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MScEnvironmental Entrepreneurship

Why this course?

This unique course, running since 2008 – the first of its kind in Europe – meets the needs of graduate students who want to contribute to environmental improvement and the circular economy, and learn how to identify and evaluate business opportunities. It’s a collaboration between:

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

Both the Strathclyde Business School and the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering were ranked in the top 10 in the UK and number one in Scotland in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. The course has contributions from six other departments: 

  • Law School 
  • Design, Manufacture & Engineering Management 
  • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering 
  • Economics 
  • Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering 
  • Management Science 

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.

Although this course is offered by an engineering department, it is unique as it accepts students from all backgrounds (social sciences, arts, engineering, law, chemistry, maths, physics, geology, biology and business). Students are able to select class options from a wide range of subjects to suit their background.

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 four core modules and a wide range of optional modules. Each module is taught for two to three hours per week over eight to 11 weeks. Following successful completion of the taught component, you’ll undertake a MSc 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 £6 million state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are well-equipped with high-technological instrumentation and available space to investigate:

  • environmental & molecular microbiology
  • environmental chemistry
  • analytical chemistry
  • geomechanics & soil quality
  • structural design & material science

Teaching staff

The delivery team is made up of leading academics from the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship.

The course also has contributions from the Law School, Design, Manufacture & Engineering Management, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Economics, Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering, and Management Science.

Flexible learning

Home students can also choose to study through Flexible Learning. This is initially a non-graduating route. You register for one module at a time and have the option to build up credits eventually leading to a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc. You can take up to five years to achieve the qualification.

This option is popular with students in employment, who may wish to undertake modules for Continuing Professional Development purposes.

Home students who do not meet the normal MSc entry requirements for this programme are welcome to apply through the Flexible Learning route.

Strathclyde Entrepreneurial Network

The University is home to the Strathclyde Entrepreneurial Network, a global support network for current students and graduates. The network has supported many internationally successful student and graduate businesses and yours could be next!

Course content

Compulsory classes

Client-Based Environmental Entrepreneurship In Practice

This class, run by the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, is a client-based project work where you carry out a project of interest to a client while at the same contributing to environmental entrepreneurship in practice.

The potential projects are identified by the students. The aims of each project are defined in terms of progressive risks in effecting a solution. The first aim has a high chance of success and low risk of failure; the second aim is more challenging but capable of solution given initiative and energy on the part of the students; and the third aim can have a 'blue skies' element, a real research challenge and consequently a high risk of failure but success will demonstrate exceptional competence and initiative.

The class manager approves all the final chosen project topics. The project has a four-month duration and is carried out between January and April.

Qualitative & Quantitative Research Methods

In this class, run by the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, students will acquire familiarity with, and practice of, research techniques, and examine different ways of, and gain experience in, presenting research results.

The class discusses the key principles, and practical exercises, on both quantitative and qualitative research methods, including survey methods, interviewing techniques, use of census data and statistical methods.

The class also includes discussion of ethical issues.

Finally, there is dissertation-related teaching on choosing a research question and a research method, and writing a research proposal. This is a semester 1 and 2 class but meetings do not take place every week.

Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Commercialisation

This class, run by the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, attempts to bridge the gap between researchers, technologists and the mainstream customer and to provide engineers and scientists with a better understanding of what it takes to create and grow technology-based businesses. Specifically, the class will provide students with:

  • an appreciation of the intrinsic value of entrepreneurship, innovation and commercialisation activities to business
  • a set of frameworks to better understanding and more successfully engage in high-tech business opportunities
  • a better appreciation and understanding of management in a complex, uncertain, and interdisciplinary high-tech business environment
New Venture Creation

The New Venture Creation class, run by the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, is designed to provide a practical introduction to business modelling and understanding how new ventures are developed. The class is multi-disciplinary in nature and integrates within it the main business disciplines. It focuses upon the processes within new businesses but draws comparisons with larger organisations and as such introduces a more entrepreneurial approach to the career patterns of individuals who pursue careers in larger organisations.

