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Environmental Entrepreneurship (MSc)

Course Description

Why this course?

This unique course – the first of its kind in Europe – meets the needs of graduate students who want to contribute to environmental improvement and learn how to identify and evaluate business opportunities. It’s a collaboration between:
- Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
- Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship

The course also has contributions from eight other engineering departments, the Business School and the Law School.

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.

The course is suitable for anyone who'd like to refocus their career on environmental or sustainable entrepreneurship.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/environmentalentrepreneurship/

Note: 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.

You’ll study

You'll follow a curriculum of five core modules and a wide range of optional modules. Each module is taught for two to three hours per week over eight to 12 weeks. MSc students also undertake a dissertation.

Following successful completion of the taught component, you’ll undertake a 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 laboratory facilities are well-equipped for a wide range of environmental measurements. High-technological instrumentation and space are available to investigate:
- marine & freshwater quality
- air quality
- solid & hazardous wastes
- environmental microbiology

Teaching staff

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
- Mr Dominic Chalmers - Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship

The course also has contributions from eight other engineering and business school departments as well as The Law School.

Open Access

Home students can also choose to study through Open Access. 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 Open Access route instead.

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 the 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.

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.


This course 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).

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

Visit the Environmental Entrepreneurship (MSc) page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Steven Finnie

504.JPG I’ve lived in Glasgow for 11 years now and went to Strathclyde University to study a Masters in Environmental Entrepreneurship in 2008 after a break from higher education. My first degree was in Social Policy and Management Studies which I undertook at Glasgow University in 1998. In 2008, I decided to return to Higher Education and study a Masters. Aside from music, my other main passion was the environment, so when I found the Environmental Entrepreneurship course on the Strathclyde University website I applied immediately. The course seemed tailor-made for me, combining the business elements of my first degree with my passion for environmental sustainability.

Overall I found the Environmental Entrepreneurship course extremely rewarding and fulfilling. One of the best aspects of the programme of study is that all of the modules include students from a variety of different degree courses, which makes it extremely interesting and facilitates varied and passionate discussions! Another benefit of the Environmental Entrepreneurship course is that some of the modules are taken at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship. Whether intending to start a new business or not, the expertise available from the lecturers at the Hunter Centre is invaluable and provides great advice and support for anyone entering the world of business.

Possibly the best part of the course for me was the client-based module, which involved working directly with a company to implement or improve their environmental credentials. I was lucky enough to work with Scottish Enterprise, writing a report on how climate change will affect the tourism and food & drink industries in Scotland. The chance to work in a real-life situation and write a report that would actually be used was invaluable. In addition, the work with Scottish Enterprise indirectly led to my current job, which I started before I even graduated.

For me, the best part of the Environmental Entrepreneurship degree was that I knew from the point of applying that it would provide me with a qualification that would help get a job in a rapidly expanding sector and one in which I already had a great deal of passion and desire to work in. In the space of one year, my life has changed completely. I’ve made lots of new friends, gained a valuable qualification, and am working in the environmental sector in a challenging and fun job. I really can’t recommend the course enough!

(Student Profile)

John Watt

971.JPG As someone from a business management background, both in terms of prior employment and undergraduate degree, the MSc in Environmental Entrepreneurship was the perfect course to satisfy my desire for both career development and involvement in sustainable and ethical projects.
Management jobs in the hospitality industry and a subsequent undergraduate degree in Business Information Management left me with a sense that current practices were not sustainable and a new way of doing business was necessary for the future: I just wasn’t quite sure what it was and how!
After reading about the Environmental Entrepreneurship degree on the Strathclyde website, I immediately knew that the course suited my needs. The combination of learning practical sustainable concepts alongside developing the business skills to implement them was an ideal fit. Each module complimented the other, with a core philosophy of finding a business solution to environmental issues present throughout.
Whilst providing the academic challenge you would expect from a master’s degree, the emphasis on developing ‘real-world’ skills and experience was an element of the course that really impressed and benefited me. From the Client-Based module - in which students carry out an environmental project in industry - to the work in the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship developing an environmental enterprise from the very start, every aspect of the course had a positive effect on my confidence and employability.
This was exemplified by a STEP Programme summer internship I undertook with InspirAlba, a social enterprise support organisation. I had the capacity to immediately transfer the skills developed through the Environmental Entrepreneurship degree to the workplace, evolving InspirAlba’s outputs in areas such as business planning and social and environmental accounting. I was able to base my dissertation research around this work, whilst subsequently achieving runner-up prize in the STEP Highland Awards for Most Enterprising Student: a testament to the expertise I gained from the course.
I am currently conducting PhD research into Social and Environmental Accounting methods, something which would not have been possible without the combination of the course content, excellent staff support and industry links. I additionally received an offer of a graduate job before accepting the PhD scholarship, further demonstrating the relevance and demand of the skills and knowledge the degree provides. In short, embarking on the MSc in Environmental Entrepreneurship was the best career move I have ever made.

(Student Profile)

Catalina Silva Plata

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.


Entry Requirements

First or upper second-class Honours degree from a UK university (or equivalent overseas qualification) from all disciplines (engineering, sciences, arts, law, business, education, languages, social sciences). No previous technical knowledge is required. 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).

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