- Start date: September
- Study mode and duration: 12 months full-time; 24 or 36 months part-time (on campus); 60 months professional development route
Eligibility: All academic backgrounds accepted
Work placement: MSc includes industry-based work
Award: Only engineering department of its kind in Scotland with an Athena SWAN Silver Award
Study abroad: Opportunity to do dissertation/project in Malawi
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- suitable programme for graduates of any background
- develop skills to contribute to environmental improvement and the circular economy
- learn how to identify business opportunities
- carry out a four-month project for a client
It's a very versatile programme that allows you to choose a range of different subjects according to your interests. It adapts to any background – my undergraduate degree was in industrial engineering – and I had the opportunity to combine this knowledge with the MSc.
Catalina Silva Plata, MSc Environmental 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. Students are accepted from all backgrounds (social sciences, arts, engineering, law, chemistry, maths, physics, geology, biology and business).
The course is suitable for anyone who'd like to refocus their career on environmental or sustainable entrepreneurship. You'll develop skills to enable you to launch new ventures, strategies, products and technologies that address society's environmental and natural resource problems. It's a collaboration between the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship.
It has contributions from six other departments:
- Law School
- Design, Manufacturing & Engineering Management
- Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
- Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering
- Management Science
Although the course is offered by an engineering department, it's unique in that it accepts students from all backgrounds (social sciences, arts, engineering, law, chemistry, maths, physics, geology, biology and business). You'll have the opportunity to select class options from a wide range of subjects to suit your background.
What you'll study
You'll undertake four core modules and a wide range of optional modules. Each class is normally taught for two 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.
The Client-Based Environmental Entrepreneurship in Practice class has been developed for this MSc. This class has no formal teaching – instead you'll 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).
Opportunity to do MSc dissertation linked to Malawi
The Department has strong links with Malawi. Professor Bob Kalin takes students to Malawi every year for their dissertation/project. This is mainly offered to the students in the MSc in Hydrogeology but there is the potential for students from this MSc to also take part.
Strathclyde Enterprise Pathway
You'll benefit from our innovative enterprise related initiative, the Enterprise Pathway, which provides the opportunity to develop and enhance your transferable skills and learn business basics from real-life entrepreneurs.
Scottish/EU 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 those in employment, who may wish to undertake modules for Continuing Professional Development purposes.
Students from Scotland/EU who do not meet the normal MSc entry requirements for this programme are welcome to apply through the Flexible Learning route.
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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.
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.
Creativity & Innovation 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.
Advanced Entrepreneurial Finance
Research shows that the main reasons for closing a business venture are lack of profitability and failure to raise funding. Most entrepreneurs are raising funding and dealing with investors for the first time, but the investors do this for a living. The power balance is thus tipped against the entrepreneur. This class provides knowledge and skills to empower entrepreneurs in their consideration of and dealings with the various funders. It does so by helping students to understand the mechanics of sophisticated funding methods for entrepreneurs, including bank funding, government funding, business angels and venture capital, as well as crowdfunding, customer funding and other alternative finance. In this class, students simulate being investors, and also learn to plan strategically for maximum value at exit.
Air Pollution, Climate Change & Human Health
In this class, run by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, you'll gain the knowledge and skills on atmospheric pollution and climate change impacts, ranging from local to global scales. The class includes a focus on the assessment and management of environmental impacts on people through the interface between environmental science and engineering activities that mitigate environmental risks. Learning objectives are assessed through a formative portfolio covering the main syllabus areas. Student interaction is encouraged throughout the class through structured feedback sessions, directed reading, student-led question sessions & directed questions sessions.
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 and analysis, and various remedial techniques for contaminated land. Teaching staff: Dr Christine Switzer.
Circular Economy & Transformations Towards Sustainability
The class, run by the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, introduces circular economy as a systems-based concept in which production is designed to be restorative and resilient, while waste is designed out of the system. Circular economy is thus featured as a reaction to the conventional dispensation of the linear ‘make-use-dispose’ economy, and as a framework for the development and management of a sustainable, ‘waste-as-a-resource’ economic system. The implications of the concept for research, policy and industrial practice are also explored as these relate to innovation and knowledge production; social trends and consumer behaviour; conservation and sustainable use of energy and material resources; climate change and environmental sustainability; and design of business models for green enterprise development and for sustainable growth and employment generation.
City Systems & Infrastructure
This class will examine the key systems and infrastructure on which urban centres depend and promote critical reflection on how the design, management and monitoring of these systems impact on the social, environmental and economic sustainability of cities. The use of case studies will allow students to engage with real-world situations, challenges and opportunities and consider multiple infrastructure and technology options for sustainable city strategies. Teaching staff: Dr Neil Ferguson
Electrical Power Systems
This class, from the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, aims to provide students with an understanding of the operation of modern electrical power systems along with the techniques to undertake a basic technical analysis of key electrical devices and systems. Students learn the basis of operation of modern electrical power systems incorporating renewable energy technologies and the consequences for the environment and energy security. The class covers complex numbers and fundamental analysis techniques such as Kirchoff’s current and voltage laws to solve power flow problems.
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.
Energy Modelling & Monitoring
This module provides 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. It covers detailed energy system simulation, supply-demand matching, energy management and monitoring.
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.
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.
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.
Environmental Impact Assessment*
This class, run by the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, 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. Students are also introduced to key principles of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).
