MSc Energy and the Environment
The use of energy derived from coal, oil and gas is releasing large quantities of carbon to the earth’s atmosphere which has been buried in fossil environmental reservoirs for tens of millions of years. This carbon is both causing present-day changes to climate and, more importantly, is committing society to very significant changes in the future.
In recognition of the threats presented by climate change, the UK has taken a lead on global climate policy and committed to an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Because the use of carbon-based energy is so fundamental to the operation of our entire socio-economic system, meeting this target will represent one of the grand challenges of the next 40 years as we attempt to change both the sources of the energy we use and the ways in which we use these. A large number of scientists (both social and natural) and engineers with system-wide expertise will be needed to achieve this.
The MSc Energy and Environment is designed for those wishing to develop careers in this challenging and yet exciting area. The taught component of the programme comprises 50 percent of the assessment, and is highly interdisciplinary, encompassing environment, engineering and policy. The remaining 50 percent of the assessment is an extended research project working on an energy sector application. These projects may be developed in conjunction with an industrial partner identified through the Enterprise and Business Partnership unit within LEC. These industry projects will not only give valuable industry relevant training, you will also be able to claim a substantial amount of work experience from this for your CV.
- Dissertation Project
- Environmental Management
- Low-Carbon Energy Use
- Renewable Energy
- Sustainable Systems
- Air Pollution and Climate
- Climate Change and Society
- Catchment Protection Field Course
- Data Assimilation and Integration
- Energy Conversion
- Environmental Auditing
- Environmental Justice
- Environmental Radioactivity
- Food Security, Agriculture and Climate Change
- International Environmental Law
- Numerical skills
- Perspectives on Environment and Development
- The Nuclear Safety Environment
Director of Studies
Professor Ian Marshall
12 months full-time, 24 months part-time.
Applicants to our taught masters degrees require a relevant, good first degree (normally 2:1 or equivalent). We can also consider applicants with a 2:2 (or equivalent) if they have relevant work experience (including voluntary work).
We also encourage applications from professionals who have relevant work-related qualifications but not necessarily a first degree. If you come from a non-standard background and would like advice on your eligibility for our programmes please get in touch with the LEC PG Office.
There are a number of bursaries available for our Taught Masters courses, please consult Taught Masters Funding.
To discuss further please consult the Director of Studies, for general enquiries please consult the FAQ page.