Short course calendar

Sustainable Use of Materials

3 February 2020 - 7 February 2020

Sustainable use of materials is an intensive course taught over a one-week period comprising lectures, case studies, group discussions and debate throughout. This course is designed to give you a balanced understanding of the principles of sustainability with regard to resources and materials. It examines the real scientific and engineering issues for effective energy and materials use, with particular reference to recycling of materials from end of life products.

The course content ranges from the social and political needs for recycling waste materials, particularly from non-renewable resources, waste management statistics and legislation, through to methods for improving the quality of the environment, recycling and minimising landfill. The course also considers environmental auditing issues, economics of mixed waste materials, alternative strategies for waste management including source reduction, recycling, re-use, energy recovery and the need to design products with these issues in mind.

In this way you and your company will benefit from being able to:

  • Understand terminology and legislation, which is currently evolving in this area.
  • Choose the most appropriate methods for waste management, with social / economic / ecological justification.
  • Use life cycle assessment principles as a basis for environmental auditing, to calculate an “index of merit” for waste management options.
  • Choose appropriate methods of recycling for products and components not commonly recycled. E.g. using non-melt processing methods.
  • Outline the likely changes to material’s properties from different recycling methods.
  • Confidently discuss and identify requirements with suppliers, customers and workplace colleagues.
  • Demonstrate the ability to think laterally and solve new problems in this subject area, through the theory and case studies and via the mini-project.

Throughout the week you will have ample opportunity to clarify these issues and your specific interests in one-to-one free-time discussions with the lecturers. Our main aim is to give you the knowledge, understanding and confidence that you need to develop your role within your company.

For more information and programme details please use the link to the course web page.

Course details

Course code
Department of Materials, Loughborough University, UK
One Week
Course leader
Dr Yau Yau Tse
Department of Materials
Places available


Target audience
This course is ideal if you are working in a materials based industry and need an overview understanding of sustainability and environmental issues relative to the materials used, method of processing, waste management and recycling.
Previous experience
Ideally a degree in an engineering or science subject and/or experience from working in a production or technical role within industry


Short course: No formal assessment required. This course can be taken as part of a Materials Masters programme, leading to MSc, Postgraduate Diploma or Certificate, contact us to discuss this option.
15 Credits


Course fee
£1495 (£1395 for IOM3 and BPF members)
Accommodation costs
Accommodation not included
Accommodation information
Recommended convenient hotels on campus: Burleigh Court or The Link

Other Information:
Short course delegates study alongside full-time MSc students and need to organise their own lunches and light refreshments. The University has many catering and snack facilities, located conveniently across the campus, that delegates can use.