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This Masters in Sustainable Engineering will let you assess sustainability issues and formulate strategies to implement practical solutions in business and society. The course aims to produce Sustainability Engineers who can make optimum use of energy and materials – embracing concepts such as life-cycle analysis and recycling within the design process.

The course has been developed together with industry and covers a practical framework to meet the challenge of responsibly using the world’s finite natural resources. This includes narrowing the ‘sustainable gap’ and developing an awareness of environmental degradation.

As part of the Masters in Sustainable Engineering dissertation, you’ll undertake ‘in-house’ laboratory-based projects. You’ll also be able to take environmental management system assessments or technical design analyses within companies too. These include William Grant & Sons, Caledonian Alloys, United Wire Ltd, and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency.

Course length

The full-time course starts in mid September and lasts one year. The course can also be taken part-time over two years, as a nine month Postgraduate Diploma or a six month Certificate.

Course content

Detailed course guide

The MSc course will:

  • Introduce, develop and reinforce a working knowledge of the relevant science and technology within a holistic framework (Environmental Science and Engineering, Energy, Recycling, Sustainability Management, Environmental Economics).
  • Foster an awareness of the context and of the ’behind the scenes’ framework within which the environmental degradation and sustainability problem and solution are enacted.
  • Break down the barriers between and within disciplines and to promote the required synergy and mutual understanding between the various braches of learning so that a holistic view of problems and solutions can be developed.
  • To introduce, develop and explore a Total Sustainable Management programme methodology, which can be practically applied within a business framework.

Core courses

  • Foundations of Energy
  • Process Engineering 1
  • Environmental Foundation Science
  • Economics of Renewable Energy
  • Principles of Recycling
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Sustainable Processing
  • Critical Analysis and Research Preparation
  • Sustainability Dissertation

Entry requirements

A first or second class honours degree in a suitable subject with a numerate background. Equivalent overseas qualifications will also be considered.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. We offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme:

  • 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no more than one skill at 4.5);
  • 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills);
  • 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)


Tuition fees for 2018 entry (by residency status)
Status* Full-time Part-time Per course
Scotland / Non-UK EU £5360 £2680 £670
England / Northern Ireland / Wales £5360 £2680 £670
Overseas £18120 £9060 £2265

* If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees.

** Fee per course

Scholarships and bursaries

We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.

View our full range of postgraduate taught scholarships.