MSc in Environmental Entrepreneurship

This unique course – the first of its kind in Europe – meets the needs of graduate students who want to contribute to environmental improvement and learn how to identify and evaluate business opportunities. It’s a collaboration between:

  • Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship

The course also has contributions from eight other engineering departments, the Business School and the Law School.

Throughout the course, you’ll develop skills that'll allow you to launch new ventures, strategies, products, and technologies that address society's environmental and natural resource problems.

The course is suitable for anyone who'd like to refocus their career on environmental or sustainable entrepreneurship.

You’ll study

You'll follow a curriculum of five core modules and a wide range of optional modules. Each module is taught for two to three hours per week over eight to 12 weeks. MSc students also undertake a dissertation.

Following successful completion of the taught component, you’ll undertake a dissertation from June to August.

Work Placement

The Client-Based Environmental Entrepreneurship in Practice class has been developed for this MSc. This class has no formal teaching and instead sees you carry out a four-month project of interest to a client, while at the same contributing to ecopreneurship in practice.

In addition, as part of the class “Independent Study in Collaboration with Industry” you can apply to work with industry projects (such as the Carbon Clinic in collaboration with Carbon Trust).


Our laboratory facilities are well-equipped for a wide range of environmental measurements. High-technological instrumentation and space are available to investigate:

  • marine & freshwater quality
  • air quality
  • solid & hazardous wastes
  • environmental microbiology

Course content

Compulsory classes

  • Client-Based Environmental Entrepreneurship In Practice
  • Qualitative & Quantitative Research Methods
  • Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Commercialisation
  • New Venture Creation

Elective classes

Choose seven from this list

  • Air Pollution, Climate Change & Human Health
  • Contaminated Land
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Environmental Pollution Management
  • Global Water Policy
  • Pollution and Rehabilitation of Degraded Ecosystems
  • Science, Technology & Innovation Policy
  • Water & Wastewater Treatment Design
  • Energy Resources & Policy
  • Environmental Economics
  • Energy Economics
  • Principles Of Economic Appraisal
  • International Environmental Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Sustainable Product Design & Manufacturing
  • Water & Environmental Management
  • Hydrogeology
  • Sustainable Transformation & Accountability
  • Business Systems
  • Foundations of Operational Research & Business Analysis
  • Independent Study in Collaboration with Industry

If you’re interested in the area of renewables, it may also be possible to choose from:

  • Renewable Energy Marine Systems
  • Electrical Power Systems
  • Energy Modelling & Monitoring

Learning & teaching The Client-Based Environmental Entrepreneurship in Practice class has been developed for this MSc. The class has no formal teaching and instead sees you, working in small groups to carry out a project of interest to a client while at the same contributing to ecopreneurship in practice. The project has a four-month duration, carried out between January and April.

Entry requirements

First or upper second-class Honours degree from a UK university (or equivalent overseas qualification) from all disciplines (engineering, sciences, arts, law, business, education, languages, social sciences). No previous technical knowledge is required.

Lower degree classifications might be considered if there is strength elsewhere (for example relevant work experience, excellent final project/dissertation, very strong academic letter of reference).

For candidates whose first language is not English, minimum standards of written and spoken English are an IELTS minimum overall band score of 6.5 (no individual test score below 5.5). Applicants with slightly lower scores have the opportunity to attend the University's Pre-Sessional English classes to bring them up to the required level.

English Language Requirement

IELTs 6.5 or equivalent

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated September 20, 2019
This course is Campus based
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12 - 60 months
18,750 GBP
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