Study an Environment MSc at Cranfield

Management of the natural environment is increasingly important in all sectors from business to public policy. This course will equip you to critically evaluate environmental issues and contribute to the economic and policy decision making process in organisations of any size. Cranfield's reputation and links with employers create outstanding opportunities to secure career progression in this sector. Why study Environment at Cranfield? - hear from Tim Brewer.

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Overview

  • Start dateFull-time: October. Part-time: October
  • DurationOne year full-time, two-three years part-time
  • DeliveryTaught modules 40%, group project 20% (dissertation for part-time students), individual thesis project 40%
  • QualificationMSc, PgDip, PgCert
  • Study typeFull-time / Part-time
  • CampusCranfield campus

Who is it for?

This course provides students with the necessary up-to-date knowledge and understanding of environmental issues as they impact on the public, private and voluntary sectors. It also provides students with the ability and skills to critically appraise alternative environmental measures and develop the ability to identify and recommend suitable solutions for effective environmental management.

Core modules develop a range of knowledge and skills including environmental principles (such as the ecosystem services framework), economic and financial methods, and social, policy and governance viewpoints. Electives allow further development of economics and strategic thinking methods, or other skills including risk communication, environmental life cycle analysis and environmental auditing.

This course will equip you to critically evaluate environmental issues and contribute to the economic and policy decision making process in organisations of any size. It will give you the skills and experience required to monitor and critically evaluate business practice through the environmental auditing and other assessment methods, or to participate in economic and policy decision making.

Your career

Successful students develop diverse and rewarding careers in government ministries, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), environmental and business consultancies, public sector organisations such as environmental protection agencies, and the manufacturing and service industries in the private sector. 

The international nature of the course means that career opportunities are not restricted to the UK. Cranfield graduates develop careers around the world.

Successful graduates have been able to pursue or enhance careers in a variety of key areas such as:
Business/Research Consultant, Corporate Sustainability Manager, Head of Environmental Operations, Environment Health & Safety Officer, HSEQ-coordinator, Product Stewardship Engineer, Research Engineer, Risk Analyst, Sustainability Project Manager, Travel Choices Officer, Wind Farm Development Assistant.

Cranfield Careers Service
Our Careers Service can help you find the job you want after leaving Cranfield. We will work with you to identify suitable opportunities and support you in the job application process for up to three years after graduation.We have been providing Masters level training for over 20 years. Our strong reputation and links with potential employers provide you with outstanding opportunities to secure interesting jobs and develop successful careers. The increasing interest in sustainability and corporate and social responsibility has also enhanced the career prospects of our graduates.

Previous students have gone on to jobs within prestigious institutions including:
ASE Group, AVISO Consultancy, Bouygues Construction, Caterpillar, Confederation of European Paper Industries, Continental Landscapes Limited, Coriolis Energy, ENTPE  (France), Flag , Groupe de Bruges, Honeywell, HSSMI, Imerys, Interserve, JLL, KierWSP, Northamptonshire Highways, KPMG, Supply Chain Sustainability School, Manhattan Atrium, Müller UK & Ireland Group , Oakdene Hollins Ltd, Samsung Electronics, Save-by-Solar Sweden AB, Unilever, University College London, Verascio Ltd, Virgin Media, VR Group  (Finland), Yorkshire Water.

Adam Faiers, alumnus and Director of Spedan Ltd, shares his experiences of Cranfield.

Why this course?

  • Employment prospects – our reputation and links with employers ensure outstanding opportunities to secure excellent positions.
  • Flexibility – Five core modules and three pairs of electives allow you to emphasise business issues or economics and policy. A wide choice of topics for your personal project means that you can choose your own specialism. The course is available on a full-time or part-time basis.
  • Excellence in teaching – In the last Teaching Quality Assessment our courses were rated as “excellent”. Eighty percent of the staff are members of the Registered Practitioners with the Higher Education Academy.
  • Track record – we have been providing Masters-level training for over 20 years.
  • Professional recognition – We regularly consult with senior representatives of key industries on questions of course and curriculum design to ensure that the programme continues to reflect the changing needs of the various sectors in which our students aim to work. The course is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).
  • Postgraduate level – Cranfield University is entirely postgraduate. Many of the students on the course have considerable professional experience.
  • Expert staff – The course is designed and delivered by experts in the field of environmental management.
  • Practical focus – We believe in giving you as much hands-on work as possible so that you are learning by doing.

