Environmental Technology

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start dateOctober 2021
Campus: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
MSc Environmental Technology
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Overview

Our MSc in Environmental Technology was established over three decades ago, and provides the highest standard of knowledge and skills development for environmental specialists.

The term technology in the course title refers to the application of scientific knowledge, policy and engineering to solve environmental problems and address sustainability.

You will acquire a diverse range of discipline-specific problem-solving frameworks for tackling contemporary environmental issues, while combining the natural and social sciences with engineering and medicine in a truly interdisciplinary manner.

A major emphasis of the course is on the way environments function and on the compatible tools, alternative technologies and policies for sustainable environmental management.

There are specialist options available in the second term, designed to cater for a variety of individual interests and career requirements.

You complete a research project which normally stems from one of the specialist options. The project term extends from April to September, with the whole of this period devoted to the project.

Your project may be laboratory or desk-based and can involve fieldwork. Projects are usually carried out in conjunction with outside organisations, and can take place in the UK or abroad.

Careers

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.

The course enables you to build on your undergraduate degree by specialising in an area of particular interest. You are able to transfer undergraduate knowledge to a different setting, differentiate yourself within the job market and learn specific techniques and tools for research and management.

Structure

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

There are limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses. See what changes we may make and how we will tell you about them.

Find out more about potential changes

Structure

Core and compulsory modules

In the Autumn term, you will complete a compulsory set of foundational sustainability modules. Three modules provide a fundamental grounding in the natural and human worlds, and the interactions between them. You will also start the “Becoming an Independent Learner” (BIL) module, which extends through the Spring and Summer term. 

You undertake an extended independent research project during the Summer term. This will allow you to study and gain greater depth in an area of personal interest

The Human World

The Human World is a compulsory module that introduces aspects of economics and markets, consumption, and circular economy, environmental policy and governance, environmental law, demography, poverty, health and wellbeing.

The Natural World

The Natural World is a compulsory module focused on science and technology. It will normally include subjects taken from ecosystems and ecological theory, climate change, air pollution, biogeochemical cycles, biodiversity and natural resources.

The Human/Environment Interface

The Human/Nature Interface is a core interdisciplinary module that uses problem-based case studies that will allow you to understand the interactions between the natural and human worlds. This may include urbanisation and sustainable cities; climate change impacts; forest management; fisheries management; agriculture; Sustainable Development Goals; policy instruments for sustainability.

Becoming an Independent Learner

The “Becoming an Independent Learner” module provides core elements to support you in your transition to professionals and life-long independent learners. It runs across all three terms, covers essential professional and transferable skills and normally includes information searching, career planning, presentation skills, and relaxation and resilience skills.

Independent Research Project

The third part of the course provides the opportunity to undertake rigorous independent research; to apply knowledge and understanding of environmental disciplines in the widest sense to practical problems; and to develop and demonstrate interdisciplinary, transferable skills with specific emphasis on project management and presentation (oral and written) skills.

The Project Term extends from April to September. It is devoted to a research project, normally stemming from the specialist option. This may be desk and/or laboratory-based and/or involve fieldwork. It is often set up and carried out in conjunction with an outside organisation thereby providing practical experience which greatly enhances employment prospects, and may be carried out in the UK or abroad.

The project aims to provide graduates with practical experience of value to their future careers and with the ability to address individual environmental problems with confidence.

Optional module

During the Spring term you will join a smaller cohort of students and study one of the specialist modules below, which you will have chosen when applying for the course. This allows you to build on the knowledge acquired from the Autumn term modules and apply it with a career-oriented focus. 

Business and the Environment

Key elements of this module include:

  • Learning from Sustainable Business
  • Sustainable Business in Practice
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Sustainability

Energy Policy

Key elements of this module include:

  • Energy Technologies
  • Energy Economics and Policy
  • Integrated Energy Systems

Environmental Resource Management

Key elements of this module include:

  • Critical and analytical approaches to environmental resource management
  • Environmental resource management in practice
  • Challenges and solutions to environmental resource management

Environmental Assessment and Management

Key elements of this module include:

  • Circular Economy
  • Assessment Tools and Decision-Making
  • Integrated Land and Water Quality Management

Environmental Economics and Policy

Key elements of this module include:

  • Foundations of Environmental Economics and Policy
  • Research Methods
  • Topics in Environmental Economics and Policy

Global Environmental Change and Policy

Key elements of this module include:

  • Baselining the Global Environmental Condition
  • Methods for Tackling Global Environmental Change
  • Implementing Interdisciplinary Grand Challenge Solutions to Global Environmental Change

Integrated Water Management

Key elements of this module include:

  • Water Systems and Technology
  • Integrated Management Tools
  • Integrated Land and Water Quality Management

Urban Sustainable Environments

Key elements of this module include:

  • Infrastructure of Urban Environments
  • Governance and Engagement in Urban Environments
  • Integrated Urban Systems

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Computer-based work
  • Fieldwork
  • Laboratory work
  • Group work
  • Data analysis
  • Small group seminars
  • Blackboard VLE
  • Blended e-learning
  • Independent research project

Assessment methods

  • Group presentations
  • Reports
  • Essays
  • Written examinations
  • Coursework

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is a 2.1 degree in any subject. Science, engineering or social science subjects are preferred, but other subject areas will be considered.

