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Environmental Sustainability and Green Technology MSc/PgDip/PgCert

This IEMA accredited interdisciplinary postgraduate course is for students from any undergraduate degree discipline and provides a broad understanding of environmental problems whilst embedding the appropriate specialist scientific, managerial and generic skills for a career in the environmental sustainability sector.


The MSc in Environmental Sustainability and Green Technology is designed to provide an interdisciplinary understanding of environmental challenges whilst giving you the opportunity to specialise in several sustainability themes related to geosciences, energy generation, ecology, green information technology, environmental policy and politics, and project management.

As a student on the course you’ll gain

  • An understanding of knowledge in the areas of science, technology, policy and green political theory relevant to environmental sustainability
  • Experience in analytical and computer techniques to equip you with the skills to contribute to the solving of environmental challenges
  • A conceptual understanding to critically evaluate current research and advance scholarship in environmental sustainability
  • A comprehensive understanding of experimental design, planning and scientific techniques within your research project
  • Problem-solving and team-working skills relevant to the implementation of sustainable technologies and policies.

Your Research Project

Your research project is the time for you to focus on your own interests and to develop and expand your knowledge in areas that will help with your future career. You could have the opportunity to collaborate with an external organisation and work with them on a real life issue, giving you valuable experience and something really interesting to talk about at interview! Recently, our students organized their own incredibly successful Masters Research Conference to showcase their work and to network with potential employers, attended by project supervisors, external collaborators and other businesses. Students have written theses on diverse topics from nuclear energy development to community education.

KRISP Placements

Some of our students from the programme have collaborated and provided their expertise to local businesses as part of the Keele Research and Innovation Support Programme (KRISP). Follow the below to find out more about the types of projects our students have been involved with:


The MSc programme comprises 8 taught 15-credit modules and a 60-credit research project. This structure allows students to obtain a postgraduate certificate (60 credits) or a postgraduate diploma (120 credits) depending on the number of modules studied. The four core modules provide an overview of important key concepts and principles around sustainability and green technology, and skills to carry out the research project.

  • An Introduction to Sustainable Technologies (15 credits)
  • Dimensions of Environmental Politics (15 credits)
  • Case Studies in Sustainability (15 credits)
  • Research and Business Skills, Project and Portfolio Management (15 credits)
  • Research Project (60 credits)

You can choose an additional four optional modules to tailor the programme to topics you are most interested in and fit with your career goals. 


We employ a wide variety of teaching and learning strategies including lectures, guest lectures from industry specialists and group discussions. The 60-credit research project is preceded by a Research Skills module. Modules are assessed by assignment, such as poster and oral presentations; media articles; reflective reports; essays, and/or examination. The research project is based on the submission of a 15 - 20,000 word report that is undertaken by the student in conjunction with an academic supervisor and, where appropriate, an industrial collaborator.


For information on fees please see the latest information here for postgraduate fees.

There are a number of bursaries on offer to both home and overseas postgraduate students. Please see this page for more information.


Our programme places a strong focus on preparing you for your chosen career.

We nurture a three-way process between you – the students – our teaching staff and employers. We’re fortunate to have great support at Keele to foster these links, with many opportunities for paid internships and placements. These prove a great way to gain some valuable paid experience, enhance your CV and build your professional networks, reputation and confidence.

Past students from this course have secured researcher roles and a wide range of exciting employment opportunities in industry and the public sector.

Visit the Environmental Sustainability and Green Technology MSc/PgDip/PgCert page on the Keele University website for more details!






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