Environmental technology students Duration: 1 year full-time, or 2 years with an industrial placement
Start date: October 2017
LocationSouth Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits

This course is now open to applications for 2017 entry.

This course provides the highest standard of knowledge and skills development for environmental specialists.

About the course


We offer a 12-month full-time MSc in Environmental Technology that combines the natural and social sciences with engineering and medicine in a truly interdisciplinary manner.

It is the route to a successful career in environment and sustainability, as demonstrated by the achievements of around 3,000 alumni who have graduated since 1978. Many of these are internationally recognised leaders in their field, reflecting their training on a world-renowned course.


Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

The first term comprises core modules in:

This broad training is followed by an in-depth education in many specialised areas, maintaining the course's interdisciplinary nature. The specialist options in the second term are designed to cater for a variety of individual interests and career requirements.

A strong case-study approach is employed with emphasis on working in teams, decision-making, analytical skills and report preparation. The specialist options currently offered on the course include:

Specialisms are further developed in the final five months of the course, during which an in-depth individual research project is conducted. Projects vary widely in their nature, including desk, field and laboratory.

Part-time option with industrial placement

The MSc in Environmental Technology is also available as a two-year part-time programme with a 16-month placement, currently in Anglian Water’s Innovation Team. Here you will work on finding solutions to current business challenges. This will not only provide you with a highly competitive postgraduate degree but also crucial work experience working for the water industry.

For more information about this option, entry requirements and how to apply, please visit the Centre for Environmental Policy's website.

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

2.1 Honours degree in any subject including science, engineering or social sciences.

International Qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English Language requirements

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

Fees and funding

Home and EU students

2017 entry:
  • £11,000 full-time
  • £5,500* per year-part time

Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:
  • £26,000 full-time
  • £13,000* per year-part time

* Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Government funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs. 

Funding from Imperial


We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS Certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

Further information