENGM059, PSYM067, ENGM253, ENGM063, (ENGM198, ENGM199, ENGM205, ENGM279, ENGM206, ENGM203, ENGM201, ENGM280, ENGM240 and ENGM200), with no more than two from the latter 10 modules in brackets as these are modules run at City University as part of the programme)

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.