Environmental Pollution Management*
In this class, you'll develop in-depth knowledge and skills regarding the science, engineering and management of environmental pollution control approaches to protect public health. You'll benefit from research-led teaching at the interface between public health and environmental engineering, with a particular focus on risk-centred methods. Lecture sessions are complemented by industrial and government case studies in contemporary air quality management practice. Teaching staff: Dr Iain Beverland.
This module introduces elements of financial engineering that are applied to reduce risk of business insolvency and enhance the financial robustness of business enterprises. Questions addressed include: What is the best strategy for survival and growth?; What are the options for financing investment projects both in the private and public sectors of an economy?; How would the financial engineer propose to combine loan capital and equity capital to raise funds for an investment initiative; How would he/she advise his/her company/organization to build its investment portfolio to ensure financial security in volatile market conditions?
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.
Geographical Information Systems
This class provides a thorough introduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
GIS are spatial databases which can handle spatial information in a far greater variety of ways than was previously possible with paper maps. By capturing, manipulating, integrating and displaying digital spatial data, a wide range of different analyses can be carried out and questions addressed.
The class covers the key theoretical principles of GIS, provides practical hands-on exercises using current state-of-the-art GIS systems, including raster (IDRISI Andes) and vector (ArcGIS) based software, and demonstrates how GIS can be used for spatial query and analysis.
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
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.
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.
Introduction to Entrepreneurial Finance
The aim of this class is to ensure that all students taking the MSc in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology and MSc Entrepreneurial Management and Leadership achieve the minimum level of financial literacy, financial forecasting and cash flow management skills needed to function as entrepreneurs. This class provides an introduction to finance for entrepreneurs. It covers the basic financial literacy that entrepreneurs need to be able to interact with the finance function, conduct basic analysis of financial data themselves, develop financial scenarios for new business models.
Marine Renewable Energy Systems
For this class, all students should have the mathematics required for the Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering department, therefore the students must make sure that they have passed the necessary prerequisites. This class provides students with an understanding of the ways in which the maritime environment can offer a significant contribution, in a sustainable manner, to global energy demands.
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
Public Health Studies
This class, run by the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, develops students’ understanding of public and environmental health, and the multidisciplinary approach in preventative and proactive action to safeguarding public health.
A diverse range of subjects are covered ranging from the risk assessment approach taken with respect to protecting the public from private water supplies, to the role of environmental health professionals in the prevention of the spread of infectious disease.
The class also provides students with fundamental knowledge regarding Health Improvement/Promotion and Health Protection, including the different methods used and the variety of agencies involved.
Sustainable Product Design & Manufacturing
There is a growth in the number of entrepreneurs starting businesses with social and environmental purposes. This module examines ideas and practices for addressing social needs. These include social enterprises, collaborative innovation networks, hubs, digital platforms, and support intermediaries. The module is centred around how students can start their own social entrepreneurship projects. The module will consist of a selection of presentations and discussions around social innovation and social entrepreneurship.
Waste Management & Landfill Design*
This class covers organisational and regulatory aspects of waste management practice in the UK: legislation, composition of domestic and industrial wastes, storage, collection, reception, and disposal of solid wastes, clinical wastes, sewage sludge disposal, recycling and recovery. Teaching staff: Dr Tara Beattie
Work, Wellbeing and New Technology
This class explores the social implications of renewable energy technologies by critically evaluating the new opportunities and risks for work, employment, health and wellbeing associated with large, industrial scale projects and with localised, community energy alternatives. The class engages with practitioners across academic disciplines and the energy sector, and facilitates students from business and engineering working in interdisciplinary groups to assess changing technology and changing employment practices and their impacts of social wellbeing. A unique element of this class is that it includes a four-day field study to the Isle of Eigg (an island in the Inner Hebrides, off the west coast of Scotland) in April, that will provide practical experience for students’ group project work. Note there is a cost associated with this class (cost for 2017-18 has not yet been confirmed, but as a guide in 2016-17 it was £175 to cover field trip costs of transport, accommodation and food).
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.
Energy Modelling & Monitoring
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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.
Living Laboratory for Sustainability
You'll benefit from this innovative initiative which encourages students and researchers to carry out projects that aim to work towards the enhancement of the university’s sustainability. Get involved with Sustainable Strathclyde.
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
The delivery team is made up of leading academics from the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship.
- Dr Elsa João -– Course Leader, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
- Mr Dominic Chalmers – Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship
- Dr Matthew Hannon – 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.
Most of our staff are also part of the Centre for Water, Environment, Sustainability & Public Health.
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! Via the , international students, who have an innovative business idea and want to work in the UK, can apply for 12-24 months stay in the UK thanks to the University of Strathclyde endorsement.
Normally a first-class or second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in any degree discipline.
All backgrounds considered, including social sciences, arts, engineering, law, chemistry, maths, physics, geology, biology and business.
Lower degree classifications may 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).
|Professional Development Courses|
Alternative qualifications or professional experience may be considered by the course leader (Scottish/EU students only), depending on the class chosen. Find out more about our Flexible Learning options.
Pre-Masters preparation course
The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course held at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.
Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.
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Fees & funding
All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.
Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.
How can I fund my course?
Scottish postgraduate students
Scottish postgraduate students may be able to 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 support and how to apply.
Students coming from England
Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.
Students coming from Wales
Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.
Students coming from Northern Ireland
Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.
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This MSc course in Environmental Entrepreneurship 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:
- food industry
- 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:
- Organisational Improvement Practitioner
- Project Manager
- Small Business Owner
- 10 Trophies
- AH Consulting
- University of Aberdeen
*Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey.
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Start Date: Sep 2021
Mode of Attendance: full-time
Start Date: Sep 2021
Mode of Attendance: part-time
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