Postgraduate study2016

MSc

Sustainable Engineering

School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Year of entry: 2016

1 year full-time, up to 8 years part-time

Human impact on the environment is now a priority concern for governments and businesses world-wide. Consequently substantial effort is now being made in reducing these environmental impacts from the way we generate energy, to the methods used for recycling our waste. These approaches are firmly grounded in engineering which has the potential to play a prominent role in achieving industrial sustainability.

MSc

Sustainable Engineering

School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Year of entry: 2016

1 year full-time, up to 8 years part-time

Human impact on the environment is now a priority concern for governments and businesses world-wide. Consequently substantial effort is now being made in reducing these environmental impacts from the way we generate energy, to the methods used for recycling our waste. These approaches are firmly grounded in engineering which has the potential to play a prominent role in achieving industrial sustainability.

Programme information

The MSc in Sustainable Engineering programme is relatively new, and being both technology and management based, acknowledges the modern challenges of a rapidly changing global manufacturing industry. It is therefore designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to enable them to help industry and commerce reduce their environmental impacts and support the objectives of sustainable development. Delivered by internationally leading researchers from the field of sustainable manufacturing and supported by real industrial case studies, the programme is intended to analyse and promote the role of sustainable engineering. Students are able to acquire the technical and transferable skills required to succeed in a career in industry, commerce or academic research by demonstrating their knowledge and ability in the field of sustainable engineering at the highest level.

The programme is aimed at graduates from the engineering or scientific fields (or related discipline) and/or those with a number of years of manufacturing industry experience, who wish to acquire in-depth knowledge of this key specialism in order to progress their careers. This programme is particularly popular with international students as businesses worldwide strive to improve their sustainability performance.

Key Facts

 

  • Comprehensive course includes industry relevant tools and case examples for achieving environmental management in industry.
  • Accredited by the IED as meeting the educational standards required to become a Chartered Engineer
  • Research-led teaching from members of the Centre for Sustainable Manufacturing and Recycling Technologies - an internationally leading research team

Careers and further study

Students who take our MSc in Sustainable Engineering have typically either recently finished their undergraduate studies and wish to gain additional education in this particular field, or have worked in industry for a number of years and having realised the need and opportunities for sustainability in industry, wish to advance their career through the development of their knowledge in this field.

Sustainability is now one of the key areas of development for all industry sectors around the world, and therefore graduates of MSc Sustainable Engineering are well aligned with the demands of these companies.

As sustainable manufacturing is also a key research area within our department, graduates may also have the opportunity to study for an MPhil or PhD with the School. 

Facilities

You will have access to a dedicated sustainable manufacturing research laboratory, which will be used for demonstrations, investigative work as part of module coursework and for use in your individual project work.

The laboratory is equipped with a state-of-the-art 6-axis robot used for automated disassembly of products, a novel shoe recycling facility developed within the university, and houses a hybrid vehicle which is used for advancing knowledge on recycling of vehicles with a high percentage of electrical components. The laboratory also contains a dedicated teaching area with all the necessary tools for supporting student projects, whilst the department offers a full range of world-class technical support for students during their study.

Students will also use the latest Life Cycle Analysis software (SimaPro) during the programme in one of the department’s modern computing laboratories.

Find out more about our outstanding facilities here

Assessment

Each module is assessed individually, but all have both examination and coursework components. Examinations are held at the end of the first two semesters, in January and May.

The coursework for each module reflects the content of that module and is designed to give a deeper understanding of the taught content. Assessed in a range of formats (e.g. reports, presentations, analysis of case studies), coursework typically represents between 20-30% of each module’s marks.

Major projects are assessed by written interim and final reports, a final presentation and through an end-of-year poster exhibition.

Entry qualifications

Upper second class (2:1) honours degree in any engineering discipline, or HND with appropriate industrial experience.

Programme modules

Compulsory Modules
Semester 1
  • The Innovation Process and Project Management 
  • Sustainable Development: The Engineering Context 
  • Sustainable Business Management
  • Waste Management and Product Recovery
  • Life cycle Assessment
Semester 2
  • Environmental Management Standards, Legislation and Directives
  • Sustainable Energy Systems
  • Sustainable Product Design
Semester 2 and Summer
  • Project
Module Details

For a full description of the content of our modules please see our Sustainable Engineering Module Documentation

Apply now

The best way to apply for admission to a taught or research programme is online. This helps us to process your application quickly.

Your application must be supported by documentary evidence of entry qualifications, including English language, academic transcripts and references.

You are strongly advised to send your documents, including transcripts and references, as soon as you make your online application – they can be submitted online.

A decision about your application cannot be made until we receive your supporting documents.

For more information on the application process, take a look at our how to apply section.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. The standard tuition fees for this course are:

Taught ProgrammesUK/EUInternational
PGT Band 3 (Laboratory-based) £6,600 £18,950

University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

Funding

A number of scholarships and bursaries are available (dependent on eligibility):

  • Student loans for master's degrees
  • Department-specific bursaries
  • Scholarships
  • Professional and Career Development Loans
  • External charities and trusts
  • Studentships
  • Research Council funding

Find out more about the support available for UK/EU students and international students.