Georg Eriksson

I have already started to develop my own business idea following the support of Cranfield and the content of my course.

Georg Eriksson, Environmental Management for Business MSc

Informed by Industry

Our courses are designed to meet the training needs of industry and have a strong input from experts in their sector. These include:

  • ADAS
  • Astrium Geo-information Services
  • Chartered Institute of Waste Management
  • Chartered Institute of Water and Environment Management
  • Cresswell Associates
  • Environment Agency
  • Enviros
  • Geospatial Insight
  • Health Protection Agency
  • Joint Research Centre, Ispra
  • Landscape Science Consultancy
  • Landscape Institute
  • National Trust
  • Natural England
  • Oakdene Hollins
  • P A Consulting
  • RSPB
  • WRG


Teaching team

You will be taught by a combination of University academics and external experts who are practitioners in the subjects they deliver. Cranfield University has established itself internationally in a range of environmental disciplines and sustainable development. As such, teaching staff are uniquely placed to deliver this important course. Dr David Parsons - Course Director – Principal Research Fellow in Operational Research and Natural Resources. David is a mathematician specialising in the use of modelling, risk assessment and optimisation in decision making related to natural resources. Invited lecturers include: Paul Stevens – Managing Director at Aviso Ltd. Adam Faiers – Spedan Ltd

Accreditation

This degree has been accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).

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Course details

This course comprises eight modules, an individual project and a group project.  Part-time students normally complete individual dissertations in place of the group project.

Group project

Group projects, which run between February and April, enable you to put the skills and knowledge developed during the course modules into practice in an applied context while gaining transferable skills in project management, teamwork and independent research. Group projects are usually sponsored by industrial or public sector partners who provide particular problems linked to their businesses. Projects generally require the group to provide a solution to the operational problem. Potential future employers value this experience. The group projects are across the MSc courses in the environment programme, giving the added benefit of gaining new insights, ways of thinking, experience and skills from students with other backgrounds.

During the project you will develop a range of skills including learning how to establish team member roles and responsibilities, project management, and delivering technical presentations. At the end of the project, all groups submit a written report and deliver a presentation to the industrial partner. This presentation provides the opportunity to develop interpersonal and presentation skills within a professional environment. The project is assessed through a written report and an oral presentation by the group. In addition, a poster exhibition provides the opportunity to develop presentation skills and effectively handle questions about complex issues in a professional manner.

Part-time students normally complete individual dissertations in place of the group project.

Recent group projects include:


Individual project

The individual research project allows you to delve deeper into a specific area of interest. As our academic research is so closely related to industry and public sector organisations, it is very common for our partners to put forward real-world problems or areas of development as potential research topics.

The individual research project component takes place between April/May and August for full-time students. For part-time students, it is common that their research projects are undertaken in collaboration with their place of work under academic supervision, given the approval of the Course Directors.

Individual research projects undertaken may involve a wide range of techniques from qualitative analysis to quantitative modelling.

Recent individual projects:

  • Systematic examination and analysis of European Court decisions based on the precautionary principle                                    
  • Sustainability key performance indicators for a media business
  • Benchmarking agricultural water value and environmental performance
  • How can the fast-moving consumer goods sector help create a market for waste treatment by-products?
  • Disruptive chemical technologies - building and interpreting a Delphi exercise to engage stakeholder viewpoints
  • An environmental evaluation of urban mobility based on an LCA approach
  • Evolution of UK and US shale gas sectors
  • Managing the adoption of circular economy in SME
  • Exploring social media and networks as a driver to promote sustainable behaviour: case analysis and policy implications
  • Evaluation of methods for sustainability assessments of new, emerging and/or renewable energy technologies
  • Exploration of WEEE regulations and the potential for additive manufacturing materials
  • 3D visualisation for marine spatial planning and risk assessment.