International qualifications

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications.

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

For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College, and not specifically this Department.

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 requirement (all applicants)

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 higher 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.

Competence standards

Our competence standards highlight the core skills students should be able to demonstrate by the end of this course.

View the Centre's competence standards for MSc Environmental Technology‌ [pdf]

We believe in providing the widest practicable access to all of our degree programmes and will make reasonable adjustments wherever possible to support your study. For more information, please contact the Department using the contact details below.

Centre for Environmental Policy

T: +44 (0)20 7594 9347
E: enquiries.env@imperial.ac.uk

How to apply

How to apply

Making an application

Apply online

All applicants must apply online.

Visit our Admissions website for details on the application process.

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

Application fee

For 2021–22 entry, we are introducing a pilot application fee for our Master's courses. This helps cover some of the administrative and staffing costs associated with processing the large volume of applications we receive.

This fee will be £80 per application and not per course. 

We will waive the fee for any applicant – Home or Overseas – who demonstrates that they are experiencing financial hardship.

There is no application fee for Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas or PhDs. The fee for MBA applications to the Imperial College Business School is £135. 

Find out more about the application fee and waiver

ATAS certificate

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

Further questions?

Find answers to your questions about admissions. Answers cover COVID-19, English language requirements, Visas and more.

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Tuition fees and funding

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

Find out more about fees and funding opportunities.

Tuition fees

Home rate of tuition

2021 entry

£13,000 per year

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2020 will apply to fees for the academic year 2020–2021.

Fee status

Whether you pay the Home fee depends on your fee status.

Your fee status is assessed based on UK Government legislation and includes things like where you live and your nationality or residency status.

Find out more about how we assess your fee status.

EU/EEA/Swiss students

The Government has confirmed that EU/EEA/Swiss students who begin a course before the 31 July 2021 will be eligible to pay the same fee as Home students and have access to student finance for the duration of their course, as long as they meet certain requirements which are unchanged from previous years. This includes students who begin the course remotely.

EU/EEA/Swiss students starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home fee rate and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note, we do not expect this to apply to Irish students or students benefitting from Citizens' Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens' Rights Agreement respectively. However, we are currently awaiting the formal publication of the amended Fees and Awards regulations.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website has useful information on the conditions you currently need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the Home rate for study on a higher education course in England and reflect the regulations as they currently stand (not the amended regulations which are subject to publication).

UKCISA has also provided some information in response to Questions for students starting their course from the 1 August 2021. 

For regular updates for EU students, please see our Imperial and the EU webpages.

Overseas rate of tuition

2021 entry

£26,500 per year

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2020 will apply to fees for the academic year 2020–2021.

Fee status

Whether you pay the Overseas fee depends on your fee status.

Your fee status is assessed based on UK Government legislation and includes things like where you live and your nationality or residency status.

Find out more about how we assess your fee status.

EU/EEA/Swiss students

The Government has confirmed that EU/EEA/Swiss students who begin a course before the 31 July 2021 will be eligible to pay the same fee as Home students and have access to student finance for the duration of their course, as long as they meet certain requirements which are unchanged from previous years. This includes students who begin the course remotely.

EU/EEA/Swiss students starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home fee rate and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note, we do not expect this to apply to Irish students or students benefitting from Citizens' Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens' Rights Agreement respectively. However, we are currently awaiting the formal publication of the amended Fees and Awards regulations.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website has useful information on the conditions you currently need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the Home rate for study on a higher education course in England and reflect the regulations as they currently stand (not the amended regulations which are subject to publication).

UKCISA has also provided some information in response to Questions for students starting their course from the 1 August 2021. 

For regular updates for EU students, please see our Imperial and the EU webpages.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you're a UK national, or EU national with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan from the UK government, if you meet certain criteria.

For 2020-21 entry, the maximum amount was of £11,222. The loan is not means-tested and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

British Council scholarships for women in STEM

This course is eligible for the British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM, which Imperial is offering for the 2021/22 academic year. These are for women from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru or Venezuela who apply to one of our eligible STEM Master's courses. Find out more about this scholarship.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

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