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Professional course

The Sustainable Organisation: Vision into practice

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Geography and Environmental Management
5 days
Delivered through interactive workshops, presentations and independent study
Course director:
Dr Svetlana Cicmil

Page last updated 1 May 2019


The Department of Geography and Environmental Management offers a portfolio of short courses that focus on the urgent challenges faced by organisations, communities and government in effecting sustainable change in individual behaviour, business practice and wider society.

This course is suitable for professionals in an existing sustainability role who need to update their knowledge and skills, as well as career changers and recent graduates who are looking to differentiate their CV in the highly competitive sustainability sector.

This course focuses on organisations as the vehicles for attaining sustainability.There are two perspectives: contextual and strategic. The contextual perspective considers the pressures and opportunities facing the organisation, whether these are experienced through changing markets, through regulations or through aspirations. The strategic perspective reviews a range of frameworks and tools that organisations can use for guidance to contributing to a more sustainable future.

This course forms one module of the MSc Sustainable Development in Practice. They may be taken separately or combined to build towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc if desired.



Key topics covered include:

  • Sustainable organisations in a global context
  • Concepts and practices of organisational greening strategies, environmental management principles and sustainability politics
  • Strategic sustainability frameworks and tools for organisations
  • Externalities, business behaviour and pollution policies
  • The resource context: oil, pricing and backstop technology; renewable resources and issues of access
  • Valuation of environmental assets and assets beyond value
  • Carbon and ecological footprinting

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  • Be conversant with contemporary sociological and managementconcepts and debates around organisational behaviour, corporate sustainability and risk evaluation, and apply these critically to appraise the operation of businesses in the light of their stated social and environmental policies.
  • Analyse the contextual pressures deriving from resource scarcity and ecosystem degradation and assess how these impact on operations and strategy.
  • Employ various conceptual frameworks and project appraisal methods to assist strategy formulation and the design of metrics for assessing progress in strategy implementation.
  • Conceive the broad impact of new sustainable technologies across many business sectors in terms of efficiency enhancement and market openings.

Learning and Teaching

The courses are taught through a mixture of face-to-face and independent learning comprising lectures, workshops and group discussion.  Each course culminates with the completion of a project that can be undertaken to gain UWE masters level credit if desired. The pattern of contact sessions is highly accessible for those who wish to study part-time.

Study time

The course is structured around four contact days. Students undertake a significant amount of directed and independent study between and after the contact sessions. To complete the module and assessment (if taken), we recommend students allocate approximately 150 hours including taught sessions and personal study time. This is only a guideline and will depend on the participants' motivation and learning abilities. 


Students who wish to receive credit for their learning can undertake the assessed project at the end of the course. On successful completion, the module credits may then be used towards one of our postgraduate qualifications in Sustainable Development in Practice.  Alternatively, the credit may be used towards UWE postgraduate qualifications in Integrated Professional Development.

To achieve accreditation for this module, you will need to successfully complete an assessed project in which you critically apply a range of theoretical perspectives, analytical techniques and tools relevant to sustainable organisations.

Formative assessment will be carried out throughout the module by setting regular tasks for students that will assess their grasp of the material covered. Tasks will be reviewed as part of the sessions.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

DatesUK & EU Students fee / International Student fee*
This course will next run in our 2019-20 academic year. To be kept up-to-date with our course dates please complete the enquiry form below.TBC

*Please note parking and refreshments are not provided as part of your course fee.

How to apply

How to apply

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Extra information

If you would like further information about this course or about the postgraduate qualifications in Sustainable Development in Practice, please email Dr Georgina Gough or telephone +44(0)117 32 87139.

For further information

  • Email: For all queries regarding administration aspects of registration, i.e. dates, fees, etc. please contact us using the online enquiry form link. For any questions in relation to the course, i.e. content, suitability, assessments, etc. please contact the Course Director.
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 86304

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