Assessment

Taught modules 40%, group project 20% (dissertation for part-time students), individual thesis project 40%

University Disclaimer

Keeping our courses up-to-date and current requires constant innovation and change. The modules we offer reflect the needs of business and industry and the research interests of our staff and, as a result, may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons. Changes may also be designed to improve the student learning experience or to respond to feedback from students, external examiners, accreditation bodies and industrial advisory panels.

To give you a taster, we have listed the compulsory modules and (where applicable) some elective modules affiliated with this programme which ran in the academic year 2017–2018. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2018 entry. All modules are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Compulsory modules
All the modules in the following list need to be taken as part of this course

Principles of Sustainability

Module Leader
  • Dr Paul Burgess
Aim
    Human population growth and increased resource use per capita is placing unsustainable demands on the global ecosystem. This module explores sustainability using three approaches.  The “Ecosystem Service” approach provides a framework for society to address key environmental issues such as food production, greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity loss, and water use.  The “Circular Economy” approach refers to the development of “restorative” industrial systems that are grounded on the lessons of non-linear, feedback-rich ecosystems.  The third approach is to explore the nexus between renewable energy, food, and other ecosystem services using per capita energy and food consumption. This module introduces and critiques the three approaches and examines their application to resolve real-world problems and create commercial opportunities.
Syllabus
    • Moving from an “Empty World” to a “Full World”
    • The Ecosystem Service Approach (Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and UK National Ecosystem Assessment)
    • Ecosystem processes and succession; the role of energy; feedback systems; biodiversity and system restoration
    • Using an ecosystem approach: quantifying trade-offs and synergies; improving water and nutrient management, reducing greenhouse gases emissions, enhancing stability, resistance and resilience
    • Introduction to the circular economy: opportunities for businesses; opportunities for consumers.
    • How design, manufacturing practice and management can contribute to a circular economy
    • Case study: trade-offs, synergies, and opportunities to enhance well-being and ecosystem service provision in terms of energy, food, feed and wood for a case study area.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • Critique the “ecosystem services”, “circular economy”, and “per capita energy use” approaches
  • Critique associated terms such as “human well-being”, “sustainability”, and “biodiversity”.
  • Explain the role of energy and feed-back systems in natural systems
  • Explain how an ecosystem service approach can help society to identify and make decisions regarding the use of ecological resources, with a focus on biodiversity, greenhouse gases, nutrient loss, and water use.
  • Explain how we can enhance the stability, resistance and resilience of natural systems.
  • Explain how the “circular economy” provides commercial opportunities
  • Explain how industrial activities such as design and manufacturing can promote a circular economy
  • Use a per capita approach to explore the synergies between food, feed, wood, and renewable energy production to guide decision making and identify opportunities in the context of a case-study.

Environmental Valuation

Module Leader
  • Dr Nazmiye Ozkan
Aim

    In the search for methods that combine economic analysis and environmental assessments to achieve the goal of sustainable development, the measurement of environmental costs and benefits is an increasingly important element of the appraisal of policies and projects.  This module explores economic concepts and techniques that can be used for the valuation of the environment, how these support decisions regarding the optimal allocation of resources and the design of policy interventions.

Syllabus
    • Techniques for non-market valuation: cost and income based approaches, demand estimation methods - expressed and revealed preference, choice modelling, examples of applications
    • Multi-criteria analysis
    • Environmental accounting for business
    • Environmental accounting at sector and national levels
    • Case study examples of application.
Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:
  • Explain how economics can help determining environmental value
  • Assess strengths and weaknesses of different environmental valuation methods and techniques
  • Explain how environmental valuation methods can be incorporated into decision making techniques, especially extended cost benefit analysis, risk assessment and multi criteria analysis
  • Critically appraise the contribution of economic valuation and economic mechanisms to environmental policy
  • Explain the purpose and methods of environmental accounting at sector and national level.

