Environmental technology studentsECTS: 90 credits
Start date: October 2017
Duration: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
Location: South Kensington

This course is now open to applications for 2017 entry.

This MSc course challenges you to rethink our conventional models of retirement provision with the aim of a sustainable transformation.

About the course


Our MSc in Sustainable Retirement Investment and Management invites you to challenge conventional models of retirement provision, while aiming to ensure transition to a sustainable future.

The transition to a post-industrial society requires vital tools for civil society to manage the change, a field of inquiry you will actively engage with. Those all-important tools have not been forthcoming to date, with a lack of leadership from both politicians and academics.

You will focus on environmental, economic and social sustainability, and how that can be achieved through changes in institutional governance.

A specific area of importance in questioning how society transitions to a sustainable post-industrial society will be to analyse how concepts are applied to real-world practices, for example to assess the impact of government regulation on companies and organisations.

You will identify and examine the long overdue tools required to benefit society and transition to a post-industrial society.


You graduate well equipped to overcome the challenges associated with ensuring sustainability in pension provision. You will gain a strong knowledge of the pensions industry, including occupational schemes, the role of government in retirement provision, and the nature of investment in retirement provision.

The advanced level of knowledge and understanding of pensions and retirement will see you well placed to pursue careers in the financial and political sectors.


Modules shown are those planned for this new MSc course for 2016

You will complete four core modules, and choose one optional module in each of the three terms.

Core modules

  • Group Panel Project
  • Independent Research Project
  • Pensions, Employee Benefits and Sustainable Retirement Saving Arrangements
  • Providing for Sustainable Retirement

Optional modules

You will choose one optional module each term.

Term 1
  • Sustainable Corporate and Pensions Governance
  • Sustainable Investment
Term 2
  • Corporate Pension, Savings Planning and Sustainability
  • Sustainable Personal Finance and Retail Provision
Term 3
  • Member Communications
  • Economics and Political Economy for Pensions, Retirement Savings and Employee Benefits in a Sustainability Context

Teaching and assessment


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Skills tutorials


  • Essay
  • Executive summary
  • Group/individual report
  • Individual presentation
  • Problem solving action plan
  • Written examination

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

2.1 Honours degree in an appropriate subject.

English Language requirements

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

Fees and funding

Home and EU students

2017 entry:
  • £15,000 full-time
  • £7,500* per year part-time

Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:
  • £15,000 full-time
  • £7,500* per year part-time

* Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Government funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs. 

Funding from Imperial


We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Most of our postgraduate courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full. We therefore recommend applying early to avoid disappointment, especially students who will also be applying for funding or applying for a visa.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

ATAS Certificate
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.