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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:
The course has contributions from six other departments:
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.)
The University of Strathclyde has become the first university to win the coveted Times Higher Education University of the Year title twice! We are a leading international technological university located in the heart of Glasgow – one of the UK’s largest cities – and has a vibrant, international community with almost 23,000 students from over 100 countries.
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!
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.
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.
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