Economic Valuation and Appraisal

Module Leader
  • Dr Paul Burgess
Aim
    Financial (or investment) appraisal is a decision making process used by institutions and individuals to compare the efficiency of competing projects.  Economic appraisal (or social cost-benefit analysis) is the process of identifying, measuring, and comparing the societal costs of an investment project or programme.  Projects can be judged in terms of their relative monetised net benefits (total benefits minus total costs), including environmental impacts or enhancement; the project with the largest benefit: cost ratio is considered to deliver the most social benefits from the options under consideration.  This module explains the principles of financial and economic appraisal and students will acquire the knowledge and skills in the application of such appraisals.
Syllabus
    • Welfare economics and pareto-efficiency; compensation principle and the role of equity.
    • Market failures and the role of cost benefit analysis
    • Principles and practice of financial and economic appraisal
    • Case study application for an afforestation project in a spreadsheet environment
    • Efficient provision of environmental goods and services.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • Explain how economic efficiency and equity can be assessed and used in financial and economic appraisal
  • Critically evaluate different financial and economic appraisal metrics such as benefit: cost ratio, net present value, equivalent annual value, and internal rate of return.
  • Critically evaluate the choice of an appropriate discount rate
  • Undertake a financial and an economic appraisal in a spreadsheet environment
  • Use techniques such as sensitivity analysis and Monte Carlo simulation.

Environmental Policy and Risk Governance

Module Leader
  • Dr Simon Jude
Aim

    A critical application of environmental risk management is in the development and appraisal of Policy in Central Government. Policies are developed to manage environmental risks and selection of policy options must be informed by risk based tools and techniques. Doing so demands a comprehension of the technical, organisational and human elements of governing environmental risks and developing environmental policy. This module draws these themes together by introducing core concepts and then illustrating these concepts with case studies and finally application via a group exercise.  Core lectures are supported by multiple case studies, a workshop and module assignment. 

Syllabus
    • Risk governance
    • Problem definition
    • Environmental risk analysis and management
    • Implementation within organisations
    • Environmental policy development and appraisal
    • Policy instruments. 
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • Define the technical, organisational and human features of effective environmental risk governance.
  • Explain the environmental policy cycle of implementation and the basics of policy development and appraisal.
  • Critically analyse different types of policy instruments, including regulation, economic, voluntary and other measures.
  • Identify the appropriate policy instruments to use in different contexts.
  • Compare and contrast environmental risk management techniques, selecting tools appropriate to the character of the risk in question.
  • Identify the requirements of risk management maturity and the pre-requisites of good corporate risk governance.

Technology, Environment and Society

Module Leader
  • Professor Philip Longhurst
Aim

    While technological change is seen as the root cause of many environmental problems, it is simultaneously viewed as the means of solving such problems. This module explores technological change as part of positive sum strategies put forward by ecological modernisers. Theories of technological change are reviewed such as evolutionary, path dependent and long wave and used to formulate technology policy to achieve transition to a low carbon economy. These are then set in practical contexts such as innovation for a low carbon economy and low-carbon living.   

Syllabus
    Ecological Modernisation, definition, key aspects, objectives and methodology
    Development of associated policy frameworks, market failure, the role of governments, policies and mechanisms to address this
    Innovation: Technology Development, transfer, adoption and diffusion
    Innovation and sustainability, utility which process offers in this context, drivers and barriers
    Integrated Sustainable Technology Assessment in context
    Clusters, technology road-maps and the development of sustainable technologies: Renewable energy
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • Explain the limitations of selected theories of technological change, e.g. linear, induced, path-dependent, and evolutionary.
  • Provide a critical summary of the key trade-offs that occur in achieving technological change and economic development alongside environmental protection.
  • Discuss and present a summary of examples of technological change developed to achieve transition to a low carbon economy.
  • Give examples and explain technology options and policy initiatives to stimulate transitions, e.g. to a low carbon economy
  • Propose and concisely justify a proposal for a low-carbon initiative. 

