MSc Environmental Management (Waste, Energy, Water, Oil and Gas)

Environmental challenges require complex solutions, bringing together scientific, social, political and economic perspectives. GCU's MSc Environmental Management will provide you with the interdisciplinary perspective and diverse skillset to help solve environmental problems in a leadership role. You can help your community manage environmental concerns responsibly, making a positive impact and supporting the common good.

This degree course is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM). With the endorsement of four prestigious professional organisations, the MSc Environmental Management offers a respected credential that's relevant to employers around the world.

You'll have the option to complete a general course - giving you a broad understanding across a wide range of environmental disciplines - or choose among four pathways for specialisation.

  • Waste - As society strives to use resources more efficiently, we must ensure waste is properly and safely managed. You'll study sustainable waste management, contaminated land and landfill engineering, reuse and recycling in the manufacturing sector and more.
  • Energy - Global demand for energy has significant environmental implications, and renewable energy is just one part of a broader strategy. You'll explore energy technology, renewable energy, and building and energy performance.
  • Water - Communities depend on clean, plentiful water to survive, but there are water resource challenges around the world. You'll study treatment requirements for the water cycle, policy frameworks for managing supply, international policy, wastewater treatment and more.
  • Oil and Gas - Oil and gas operations pose environmental challenges, particularly off-shore operations. You'll learn about minimising the impact of emissions from oil production, exploring for oil and gas, and environmental regulations.

Graduate prospects

As a graduate of GCU's MSc Environmental Management, you'll have excellent career prospects in both the public and private sectors. Past graduates have found work with organisations such as the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), international consulting companies including Carl Bro Group, ERS Land Regeneration and Valpak, and other government agencies and consulting firms.

The MSc Environmental Management comprises of eight taught modules. Three compulsory modules, four optional modules and a masters project. You also have the option to broaden your understanding of environmental issues via the general masters’ curriculum or to select modules from one of four specific pathways; waste, energy, water and oil and gas.

Module list

Climate Change and Carbon Management, Climate Justice, Contaminated Land and Landfill Engineering, Environmental Planning and Impact Assessment, Environmental Pollution Monitoring and Analysis, GIS and Environmental Management, Health, Safety and Environmental Management, Project (MSc), Other optional modules will depend on your pathway: Energy, Waste, Water or Oil and Gas.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

"Academic work in the MSc is practical and relates to real life challenges. Finding solutions for them was enjoyable."

Santhosh Elangovan,
MSc Energy and Environmental Management.

Study Options

  • 2020/21

Award

Mode of study

Duration

Start date

Location

 

MSc
Full Time
16 Months
18 Jan 2021
GCU Glasgow
MSc
Part Time
2 Years
18 Jan 2021
GCU Glasgow
MSc
Full Time
1 Year
29 Sep 2020
GCU Glasgow
MSc
Part Time
2 Years
29 Sep 2020
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
MSc Full Time 16 Months 18 Jan 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MSc Part Time 2 Years 18 Jan 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MSc Full Time 1 Year 29 Sep 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MSc Part Time 2 Years 29 Sep 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Entry requirements

UK honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) in any science or engineering-related degree including environmental studies, engineering, planning, geology, geography, zoology. Other management-related and relevant experience will also be considered.

English language

English language requirement: IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.

Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

International pathways

Entry options for international applicants

If you are an international applicant and do not meet the academic requirements above you may be eligible for an International Graduate Diploma at INTO Glasgow. Based in our Glasgow campus, successful completion of an INTO course with the required grades provides you with a guaranteed conditional offer of a place on this degree.

Join GCU in September 2020

We are looking forward to welcoming you to what will be a great new academic year at GCU and we hope you choose this as your study destination. Your experience as an applicant and new student remains our priority. We will be doing everything we can to make sure you enjoy learning through our blended approach of online and face-to-face teaching and to give you as many opportunities to create new friendships and experience everything the GCU community has to offer you!

The health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff will continue to be our highest priority as rules around social distancing are eased. For more information on the things what you can expect from your first term at GCU, visit our Frequently Asked Questions pages or make an enquiry today.

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Tuition fees 2020/21

Home: £6,000
RUK: £6,000
EU: £6,000
International: £13,500

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The programme is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM). With the endorsement of three prestigious professional organisations, the MSc Environmental Management offers a respected credential that's relevant to employers around the world.

Membership

While studying for this course, you will be eligible to apply for Student Membership of CIWM.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to apply for Graduate Membership of CIWM.

With the relevant industry experience, you will be eligible to apply to become an Associate Member (Assoc MCIWM) of CIWM.

This course aims to develop the critical intellectual and practical skills of the students in the collection, analysis, interpretation and understanding of data related to environmental pollution. The course aims to provide the students with up-to-date knowledge and skills to equip them for a career in environmental management, waste management or in the oil and gas sector. It will develop the students' competence in applying advanced skills to solve environmental problems, using a critical and holistic approach. The MSc Environmental Management programme will enhance students' interpersonal, communications and other transferable skills, so that they are competent to operate in senior positions in industry. This programme will allow students to acquire educational qualifications which would enable them to gain recognition by professional bodies. It aims to provide students with an opportunity to critically explore environmental problems with others from different educational backgrounds, hence enhancing the breadth of their viewpoints on such issues; to further develop the students. This MSc will develop skills in research methods and practice, so that they can undertake advanced research in environmental, waste or oil and gas topics. The programme will enable students to engage with life-long learning, research and creativity tempered with scientific discipline and social awareness.

The MSc Environmental Management (Waste) Pathway is more specific, in that it allows students to develop skills and knowledge in modern waste management practices, for those who intend to pursue a career in that area.
The (Oil and Gas) Pathway is to enable students to develop an oil and gas related specialisation, within the context of Energy and environmental management and building on their previous qualifications and experience.
The (Water) Pathway is design to develop the knowledge and skills of students looking to develop a career in the water/wastewater sector.
The (Energy) Pathway places specific emphasis on the environmental consequences of energy use and the opportunities through renewable energy technologies to support a low carbon economy.

This course features a mix of exams and assessment.
This course features guest lecturers.