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Dr Alison Greig, 0845 196 5109,
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Anglia Ruskin University in partnership with Eden project, Change Agents UK

Anglia Ruskin University in partnership with Eden project, Change Agents UK

MSc Sustainability: Working for Positive Change

Course description
The aim of our course is to enable you to become a catalyst for change for a sustainable future, building on your existing knowledge, skills and experience. You will embark on an ambitious learning journey, along which you will;
Gain a deep understanding of key sustainability challenges,
Become equipped with the skills required to lead change,
Undertake a work placement in which you can apply your knowledge and skills.

This is a truly multidisciplinary course of study, with an emphasis on developing your understanding of a range of natural and social systems.
It is delivered through a combination of intensive residential sessions in Cambridge and Cornwall together with innovative online learning. On completing our course, you could develop your career in new directions:
Work as a sustainability professional, as a consultant for an NGO or government body, or in industry or commerce,
Return to your roots empowered to 'do things better' within a particular business sector,
Work in education, developing the sustainability literacy of future generations,
Establish your own social, community or sustainability-focused enterprise.
Details of the modules you will study and other aspects of our course are available from our online prospectus.

Assessments will include a range of text based (report, essays, journal articles), presentations and other forms of non-textual communication (such as outline design for a website). We have designed the assessment specifically to foster skills development alongside the development of academic knowledge and understanding. For instance, a text-based assessment may be an essay or a more specific product such as an article for a magazine or journal. Some assessments will involve group- or team- work and students will collaborate both during the face-to-face block sessions and online.

12 Months Full-time
24 months Part-time

Compulsory Residential Sessions (2013-14)
Weeks Commencing: 16th September, 2013 (Cambridge), 29th October, 2013 (Cambridge), 3rd December, 2013 (Cambridge), 11th February, 2014 (Cornwall) and 22nd April, 2014 (Cornwall).

Whilst we can provide a list of places to stay, you will be responsible for organising accommodation and for the associated additional costs (including travel to Cambridge/Cornwall, food etc). 

Entry requirements
All applicants should be able to demonstrate a strong interest in sustainability, a willingness to engage with the scientific literature and a wish to facilitate the change needed for a sustainable future. Applicants should also possess or expect to possess a first or upper second class Honours Degree. Applicants with a lower second class Honours Degree but with relevant experience will also be considered; other applicants without standard qualifications but with extensive relevant practical experience may also be considered. Prospective students with non-standard entry qualifications are advised to discuss their personal position with the course tutor.

We welcome people from all backgrounds, cultures and of any age or status. The diversity of the student group is an important part of the learning process and is a reflection of the wide scope of the subject material.

In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, then IELTS Academic is required with 6.0 overall and no less than 5.5 in components (or equivalent).

Distance learning
This flexible course has been designed to give our students the opportunity to study part time whilst continuing in their employment.

The course involves a mix of compulsory week-long residential sessions and online learning. The residential sessions are held at either Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge (Modules 1-4) or at the Eden Project in Cornwall (Modules 5 and 6) and involve a mix of lectures, seminars, workshops, and presentations. The teaching team will consist of core staff plus 'guests' from academia and the workplace who are able to discuss the latest information and ideas in their particular area of expertise.
Before and following the residential sessions your learning will be supported by online learning, using Anglia Ruskin's Virtual Learning Environment. This will allow you to prepare for forthcoming sessions (including conducting your own research), to interact with staff and with your peers (both informally and in structured contexts such as online seminars and discussions), to access course-specific materials and to undertaken post-sessional activities (individually and in groups, assessed and non-assessed.

2013/14 Full Time Fee for UK/EU Students:  £6,695
2013/14 Part Time Fee for UK/EU Students:  £3,348 (based on 50% intensity)

Special departmental expertise
This course has been developed, and is delivered as a partnership. Each partner provides a distinctive and complimentary contribution to your learning. Anglia Ruskin University provides the academic context of the course and, through the GSI access to state of the art research and thought leadership in the sustainability arena. The Eden Project provides an inspirational practical case study of 'what is possible' and world class experience of running transformational social and environmental projects and creating unforgettable learning experiences. Change Agents UK area of expertise is providing opportunities for employment, providing training, career advice and online resources enabling graduates to use their sustainability knowledge and skills to foster change within organisations and communities.

Graduate prospects
Work Placements
The course includes a unique programme of work-based learning during which time you will apply and reflect on your knowledge and understanding of sustainability and driving change in the context of a practical work-based setting. Your work placement will also provide an opportunity for you to develop a range of work-based skills recognised as vital by employers. Change Agents UK will assist you in securing a placement and will provide training and support whilst you are in the workplace.

Part time students and those with considerable prior work experience may be able to use their concurrent/previous employment to meet the learning requirements of the work placement module. You will still benefit from the support and training provided by Change Agents UK.

Graduates from this course are likely to develop their careers in several directions. You may, for example;
Work as a sustainability professional, including working as a sustainability consultant for an NGO, independent or government body or as a sustainability specialist in industry or commerce,
Return to your academic roots empowered to 'do things better' within a particular business sector,
Work in education, developing the sustainability literacy of future generations,
Establish your own social, community, or sustainability focused enterprise.