The class will not follow the more traditional lecture pattern but will be highly interactive with class participants being involved in individual and group activities. These will encourage creative thinking and “learning by doing” in addressing the real opportunities and challenges that face the first-time entrepreneur. This class considers the nature of business planning and deals with the business planning process. It's a project-based course in which students, working in small groups, research and develop a business plan for a new venture. Students will select a business idea and develop it into a business model.

Elective classes

Choose seven from this list

Air Pollution, Climate Change & Human Health

This class provides you with knowledge and skills related to atmospheric pollution impacts, ranging from local to global scales.

This includes a focus on the assessment & management of impacts on human health through interface between the public health sciences of environmental epidemiology and environmental toxicology; and environmental engineering approaches to manage environmental risks.

Contaminated Land

Within the background of land redevelopment (residential, industrial/commercial and gardens/parks), this class aims to provide insights into the remediation of contaminated land, including the regulatory framework and risk assessment, sampling & analysis, and various remedial techniques for contaminated land.

Environmental Impact Assessment

This class provides an introduction to the methods used to predict environmental impacts, and evaluates how these may be used to integrate environmental factors into decisions.

The class draws principally on the UK planning context of environmental impact assessment of individual projects (project EIA), but also takes account of EIA experience in other countries and international organisations.

Environmental Pollution Management

This class develops in-depth knowledge & skills regarding the science, engineering & management of environmental pollution control approaches to protect public health.

The class achieves these aims through research-led teaching at the interface between public health and environmental engineering, with a particular focus on methodologies based on risk-centred approaches.

Lecture sessions are complemented by industrial & government case studies in contemporary air quality management practice.

Global Water Policy

 This class aims to provide you with the ability to:

  • recognise the issues relating to overall global water policy and its interactions with other global issues
  • discuss the impact of climate change and economic development on water resources and availability
  • explore the different implementation issues based on regional case studies
  • explore the role of stakeholders on the acceptance and achievement of policy objectives
Pollution and Rehabilitation of Degraded Ecosystems

The class looks at:

  • ecological principles (organism, population, community, & ecosystem levels)
  • the impact of various forms of pollution on ecosystems
  • options available for monitoring pollution impacts;
  • remediation alternatives, recovery management, or ways to enhance environmental systems
Science, Technology & Innovation Policy

This class aims to introduce the conceptual and practical issues underlying policy-making processes, with a particular focus on the significance of science and technology policies and innovation management strategies and the application of these for the economic, social and environmental objectives of policy in the context of sustainable development.

The module also aims to explore questions as to how innovations occur and how they can be managed to enhance the objectives of sustainability. A major aspect of the module is the systems approach to innovation management, particularly with respect to the design of research strategies and the generation and use of knowledge.

Water & Wastewater Treatment Design
This class gives you an understanding of water treatment and wastewater treatment processes. You’ll also develop the ability to undertake design calculations sufficient to produce a concept and detailed design of a water and wastewater treatment plant.
Energy Resources & Policy

Against the background of international commitments on atmospheric emissions, diminishing fossil fuel resources and the liberalisation of energy markets, this class examines sustainable options for energy production, supply and consumption.

The aim is to give students an understanding of current trends, and to enable a critical evaluation of emerging ideas, technologies and policies.

Environmental Economics

The main objective of this class is to provide a grounding in the economics of the environment. It demonstrates what economic analysis can contribute to discussions about the use of our natural capital (or environmental resource) base, and to discussions about policy responses to environmental problems.

A key element of the economic approach to environmental policy is ‘value for money’ - designing policy interventions that give the greatest environmental improvement for any particular budget outlay. But economic analysis also deals with questions about sustainability (and so impacts on future generations) and equity between different individuals, groups, and countries.

This class pays particular attention to international environmental problems. Such problems have been high on the agenda for environmental policy interventions since the Rio Summit of 1992, yet are ones that seem to be the most difficult to make progress with. We examine why this has been the case, making use of the growing literature on international environmental agreements. The class adopts a practical, applied orientation throughout. Applications include transport policy, water quality and availability, global climate change, and loss of biological diversity.

