MSc Environmental Management (Waste, Energy, Water, Oil and Gas)

MSc Environmental Management (Waste, Energy, Water, Oil and Gas)

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 skillset 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 MSc Environmental Management offers a respected credential that’s relevant to employers around the world.

You’ll have the option to complete a general course – 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 offshore operations. You’ll learn about minimising the impact of emissions from oil production, exploring for oil and gas, and environmental regulations.


Graduate prospects

As a graduate of GCU’s MSc Environmental Management course, you’ll have excellent career prospects in both the public and private sectors. Past graduates have found work with organisations such as international consulting companies including Carl Bro Group, ERS Land Regeneration and Valpak, as well as the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) and other government agencies and consulting firms.

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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 practical investigation into carbon management.

Energy Technology

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, such as solar energy, energy from waste, wind, hydro and biomass.

Building and Energy Performance Simulation

Study the factors that determine 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 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 waste waters 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.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

“Academic work in the MSc is practical and relates to real life challenges. Finding solutions for them was enjoyable.”

Santhosh Elangovan,
MSc Energy and Environmental Management.

Entry requirements

UK honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) in any energy-related degree including environmental studies, engineering, planning, geology, geography, zoology, economics or science (biology, chemistry, physics).

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.

Additional information

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.

International pathways

Entry options for international applicants

If you are an international applicant and do not meet the academic requirements above you may be eligible for an International Graduate Diploma at INTO Glasgow. Based in our Glasgow campus, successful completion of an INTO course with the required grades provides you with a guaranteed conditional offer of a place on this degree.

English language

Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.

Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.


The programme is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM).

GCU London is also a learning affiliate of 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.


While studying for this course, you will be eligible to apply for Student Membership of CIWM.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to apply for Graduate Membership of CIWM. With the relevant industry experience, you will be eligible to apply to become an Associate Member (Assoc MCIWM) of CIWM.

Fees and funding

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Annual tuition fees 2020/21
Home (including Scotland and Europe): £8,700
International (outside Europe): £13,500

Annual tuition fees 2021/22
Home (including Scotland): £8,700
International (including EU): £13,500

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Additional costs

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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 £2 million per year.

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Why Choose this Course?

This course aims to develop your critical intellectual and practical skills in the collection, analysis, interpretation and understanding of data related to environmental pollution.

The course aims to provide you with up-to-date knowledge and skills to equip you for a career in environmental management, waste management or in the oil and gas sector. It will develop your competence in applying advanced skills to solve environmental problems, using a critical and holistic approach.

The MSc Environmental Management course will enhance your interpersonal, communications and other transferable skills, so that you are competent to operate in senior positions in industry.

This course will allow you to acquire educational qualifications which would enable you to gain recognition by professional bodies. It aims to provide you with an opportunity to critically explore environmental problems with others from different educational backgrounds, hence enhancing the breadth of their viewpoints on such issues. This MSc will develop skills in research methods and practice, so that you can undertake advanced research in environmental, waste or oil and gas topics. The course will enable you to engage with life-long learning, research and creativity tempered with scientific discipline and social awareness.

Optional pathways

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 design 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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