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Environment and Sustainable Development Education

By Brenda Shaw
We believe that education in environmental matters is important

Environment or Ecology educational courses leading to formal, recognizable qualifications are offered throughout the UK. They cover a wide range of subject areas and the range is expanding as the importance of sustainability becomes more accepted. Additionally there are numerous special non-formal courses.
In total, there are hundreds, if not thousands of courses or modules on offer, and we do not provide comprehensive cover of them. We focus more on postgraduate and specialist courses, available to students in the UK, since UCAS caters for undergraduates.
There are more details on the various options lower down in this page.

The concept of Sustainable Development (SD) has its origins round about 1990, being introduced mainly by a group of international academics. The ideology includes concern for the environment but has a much wider remit. It is much more materialistic and that is no bad thing.
Apart from the environment the other areas of focus which the idea encapsulates are threefold. They are: Making humanitarian social progress, Making efficient use of natural resources and Maintaining high levels of economic growth and employment.
For further comments on SD click here Comments on Sustainable Development.

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    Undergraduate Courses
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Undergraduate Courses   For info on Undergraduate Degree and HND courses we recommend the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) site. UCAS promotes partnership between prospective students, universities, colleges and schools. They maintain a comprehensive database so it should be possible to identify suitable courses.
  The Open University (OU) also provides undergraduate degree courses, see the link below to the OU, under Distance Learning.
  Postgraduate Courses
Postgraduate Courses   Many courses are run at a postgraduate level that allow working individuals or recent graduates to develop their skills and knowledge, or to retrain. Postgraduate education entrance may depend on recognised formal qualifications but practical experience (experiential) may also be credited.
Awards will be made on successful completion. Typically a Postgraduate Diploma may be based on examinations (or assessment), or a Master's degree could be gained after examinations and submission of a dissertation.
Another type of Master's degree may be offered after a period of research and the successful submission of a thesis, or beyond this, a Doctorate.
White Osterspermum   Whatever option is chosen there is a cost in terms of effort and money, however, you should be able to see it as a satisfying experience.
On the next page we provide lists of educational institutions which offer postgraduate environmental or ecological orientated courses in the UK.
To see the lists, use the section map above, or the text link below.
    Find A Masters is a database of postgraduate Masters courses. They feature a wide range of international Masters degree programmes from universities in the UK and abroad. The site also covers CPD courses.
    Find A PhD is a guide to current postgraduate research and PhD studentships. They lists details of graduate research programmes from universities across the UK, Europe and further afield. The site also gives information of Professional Doctorate programmes.
    Graduate Prospects states it is the UK's leading provider of information, advice and opportunities to students and graduates. This section on Postgraduate study includes taught courses, research and funding.
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    Special Courses and Distance Learning
Special Courses and Distance Learning   Continuing Professional Development (CPD) or Lifelong Learning are concepts which recognise the need to keep abreast of advances and to update, and many special courses are tailored to suit the needs of working individuals. From the student's point of view the process may offer an opportunity for career development or simply give personal satisfaction, but the community as a whole benefits from the individual's expansion of skills and knowledge.
Special courses proliferate and are varied (eg short courses or repeating seminars), and we shall only include these if the demand becomes evident.

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  The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) has produced a Directory of Sustainable Courses for those wishing to enhance their green skills. Subjects include renewable energy production, ecological building, sustainability, community development, energy conservation, development, organic horticulture and agriculture, recycling, water, wood, crafts and environmental law. There are also sections on distance learning and volunteering. There are courses to suit all levels, from informal one day and weekend activities to full degree courses and post-graduate qualifications. With over 180 entries listed the directory will save you the time and effort of searching through countless prospectuses or web sites.
    Course Direct is a distance vocational education provider in the UK and abroad, with partnerships with training organisations and academics to develop cutting edge vocational courses at affordable prices.
    The Environmental Academy provides online and classroom based training courses and consultancy services; it an IEMA approved training provider, with several of our courses also recognised as IEMA CPD.
    The FindCPD site brings together professional development courses in all subjects into a single easy-to-search database.
    The Open University is renowned for providing a broad range of distance learning across a wide variety of subjects, at different levels including undergraduate, postgraduate, research degrees and short courses. Students in the UK are supported through a network of 13 centres (plus additional study centres) where they can meet with tutors, advisors and each other.
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Internet Course Information Services
  Hotcourses.com state they are the UK's largest course finder, enabling search of thousands of courses and student reviews and helping people to find the right school, college or university to pursue educational opportunities.
    Intute, a freely available Internet service, aiming to provide a trusted source of selected, high quality information for students, academics, researchers and practitioners in the social sciences, health and life sciences, arts and humanity, science and technology. Intute closed in July 2011 as funds were withdrawn, but their site will remain available for 3 years.
    The Government's National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance on a wide range of courses and different levels to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice, supported by qualified careers advisers.
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    The following site indulges itself in cynical satire and anyone who is PC or of a sensitive nature should not be tempted to follow the link.
    The UBS (University of Bums on Seats) is an institution where the staff believe that nobody should be exempt from a university education. They pride themselves on their 'character-over-qualifications' admissions policy which ensures that no-one will be rejected on any grounds except non-payment of fees. They publish Skidmark, an 'upbeat' news letter.
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Originated: 18 November, 2001,  Updated: 29 October, 2013