MSc Safety and Environmental Management

Postgraduate, Part-time

Similar to MSc in Environmental Sustainability, this course adds health and safety law at an advanced level, opening up a wider range of employment options.

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    up to 3.5 years

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  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

Real Estate makes a major contribution to the economy and the capital invested in land has created demand for Chartered Surveyors with specialist skills in the valuation and management of real estate.

Chartered Surveyors with a degree in Real Estate Surveying apply their specialist skills in the fields of:

  • development appraisal
  • investment
  • valuation
  • agency (buying and selling land and property)
  • real estate management
  • urban planning
  • environmental sustainability assessment

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

Part-time study can be undertaken over two years. Four modules being taken in the first year and the remaining two modules and Dissertation in the second year.

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-Taught modules *£570 *£890
Home/EU-Dissertation module £350 £530
Overseas Taught Modules *£1,893 *£1,950
Overseas Dissertation £1,262 £1,300
Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.
This course comprises of 180 credits from taught modules and a dissertation. The total fee you will pay is dependant upon the exit award you wish to achieve.

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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

Further information

Dissertation ( BSV11120 )

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

Further information

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 Law ( BSV11121 )

Introduction to Health and Safety Law Background to health and safety law. Sources of health and safety law. Regulations. Approved Codes of Practice. Guidance Notes. The judicial system in England and Wales. The judicial system in Scotland. Divisions of law. Burden of Proof. Human Rights. The Impact of International Obligations. Role of the EU. EU Directives. International Labour Organisation. Institutions of Health and Safety Role of Government. The Health and Safety Commission. Advisory Committees. Health and Safety Executive. Enforcement of Health and Safety Law. Local Authorities. 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 Directors, managers, secretaries, etc. Health and Safety Management The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. 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. Hours of Work. 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 Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations. Equipment Safety Provision and Use of Work equipment Regulations. Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations Hazardous Substances Regulations governing control of Noise, Electricity, Lead, Asbestos, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH). The CDM Regulations Structure of the Regulations. Legal Obligations of duty holders. The Client. The CDM Co-ordinator. The Designer. The Principal Contractor. Contractors. Assessment of Competence. Pre-Construction Information. The Construction Phase health and safety plan. The Health and Safety File. Compensation for Injuries at Work Claims at Common law. Tort/ Delict of breach of statutory duty. Negligence. Defences to a Common law action. Limitations of actions. Damages. Vicarious liability.

Further information

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.

Further information

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.

Further information

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.

Further information

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.