Elective modules
A selection of modules from the following list need to be taken as part of this course

Risk Communication and Perception

Module Leader
  • Dr David Parsons
Aim

    The aim of this module to develop an appreciation of the importance of individual and group attitudes towards the perception of risk and how this may influence views, conduct and actions in the face of a range of risks including the development of communication methods to disseminate information about risk(s) to a range of audiences and how to determine its effectiveness. 

Syllabus
    • What is meant by the perception of risk and how it varies with context
    • Attitudes towards risk based on psychological, cultural and other dimensions
    • The role of various societal groups (the media, NGOs, etc) in risk issues
    • Models of the amplification and attenuation of risk
    • Understanding the “fright factors” in risk perception and the development of trust
    • Horizon scanning and scenario building tools for communicating future risk to individuals and organisations
    • Communicating risk messages to individuals, groups and society at large and errors in communication
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • Describe the “non-science” influences in risk assessment and management using sociological and psychological theories relating to risk perception, attitudes and communication;
  • Identify and describe drivers that may influence individual or group perceptions and attitudes towards risk in specific scenarios;
  • Participate in the discourse on the roles in society of different stakeholders (e.g. the media, NGOs, academics, government) with respect to risk assessment issues and to be able to describe to others why they have the beliefs they hold
  • Demonstrate skills in listening to concerns from different individuals/groups towards risks and the ability to enter into dialogue with such groups
  • Communicate clearly to a range of audiences the impacts of future risks drawing upon the concepts of horizon scanning and using foresight tools, demonstrating the underlying principles and tensions within such techniques
  • Develop effective means of communication to suit specific or general situations and how to demonstrate its effectiveness, and critique methods based on theories and evidence.

Environmental Econometrics

Module Leader
  • Dr Monica Rivas Casado
Aim

    To acquire knowledge and skills in quantitative methods of economic analysis to support decision making in natural resources and environmental management.

Syllabus
    • Introduction to quantitative methods for economic analysis applied to natural resource and environmental management: describing, explaining and predicting.
    • Data management procedures.
    • Modelling and testing relationships: parametric methods, regression analysis and multivariate techniques.
    • Spatial interpretation of results using Geographical Information Systems.
    • Implementation of the learned theory to real cases studies on travel cost and hedonic pricing.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of and apply the methods of data management for econometric analysis
  • Critically evaluate the contribution and suitability of econometric methods for natural resource and environmental management, including the advantages and limitations of alternative methods
  • Use major types of econometric techniques to support decision making in natural resource and environmental management, using appropriate software.  

Evaluating Sustainability through Lifecycle Approaches

Module Leader
  • Dr Pietro Goglio
Aim

    The goods and services that we consume impose impacts on the environment. These include globally influential ones, like greenhouse gases and local ones, like water pollution. We need to quantify these to compare production or consumption methods and understand what our collective and individual consumption demands impose on the earth’s environment. We must also apply mature, critical thinking to environmental claims.

    A life cycle perspective forms the basis of much of the module. 

Syllabus
    Frameworks and approaches:

    Environmental Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Carbon and Water Footprints, the Environmental Impact Assessment, LCA, Social aspects of LCA

    Application areas:

    Manufacturing, businesses, food production and consumption, energy systems, waste management, decision makers (e.g. procurement), fishing and farming. 

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • Apply the principles of environmental Life Cycle Assessment and Water foot printing to production systems.
  • Apply life cycle approaches in assessing environmental sustainability to make justifiable claims about environmental sustainability.
  • Develop the ability to analyse a production system with regards to environmental, social and economic sustainability.
  • Provide insight into real life environmental decision making.