Energy Economics

Energy resources (such as crude oil, natural gas, coal, biomass, wind and sunlight) can be harvested and converted into useful forms to produce energy commodities (such as petroleum and diesel fuel, natural gas, and electricity) that can be used to provide energy services for human activities.

The class begins by studying the forces that generate both demand for and supply of energy resources and energy commodities. It considers what factors determine the way those commodities are transported to users, and how residuals are disposed of. It investigates the roles of alternative market and regulatory structures on these activities, the impacts of such activities and their environmental consequences.

The class identifies criteria required for the efficient provision and use of energy commodities and resources and reasons why efficiency is rarely achieved. The class adopts a practical, applied orientation throughout. Applications include the evaluation of renewable energy projects and the economic analysis of nuclear power.

Principles Of Economic Appraisal

Appraisal and value of capital investment projects is a key element of strategic decision making by managers in both public and private sectors. But economic appraisal has a much wider scope than conventional capital appraisal, as it can encompass the wider external or social implications of capital projects, and it can be used to appraise programmes and policies, not just standalone projects.

This class provides participants with the foundation knowledge and skills to undertake economic appraisal in its various forms and contexts – both from the point of view of a single project and when making choices among a multiple set of options.

The class deals with a variety of forms of economic appraisal:

  • cost-benefit analysis (CBA)
  • cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA)
  • multi-criteria analysis (MCA)

The class also deals with special issues that arise in public or social appraisal. Applications include the appraisal of a traffic project, a cost-benefit analysis of a renewable energy project, and value-for-money choices in health care provision.

International Environmental Law

This module will discuss the international legal frameworks applicable to deal with transboundary and international environmental problems, looking at the effectiveness of international litigation in dealing with global environmental challenges and analysing the relationship between legal rules and governance structures related to non-environmental fields (eg international trade and investment).

Climate change will be used as a key case study, but other global environmental problems, such as loss of biodiversity, fish stocks depletion, transboundary water pollution and over-exploitation (both surface and groundwater) will also be looked at.

Sustainable Product Design & Manufacturing
One of the major challenges of modern industry is to address the need for sustainable product development and manufacturing. International legislation and increasing costs of fiscal instruments such as the landfill tax now aim to force producers to reduce the environmental impacts of their products and processes. Accelerating globalization and industrialization continues to exacerbate complexity of sustainability. Whilst manufacturers are constantly required to lower their costs and maintain their competitiveness, legislations require them to look at lifecycle costs. This class addresses these global concerns by studying lifecycle considerations for a sustainable and profitable product development and manufacture. The latest environmental legislation will also be studied along with product development concepts and strategies that will enable industry to meet these increasingly severe competitive, environmental and legislative pressures. The associated practical, hands- on sessions maximize the usefulness of the skills acquired in real-life operational industry setting.
Water & Environmental Management
To develop an understanding of the physical, chemical and biological parameters within surface water and how these relate to water quality, water quality objectives and pollution control strategy. To provide knowledge on the design and process involved with the control of water and wastewater treatment.
Foundations of Operational Research & Business Analysis

This class provides an introduction to, and an overview, of the fields of Operational Research and Business Analysis. The class explores the generic problem solving process which underpins the provision of decision support. In particular, it will consider the role of modelling in that process.

The activities of problem structuring, data collection and analysis, identification and evaluation of options, communication and implementation of learning, findings and recommendations will each be discussed along with the issues pertaining to each of them. In addition, the links between each of these activities will be explored. Basic methodological issues will be considered and debated.

Relevant and up-to-date case studies will be used to illustrate key points and to initiate debate. Time will be spent appreciating the role of problem structuring methods and a variety of other approaches to modelling will be briefly discussed in order to introduce students to key techniques and tools in the field.

Independent Study in Collaboration with Industry

This class will allow students carrying out placements and projects with industry to develop and refine professional skills while gaining credits in the process.

One project will be the small or medium sized enterprise (SME) Carbon Audit that students carry out with training from Carbon Trust. A placement type project activity is another possibility, by individual agreement.

