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MSc Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Design with Placement Year

Brunel University

The results of unsustainable human development in the 21st century are evident as climate change, species extinction, pollution, poverty, and inequality become inescapable global realities. The next big challenge for society is to transform our economy to incorporate the principles of sustainability. This presents an exciting opportunity to rethink, redesign and rebuild a positive future for business practice.

The global market for environmental products and services is projected to double from USD 1,370 billion per year to USD 2,740 billion by 2020. Half of this market is in energy efficiency and the balance in sustainable transport, water supply, sanitation, and waste management. 2.3 million people have in recent years found new jobs in the renewable energy sector alone. Employment in alternative energies may rise to 2.1 million in wind and 6.3 million in solar power by 2030.

This course will provide you with the skills across the disciplines of science, engineering design and business to be a part of this market and to become leaders and innovators in the context of environmental awareness.

The Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Design MSc offers you the opportunity to carry out a six-month work placement as part of your degree. This is a 21-month programme – 12 months of study at Brunel, followed by a short break while you await your dissertation grade, to allow you to finalise your placement. Once you've passed your dissertation, you'll complete your six-month work placement. You could complete the Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Design MSc in just 12 months without a placement, but we’d advise opting for the placement route to make the most of your degree and enhance your future career prospects.

Brunel University also offers the Graduate Entrepreneur Scheme (Start-up Visa), which represents a perfect opportunity for our international graduates to apply their new skills in the UK following graduation.

Watch these videos to find out why Gracen and Tom chose this course.

You can hear more from two inspirational alumni here.

This course entitles students to FREE student membership of the IEMA for the duration of the course and, on successful completion, they qualify for GradIEMA. Graduate membership is a launchpad for future leaders within environment and sustainability and offers a range of benefits to support you throughout your career. You can then “fast track” to Practitioner Membership (PIEMA), following successful completion of the work-based assessment of competence.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship You may be eligible for a full tuition fee waiver, as well as a range of other financial incentives, on this course. Find out more.

British Council Scholarship for Women in STEM In partnership with the British Council, we are offering five fully-funded scholarships for female students from the East Asia region (eligible countries only). The deadline to apply for this scholarship is 25 March 2022 at 11.59pm – find out more.

The Water Conservators Environmental Sciences Bursary Awarded by The Worshipful Company of Water Conservators, a Livery Company of the City of London. The company has a particular interest in issues related to water and the environment. They'll award a single bursary of £2,000 towards the tuition fees of the successful candidate. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is Friday, 27 May 2022 – find out more.

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£21,470 Per Year

International student tuition fee

2 years


Sep 2024

Start Month

Aug 2024

Application Deadline

Upcoming Intakes

  • September 2024
  • September 2025

Mode of Study

  • Full Time