Postgraduate Courses in the Institute
Courses Currently Available
Overview of MSc courses
Our full time courses run for one year - you will attend the University for lectures on two full days a week (currently Tuesdays and Thursdays). All courses have a September start date and run for 22 teaching weeks, typically from September to March. The dissertation is completed in the third term. In addition, a January start date is available for our MSc programmes in Climate Change Impacts and Sustainability, Legislation and Management and Pollution and Monitoring.
Our part time course requires one day's attendance per week for two years, which can suit students who wish to combine studying with employment. The dissertation is completed in a third year.
Graduates from these Masters courses have an excellent record of obtaining employment in Industry, Government, Regulatory bodies, Universities and Environmental Consultancies both in the UK and worldwide. See here for more details.
The tutors to the MSc courses are drawn from the staff and associates of the Institute and include visiting lecturers from the Environment Agency, Environmental Consultancies and Industry.
For more details of the course content, click the links above.
Studying at IfE
Environmental training at Brunel University began over 30 years ago, operating as a dedicated Centre (and more recently Institute) since 1991. The Institute is a leader in postgraduate training in environmental management, environmental science, environmental technology, environmental change and ecotoxicology. Through its masters and flexible research degree programmes it has trained over 500 environmental practitioners, technologists, regulators, managers and consultants world-wide.
The World Bank, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Ministry of Defence, Environment Agency and many other national environment agencies, ministries and other local bodies have sponsored professional staff onto the MSc programme from Pakistan, India, Nigeria, Nepal and Europe. Industry-sponsored students have come from the mining, aggregates, automotive, services and utility sectors through leading companies such as KPMG, Thames Water, Ford, Castle Cement and many more organisations committed to continuing professional development.
Read about some of our previous students here.
How to ApplyAll applications for Brunel postgraduate courses are processed online, links to apply are available on the relevant course pages above.
All our Environmental Science and Climate Change MSc programmes are accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) and the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES). Students will benefit from free student membership of CIWEM and IES whilst studying on these accredited courses and can transfer to Graduate or full Chartered membership on successful completion.
Every year IfE offers a £4000 scholarship to one of our students. Students wishing to apply for the bursary should, in addition to following the formal procedure for applying for the Masters course, prepare a 500 word essay or report that clearly indicates their interest in environmental issues related to water. This is open to students on the Environmental Science and Climate Change MSc courses.
Our students go on to have successful environmental careers thanks to their qualifications from IfE. Don't take our word for it, though, have a look at these testimonials from past students (pdf).
Research students in the Institute for the Environment can work towards an MPhil or PhD research degree, this involves an in-depth study of a specific subject area that extends the boundaries of current knowledge.
If you want to know more about the Institute and Brunel University then maybe you'll find the answers on our Virtual Open Day, which includes a tour of the university, a presentation about IfE, interviews with programme leaders and more!