Sustainability and Consultancy, M.Sc. | University of Leeds | Leeds, United Kingdom
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Sustainability and Consultancy

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The Sustainability and Consultancy degree from University of Leeds aligns closely with the challenges of sustainability and the skills that businesses and organisations need to tackle those challenges, with a strong emphasis on project skills.


Prepare yourself for a career in the increasingly relevant field of sustainability consultancy, through our industry-led Sustainability and Consultancy MSc.

Sustainability is a hot topic. We know that we are facing issues such as climate change, problems caused by the production of waste, the loss of bio-diversity and many of these can be caused by our industrial and commercial activities.

To meet the challenges of the future, we must address these issues. That’s why businesses and organisations across the world are looking for sustainability experts to help them reduce and mitigate their environmental and social impact.

This course aligns closely with the challenges of sustainability and the skills that businesses and organisations need to tackle those challenges, with a strong emphasis on project skills. You'll be taught the principles of the field and have the opportunity to choose sustainability topics, which align to your specific interests, as you build up to a focused professional consultancy project in which you'll carry out discrete analysis with one of our industry partners.

Specialist modules are delivered by academic staff, practicing consultants and other practitioners, giving you exposure to real-life, international case studies with a good understanding of the contemporary project and sustainability management techniques and solutions you'll need to become a leader in the field.

Career opportunities

Sustainability has become a fundamental part of protecting the world we live in and, as such, the career opportunities for qualified specialists are far-reaching and highly rewarding.

Sustainability consultants can be found all across the globe, in a number of different organisations. Many work in the big engineering consultancy firms which build big pieces of infrastructure, such as power stations, tunnels, roads and railways, where they assess the environmental and social impact of these developments and come up with plans to mitigate the effects.

Other consultants may work at business level, helping companies to reduce their own environmental and social impact caused by the execution of their business activities, whilst many find themselves working in the public sector such as with local authorities.

Regardless of where in the world you want to live and work, there is a need for sustainability expertise worldwide and, with increasing legislation from governments and industry’s own desire to remain competitive, this need is only going to become more prominent.


This course is accredited by IEMA, the professional body for everyone working in environment and sustainability. This course entitles you to student membership for the duration of the course and, on successful completion, you qualify for GradIEMA.

Programme Structure

You'll take nine months of taught classes, followed by approximately three months of independent project work in association with an industry partner.

During semester one, you'll also have the opportunity to choose modules which focus on a broad range of consultancy theoretical topics. These topics may include issues associated with corporate social responsibility, corporate governance, alternative economic models such as ecological economics or challenges faced by climate change in a sustainability setting.

During semester two you'll apply the knowledge gained in semester one in a more practical way, beginning to think about how these things will work in practice.

Over ten weeks you'll work with one of our industry partners to deliver a sustainability consultancy project, in which you'll carry out some discrete analysis and produce tangible outputs to the client/host organisation.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We operate a staged admissions process for this course.

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180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

A bachelor's degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a natural, environmental, physical, geographical, management or social science subject.

This course is ideal if you have enthusiasm for environmental debate and concern over the future sustainability of human and environmental systems. You are also likely to benefit from this course if you have a background in other disciplines, with relevant work experience in the fields of environment and/or development.

Applicants with a 2:2, or equivalent, will be considered on a case-by-case basis where applicants can demonstrate relevant work experience or aptitude in a relevant specialist field. Graduates from other disciplines and those with professional experience in the sector will also be considered.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information, please contact the Admissions Team.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Leeds

637 - 1103 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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