Taught course

Environmental Management

University of Stirling · Faculty of Natural Sciences

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree in a relevant subject, or its equivalent. Consideration is given to other candidates with substantial relevant professional experience. Enquiries are welcome from all prospective students confident in their ability to handle scientific and numerical information.

Months of entry


Course content

Britain seeks to be a world leader in renewable energies and its generating potential is recognised globally, but it is equally renowned for the quality of its natural environment. This creates the potential for conflict and a need to better understand the various environmental costs associated with 21st century energy technologies, whether renewable or non-renewable, and how these costs can be evaluated, managed and mitigated. The course draws on the University’s existing expertise or research strengths in environmental impact assessment, carbon trading, planning and impacts of wind, hydro and nuclear power as well as its expertise in energy management and environmental economics. The University also has long established links with regulators, consultancy and the energy industry. We work closely with a variety of relevant organisations including SEPA, Environment Agency, the nuclear industry, Scottish Coal and Scottish Renewables.

The MSc Energy and the Environment builds on the success of our respected and long-running Environmental Management course (600 graduates). It utilises new and existing expertise or research strengths in Environmental Impact Assessment, carbon trading, planning and impacts of wind, hydro and nuclear power within Biological and Environmental Science, and expertise in Energy Management and Environmental Economics within the School of Management with which Biological and Environmental Science have an established teaching link.

Course Objectives

Our course gives students:

  • an understanding of the scientific principles (atmospheric, hydrological, geomorphological and ecological) that underpin current environmental issues
  • an understanding of the economic, political, social and legal frameworks for managing the environment
  • a sound training in relevant practical, investigative, research and generic skills that managers in the energy and environment sector should possess.

Information for international students

English Language Requirements: If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency such as a minimum IELTS score of 6 (minimum 6 in each skill), or TOEFL: Listening 23, Reading 23, Speaking 23, Writing 23.

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


part time
27 months
full time
12 months


part time
27 months
full time
12 months


full time
9 months


full time
4 months

Course contact details

Rose Goodacre
+ 44 (0) 1786 467842