Natural Resource Economics

Module Leader
  • Dr Anil Graves
Aim

    Natural resources underpin economic activity.  This module explores the functional role of the environment in the economy and examines how natural resources can be classified.  It uses economic theory to explore the relationship between the stocks of natural capital and the flows of services that emanate from them.  Economic models are used to analyse current resource management challenges, distinguishing between renewable and non-renewable resources.  The importance of non-market benefits of natural capital is examined and approaches to management of these benefits are critically examined.  The module is delivered mainly through case studies focussing on major types of natural resources.

Syllabus

    In exploring public governance and policy in relation to environmental agendas, this module will combine formal lectures and case studies with interactive practical exercises, and will cover:

    • The role of the environment in the economy
    • Natural capital and ecosystems services
    • Definition and classification of natural resources
    • Drivers of resource demand, environmental impacts and resource use
    • Economic models of resource use growth and sustainable development
    • Theoretical frameworks for economically optimal use of non-renewable and renewable resources
    • Payments for ecosystem services
    • Economic dimensions of the management of natural resources: land and soils, energy, minerals, water, biodiversity, marine fisheries, forestry
    • Implications for natural resource and environmental policy
Intended learning outcomes

To acquire knowledge and skills in economic analysis applied to the management of natural resources, consistent with the principles of sustainable development. On successful completion of this study the student should be able to:

  • Explain the importance and functional role that natural capital plays in the economy
  • Explain the theoretical underpinning and key features of natural resource use models and the implications for sustainable development
  • Explain the difference between stocks and flows as applied to natural resources and related ecosystems and explain the role of economic theory in resource allocation decisions
  • Explain and apply methods of economic analysis to support practical decision making for the management of natural resources and ecosystem services, consistent with the concept of sustainable development.

Strategic Foresight

Module Leader
  • Dr Kenisha Garnett
Aim

    Strategic foresight research refers to a range of methods that can be used to identify, analyse and communicate insights about the future. Standard methods include horizon scanning, trend research, and scenario planning. Outputs include emerging issues, trends, visions, scenarios, and wild cards. The methods employed and insights produced are used by both private and public sector organisations to inform a wide range of policy, risk, strategy and innovation processes. Foresight research is a truly inter-disciplinary ‘science’, covering and combining developments in society, technology, economy, ecology, politics, legislation and values.

    Crucially, foresight research is as much about analysing the past and present, as it is about looking to the future. Once we understand how a system developed and works today, we can explore how it may evolve and look in the future. Strategic foresight techniques consider ranges of possible, plausible futures so that planning can be put in place to adapt to and mitigate against various conditions. It is designed to add resilience, adaptability and flexibility to organisations in an increasingly complex and fast changing world.

    This module will explore how:

    • Horizon scanning can act as a method of gathering new insights that may point us towards affirming or discrediting existing trends and developments, as well as identifying new and emerging trends and developments that are on the margins of our current thinking, but which will impact on the future.
    • Other foresight methodologies (e.g. scenario planning, visioning, back-casting) can be used to help us to use the trends identified from horizon scanning to identify how the future might develop.

Syllabus

    In exploring strategic foresight research in relation to its utility by environmental organisations, this module will combine formal lectures with interactive practical exercises that will cover:

    • An overview of the reasons why organisations engage in foresight research.
    • An overview of the aims and objectives of foresight research
    • An overview of the different types of foresight research methods including, but not confined to horizon scanning, trend research, scenario building, visioning and back-casting
    • An overview of where different types of foresight research methods are best applied depending on the issue to be explored, the time available for research and the output required.
    • A practical training exercise in horizon scanning (what is does; why it’s used and how it’s done)
    • A practical training exercise in scenario building (what are scenarios, what they can be used for and how they are developed)
    • A group project on developing a vision, back-casting and windtunnelling to achieve the desired outputs of the vision (describing a preferred future (the vision) and setting out the steps to make it happen).
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • Explain why organisations engage in foresight research;
  • Describe what foresight research aims to achieve - and what it cannot do;
  • Evaluate the utility and application of different foresight research methodologies;
  • Examine the role of foresight research evidence in the environmental context;
  • Identify and apply the tools of foresight research in the environmental context; and
  • Apply foresight research methods to support a convincing case and use foresight research evidence effectively.