Approval of students being able to take this module would be done on case-by-case basis by MSc course leaders. You’ll be selected by competitive application and CV. 

City Systems & Infrastructure

This class provides you with a comprehensive understanding of the complex and interrelated systems upon which cities depend, whilst developing knowledge of urban processes, technologies and infrastructure options for sustainable cities.

Creativity & opportunity development

This class, run by the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, introduces participants to the fundamentals of creativity and opportunity recognition. Through a blend of hands on creativity exercises, ideation tools and techniques through to models of opportunity evaluation, students will develop foundational entrepreneurship skills.

Entrepreneurial leadership & resource management

The class, run by the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, will expand students' understanding of the differences and complementarities between successful leadership and the effective management of entrepreneurial capital and resources in various entrepreneurial contexts. Significant emphasis will be on the development of practical skills applicable in diverse contexts.

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

Renewable Energy Marine Systems
This class gives you an understanding of the ways in which the maritime environment can offer a significant contribution, in a sustainable manner, to global energy demands. You’ll undertake engineering assessments of the design and operation of marine energy generating systems.
Electrical Power Systems
This class aims to provide you with an understanding of the operation of modern electrical power systems featuring renewable and low carbon generation, along with the techniques to undertake a basic technical analysis of key electrical devices and systems.
Energy Modelling & Monitoring
This class aims to impart an understanding of the theoretical and operational principles underlying simulation modelling of energy supply and demand systems and their environmental impact. The emphasis is on practical computer lab-based modelling exercises.

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

Normally, a first or upper second-class Honours degree from a UK university (or equivalent overseas qualification) in any degree discipline – all backgrounds considered,  including social sciences, arts, engineering, law, chemistry, maths, physics, geology, biology and business.

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, very strong application statement linking with career goals.)

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.

Flexible learning

Alternative qualifications or professional experience may be considered by the course leader (home students only), depending on the module chosen. Find out more about Flexible Learning.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.


  • 2017/18 - £5,500

Rest of UK

  • 2017/18 - £9,000*

*Postgraduate taught engineering students domiciled in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man and the Channels Islands will receive a £3,000 scholarship towards the cost of their fees (applies only to students not already in receipt of any other fees scholarship).


  • 2017/18 - £18,000

How can I fund my course?

Scholarship search

Faculty of Engineering scholarships

The Faculty of Engineering is offering a substantial number of scholarships for international students with outstanding academic qualifications who are commencing their studies from September 2016. Students may be eligible for a scholarship towards their tuition fees of up £3,340 for the first year of their programme of study.

Take a look at a full list of scholarships available in the Faculty of Engineering.

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

For a number of eligible courses, Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students can apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students a living cost loan. Find out more about the scheme and what courses are eligible.

English students

Students ordinarily resident in England may be eligible to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover their tuition fees and living costs.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.


This MSc course in Environmental Entreprneurship is not only for those graduates who see their future in small and medium sized enterprises. It can also lead to traditional graduate employment in large companies who need employees who can think entrepreneurially and make a positive contribution to environmental issues.

As a graduate you may follow a broad range of careers including:

  • manufacturing
  • food industry
  • tourism
  • engineering
  • retailing
  • business
  • energy & technology sectors
  • local or central government

You may follow a consultancy path or choose to start your own business. If you want to start your own business, the Strathclyde Entrepreneurial Network (SEN) group gives practical help to graduates from this MSc in relation to innovative ideas in the area of environmental entrepreneurship. SEN is designed to support Strathclyde alumni with new business creation and business growth.

Where are they now?

Many of our graduates are in work or further study.*

Job titles include:

  • Lecturer
  • Manager
  • Organisational Improvement Practitioner
  • Project Manager
  • Small Business Owner

Employers include:

  • 10 Trophies
  • AH Consulting
  • Petronas
  • University of Aberdeen

*Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (2010/11 and 2011/12).

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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 fulfil all academic and financial conditions by end of July.

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 applications closer to the start of term.

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