Accredited by: CIWEM EI CIBSE
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 skill set 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.
The programme is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Energy Institute (EI). 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 programme - 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.
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.
What you will study
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.
Health, Safety and Environmental Management
This module introduces the health, safety and environmental demands that face industry today. Study the role of legislation in achieving sustainability and the use of environmental management to improve corporate responsibility.
Climate Change and Carbon Management
Examine global climate change issues within the context of the built environment and learn to conduct a practical investigation into carbon management.
Explore conventional and emerging technologies including waste heat recovery, energy storage and fuel cells.
GIS and Environmental Management
Study the principles and concepts of GIS and its role in environmental management.
Renewable Energy Technologies
Explore technologies that allow us to become more energy efficient including alternative energy sources, conversion technologies and sustainable energy use.
Water Quality and Waste Water Treatment
Examine water quality and the provision of potable water in the UK.
Additional Energy modules include:
Renewable Energy Technologies
Examine the renewable energy technologies most likely to succeed in the UK and other temperate countries, i.e. solar energy, energy from waste, wind, hydro and biomass.
Building and Energy Performance Simulation
Study the factors that determine the energy efficiency of buildings, including properties of the fabric, and heating and ventilation systems.
Additional Waste modules include:
Sustainable Waste Management
Explore waste management and how it fits with sustainable development. Study the elements of waste management hierarchy and the environmental, legislative, health and operational aspects involved.
Advanced Waste Treatment Technologies
Develop an understanding of advanced waste treatment technologies (AWTT) with the potential to reduce reliance on landfill as the disposal route for municipal solid waste (MSW).
Contaminated Land and Landfill Engineering
Explore the effective management of contaminated sites and the scientific, operational, legislative and environmental impact of the landfill method of disposal.
Additional Water modules include:
International Water Policy, Water Security and Water Quality Management
Develop knowledge of and insight into international and UK water policy in a wider policy context. Investigate how water policy has been developed to address particular water risks and how this applies to planning and industry. Examine the underlying concepts and perspectives of water security and the linkages with water scarcity.
Water Quality and Waste Water Treatment
Examine water quality and provision of potable water in the UK. Explore technologies for the treatment of wastewaters and the control of pollution of inland and coastal waters.
Water Resource Management and Hydrology
Explore the fundamental concepts associated with water resources engineering and management starting with the geo-climatic aspects of water.
Additional Oil and Gas modules include:
The Oil and Gas Industry
Discover the fundamental principles and activities within the global oil and gas industry including legal ownership of hydrocarbon reserves, strategic investments, and the processes involved in upstream and downstream activities.
Oil and Gas Exploration
Explore the fundamental processes involved in oil and gas exploration starting with the geological origins of oil and gas reserves.
Environmental regulation and State Control of Oil and Gas
Develop an understanding of how the state regulates the Oil and Gas industry focusing on Environmental Regulation, the regulation of Exploration and Production and, more generally, the means by which the state controls the exploitation of Oil and Gas reserves.
BSc Honours 2.2 or above in an appropriate area. This includes any energy-related degree, Environmental Science, Development Planning, Human Settlement Planning, Geology, Environmental Management, Geography, Chemical Engineering, Soil & Water Engineering, Zoology, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Economics.
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.
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.
If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the English for University Study programme.
Fees and funding
The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?
Tuition fees 2018/19
- Home: £5500
- RUK: £5500
- EU: £5500
- International: £12600
If you commence your studies in September 2018 or January 2019, these are the annual or module fees that apply to the duration of your course; however, fees are subject to change. For full details on how fees may change read our fees and refund policy.
In addition to course tuition fees, you may encounter additional costs during your time at University.
We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.
If you have any questions or enquiries regarding scholarships available for 2018/19, please feel free to contact the student enquiries team.
International student start dates
For new international students, orientation events start on 14 September 2018. This extra time is specifically designed to assist new international students in settling into the UK and GCU prior to the start of general student induction and teaching.
There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus and city tours, as well as welcome events where you can meet other international students.
This programme is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Energy Institute (EI). With the endorsement of four prestigious professional organisations, the MSc Environmental Management offers a respected credential that's relevant to employers around the world.
Why Choose this Programme?
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 in 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 designed 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.
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