Environmental Technology

Key information

Start date: October 2017
CampusSouth Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits

1 year full-time
2 years full-time with industrial placement

Course Director
Dr Nick Voulvoulis

Deputy Course Director
Dr William Sheate

Open to applications
MSc Environmental Technology
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Our MSc in Environmental Technology was established over three decades ago, and provides the highest standard of knowledge and skills development for environmental specialists.

We offer the MSc on a one-year full-time basis with the option to extend your studies to two years and incorporate an industrial placement into your studies.

The term technology in the course title refers to the application of scientific knowledge, policy and engineering to solve environmental problems and address sustainability.

You will acquire a diverse range of discipline-specific problem-solving frameworks for tackling contemporary environmental issues, while combining the natural and social sciences with engineering and medicine in a truly interdisciplinary manner.

A major emphasis of the course is on the way environments function and on the compatible tools, alternative technologies and policies for sustainable environmental management.

There are specialist options available in the second term, designed to cater for a variety of individual interests and career requirements.

You complete a research project which normally stems from one of the specialist options. The project term extends from April to September, with the whole of this period devoted to the project.

Your project may be laboratory or desk-based and can involve fieldwork. Projects are usually carried out in conjunction with outside organisations, and can take place in the UK or abroad.


It is the route to a successful career in environment and sustainability, as demonstrated by the achievements of around 3,000 alumni who have graduated since 1978.

Many of these are internationally recognised leaders in their field, reflecting their training on a world-renowned course.

The course enables you to build on your undergraduate degree by specialising in an area of particular interest.

You are able to transfer undergraduate knowledge to a different setting, differentiate yourself within the job market and learn specific techniques and tools for research and management.


Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.


Term 1

You study the all of the core modules below during your first term.

  • Ecology in Context
  • Environmental Economics
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Policy and Management
  • Environmental Pollution and Control
  • Quantitative Skills and Uncertainty

Term 2

You study the all of the core modules below during your second term.

  • Business and environment
  • Energy policy
  • Environmental analysis and assessment
  • Environmental economics and policy
  • Environmental resource management
  • Global environmental change and policy
  • Health and the Global Environment
  • Pollution management
  • Water management

Term 3

You complete your studies with an indvidual project.

  • Individual Project

Read more about the project term on the Centre for Environmental Policy website.

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2017 entry
Full-time £11,000
Part-time £5,500 per year*

* Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Tuition fees (Islands and Overseas students)

2017 entry
Full-time £26,000
Part-time £13,000 per year*

* Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.


We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.


We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.


Minimum academic requirement

2.1 Honours degree in any subject including science, engineering or social sciences.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

Further information

Student at the Centre for Environmental Policy

Contact us

T: +44 (0)20 7594 9347
E: enquiries.env@imperial.ac.uk

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Applying for your visa

Visit the International Student Support website for information on applying for a visa.

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