School of Architecture and Built Environment

MSc Sustainability and Climate Change

MSc Part-time 2 years, Full-time 12 months

The course provides a broad training in environmental science and climate change. It is especially suitable if you are planning a professional or managerial career in environmental sustainability. 

The course provides a broad training in environmental science and climate change. It is especially suitable if you are planning a professional or managerial career in environmental sustainability. 

Start date(s)
25 September 2024,27 September 2023,15 January 2024
Course specifications
Course length
Part-time (2 years),Full-time (12 months)
Campus location
Wolverhampton City Campus
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Why choose this course?

The MSc in Sustainability and Climate Change provides a broad training in environmental science and climate change. It is especially suitable if you are planning a professional or managerial career within the context of environmental sustainability, and in alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals


By helping you progress in these areas, you will gain a deeper understanding of the industry, becoming a more desirable candidate in associated roles and potential promotions. 

You will study this course at our £100m Springfield super-campus that sits within the School of Architecture and Built Environment, which has been constructed on the site of a 12-acre former Grade II-listed brewery.

What happens on the course?

The MSc provides you with a comprehensive understanding of sustainability and climate change. Considering the limitations and problems with techniques in current practices, the course material covers areas such as innovation and entrepreneurship in green techs, energy policies, engineering disciplines, presentation skills, and the UN sustainable development goals.

Lecturers and tutors place an emphasis on critical and current awareness of recent developments within the transition to a low carbon economy, for example, emerging renewables. Students will also undertake postgraduate research into a topic relevant to their interest or future career plans. You will demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge and understanding of business and management to complex issues, both systematically and creatively, to improve business and management of different industries in alignment with sustainable development. 

The course at Wolverhampton is a collaboration of subject experts, applying their research and knowledge to this dynamic industry.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

  • Dr Hamid Pouran, our senior lecturer in Environmental Technology, is the programme leader and teaches on this course. He is a Chartered Scientist with an active interest in a range of environmental area. Pouran’s work has been published many times and covered a wide range of areas in environmental science, spanning from highly technical studies into the behaviour or engineered nanomaterials in the environment to collaborative innovation, renewable energies, climate change and science policy. He is also a subject matter expert in environmental science for BBC World and Scottish Centre for International and Strategic Affairs.
  • Our School of Architecture and Built Environment at our new Springfield campus at University of Wolverhampton is one of the best campuses in Europe and provides state-of-the-art equipment, and an excellent teaching and learning environment.
  • The modules of this programme are taught on Wednesdays and our graduate/MSc students need to travel only one day a week to attend the MSc classes. This would allow many professionals who have work commitments to pursue their interest in sustainability and climate change to participate in this MSc.
  • The interdisciplinary nature of this programme allows applicants with different academic and professional backgrounds to be enrolled in this MSc and learn about sustainability and climate change and how they affect different businesses and industries.
  • This programme does not require students to have prior environmental or scientific knowledge for entry. It focuses on equipping students with the skills and techniques to interpret environmental information and apply it to their own business/ sector or area of expertise.

The course will assimilate information and draw conclusions from current research findings in the areas of sustainability and climate change. This allows students to develop their conceptual and empirical knowledge, analytical skills, and understanding of the business development process. 

Specific skills include:

  • Develop a broad knowledge of climate change, sustainability, and environmental policy
  • Financial management of project and programmes
  • Develop a broad knowledge of innovation required for the transition to a low-carbon economy
  • Project management
  • Research methods and professional skills
  • External and internal business sustainability
  • Ethical and sustainability management
  • Technical solutions to sustainability issues
  • Organisational data management and analysis
  • Leadership and decision making
  • Business development to deliver continuing improvement in sustainability parameters
  • Embedding sustainable technologies and practices within the business

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £7995 per year 2022-23
Home Full-time £7995 per year 2022-23
Home Full-time £8395 per year 2023-24
Home Part-time £3998 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3998 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £4198 per year 2023-24
International Full-time £14450 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £14450 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £15450 per year 2023-24

These fees relate to new entrants only for the academic year indicated for entry onto the course, any subsequent years study may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

Applicants will normally be required to have an 2:1 honours degree in a subject broadly related to the science, engineering or business and management branches of the environmental science and sustainability.

International Applicants

Your qualifications need to be deemed equivalent to the above entry requirements.

“This course is designed to enable business professionals to become sustainability managers or environmental managers within their own organisation and act to champion the UN sustainable development goals.”

Dr Hamid Pouran – Programme lead

Postgraduate Loan (Home Fee Status):

You may be able to get a postgraduate student loan from Student Finance England of up to £11,570 to help pay for a Master’s degree. Applications are made through Student Finance England and more information on the regulations and eligibility criteria can be found at Masters Loans

* Any RPL will invalidate your eligibility as you must study a minimum of 180 credits

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as Overseas (International) students for fee purposes. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.

Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

You can get 20% discount on a taught on-site postgraduate course if you’re a University of Wolverhampton Graduate.

The University offers a generous 20% Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme to a taught postgraduate programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree as long as this is your first Masters level qualification.

The discount applies to the first year of enrolment only. Students who receive a loyalty discount are not entitled to any further tuition discount or bursary. For full terms and conditions click here.


If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found by clicking here.

Sponsored - Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

Your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Charitable Funding:

You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites Association of Charitable Foundations, Directory of Social Change or Family Action. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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