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Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Design MSc

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12 months full-time (standard MSc); 21 months full-time (enhanced MSc)

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Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Design MSc

Placement Offered This course has a Professional Development option


We regularly host online webinars to give you the chance to find out more about our courses and what studying at Brunel is like. For a playback of our recent Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Design MSc webinar, click here.

Postgraduate Loans: From 1 August 2017 , students who live in England will be able to apply for a Postgraduate Loan in academic year 2017/18 of up to £10,280. Find out more

About the course

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 MSc in Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Design (with Professional Development) is an 18-month programme – 12 months for the study at Brunel followed by a six-month professional development phase. There is an option to complete the MSc in Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Design in 12 months (without the professional development phase) but students will be encouraged to engage with the professional development phase to achieve the maximum from the programme.

Brunel University also offers the Graduate Entrepreneur post-study visa, which represents a perfect opportunity for our international graduates to apply their new skills in the UK following graduation.

The course is jointly run between the College of Health and Life Sciences, the School of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences, and Brunel Business School.



This programme will equip entrepreneurial minded graduates with two essential ingredients:

  • firstly, the mindset and ability to play a key role in building a sustainable world – one that is not only prosperous, but also environmentally stable and socially inclusive
  • secondly, hands-on experience, such that they can become entrepreneurs, business leaders, change-makers and innovators.

Upon graduating, students will be able to become key figures in local, regional, national or global businesses; holistic thinkers and visionary leaders in their communities, corporations, businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies.

They will be encouraged to infuse environmental awareness into societies and make tangible contributions to the theory and practice of environmental protection, sustainable business and a circular (green) economy.


Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)

Course Content

Core modules

  • Introduction to Strategic Sustainable Development
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Planning
  • International Business Ethics, Sustainability and Corporate Governance
  • Sustainable Design
  • Professional Design Studio
  • Integrated Assessment - Sustainability, Entreprenuership and Design
  • Dissertation
  • Sustainable Development in Practice (Compulsory for the MSc with professional development).

Read more about the structure of postgraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.


  • The programme will gain employers recognition, because graduates will obtain qualifications and skills enabling them to deal with sustainability and environmental management issues which are now becoming important factors for all various types of businesses.
  • The move to a sustainable society is likely to see a transformation similar to that of digital economy with all sectors of the economy and industry responding to sustainable development and low carbon imperatives and targets, demanding both industry and public informed strategy and leadership.
  • Students who undertake the 6-month Professional Development will be given the opportunity to undertake a Professional Development Programme. This will include mentorship from leading entrepreneurs, business leaders, inventors and academics, intensive corporate exposure, and business start-up opportunities.


Graduates from the MSc course will expect to:

  • Start their own green businesses as entrepreneurs and/or designer/innovators.
  • Become change-makers and leaders in existing businesses moving towards sustainability.
  • Join corporate institutions and public bodies (eg local and regional government, NGOs) as senior sustainability and environmental coordinators/managers.
  • Become advisers on sustainable business and policy, sustainable new product development and investment/funding within existing companies, or as consultants in new business ventures. The latter will include new 'green' product and service enterprises and sustainability service providers.

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.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

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Entry Criteria 2018/19

  • A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree, or equivalent internationally recognised qualification, in design, science and engineering, management, business studies or a related subject.
  • Applicants  with other qualifications will be considered, if these are supported by a science A-level (or equivalent) and relevant work experience.
  • All applicants shortlisted are required to attend an interview.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

International and EU Entry Requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)

Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.

However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English. Find out more information about English course and test options.

Teaching and Assessment


  • The programme will be delivered beginning with an overview of core concepts and followed by progressively deeper consideration and application of the concepts later on through a self-directed learning approach. It is structured to provide leadership opportunities and move progressively from learning the "rules of the game" to "playing the game". This means that as the programme progresses it becomes less instructor-led and more student-led where students direct their learning towards their own needs and tap the collective wisdom of the group via project work.
  • There will be four integrated streams:
    1. Ecological and sustainability theory
    2. Leadership
    3. Design and Innovation
    4. Business planning and start up.

    The benefits of this combination will be unique; students will be cross trained, drawing upon the resources of a world class university. They will develop three complementary networks of peers and alumni and engage in Brunel’s collegiate experience, interacting with students and faculty from three corners of the university. Through this combination, graduates will able to enter the professional arena with an energetic and inspired approach to societal change.
  • By taking part in the programme, students will gain:
    o The deep scientific knowledge for strategic planning towards a sustainable society, including ecological theory and sustainability design principles
    o Innovation, creativity and team working skills
    o Experiential learning and mentorship from leading entrepreneurs and business leaders
    o Communication skills to enable working with members of engineering, design and marketing teams
    o Leadership skills
    o Intensive corporate exposure
    o Career paths as sustainability practitioners in business, academia, government, and community organisations.
    o Business start up opportunities
    o Membership of the Made in Brunel Sustainable Business alumni, an elite group of successful ecopreneurs and their mentors
    o Additional support to enhance your employability skills beyond the MSc through the Business Life Programme.


  • Integrated coursework on core sustainability and business, and sustainability & design module content.
  • Formal written examinations
  • Individual and Group coursework assignments
  • Oral and Poster presentations
  • Dissertation in the form of a Business plan, product design or research proposal
  • Reflective Portfolio (for optional six-month Professional Development period)

Special Features

The programme has a number of innovative features. For example

  • The fusion of environmental education with design, entrepreneurial and business skills
  • Structural flexibility - so that the needs and desires of individuals can be met through offering optional modules within various themes relevant to sustainable enterprise
  • Practice based assessments - for example, the development of a detailed business plan for those who wish to start their own business, a product design for those taking the designer/innovator route, or a research proposal for those wishing to pursue a career in research or bid writing
  • Professional development activities - following the multidisciplinary learning programme, students will undertake a six month professional development activity in which - for example - they will undertake an internship or start their own business. (The provision of incubator space for these students will be an integral part of the MSc and is another distinctive feature of the programme. The students will also be equipped with pitching skills and a business mentor).

Fees for 2018/19 entry

Additional course related costs

UK/EU students:

£7,700 full-time.

£7,700 full-time including placement.

International students:

£16,200 full-time.

£16,200 full-time including placement. 

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).