Inaugural course launches October 2021; applications for 2022 will open 1st September 2021


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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 address two pervasive and unmet challenges of our time: making the transition to a zero-carbon and environmentally sustainable economic model, whilst simultaneously improving the quality of life for the world's least advantaged people.

The course views these challenges through the lenses of finance, economics and enterprise - the Smith School's core strengths. 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.

This 12-month course is designed for current and future decision-makers who seek to deepen their expertise in economics, finance and business, broaden their understanding of the scientific, technological and cultural aspects of climate change and sustainable development and learn how to lead impactful change within enterprise. 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 moment in history when fundamental questions are being asked about the interactions between societies, economies and the natural environment - and the value structures underpinning these interactions. Leadership, grounded in learning, curiosity and entrepreneurship, will be more important than ever in rebuilding the post-COVID-19 world. Leaders of enterprise will need to be increasingly resilient and able to cope with previously unseen levels of complexity and uncertainty. They will also need to lead with empathy and emotional intelligence, and foster diversity and inclusion through deeper levels of socio-cultural awareness.

The MSc SEE is ideally suited to provide you with both the academic knowledge and practical skills needed to thrive in the post-pandemic landscape and play a leading role in reorienting the relationship between enterprise, society and the natural environment. Equipping the next generation with the cutting-edge research and training needed to drive change has always been central to the Smith School's mission to get the world to net- zero emissions and achieve sustainable development. But now it takes on an even greater meaning in a context where the cement of societal structures is temporarily pliable and there is a genuine opportunity to change things for the better.

The MSc SEE will be taught by world-leading experts from the top-ranked School of Geography and the Environment who are at the very forefront of research and practice across multiple disciplinary domains. Many have recently had a prominent voice in public debate around how to ‘build back better' post-pandemic. The course will also draw on expertise from across the University of Oxford, including the Saïd Business School, the Blavatnik School, the Oxford Department of International Development and the Department of Economics.

The inaugural MSc SEE scholars will commence in October 2021 and conclude in September 2022. The course will be full-time, taught face-to-face in Oxford.

Further information

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

Disclaimer: The information appearing on this website / in this document is to be used as a guide only. The final and binding details pertaining to cost, selection criteria and required documents for application are those appearing on the central University of Oxford graduate admissions website. The final and binding details pertaining to course structure and content will be those given in the MSc SEE course handbook in September 2021. COVID-19 related-restrictions may mean that some minor to moderate changes have to be made to the inaugural cohort of the course - for example, some components being taught online, and field trips being local rather than regional/international. Meeting selection criteria does not assure selection. It is likely that the course will be oversubscribed, meaning many qualified candidates may miss out on a place. The teaching staff list is subject to change.