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Sustainability Planning and Environmental Policy (MSc)

Sustainability Planning and Environmental Policy (MSc)

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Sustainability Environmental Policy Environmental Studies Policy / Strategic Planning

Course type


Course Summary

The MSc Sustainability Planning and Environmental Policy will provide you with knowledge and understanding of sustainability theory, principles and practice. You will gain insights into the ways in which problems are defined, and the scope for applying cutting-edge policy and planning solutions to the environmental challenges faced by government, business and regulatory bodies.

The course is aimed at those wishing to gain expertise on contemporary sustainability issues. It links together theoretical debates about sustainability at different spatial scales with the practical dimensions of policy formulation and implementation. The planning system is given particular attention because it provides one of the most sophisticated mechanisms for regulating environmental change. A further core feature of the course is the focus on the latest social science research around environmental problems.

The course address three key dimensions:

Principles and processes - how policies may (or may not) achieve more sustainable development;
Resource sector studies - comparative and in-depth analysis of sustainability issues in key economic sectors (including food, transport and housing);
Research training - the development of sustainability and planning research skills.

Distinctive features

Scope to focus on environmental problems and environmental policy in a range of sectors, including planning, food/agriculture, transport and housing.
This course is recognised by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) as a 'specialist' masters, allowing those who have completed a three year RTPI recognised undergraduate spatial planning degree to complete the RTPI's educational requirements for membership.
Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), allowing completion of the educational requirement for RICS membership.

Career prospects

This course offers the knowledge and expertise for developing a research career or taking advantage of the increasing professionalisation of environmental jobs in the private and public sectors, including government departments and environmental agencies; the business sector; consultancy, and environmental non-governmental organisations.

Different course options

Full time | Cardiff University | 1 year | 28-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module will provide students with in-depth knowledge of the diverse forms of, and rationales for, modern environmental governance. It will draw on conceptual and empirical material from a wide range of case studies, to help students understand the contemporary management of the environment, broadly defined. The module’s main components include an exploration of the rise of environmental governance, examining why and in what ways ‘the environment’ has become an important sphere of policy and practice intervention around the world, including some of the different conceptual lenses through which it can be examined.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold a minimum 2:2 degree in an appropriate subject. This MSc is suitable for graduates in subjects such as Geography, Sociology, Politics or Economics, and/or those with appropriate professional qualifications in planning. Applicants with a background in other subjects, and relevant work-based experience, will also be considered.