Key Facts

Course Title: Environmental Sustainability and Green Technology
Course type: MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate (September and January Start Dates)
Mode of Study:Full Time or Part Time
Contact Details:Karen Babb
Contact email:k.a.babb@keele.ac.uk
Website: Go to School homepage
Faculty: Faculty of Natural Sciences
Subject Area: Environment
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The world is facing increasing environmental threats which are posing severe scientific, social and economic challenges to the human race. These challenges include: the depletion of natural resources, the loss of diversity and the need to develop new forms of energy generation whilst efficiently utilising existing energy sources.

Tackling these environmental problems and establishing a sustainable environment requires the adoption of appropriate policies and managerial strategies. The interdisciplinary nature of this postgraduate course provides a broad understanding of these environmental problems whilst embedding the appropriate specialist scientific, managerial and generic skills for a career in the environmental sustainability sector.

The course incorporates Keele University’s internationally recognised expertise in research and teaching on environmental issues. It is taught by a team of environmental specialists working in the fields of environmental technologies, biological sciences, chemical science, project management, and environmental policy and politics.

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Keele University Sustainability Hub

Keele University’s campus has unrivalled potential to form a unique hub for research, development and demonstration of a range of environmental and sustainable technologies.

The Keele Sustainability Hub site contains both academic buildings and buildings for technological companies.  Renewable energy sources are integrated into these buildings, incorporating:

  • Solar thermal
  • Solar PV
  • Climate control and underfloor heating
  • Smart lighting systems
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Ground source heat
  • Bio-fuel woodchip burner
  • Wind turbine

The main focus of the site is the specialist Hub for Sustainability building. The Sustainability Hub acts as a focus for the research into, teaching of, and management of sustainability and green technology that takes place at Keele University. It’s a means to bring all these different activities together and then to communicate the innovations and implications out to the rest of campus, schools, businesses and the wider community.

As a student on the MSc in Environmental Sustainability & Green Technology programme a lot of your teaching will take place at the Hub, and you’ll have direct access to these environmental developments first hand.  The students use the Hub and its facilities as their base - a place to meet and to study - during their year at Keele.

For more information on the Keele Hub and Keele’s energy plans  see here.

Watch our video on Sustainability at Keele.

If you’d like to take a look around the Sustainability Hub and/or have an informal chat about the course, please send an email to Karen Babb, the course administrator, on k.a.babb@keele.ac.uk.

Dr Sharon George, Course Director

The MSc in Environmental Sustainability and Green Technology is designed to provide an interdisciplinary understanding of environmental challenges whilst giving the opportunity to specialise in several sustainability themes related to geosciences, energy generation, biological science, green information technology, environmental policy and politics, and project management.

Successful students will gain

  • An understanding of knowledge in the areas of science, technology, policy and green political theory relevant to environmental sustainability
  • Experience in analytical and computer techniques which would allow them to contribute to the solving of environmental challenges
  • A conceptual understanding to evaluate critically current research and advance scholarship in environmental sustainability
  • A comprehensive understanding of experimental design, planning and scientific techniques within a research project
  • Problem-solving and team-working skills relevant to the implementation of sustainable technologies and policies

Applicants should have a first degree (UK second-class honours degree or above) or equivalent qualification (generally an aggregate mark of at least 60%). Students without a degree but with relevant professional training will also be considered. Where English is not a first language, proof of English language competence will be required (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent).

 

 

The MSc programme comprises 8 taught 15-credit modules and a 60-credit research project which is undertaken either at Keele University or on placement with an industrial collaborator.

This structure allows students to obtain a postgraduate certificate (60 credits) or a postgraduate diploma (120 credits) depending on the number of modules studied.

