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

You'll have the option to complete a general programme - 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 off-shore operations. You'll learn about minimising the impact of emissions from oil production, exploring for oil and gas, and environmental regulations.

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 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.

Why Choose this Programme?

This course aims to develop the critical intellectual and practical skills of the students in the collection, analysis, interpretation and understanding of data related to environmental pollution. The course aims to provide the students with up-to-date knowledge and skills to equip them for a career in environmental management, waste management or in the oil and gas sector. It will develop the students' competence in applying advanced skills to solve environmental problems, using a critical and holistic approach. The MSc Environmental Management programme will enhance students' interpersonal, communications and other transferable skills, so that they are competent to operate in senior positions in industry. This programme will allow students to acquire educational qualifications which would enable them to gain recognition by professional bodies. It aims to provide students with an opportunity to critically explore environmental problems with others from different educational backgrounds, hence enhancing the breadth of their viewpoints on such issues; to further develop the students. This MSc will develop skills in research methods and practice, so that they can undertake advanced research in environmental, waste or oil and gas topics. The programme will enable students to engage with life-long learning, research and creativity tempered with scientific discipline and social awareness.


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

Graduate prospects

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

Visit the Environmental Management (Oil & Gas) MSc page on the Glasgow Caledonian University website for more details!





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