Environmental Management in Practice

Module Leader
  • Dr Gill Drew
Aim

    The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the practical issues associated with implementing Environmental Management Systems (EMS) into organisations.  This requires a thorough understanding of the concept of an EMS, as well as the most commonly used frameworks, namely the ISO 14000 series of standards.  In addition, knowledge of the potential barriers and pitfalls during implementation and the practical measures that can be implemented is provided.

Syllabus
    • Introduction to the International Standards associated with EMS
    • Environmental legislation and voluntary standards
    • Developing the business case for EMS
    • Barriers to implementation of EMS
    • Waste technology and prevention measures
    • Energy technology and monitoring
    • Water use and technology.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • Understand and critique the ISO standards.
  • Differentiate between voluntary requirements and legal or regulatory requirements of EMS
  • Evaluate the likely environmental aspects of an organisation, in terms of energy, waste, water and pollution, and the appropriate control mechanisms.
  • Design and implement an audit strategy to check compliance of an EMS with the ISO 14001 standard.  

Fees and funding

European Union students applying for university places in the 2018 to 2019 academic year will still have access to student funding support. Please see the UK Government’s announcement (21 April 2017).

Cranfield University welcomes applications from students from all over the world for our postgraduate programmes. The Home/EU student fees listed continue to apply to EU students.

MSc Full-time £10,250
MSc Part-time £1,635 *
PgDip Full-time £8,200
PgDip Part-time £1,635 *
PgCert Full-time £4,510
PgCert Part-time £1,635 *
  • * This course has an annual registration fee and a fee per taught module. The fee quoted above is the annual registration fee and this amount will be invoiced annually. The fee for each taught module is £1,340 and this amount will be payable on attendance. The course consists of a number of taught modules with each module usually worth 10 credits. MSc and PgDip awards consist of 8 taught modules and PgCert awards consist of 6 taught modules. Where a module is worth either 5 credits or 20 credits then the module fee will be adjusted accordingly (so a 5 credit module fee will be halved and a 20 credit module fee will be doubled).
  • ** Fees can be paid in full up front, or in equal annual instalments. Students who complete their course before the initial end date will be invoiced the outstanding fee balance and must pay in full prior to graduation.

Fee notes:

  • The fees outlined apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2019 and 31 July 2020.
  • All students pay the tuition fee set by the University for the full duration of their registration period agreed at their initial registration.
  • A deposit may be payable, depending on your course.
  • Additional fees for extensions to the agreed registration period may be charged.
  • Fee eligibility at the Home/EU rate is determined with reference to UK Government regulations. As a guiding principle, EU nationals (including UK) who are ordinarily resident in the EU pay Home/EU tuition fees, all other students (including those from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man) pay Overseas fees.

MSc Full-time £20,500
MSc Part-time £20,500 **
PgDip Full-time £16,605
PgDip Part-time £16,605 **
PgCert Full-time £8,300
PgCert Part-time £8,300 **
  • * This course has an annual registration fee and a fee per taught module. The fee quoted above is the annual registration fee and this amount will be invoiced annually. The fee for each taught module is £1,340 and this amount will be payable on attendance. The course consists of a number of taught modules with each module usually worth 10 credits. MSc and PgDip awards consist of 8 taught modules and PgCert awards consist of 6 taught modules. Where a module is worth either 5 credits or 20 credits then the module fee will be adjusted accordingly (so a 5 credit module fee will be halved and a 20 credit module fee will be doubled).
  • ** Fees can be paid in full up front, or in equal annual instalments. Students who complete their course before the initial end date will be invoiced the outstanding fee balance and must pay in full prior to graduation.

