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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

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.

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.

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).

Strathclyde Enterprise Pathway

You'll benefit from our innovative enterprise related initiative, Enterprise Pathway, which provides you with the opportunity to develop and enhance your transferable skills and learn business basics from real life entrepreneurs.

Facilities

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

Discover more about our facilities.

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. Check out some of our students’ projects and dissertations.

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! 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.

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.

Careers

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:

  • 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.


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

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