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  • Postgraduate taught
  • MSc

Environmental Technology

Explore the tools, alternative technologies and policies of sustainable environmental management.

Explore the tools, alternative technologies and policies of sustainable environmental management

Specialise in areas of environment and sustainability tailored to your career goals

Gain hands-on experience through field trips in the UK and abroad

Course key facts

  • Qualification

    • MSc

  • Duration

    1 year

  • Start date

    September 2024

  • Study mode


  • Fees

    • £15,600 Home

    • £31,800 Overseas

  • Delivered by

  • Location

    • South Kensington

Minimum entry standard

  • 2:1 in any subject

View full entry requirements

Course overview

Acquire a diverse range of problem-solving frameworks for tackling contemporary environmental issues on this one-year MSc course.

You'll learn how environments function and analyse the tools, technologies and policies needed for sustainable environmental management.

Start to specialise in your second term by picking one of eight subject-specific options, designed to cater for a variety of individual interests and career requirements.

You'll also complete a research project, which normally stems from your chosen specialist option.

This can be laboratory or desk-based and can involve fieldwork carried out in conjunction with outside organisations in the UK or abroad.

On completion of this course, you'll be equipped with the broad set of skills needed to pursue a career in environment and sustainability.


This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about potential course changes.

Please note: it may not always be possible to take specific combinations of modules due to timetabling conflicts. For confirmation, please check with the relevant department.

You'll complete a compulsory set of foundational sustainability modules and an extended independent research project. 

Core modules

During the spring term, you'll study modules from one of the eight specialist options, which you will have chosen when applying for the course. 

This allows you to build on the knowledge acquired from the core modules, and apply it with a career-oriented focus.

Four specialist options are shown on this tab with four further options on the next tab.

Business and Environment

Energy Policy

Environmental Resource Management

Environmental Assessment and Management

Four further specialist options are shown here.

Environmental Economics and Policy

Global Environmental Change and Policy

Integrated Water Management

Urban Sustainable Environments

Teaching and assessment

Balance of teaching and learning


  • Lectures, seminars and practicals
  • Independent study and group work

  • 40% Lectures, seminars and practicals
  • 60% Independent study and group work

Teaching and learning methods

  • Person at lectern giving speech
  • Seminars
  • Computer-based work
  • Fieldwork
  • Lab work
  • A group of people interacting
    Group work
  • Data analysis
  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment
  • A person studying independently
    Independent research project

Balance of assessment


  • Independent research project
  • Other

  • 45% Independent research project
  • 55% Other

Assessment methods

  • Group presentations
  • Papers from a written report
  • Essays
  • A person completing a written exam
    Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Individual research project

Entry requirements

We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.

How to apply

Apply online

You can submit one application form per year of entry. You can choose up to two courses.

Tuition fees

Home fee



Overseas fee



How will studying at Imperial help my career?

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Gain transferable skills relevant to a career in environment and sustainability or similar fields.

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With specialised knowledge, you'll be highly sought after in a range of sectors.

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Specialise in a particular field and learn job-market-specific research and management skills.

Terms and conditions

There are some important pieces of information you should be aware of when applying to Imperial. These include key information about your tuition fees, funding, visas, accommodation and more.

Read our terms and conditions

You can find further information about your course, including degree classifications, regulations, progression and awards in the programme specification for your course.

Programme specifications