Fee notes:

  • The fees outlined apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2019 and 31 July 2020.
  • All students pay the tuition fee set by the University for the full duration of their registration period agreed at their initial registration.
  • A deposit may be payable, depending on your course.
  • Additional fees for extensions to the agreed registration period may be charged.
  • Fee eligibility at the Home/EU rate is determined with reference to UK Government regulations. As a guiding principle, EU nationals (including UK) who are ordinarily resident in the EU pay Home/EU tuition fees, all other students (including those from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man) pay Overseas fees.

Funding Opportunities

To help students in finding and securing appropriate funding we have created a funding finder where you can search for suitable sources of funding by filtering the results to suit your needs. Visit the funding finder.

GREAT China Scholarship
The GREAT Cranfield University Scholarship China is jointly funded by Cranfield University and the British Council. Two scholarships of £11,000 each for Chinese students are available.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship

Students from developing countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the UK can apply for a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship which includes tuition fees, travel and monthly stipend for Master’s study, jointly supported by Cranfield University.

Butterfield Postgraduate Environment Scholarship

A USD$25,000 scholarship for students pursuing a postgraduate degree in study related to the protection and improvement of island environments. Applications close on 28 April 2017.

The Cranfield Scholarship

We have a limited number of scholarships available for candidates from around the world applying for the 2017 intake. Scholarships are awarded to applicants who show both aptitude and ability for the subject they are applying. Find out more about the Cranfield Scholarship

Postgraduate Loan from Student Finance England

A Postgraduate Loan is now available for UK and EU applicants to help you pay for your Master’s course. You can apply for a loan at GOV.UK

Santander MSc Scholarship

The Santander Scholarship at Cranfield University is worth £5,000 towards tuition fees for full-time master's courses. Check the scholarship page to find out if you are from an eligible Santander Universities programme country.

Chevening Scholarships

Chevening Scholarships are awarded to outstanding emerging leaders to pursue a one-year master’s at Cranfield university. The scholarship includes tuition fees, travel and monthly stipend for Master’s study.

Commonwealth Scholarships for Developing Countries

Students from developing countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the UK can apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship which includes tuition fees, travel and monthly stipend for Master’s study. 

Future Finance Student Loans

Future Finance offer student loans of up to £40,000 that can cover living costs and tuition fees for all student at Cranfield University.

Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme (CPLS)

The Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme (CPLS) is a funding programme providing affordable tuition fee and maintenance loans for full-time UK/EU students studying technology-based MSc courses.

Conacyt (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia)

Cranfield offers competitive scholarships for Mexican students in conjunction with Conacyt (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia) in science, technology and engineering.

Delta Foundation Chevening Scholarships Taiwan

The Chevening/Delta Environmental Scholarship Scheme is designed to promote environmental awareness and increase future activity to tackle environmental issues, in particular climate change, by offering two joint scholarships for students from Taiwan.

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for graduates with science, engineering, social science or business related degrees keen to pursue careers in resource management; or graduates currently working in industry keen to extend their qualifications; or individuals with other qualifications who possess considerable relevant experience.

English Language

If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. Our minimum requirements are as follows:

In addition to these minimum scores you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.

We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).

Students requiring a Tier 4 (General) visa must ensure they can meet the English language requirements set out by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and we recommend booking a IELTS for UKVI test.

Applicants who do not already meet the English language entry requirement for their chosen Cranfield course can apply to attend one of our Presessional English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses. We offer Winter/Spring and Summer programmes each year to offer holders.

How to apply

Online application form. UK students are normally expected to attend an interview and financial support is best discussed at this time. Overseas and EU students may be interviewed by telephone.

Petra Senickova

Whenever I mentioned I got my master’s degree from Cranfield University, my potential employer knew what level of knowledge they could expect.

Petra Psenickova, Environmental Sustainability Manager