Defined more by the problems it addresses than the discipline it employs, sustainability science seeks to understand the interactions between natural and social systems – and how those interactions affect the future of the planet.
Awareness of sustainability issues is higher than it’s ever been, shaping government policy, business practices, education, research and social movements.
On this innovative, technically focused MSc Sustainability Science course, you will learn to unpick the complex challenges facing our modern world, looking at how environmental and human systems interact and identifying potential solutions – developing the fundamental and specialist knowledge to become leaders in the growing sector of sustainable development.
Teaching combines theory with applied investigations to explore and investigate complex interactions, with a range of applied subjects, including industrial ecology, life-cycle assessment, energy and environmental science.
As a sustainability scientist, you will be in high demand; according to the IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment), a wide range of industries are now employing sustainability professionals. Globally agreed sustainability objectives and the move towards a circular economy will require continued and increasing investment from government and private industry, ensuring a steady demand for suitable qualified sustainability experts.
And it’s a fascinating sector. You will learn to consider both the big picture and the fine details, understanding the environment, globalisation, economics and society, and how these vastly complex systems interact in the real world. You will develop expertise in logistics, geography, resource management, engineering, and science – as well as learning how to influence and inform policymakers and managers from a broad range of industries.