MSc Environmental Management (Waste, Energy, Water, Oil and Gas)

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 MSc Environmental Management offers a respected credential that's relevant to employers around the world.

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

Graduate prospects

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

Module list

Climate Change and Carbon Management; Climate Justice; Contaminated Land and Landfill Engineering; Environmental Planning and Impact Assessment; Environmental Pollution Monitoring and Analysis; GIS and Environmental Management; Health, Safety and Environmental Management; Project (MSc). Other optional modules will depend on your pathway: Energy; Waste; Water or Oil and Gas

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

"Academic work in the MSc is practical and relates to real life challenges. Finding solutions for them was enjoyable."

Santhosh Elangovan,
MSc Energy and Environmental Management.

Study Options

  • 2022/23


Mode of study


Start date


Full Time
1 Year
Sep 2022
GCU London
Part Time
2 Years
Sep 2022
GCU London
Full Time
1 Year
Jan 2023
GCU London
Part Time
2 Years
Jan 2023
GCU London
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
MSc Full Time 1 Year Sep 2022 GCU London Enquire
MSc Part Time 2 Years Sep 2022 GCU London Enquire
MSc Full Time 1 Year Jan 2023 GCU London Enquire Apply
MSc Part Time 2 Years Jan 2023 GCU London Enquire Apply

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.


Minimum academic requirement

UK honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) in any science or engineering-related degree including environmental studies, engineering, planning, geology, geography and zoology. Other management-related and relevant experience will also be considered.

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

Full details of the alternative English language tests we accept are available on this page.

English language

Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.

Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Annual full-time tuition fees

Home (UK including Scottish): £8,700
International: £14,500


Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

Part-time and distance-learning tuition fees

For details of part-time and distance-learning fee rates, please make an enquiry today.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of £2 million per year.

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

GCU London is also a learning affiliate of 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.


While studying for this course, you will be eligible to apply for Student Membership of CIWM.  

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to apply for Graduate Membership of CIWM. With the relevant industry experience, you will be eligible to apply to become an Associate Member (Assoc MCIWM) of CIWM.
This course features a mix of exams and assessments.

This course aims to develop your critical intellectual and practical skills in the collection, analysis, interpretation and understanding of data related to environmental pollution. 

The course aims to provide you with up-to-date knowledge and skills to equip you for a career in environmental management, waste management or in the oil and gas sector. It will develop your competence in applying advanced skills to solve environmental problems, using a critical and holistic approach. 

The MSc Environmental Management course will enhance your interpersonal, communications and other transferable skills, so that you are competent to operate in senior positions in industry. 

This course will allow you to acquire educational qualifications which would enable you to gain recognition by professional bodies. It aims to provide you with an opportunity to critically explore environmental problems with others from different educational backgrounds, hence enhancing the breadth of their viewpoints on such issues. This MSc will develop skills in research methods and practice, so that you can undertake advanced research in environmental, waste or oil and gas topics. The course will enable you to engage with life-long learning, research and creativity tempered with scientific discipline and social awareness.

The MSc Environmental Management (Waste) Pathway is more specific, in that it allows students to develop skills and knowledge in modern waste management practices, for those who intend to pursue a career in that area.
The (Oil and Gas) Pathway is to enable students to develop an Oil and Gas related specialisation, within the context of energy and environmental management and building on their previous qualifications and experience.
The (Water) Pathway is design to develop the knowledge and skills of students looking to develop a career in the water/wastewater sector.
The (Energy) Pathway places specific emphasis on the environmental consequences of energy use and the opportunities through renewable energy technologies to support a low carbon economy.