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Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Design MSc

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Start date


Placement available

Mode of study

1 year full-time

21 months full-time with placement



UK £8,485

International £17,875

2021/22 changes

Click here to read about how your course will be delivered and supported from September 2021.

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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 (with Professional Development) 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 a six month professional development phase. There is an option to complete the Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Design MSc in 12 months without the professional development phase but we’d advise considering the professional development option to achieve the maximum from the programme and to 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.

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You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

This course is designed to create leaders in the field. Therefore, it is structured to become less instructor-led and more student-led as the course progresses. You’ll develop your leadership and entrepreneurial skills alongside a network of specialists and your peers.

This course can be studied 1 year full-time or 21 months full-time with placement, starting in September.

Year 1

This course has a placement option. Find out more about work placements available.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

The programme specification is in the process of being updated and may not be an accurate reflection of the programme.

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Careers and your future

After completing the course you’ll be equipped with the skills to join the huge shift globally towards creating a sustainable society. You may wish to:

  • Start your own green businesses as an entrepreneur and/or designer/innovator.
  • Become a change-maker and leader in an existing business moving towards sustainability.
  • Join a corporate institution or public bodies (e.g. local and regional government, NGOs) as a senior sustainability and environmental coordinator/manager.
  • Become an adviser on sustainable business and policy, sustainable new product development and investment/funding within existing companies, or as a consultant in new business ventures. The latter will include new 'green' product and service enterprises and sustainability service providers

If you choose the six-month Professional Development option you’ll benefit from a programme that includes mentorship from leading entrepreneurs, business leaders, inventors and academics.  You’ll receive intensive corporate experience and exposure to business start-up opportunities. This will widen your network and broaden your experience, providing you with ideas and contacts for starting up your own business or simply for starting out in the sector.

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UK entry requirements

  • A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree, or equivalent internationally recognised qualification, in design, science (e.g. Environmental and Social Sciences 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

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 59 (59 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 63% (min 58% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 90 (min 20 in all) 

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2021/22 entry


£8,485 full-time

£1,385 placement year


£17,875 full-time

£1,385 placement year

More information on any additional course-related costs.

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase. 

Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2021/22 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course. EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

On this course you’ll benefit from the teaching and expertise across three different areas at Brunel: Health and Life Sciences; Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences and Brunel Business School. This means that you’ll build your knowledge from experts in varying disciplines, enabling you to graduate with a range of skills. Your network of peers and alumni will go across all three areas providing you with interaction and ideas from postgraduate students across the university.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

Assessment will take the form of integrated coursework on core sustainability and business, and sustainability and design module content, formal written examinations, individual and group coursework assignments, oral and poster presentations, a dissertation in the form of a business plan and a reflective portfolio (for the optional six-month Professional Development period).


Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.