New: MSc in Sustainability, Enterprise and the Environment

Inaugural course launches October 2021; applications now open

In 2021 the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment will launch a new MSc within the School of Geography and the Environment. The MSc in Sustainability, Enterprise and the Environment (MSc SEE) will equip students with the rigorous academic knowledge and applied skills needed to understand and accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon, environmentally sustainable economic model that simultaneously improves the quality of life of the world's least advantaged people. The course will emphasise the role of enterprise, both public and private, in meeting these challenges. The 12-month course is designed for current and future decision makers who seek deepen their expertise in economics, finance and business, whilst broadening their understanding of the scientific, technological and cultural aspects of climate change and sustainable development. It is aimed at both recently completed undergraduates and graduates as well as early- to mid-career professionals.

The launch of this course comes at a pivotal time in history when major questions are being asked about the interactions between societies, economies and the natural environment - and the value structures underpinning these interactions.

Please see our MSc in Sustainability, Enterprise and the Environment webpages for more information on the programme, including how to apply.

Further information

Please contact the Course Director MSc SEE, Dr Laurence Wainwright ( with any specific questions.

More information on graduate study is also available on the School of Geography and the Environment and University of Oxford graduate websites.

MSc/MPhil Programmes

The School of Geography and the Environment (SoGE) hosts one of the largest graduate schools in Geography and the Environment in the world, and plays a key role in training world leaders in the field. The School recruits one hundred postgraduate MSc students across four taught programmes each year. The Smith School participates in leading and teaching modules across the four programmes:

During the most recent academic year the Smith School faculty have instructed the following modules:

  • Corporate Environmental Management (NSEG)
  • Corporate Social and Environmental Accountability (NSEG)
  • Environmental Economics and Policy (ECM)
  • Economics of the Environment (BCM)
  • Behavioural Economics and Field Experiments (NSEG)
  • Decision Making Processes (NSEG)
  • Water Economics (WSPM)
  • Research Methods (WSPM)
  • Socio-Political Nature of Water (WSPM)
  • Water and Development (WSPM)
  • Mobile Water for Development (module for all MSc courses)

MSc - MBA 1+1

Our five MSc programmes are part of the Oxford 1+1 Programme which enables exceptional and motivated students to combine their MSc with the Oxford MBA. The MSc will provide you with the in depth understanding of the complex dynamic between environment, society and markets based on theory and empirical evidence. This you will then apply to your enhanced management skills. There is growing evidence that this "depth + breadth" is what the world needs, and what employers seek.

Successful candidates for the Oxford 1+1 Programme will need to meet the admissions requirements for both programmes and be admitted separately to both. For further information on the MBA programme and how to apply please see the Saïd Business School website. If you are submitting an application for the Oxford 1+1 Programme you should notify us at as well as submitting an application for the relevant MSc course. The MSc application process is explained on the relevant MSc pages of the School of Geography and the Environment website.

The Oxford 1 + 1 Programme is currently open for applications.

DPhil (Doctor of Philosophy)

To be a DPhil candidate at the Smith School, an application must be made to the DPhil in Geography and the Environment, through the School of Geography and the Environment. Successful applicants become a DPhil candidate at the Smith School if they are supervised by a member of the Smith School's faculty.

The School of Geography and the Environment encourages applicants to make contact with a potential supervisor to discuss a research proposal before submitting an application to the DPhil. The application should then indicate the name of that potential supervisor so that it can be passed to the Smith School for comment.

If an application is received which does not mention a potential supervisor, but the research proposal is within the remit of the Smith School, the application will be passed to the Smith School for comment.

Current Doctoral (DPhil) Research Students

The international and interdisciplinary nature of the Smith School's science and research is reflected in the range of postgraduate research topics our graduate students undertake. Please see our Graduate Students webpage to find out more.

Bidwell Scholarship

As a result of the generosity of Robin Bidwell and the Woodchester Trust, the School is able to award our second Bidwell Scholarship to a candidate starting their DPhil studies in the 2021/22 academic year. The Scholarship will be awarded to a student who demonstrates exceptional academic merit and/or potential. It will cover University tuition fees (but not maintenance costs) for the three years of the DPhil.

Candidates must first be accepted through the application process to the School of Geography and the Environment outlined above, and will then be considered for the scholarship.