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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
  • 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 environmental assessment and management.

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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
  • 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 thin section and micromorphology
    • Stirling Controlled Environment Facility: a world-class facility for conducting experimental research investigating the impacts of climate and climate change
  • Research

    In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), 80% 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 two research groups:

    • Ecology, Evolution and Conservation
    • Environmental Systems, Change and Protection

    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
  • Academic requirements

    A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2:1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. If you have a 2:1 or a first class honours degree in another discipline and significant relevant work and life experience we still encourage you to apply.

  • English language requirements

    If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

    • IELTS 6.5 with 5.5 minimum in each sub-skill
    • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 176 overall with a minimum of 162 in each sub-skill
    • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 overall with a minimum of 162 in each sub-skill
    • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 60 overall with a minimum of 51 in each sub-skill
    • IBT TOEFL 80 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing
    • Trinity ISE II Pass overall and Merit in all sub-skills, ISE III Pass overall and in all sub-skills, ISE IV Pass overall and in all sub-skills

    Last updated: 5 December 2019

    For more information on ways that you can meet our English language requirements, including options to waive the requirement, please read our information on English language requirements.

  • Pre-sessional English language courses

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

    Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses.

You’ll take three modules in each semester followed by a dissertation. Each module is worth 20 SCQF credits at level 11 and the dissertation is worth 60 credits.

If you meet the requirements of the taught course you’ll qualify for the Diploma and may proceed to the MSc. This involves completion of a three-month Research Project, often in collaboration with an outside agency. Students frequently choose a topic complementary to their option selection, allowing them to develop a high level of competence in aspects of environmental management relevant to their future employment.


The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery in the next academic intake of this course. These may be subject to change as the University regularly revises and refreshes the curriculum of our taught programmes.

Course Details

  • Teaching

    The course is taught primarily by staff within Biological and Environmental Sciences, but also by staff from other departments of the University and visiting professionals from outside agencies.

    Delivery will include a mixture of conventional lectures, workshop sessions, field excursions, critiques of environmental statements, student-led debates and oral presentations. These activities may be undertaken in teams.

  • Fieldwork

    You’ll take a residential field module and immediately begin learning practical identification, surveying, measuring and sampling skills.

  • Assessment

    Both exams and coursework will be used with a focus on the use of case studies on different aspects of environmental impact, assessment and monitoring in relation to energy production. Modules will be assessed either by exams and coursework (typically 50:50 weighting) or, where appropriate, by coursework alone. Coursework will be based on written work and/or oral presentation.

  • Classroom hours

    Full-time students are expected to be on campus most days of the week, and part-time students should ensure that they are available for two to three days each week.

    The residential Cairngorms National Park field course takes place in early October over six days and the Gabon field course is during the last two weeks of February.

  • Course director

    Professor David Copplestone has over 20 years’ experience directing, leading research and modelling the fate, behaviour and impact of radionuclides in the environment. He is particularly interested in understanding how ecological systems adapt to environmental stresses caused by exposure to ionising radiation and modelling the transfer and behaviour of radionuclides.

    Professor David Copplestone

    +44 (0) 1786 467852

  • Fees and costs

    Fees shown are per year (fees are different for each course)


    Home/EU Students

    Fees shown are for full-time, one-year Masters course*

    If you’re domiciled in Scotland, you may be eligible to apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover your tuition fees and associated living costs. Students domiciled in the EU can also apply for tuition fee support, although may not be eligible to receive funding to support living costs.

    If you're domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, you should be eligible to apply for a loan from your regional body.

    English students apply for a loan of up to £10,609 per year as part of the UK Postgraduate Loan Scheme, Welsh students can apply for a non-means tested loan of up to £13,000 from the Welsh Government and Northern Irish students are eligible to apply for support of up to £5,500.

    *Fees for students who apply for a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate will be paid on a pro-rata basis.

    If the course is taken over two years then the fee will be split evenly over the two years. Fees are not pro-rated for students who enrol on a Masters course and decide to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma - the full fee is charged.


    Overseas (Non-EU) Students

    Fees shown are for full-time, one-year Masters course. Fees for students who apply for a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate will be paid on a pro-rata basis.

    If the course is taken over two years then the fee will be split evenly over the two years. Fees are not pro-rated for students who enrol on a Masters course and decide to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma - the full fee is charged.


    Please note: You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. If you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

  • Scholarships and funding

    If you have the talent, ability and drive to study with us, we want to make sure you make the most of the opportunity – regardless of your financial circumstances.

    Learn more about available funding opportunities or use our scholarship finder to explore our range of scholarships.

  • Additional costs

    There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. Learn more about additional fees.

  • Cost of living

    If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

    EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

    Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling

  • Payment options

    We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay

While this course is still in its early years our long-standing MSc Environmental Management has a very good record with most students swiftly moving on to employment in the environmental sector. We have graduates working for the following companies:

  • Enertrag - renewable energies
  • Ventus Green Energy
  • Wind Prospects
  • Scottish Power
  • Employability skills

    Early on in this course you’ll take a residential field module and immediately begin to learn practical identification, surveying, measuring and sampling skills. You’ll also have the option of a two week field course studying tropical ecology and conservation in Gabon, where you’ll focus on collecting data at the interface between climate change, forest dynamics and people’s use of the forest.

    Having learned how to collect data you’ll be taught how to analyse, report and present data through the modules Analysis of Environmental Data (using R), GIS and Remote Sensing. You’ll gain the transferable skills often required within environmental agencies/consultancies, including the ability to translate theory into practice, to work in a team and independently, to plan and coordinate research, and to engage with a variety of different users.

  • Companies we work with

    We have long established links with regulators, consultancy and the energy industry. We work closely with a variety of relevant organisations including SEPA, Environment Agency, the nuclear industry, Scottish Coal and Scottish Renewables.

    It is expected that growth will continue in the commercial sector as a potential source of employment, especially in relation to energy-based projects.

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.
Jo McKenzie
MSc Environmental Management
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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.
Fraser Bell
MSc Environmental Management
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