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Energy, Water and Environmental Management

The course is designed to equip you with the knowledge on efficient use of energy and water resources, whilst ensuring sustainability and environmental protection.

Next Start Date: January, September

Degree type: MSc/PGDip

UCAS Code: Apply directly

Duration: One year full-time for Sept entry
18 months full-time for Jan entry


Postgraduate funding (tuition fee and living cost loan) may be available from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland for those who meet the eligibility criteria.  Visit the SAAS website for more information.

Why choose this course?


  • Develop the technical and managerial skills required to identify and manage sustainable opportunities in the energy and water sectors.
  • Acquire the tools to synthesise strategies and solutions to environmental problems.
  • Acquire the knowledge and skills for a managerial or technical career in the energy, water or environmental sectors.
  • Develop a critical understanding of the complex environment and the ability to integrate various multi-disciplinary components in order to reach holistic solutions to problems of sustainable energy utilisation and water cycle management.
  • This course is accredited by CIWEM – The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management. This gives you free student membership of CIWEM, access to CIWEM publications, and to networking and professional opportunities. 
  • Abertay has been awarded the highest research rating in Environmental Science of any modern Scottish university.


The course is designed and delivered by a team consisting of industrial practitioners and leading academics drawn from Abertay’s School of Engineering, Science & Technology and the Dundee Business School. The course delivery team is actively engaged in research and consultancy through the Urban Water Technology Centre (UWTC). The Centre benefits from close links with research groups including the Abertay Centre for the Environment (ACE).

The programme is an integration of scientific, technical, managerial and entrepreneurial concepts in the management of the environment. It focuses on energy requirement, production and utilisation, and on water resources management. Emphasis is given to the practical application within industry and commerce, in addition to the appropriate theoretical rigour.

You will graduate with the knowledge and skills to harness energy and water resources efficiently, whilst ensuring sustainability and environmental protection. The programme also offers you the chance to develop a diverse and applied knowledge in environmental technology, business and management, thereby graduating the ability to develop and/or manage effectively environmental strategies on a local and global scale.

Join our Graduate School

Our Graduate School is a dedicated facility providing support, training and professional development opportunities to our vibrant postgraduate community. Specially designed to promote integration and inculcation of interdisciplinary working in our next generation of researchers, postgraduates study and learn together at Abertay - from Environmental Management to Law, Psychology, Bioscience, Economics and Business, Cybersecurity and Computer Games Development.

When you join us as a postgraduate student or researcher, you’ll be joining a community of creative like-minded scholars and will automatically be provided with access to our dedicated study and social spaces – a forum in which you can meet, work and learn with other researchers and postgraduates from across the University. You’ll benefit from training and professional development opportunities as well as support with funding applications, placement opportunities, teaching support, public engagement and outreach activity.

Find out more about our Graduate School.

Making the Most of Masters

The Making the Most of Masters project provides opportunities for Masters students to undertake work based projects, allowing you to enhance your employability at the same time as studying for your Masters degree.

Working with external organisations and employers, the projects are an integral part of your academic programme, and address real needs within an organisation meaning you’ll have the opportunity to add valuable experience to your CV.

Find out more about Making the Most of Masters.

Making the Most of Masters Case Study - Stormwater Management


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What you study

You will study the following modules:

  • Environmental Management
  • Research Methods
  • Renewable Energy Technologies
  • Energy and Power Supply Systems
  • Water Resources and Quality Management
  • Waste and Wastewater Management
  • MSc Dissertation

On completion of the taught component of the course (i.e. Postgraduate Diploma stage), students may undertake research projects in any of the themes stated above for the award of MSc.  Most of the projects are industry-related.

Please refer to this leaflet for more information - MSc Energy Water and Environmental Management 2016-2017.

How you learn

An integrated programme of lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical assignments, case studies and fieldwork are used to enhance your knowledge and understanding. Throughout the course emphasis is placed on participation, and self-directed study. The project phase of the course is designed to allow you to apply your studies within a chosen speciality.

How you are assessed

Assessments include a mixture of written coursework based on active case studies, presentations to demonstrate your knowledge, and exams. Students working towards the MSc qualification will also complete a dissertation.

By working within project groups and by yourself, you will improve your communication, project planning and teamwork skills, which are very important skills for any career. The MSc dissertation allows you to develop a specialist area of expertise.

Entry routes

A good Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate science or engineering discipline, or social sciences.

Candidates with alternative qualifications and/or work experience will also be considered on an individual basis.


All applicants are required to provide certified proof of competence in English Language and the University's minimum requirements are listed here

Fees and scholarships

Fee Category

Tuition Fees

Scholarships & Bursaries

Scottish and other EU students

Current Fees

Other forms of support

English, Welsh and Northern Irish

Current Fees

Bursaries & Scholarships

Overseas (non EU) students

Current Fees

Overseas Scholarships

Fee quoted is the total cost providing that the MSc follows on immediately after the PG Dip element and is completed within the same academic year as started.  Fees may be subject to increase.

Further info

Your future

Graduates of the course can find employment as environmental engineers, energy management specialists, consultants and managers. Potential employers include:

  • the petrochemical industry
  • energy generation, distribution and marketing companies 
  • water utilities
  • manufacturing and construction industry 
  • environmental regulatory bodies
  • local authorities and other public sector organisations
  • water, waste and contaminated land management industry
  • non-governmental organisations; environmental pressure groups 
  • academia

Want to know more?

Student Recruitment Office
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