The world is facing increasing environmental threats which are posing severe scientific, social and economic challenges to the human race. These challenges include: the depletion of natural resources, the loss of diversity and the need to develop new forms of energy generation whilst efficiently utilising existing energy sources. Tackling these environmental problems and establishing a sustainable environment requires the adoption of appropriate policies and managerial strategies. The interdisciplinary nature of this postgraduate course provides a broad understanding of these environmental problems whilst embedding the appropriate specialist scientific, managerial and generic skills for a career in the environmental sustainability sector. The course incorporates Keele University’s internationally recognised expertise in research and teaching on environmental issues. It is taught by a team of environmental specialists working in the fields of environmental technologies, biological sciences, chemical science, project management, and environmental policy and politics.
Keele University’s campus has unrivalled potential to form a unique hub for research, development and demonstration of a range of environmental and sustainable technologies.
The Keele Sustainability Hub site contains both academic buildings and buildings for technological companies. Renewable energy sources are integrated into these buildings, incorporating: - Solar thermal - Solar PV - Climate control and underfloor heating - Smart lighting systems - Rainwater harvesting - Ground source heat - Bio-fuel woodchip burner - Wind turbine
The main focus of the site is the specialist Hub for Sustainability building. The Sustainability Hub acts as a focus for the research into, teaching of, and management of sustainability and green technology that takes place at Keele University. It’s a means to bring all these different activities together and then to communicate the innovations and implications out to the rest of campus, schools, businesses and the wider community.
As a student on the MSc in Environmental Sustainability & Green Technology programme a lot of your teaching will take place at the Hub, and you’ll have direct access to these environmental developments first hand. The students use the Hub and its facilities as their base - a place to meet and to study - during their year at Keele.
The MSc in Environmental Sustainability and Green Technology is designed to provide an interdisciplinary understanding of environmental challenges whilst giving the opportunity to specialise in several sustainability themes related to geosciences, energy generation, biological science, green information technology, environmental policy and politics, and project management.
Successful students will 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 which would allow them to contribute to the solving of environmental challenges
- A conceptual understanding to evaluate critically current research and advance scholarship in environmental sustainability
- A comprehensive understanding of experimental design, planning and scientific techniques within a research project
- Problem-solving and team-working skills relevant to the implementation of sustainable technologies and policies
The MSc programme comprises 8 taught 15-credit modules and a 60-credit research project which is undertaken either at Keele University or on placement with an industrial collaborator.
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 first two modules provide an overview of important environmental technologies and policies relevant to sustainability. Students then choose four from ten optional modules which are arranged within four themes: - Renewable and Sustainable Energy - Biological Challenges and Sustainability - Environmental Politics - Policy and Project Management
Cross theme studies are encouraged. This interdisciplinary knowledge is then applied in a student-centred learning situation. This provides the necessary teamwork and problem-solving skills to formulate strategies to address a range of environmental and sustainability challenges.
The 60-credit research project is preceded by a Research Skills module.
Teaching & Assessment
Modules are assessed by assignment 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.
Field course costs
There will be no charge to new students taking field courses. The School receives an annual financial contribution from the University to support the cost of the field course programme. Therefore field course costs for new postgraduate students will be paid for by the University.
Employment Case Studies
Our unique inter-disciplinary course leads our graduates into a diverse range of careers.
Our students have chosen careers in research; in local, regional and national government; multi-national corporations; environmental consultancies and charities.