MSc Environmental Sustainability & Green Technology

The MSc in Environmental Sustainability & Green Technology is the course for you if you're interested in a career in environmental science, policy or planning.  Our unique course has led our graduates into a diverse range of careers from local government, environmental consultancies and charities to research. 

Once I saw the commitment the University was making to sustainability, I knew it was the place for me.  This programme has pushed me to stay on top of the ever-changing world of clean energy and I believe the skills I gained at Keele will give me an edge in the jobs market over other university graduates.

Elizabeth Marie Thomason, USA. Full time international student

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
Website: Go to School homepage
Faculty: Faculty of Natural Sciences
Subject Area: Environment


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.

Download a copy of our latest course brochure here: MScESGT Brochure.

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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.

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

Dr Sharon George, Course Director
(Watch a video introduction from Dr Sharon George here)

Aims of the Course

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

Entry Requirements

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).



Course Content

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.

Teaching and Assessment

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.

Additional Costs

Field course costs

There will be no charge to new students taking field courses. The School receives an annual financial contribution from the University to support the cost of the field course programme. Therefore field course costs for new postgraduate students will be paid for by the University.

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 International Scholarships

and you can click here Scholarship Student Profiles to find out what Stella and Evelyne, two of our MSc Environmental Sustainability & Green Technology scholarship students, feel about Keele.

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:

  • SPIRE (Politics, International Relations and Philosophy).  An MRes/MA in Environmental Politics is also on offer.
  • Life Sciences
  • School of Law

There is financial help available for Keele graduates wishing to undertake a taught postgraduate course at Keele.  Keele Postgraduate Bursaries and Scholarships

And please follow this link for information about other sources of funding.

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, to name just a few.

Follow this link to take a look at what some of our MSc Environmental Sustainability & Green Technology graduates did next.