MSc/PGDip Energy, Water & Environmental Management

General information

The course Energy, Water & Environmental Management is designed and delivered by a team consisting of industrial practitioners and leading academics drawn from the School of Engineering, Science & Technology and the Dundee Business School. Emphasis is given to the practical application within industry and commerce, in addition to the appropriate theoretical rigour.

The course delivery team is actively engaged in research and consultancy activities, through the Urban Water Technology Centre (UWTC). The Centre benefits from close links with the research groups the Scottish Informatics, Mathematics, Biology and Statistics Centre (SIMBIOS), and Abertay Centre for the Environment (ACE) who have been awarded the highest research rating in Environmental Science of any modern university within Scotland. 

The programme is an integration of scientific, technical, managerial and entrepreneurial concepts in the management of the environment, focusing on energy requirement, production and utilisation. Students are thus equipped with the knowledge on how to harness and exploit energy resources efficiently whilst ensuring sustainability and environmental protection. The programme also offers students diverse and applied knowledge in environmental technology, business and management, thereby producing graduates with the ability to develop and/or manage effectively environmental strategies on a local and global scale.

There are two starting periods, one in September and one in January. This is a modular-based programme for which a student is required to gain passes in each module. 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. 

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. Depending on the option modules chosen, you will study a selection from the following themes:

  • Renewable energy technologies
  • Non-renewable energy technologies
  • Bioenergy processes
  • Carbon and energy management
  • Energy and power supply & distribution systems
  • International energy economics and markets
  • Energy, water and environment regulations and business strategy
  • Environmental management systems & sustainability
  • Water resources and management
  • Contaminated land treatment and management
  • Water quality and pollution control
  • Water and wastewater treatment technologies
  • Waste management and treatment
  • Risk and impact assessment of energy, water and environmental projects
  • Project Management and Health & Safety
Learning outcome:

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
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The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0312 - Policy and governance", "0713 - Offshore and renewable energy", "0712 - Environmental protection technology", "0522 - Conservation and environmental management


Venue: University of Abertay Dundee
Dundee, United Kingdom

School of Science, Engineering and Technology
Bell Street, Dundee, Scotland DD1 1HG



Scottish and other EU students: £4.000*
English, Welsh and Northern Irish students:  The annual fee for Abertay University undergraduate students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be £7,500 per year from 2016/17, with funding available
Overseas (non EU) students​: £13.500​

*There may be additional charges where the MSc is not completed within 18 months. Module fees are on a pro rata basis of 120 credits.


Degree Requirements
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.

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

Application Procedure:

There is no charge to apply for a taught postgraduate (Masters) degree online. You will be directed to the online application form by clicking the 'Apply' tab on the programme's website. Alternatively, you can download an Overseas Application Form which you should complete and send to the address shown on the last page of the form. 

Grant Opportunities:

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.


Academic level: Master


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.

Qualification: Master of Science

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