The first two modules provide an overview of important environmental technologies and policies relevant to sustainability. Students then choose four from ten optional modules which are arranged within four themes:

  • Renewable and Sustainable Energy
  • Biological Challenges and Sustainability
  • Environmental Politics
  • Policy and Project Management

Cross theme studies are encouraged. This interdisciplinary knowledge is then applied in a student-centred learning situation. This provides the necessary teamwork and problem-solving skills to formulate strategies to address a range of environmental and sustainability challenges.

The 60-credit research project is preceded by a Research Skills module.

Follow this link to see details of all the modules covered in this course.

Modules are assessed by assignment and/or examination. The research project is based on the submission of a 15 - 20,000 word report that is undertaken by the student in conjunction with an academic supervisor and, where appropriate, an industrial collaborator.

Field course costs

The School of Physical and Geographical Sciences is aware that the field course programmes represent an additional expense to students and therefore makes every effort to keep costs to a minimum.

The School receives an annual financial contribution from the University to support the cost of the field course programme. This contribution is allocated on the basis of a daily rate per student that varies according to whether the field course is a UK day trip, a UK residential field course, or an overseas residential field course.

The allocation is used firstly to fund the staff involvement on the field excursions such that no student contributes directly to their costs. The remaining finance is used to provide a student subsidy that reduces the overall cost you have to pay to participate in your chosen field course programme.

In order to help you manage your field course costs, the payments are also spread over the course of the academic year. If you have any queries about the costs associated with any field course, please contact the School for advice in the first instance.

The approximate cost of the 2013/4 MSc ESGT field course is £50.

Scholarships for international students

A number of Keele scholarships are available to full time international students studying for the MSc in Environmental Sustainability & Green Technology.

You'll find more details here:

Keele Postgraduate Scholarships

English Language Training

The requirements for entry onto the programme is an IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent) with a minimum score of 6 in each sub-test. 

Dependent on language standards, which will be further assessed upon application, overseas students will be required to undertake 2 hours of language training per week organised by the English Language Unit at Keele.

The language training will be carefully integrated with the content of the programme, so preparation for assessments will be included as well as presentation skills etc.  The language training is designed to enhance the programme and ensure that you will receive the maximum benefit from the taught modules offered.

The English Language Unit also offers other courses (often held in the evening) which are available free of charge or at a minimal cost to overseas students. These include: pronunciation and conversation classes, English for academic purposes, and BEC (Cambridge Business English Certificate, Higher) Exam Preparation.

For further details of these courses please see the English Language Unit website

Further Information

This course is produced in collaboration with the following Schools:

Keele University, in conjunction with the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, is delighted to offer 3 Shared Scholarships. These awards cover tuition fees and living expenses for the duration of a one year taught master’s programme to be studied at Keele University. Applications are open to students from developing countries within the Commonwealth who intend to study one of the following courses:

  • MA Diplomatic Studies
  • MA Environmental Politics
  • MSc Environmental Sustainability and Green Technology
  • MA Global Security
  • MA Human Rights, Globalisation and Justice

To be eligible to apply you must:

Be a national of (or permanently domiciled in) a developing Commonwealth country, and not currently be living or studying in a developed country (please see the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships prospectus 2014 for a list of eligible countries)

  • hold a first degree at either first or upper second class level and meet the academic entry requirements for your intended course of study
  • be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue the course and have an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 5.5 in each subtest
  • not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country
  • be able to confirm in writing that neither you nor your  family would otherwise be able to pay for the proposed course of study
  • be willing to confirm that you will return to your home country as soon as your period of study is complete

 All interested candidates must apply for the proposed course of study at Keele by completing the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Electronic Application System accessible here https://csc.do-it-online.org.uk/csc/ElectronicApplicationSystem.htm

Applications MUST be completed by 2nd March 2014.

For more information please visit http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/

Our unique inter-disciplinary course leads our graduates into a diverse range of careers.

Our students have chosen careers in research; in local, regional and national government; multi-national corporations; environmental consultancies and charities.

Follow this link to take a look at what a few of our MSc Environmental Sustainability & Green Technology graduates are doing now.