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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MSc Sustainable Engineering

Academic Year: 2017/18

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body


Final award MSc/ PGDip / PGCert
Programme title Sustainable Engineering
Programme code MMPT36 & MMPT37
Length of programme The programme is based at Loughborough and is normally of twelve months' duration full-time, or over a period of not more than eight years if taken part-time. The maximum period of part-time study for a Diploma is 5 years or 3 years for a Certificate. The full-time programme comprises 120 credits of taught modules and a 60 credit individual project. The part-time programme comprises 120 credits of taught modules and a 60 credit individual project.
UCAS code
Admissions criteria


Date at which the programme specification was published Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:23:08 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • To provide opportunities for students to acquire vocationally relevant knowledge and understanding, and to develop appropriate skills, values and attributes such that they are able to usefully contribute to industrial sustainable development and product/process design at a professional level upon graduation.
  • To advance the understanding of sustainable engineering and its application to improvements in process efficiency and product design that enhance physical and economic performance, and improve business, environmental and sustainability performance.
  • To establish a firm understanding of sustainability and related issues to allow critical evaluation of current processes and practices and enable the development of bespoke solutions for industry.
  • To develop and foster both analytical and creative abilities through individual and team-based experiences and learning.
  • To enable students to develop effective communication skills, including those required for verbal, visual and technical presentation.
  • To enhance students’ careers and employment opportunities.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • Loughborough University Periodic Programme Review (Quadrennial Review)

  • Loughborough University Annual Programme Review 

  • UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) – ‘Subject Benchmark Statement for Engineering’, (Feb.2015) and ‘Framework of Higher Education Qualifications’, (Aug.2008) 

  • Engineering Council (UK). ‘UK-SPEC, UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence’, 3rd Edition, Jan.2014 

  • Engineering Council (UK). ‘The Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes’, 3rd Edition, May 2014 

  • Programme Accreditation Reports (Quinquennial) by professional institutions

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

In line with the QAA ‘Subject Benchmark Statement for Engineering (2015)’  the programme learning outcomes listed here are sourced from the Engineering Councils publication ‘The Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes’ 3rd Edition, 2014.

Science and Mathematics (SM)

Engineering is underpinned by science and mathematics, and other associated disciplines, as defined by the relevant professional engineering institution(s). The main science and mathematical abilities will have been developed in an accredited engineering undergraduate programme.  Upon successful completion Masters Graduates will therefore have additionally:

A comprehensive understanding of the relevant scientific principles of the specialisation

A critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights most of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of the specialisation

Understanding of concepts relevant to the discipline, some from outside engineering, and the ability to evaluate them critically and to apply them effectively, including in engineering projects

Engineering Analysis (EA)

Engineering analysis involves the application of engineering concepts and tools to the solution of engineering problems. The main engineering analysis abilities will have been developed in an accredited engineering undergraduate programme. Upon successful completion Masters Graduates will therefore have additionally:

Ability both to apply appropriate engineering analysis methods for solving complex problems in engineering and to assess their limitations

Ability to use fundamental knowledge to investigate new and emerging technologies

Ability to collect and analyse research data and to use appropriate engineering analysis tools in tackling unfamiliar problems, such as those with uncertain or incomplete data or specifications, by the appropriate innovation, use or adaptation of engineering analytical methods

Design (D)

Design at this level is the creation and development of an economically viable product, process or system to meet a defined need. It involves significant technical and intellectual challenges and can be used to integrate all engineering understanding, knowledge and s kills to the solution of real and complex problems. The main design abilities will have been developed in an accredited engineering undergraduate programme. Upon successful completion Masters Graduates will have additionally:

Knowledge, understanding and skills to work with information that may be incomplete or uncertain, quantify the effect of this on the design and, where appropriate, use theory or experimental research to mitigate deficiencies

Knowledge and comprehensive understanding of design processes and methodologies and the ability to apply and adapt them in unfamiliar situations

Ability to generate an innovative design for products, systems, components or processes to fulfil new needs

Economic, legal, social, ethical and environmental context (EL)

Engineering activity can have impacts on the environment, on commerce, on society and on individuals. Successful Graduates therefore have the skills to  manage their activities and to be aware of the various legal and ethical constraints under which they are expected to operate, including:

Awareness of the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in engineering

Awareness that engineers need to take account of the commercial and social contexts in which they operate

Knowledge and understanding of management and business practices, their limitations, and how these may be applied in the context of the particular specialisation

Awareness that engineering activities should promote sustainable development and ability to apply quantitative techniques where appropriate

Awareness of relevant regulatory requirements governing engineering activities in the context of the particular specialisation

Awareness of and ability to make general evaluations of risk issues in the context of the particular specialisation, including health & safety, environmental and commercial risk

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

Refer to Section 3. above.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

Engineering Practice (P)

The main engineering practice abilities will have been developed in an accredited engineering undergraduate programme. Successful Masters Graduates will have to demonstrate application of these abilities where appropriate and additional engineering skills which can include:

Advanced level knowledge and understanding of a wide range of engineering materials and components

A thorough understanding of current practice and its limitations, and some appreciation of likely new developments

Ability to apply engineering techniques, taking account of a range of commercial and industrial constraints

Understanding of different roles within an engineering team and the ability to exercise initiative and personal responsibility, which may be as a team member or leader

c. Key transferable skills:

Additional general skills (G)

Successful Graduates will have developed transferable skills, additional to those set out in the other learning outcomes that will be of value in a wide range of situations, including the ability to:

Apply their skills in problem solving, communication, information retrieval, working with others, and the effective use of general IT facilities

Plan self-learning and improve performance, as the foundation for lifelong learning/CPD

Monitor and adjust a personal programme of work on an on-going basis

Exercise initiative and personal responsibility, which may be as a team member or leader

4. Programme structure

4.1 Degree Modules

The modules comprising the Programme are: 




Modular Weight


Sustainable Development: The Engineering Context



Life-cycle Assessment



Environmental Management Systems



Waste Management & Product Recovery



Sustainable Energy Systems



Sustainable Business Management



Sustainable Product Design



Innovation Process & Entrepreneurship in Engineering



Major Project (full-time)



Major Project (part-time)


4.1.1 All full-time students take the Project module MMP501. Part-time students take the project module MMP504.

4.1.2 The School reserves the right to withdraw or make amendments to the list of subjects at the beginning of each session.

4.1.3  Students must take modules MMP437, MMP409, MMP420 and MMP421 to be eligible for the award of the MSc in Sustainable Engineering but may exchange any of the other taught modules listed above with modules from another Programme with the agreement of the Postgraduate Programme Director. 

4.2  Projects

4.2.1 The taught modules are normally prerequisites for the Project module, which is an individual project under the direction of a supervisor nominated by the Programme Director.

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1 In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI.

5.2 Candidates who have the right of re-assessment in a module may be offered an opportunity to be re-assessed in the University's special assessment period.



6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

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