MSc in Environmental Entrepreneurship

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This unique one year MSc - the first of its kind in Europe - is an innovative collaboration between Civil and Environmental Engineering, Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Accounting and Finance, with contributions from Law, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng, Design, Manufacture & Eng Management, Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering, and Economics.

The MSc Environmental Entrepreneurship and its International Context

The environment is the new entrepreneurial frontier. There is growing worldwide demand for renewable energy, technologies and products that address climate change, promote sustainability and improve environmental quality. This innovative Environmental Entrepreneurship MSc has been designed to respond to the urgent need for a new generation of environmental entrepreneurs. The MSc aims to provide students with a sound theoretical and practical understanding of entrepreneurship, in preparation for a career in either self-employment or in an innovative organisation. Through this MSc students will learn how to identify, assess and shape environmental ideas into real business opportunities.

Addressing environmental problems requires ingenuity. Entrepreneurship places emphasis upon the range of skills and understanding needed in order to make something of value actually happen - whether this is establishing a new enterprise, transforming an existing business or ensuring someone achieves positions of leadership in a corporate setting. Environmental entrepreneurship can take place through new product design, new technologies, and new organizational arrangements.

The course aims to create a whole new generation of ecopreneurs with the skills that will allow them to launch new ventures, strategies, products, and technologies that address society's environmental and natural resource problems. The course is not just about green industries. It is also about developing 'win-win' strategies, which simultaneously protect the environment and save money, in any kind of organisation. The course aims to develop management, consultancy, business, engineering and technology professionals who have reached a stage in their careers when they are seeking or achieving increasing responsibility, or would like to a refocus their career on environmental, or sustainable, entrepreneurship.


The MSc Environmental Entrepreneurship programme is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have alreday acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng (Hons) undergraduate degree.  See for further information.


Online Applications

Online applications are open for September 2014 entry (2014/15) via the link below. Please refer to further details below and the Entry Requirements section.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Please upload copies of supporting documentation when submitting your MSc application (including full degree transcripts, CV and Supporting Statement) - see 'Frequently Asked Questions' for further details on documents and tuition fees. We advise applications are submitted in time to fulfill all academic and financial conditions by end of July 2014.

(High-calibre students with a 1st Class honours degree who wish to apply for university scholarships, would need to also submit a separate formal scholarship application - see 'Funding Opportunities' for details.)

HOME/EU STUDENTS:  When submitting your application, please upload full copies of degree transcripts, CV, a Supporting Statement and academic reference letters if available.  Due to the limited number of home/EU places, a waiting list may operate for Sept 2014 applications closer to the start of term.

Structure of the MSc in Environmental Entrepreneurship

The MSc involves a curriculum of five core modules (totalling 60 credits) and a range of optional modules (minimum of 60 credits). Each module is taught two to three hours per week over eight to 12 weeks. In addition, students undertake a dissertation (60 credits). Progression to the dissertation is dependent on performance in the instructional modules. Please click on MSc Env. Entrepreneurship for full details of modules offered and content.

In addition to the dissertation topics proposed by course leaders and industrial partners, students may propose topics themselves that can be of relevance to their employer.

The Client-Based Environmental Entrepreneurship in Practice class has been developed for this MSc. The class has no formal teaching and instead sees students, working in small groups, 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 for the MSc in Environmental Entrepreneurship

MSc: Normally a First or Upper Second-class Honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent Overseas qualification) in any discipline. This course welcomes applicants from all subject backgrounds: arts, social sciences, humanities, engineering, agriculture, law, science and business.

Although normally at least 2:1 is required, lower degree classifications might be considered if there is strength elsewhere (e.g. relevant work experience, excellent final project/dissertation, very strong academic letter of reference).

In all cases, 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.

Normal MSc course length

MSc: 12 months full-time (home & international students); 24 months part-time (home/EU only)

Career Prospects for the MSc in Environmental Entrepreneurship

The MSc in Environmental Entrepreneurship is about using the environment as a business opportunity. This course meets the needs of graduate students who want to contribute to environmental improvement, and want to learn how to identify and evaluate business opportunities. This MSc in Ecopreneurship is not only for those graduates who see their future in small and medium sized enterprises but also traditional graduate employment in large companies who need employees who not only can think entrepreneurially, but can also make a positive contribution to environmental issues.

The course develops enviropreneurship skills relevant to a wide range of employers, from large multi-national companies to small and medium enterprises, from government agencies to NGOs. Graduates may follow a broad range of careers, e.g. in manufacturing, food industry, tourism, engineering, retailing, business, energy and technology sectors, in local or central government, or in NGOs. Graduates may follow a consultancy path or choose to start their own business.

The UK Government has recently pledged to develop a route for bright and innovative student entrepreneurs with a great business idea, to stay on in the UK to develop their business proposition.


Dr Elsa João
Course Leader
t: +44 (0)141 548 4056


Open Access Study

UK students can choose study via Open Access - taking a couple of classes per year, adding up eventually to a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc (up to the max of 5 years). More information email Additionally, UK/EU students who do not meet the normal MSc entry requirements for this programme, are welcome to apply via the Open Access route instead.


To apply for this course, follow the links below.

for Sep 2015 entry to part-time MSc environmental entrepreneurship (Admission Code : CEEVMP)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2015 entry to full-time MSc environmental entrepreneurship (Admission Code : CEEVTM)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

Scholarships for MSc courses

Click here for full details on MSc scholarships & funding for top-calibre UK, EU & International students

Course Profile

MSc Env. Entrepreneurship Click the above link to read about the expertise of our teaching team and further details on module content


Strathclyde's Enterprise Vertically Integrated Project (VIP)

See here for our student participation in this exciting project.

Further Details

Further Reading

Helping to teach our green entrepreneurs - The Scotsman, April 2008

Companies 'need green directors' - Story from BBC NEWS, October 2008

Small business must 'wake up to climate change' -, May 2008

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