MSc Safety and Environmental Management

Postgraduate, Full-Time

Health and Safety and a choice of environmental topics are covered at an advanced level, opening up a wide range of potential employment options.

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    1 year, or 18 months for January start

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  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

You will graduate with the ability to analyse and plan safety management and environmental sustainability solutions, particularly relating to the workplace, property and potentially hazardous installations.

Develop your communication skills, and be able to exchange theory and ideas on a wide range of sustainability issues, including energy, environmental law, building design, waste and water management and health and safety.

saftey and environmental management

With input from both academics and working professionals, the student will gain the knowledge needed to be confident in tackling safety and environmental issues of increasing concern to public and private organisations.

Subjects include

  • Sustainable energy technologies
  • Renewable energy finance and environmental law
  • Health and safety law


  1. Sustainable Building Design or Forensic Engineering
  2. Building Performance 3 or Sustainable Urban Property Development
  3. Waste Management or Sustainable Water Resources Management

MSc Thesis

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Once qualified, you will be well placed to take an analytical or developmental position as a safety manager or an occupational safety officer or work in an institution that incorporates an aspect of environmental sustainability.

Career opportunities

  • construction contractors
  • consulting engineers
  • energy production
  • quantity surveyors
  • architects
  • local and central government
  • housing associations
  • management consultants
  • manufacturers
  • service sector organisations

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above.  We look for applicants to have a background in any discipline in order to be eligible for the programme.  This course is broad based and targeted at a diverse student body, including civil engineers, electrical engineers, building services engineers, mechanical engineers, architects, architectural technologists, quantity surveyors, lawyers, accountants, estate managers, etc.

Candidates from all backgrounds seeking to gain an understanding of sustainable development are encouraged to apply.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry. 

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We are committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.

Tuition fees
Students from 2017/18 2018/19
Home/EU £3,750 £5,850
Overseas £12,620 £13,000

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Modules that you will study as part of this course*

Building Performance 3 ( BSV11134 )

Building Thermal Performance: Building Heatloss Detailing for Energy Efficient Construction Sustainable Design Strategies: Software Tools for designing Energy Efficient Buildings SAP/SBEM compliance and Energy Performance Certification Modelling Sustainable Construction Low and Zero Carbon Technologies (LZCT): Renewable Energy Technologies Integration of LZCT in Buildings Zero Carbon Buildings Testing Building Performance Targets: Airtightness Testing Infra Red Thermography Building Energy Monitoring

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Dissertation ( BSV11120 )

Research methodology, developing a proposal, designing a research strategy, literature reviews, data gathering, analysis, presentation, writing up and presentation.

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Forensic Engineering ( CTR11100 )

Material behaviour: corrosion, creep, fatigue, fracture, ageing, weathering, protection systems, soil failures, effects of ground water Structural Considerations: Loading effects, climatic conditions, construction procedures, temporary works Investigations: Site investigation, collecting and gathering evidence, lab testing, modelling failures, safety considerations during investigations Reporting: Presenting data, findings, conclusions and recommendations aurally and through written reports, Expert witness presentations, court proceedings, codes of practice, legal consequences

Further information

Health and Safety ( BSV11142 )

Introduction to Health and Safety Law Background to health and safety law, its history and development in the UK. The Impact of International Obligations. The role of the International Labour Organisation. Role of the EU and European Directives. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Scope and application of the Act, Safety Policies. Legal Duties under the Act. Legal duties of employers, employees, controllers of premises, designers, manufacturers, importers, suppliers. Enforcement of the Act. Appeals against enforcement notices. Offences by Corporations, Directors, managers, etc. Institutions of Health and Safety Role of Government. The Health and Safety Executive. Health and Safety Management Introduction to occupational health and safety management systems, UK and international standards. Tools of health and safety management. Health and safety and Employment Law in UK. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations. Risk Assessment. Principles of Prevention. Health and safety arrangements. Health surveillance. Health and Safety Assistance. Information for Employees. Co-operation and Co-ordination. Capabilities and Training.. Working Time Regulations. Safety Officers. Safety Representatives. Safety Committees. Enforcement of Organisational Health and Safety Rules Particular Health and Safety Issues Working Alone. Working Abroad. Immigrant Workers. Smoking at Work. Drug abuse. Alcohol at Work. Home Workers. Bullying at work. Disabled Employees. Stress at work. Young persons. Expectant mothers. Workplace Safety Working at Height Regulations. Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations. Manual Handling Regulations. Fire Safety. The Fire precautions (Workplace) Regulations Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations.

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Renewable Energy Finance and Environmental Law ( MEC11122 )

There are two major parts in the contents. Renewable energy finance: Ecological/Environmental economics, concepts of sustainability, emissions calculations, energy and financial payback, accounting rate of return, Net Present Value (NPV), Internal Rate of Return (IRR), profit ratios, probability applications, sensitivity analysis, RE financial calculations, project finance practical applications, equity and debt finance, venture finance, mezzanine finance, leasing, risk management, securitisation. Environmental law: Introduction to environmental law, European communiy environmental law and policy, administration and enforcement of environmental law, private regulation of environmental pollution, protection of specific environments, water pollution, contaminated land, waste management, land ownership rights and effect of planning law

Further information

Sustainable Building Design ( BSV11114 )

Environmental Sustainability: Energy and Environmental issues; the global and local imperatives; Renewable technologies; Sustainable Design Strategies: Brownfield Site Redevelopment; Materials and waste strategies; Low carbon building designs; Environmental assessment; Implementation & Performance Targets: (building regulations, LCA, performance rating systems)

Further information

Sustainable Energy Technologies ( MEC11123 )

Review, mathematical analysis and application of renewable energy resource data for the detailed design of appropriate renewable energy systems; including autonomous off-grid systems, and methodology and rationale for grid connection. Systems control and energy storage on both a micro and macro scale will be considered. Economic and environmental impact of Biomass energy systems will be covered. Hydro electric systems design, including water turbine selection and Flow Duration Curve analysis for optimisation of energy yield will be presented Methods of estimating life cycle carbon emission and ecological impacts will also be considered.

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Sustainable Urban Property Development ( BSV11125 )

Sustainable urban development, sustainable development, urban property development, development appraisal, sustainable urban property development protocol, environmental assessment methods, case study applications.

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Sustainable Water Resources Management ( BSV11126 )

Channel & pipe flow revision. Sustainability: past and present perceptions related to water resources. Sustainability in water resources engineering: channel morphology, erosion control, coastal erosion, sea defences, indicators and indices for sustainable water resources development. Concept of whole-life costing and its application to water and waste water systems management. Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS): techniques, policy, mechanisms of pollutant removal in SUDS, and design of SUDS.

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Waste Management ( BSV11124 )

Introduction to Waste and Recycling Waste arising, volumes, disposal, historical perspective, UK and other nation state comparisons Waste management options Reduce, reuse, recycle, residue. Residuals management Disposal options Student-led case study A recycling or waste management option selected for more detailed analysis

Further information

* These are indicative only and reflect the course structure in the current academic year. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.