MSc Environmental Management (Energy)

Learn from our expertise and research strengths in environmental impact assessment, carbon trading, planning and impacts of wind, hydro and nuclear power.

Environmental Management (Energy)

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date September 2021, January 2022, September 2022, January 2023
  • Duration MSc full-time: 12 months, MSc part-time: 24 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based, Stand-alone modules

Britain seeks to be a world leader in renewable energies and its generating potential is recognised globally, but it is equally renowned for the quality of its natural environment. This creates the potential for conflict. As a result, we need to better understand the various environmental costs associated with 21st-century energy technologies, whether renewable or non-renewable, and how these costs can be evaluated, managed and mitigated.

Our Masters course in Environmental Management (Energy) builds on the success of our respected and long-running Environmental Management course, which has over 600 graduates. The course draws on our existing expertise and research strengths in environmental impact assessment, carbon trading, planning and impacts of wind, hydro and nuclear power, as well as our expertise in energy management and environmental economics.

The division of Biological and Environmental Sciences, which runs this course, specialises in studies of human interactions with the environment. Their key strengths are in environmental assessment and management.

You’ll also benefit from employability skills training, a residential field skills course and the chance to carry out an environmental management related dissertation project which may include working collaboratively with a business through our Making the Most of Masters programme.

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Top reasons to study with us

Course objectives

On the course you’ll gain:

  • an understanding of the scientific principles (atmospheric, hydrological, geomorphological and ecological) that underpin current environmental issues related to energy production
  • an understanding of the economic, political, social and legal frameworks for managing the environment
  • a sound training in relevant practical, investigative, research and all-encompassing skills that managers in the energy and environment sector need

Work placements

You may have the opportunity to carry out a work-based dissertation with the Making the Most of Masters scheme.

Flexible learning

If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.

Faculty facilities

Some of our key facilities include:

  • 11 specialist laboratories supporting a wide range of research interests from ecology to analytical chemistry to our environmental radioactivity laboratory
  • Stirling Controlled Environment Facility: a world-class facility for conducting experimental research investigating the impacts of climate and climate change

Research overview

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), 60% of our research impact in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences and 100% of our research impact in Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology was rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

Our research and impact positions us as leaders in the area of Environmental Protection and Biological Conservation. We are organised into six research groups:

  • Earth and Planetary Observation
  • Ecosystem Change
  • Environmental Biogeochemistry
  • Evolving Organisms
  • Healthy Environments, Sustainable Societies
  • Quaternary Science and Paleo-environments

We have long established links with regulators, consultancy and the energy industry and leading researchers working on various aspects of energy and environmental management including:

  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • carbon trading
  • planning and the impacts of wind, hydro and nuclear power

What our students said

Jo McKenzie
MSc Environmental Management
Gaining the Masters has enabled me to further develop skills that have become so valuable to my current career. A month after completing the course I started work as a field engineer for an oilfield services company in Oman.
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Fraser Bell
MSc Environmental Management
The knowledge gained from the Environmental Law and Environmental Policy subjects as well as the practical fieldwork aspect of the course were useful with regards to my job role today. After graduating with an MSc, I was offered a job as a planner for a small wind farm developer.
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