Sustainable Engineering (including Professional Practice) MSc

This postgraduate programme embeds sustainability and sustainable development deep within the mind-set of engineers, providing them with the skills to design and construct new technologies, and envision engineering solutions that embrace the challenges of global sustainable development. This course also features the opportunity to undertake a professional placement in its second year. 

Course type

Full-time

Course format

Integrated placements

Duration

22 months

UCAS code(s)

Start date

john o sullivan

“All of the lecturers were outstanding, they became like friends with great support on the topics studied. The culture and diversity of Aston plays a huge part too. Teamwork is a great way to learn and with such a varied student background you learn a lot off each other.”

John O Sullivan, Design and Development Engineer

Course outline and modules

This course aims to develop globally minded and socially aware engineers that are future agents of change, able to innovate and bring forward more holistic solutions that meet  the needs of societies without discrimination while protecting our natural resources.

Through a balanced provision of fundamental and technical knowledge, practical application, students will be equipped with the necessary qualitative and quantitative analytical tools and skills, and further develop essential professional skills, that will enable them to tackle the evolving, complex local and global sustainable development issues and challenges.

The role of professional engineers in sustainability and sustainable development is vital; working to improve people’s quality of life, welfare and health and safety, they provide options and solutions that minimise environmental impact and maximise the sustainability of natural resources. Naturally then, this role is significantly influenced by the opportunities and challenges that accompany sustainability. These challenges include the depletion of resources, environmental pollution, rapid population growth, and damage to ecosystems.

To tackle these growing challenges, engineers are increasingly required to adopt a wider, more global perspective than a purely environmental approach that embraces the 17 sustainable development goals as set out by the UN. This presents engineers with significant opportunities to promote change by means of global connections, sharing of experience and best-practice, and leadership of increasingly multi-disciplinary teams across the world.

With this in mind, the proposed programme is designed with the primary focus of embedding sustainability and sustainable development deep within the mind-set of engineers from all disciplines and industrial sectors, where the skills to design and construct new technologies that embrace the challenges of sustainable development are of critical importance.

What you'll learn

Through an integrated approach of Multi-/Inter-disciplinary, Real-World Problem-Based Learning and collaboration with our industrial partners and network, this course will enable engineers to innovate and bring forward more holistic solutions that meet human needs while protecting our natural resources, by equipping students with the necessary tools and skills in critical thinking, communication, team working, leadership, research, project management, and innovation that are required to produce globally minded and socially aware engineers that are future agents of change, furnished with attitudes of service to engineer a sustainable world.

Modules

Core Modules:
•    Sustainability in Engineering Practice
•    Renewable Energy & Low Carbon Technologies
•    Pathways to Net Zero
•    Environmental Regulations & Impact Assessment
•    Project Management
•    Research Methods
•    Dissertation

Optional Modules:
•    Supply Chain Management
•    Management in Engineering Enterprises
•    Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Emerging Economies
•    Environmental Engineering

Professional Practice

The difference between this course and the MSc Sustainable Engineering course is that this one features a professional placement. Students are responsible for finding their own work placement, with the help of our award-winning Careers and Placements Team, who have helped so many of our students to secure placement and work opportunities. Aston is 3rd in the UK for the number of students taking a sandwich year (HESA 2018), showing just how much we encourage students getting professional experience and how successful we are at enabling them to secure work placements. Take a look at our specific placement information and support. Please find more about the time frame under ‘Learning, teaching and assessment’.

Entry requirements

First degree (BEng/BSc) in Engineering or related science and/or technology disciplines.

Learning, teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning will take place via a variety of methods that always integrate real-world problem-based learning in a multi-disciplinary setting. The course modules will be delivered in a flexible manner through a mixture of class-room and online virtual learning environment settings.

The course is assessed by means of an assortment of methods, including individual/group projects and presentations, poster sessions, coursework assignments, portfolio preparation, as well as quizzes, tests and examinations.

Professional Practice

The difference between this course and the MSc Sustainable Engineering course is that this one features a professional placement.

Taking the Professional Practice route allows you to extend the duration of your Masters to 22 months and gain valuable working experience to support your career aspirations. The placement commences after completion of your MSc dissertation and can be paid work. study abroad exchanges or unpaid research projects or even a mix of these options. You will return to Aston the following May for an intensive period on campus to draw all your learning together and finalise the assessments.

Although you are responsible for finding your placement, you will have access to the support of our award-winning Careers and Placements Team, who have helped so many of our students to secure placement and work opportunities, including by providing CV and application preparation, and practice interviews. In addition, you will participate in a programme of activities within the School designed to develop your personal and professional skills such as industry seminars and networking activities. Opportunities for one-to-one coaching and mentoring will also support your learning journey and help you become more work-ready.

Aston is 3rd in the UK for the number of students taking a sandwich year (HESA 2018), showing just how much we encourage students to gain professional experience and how successful we are at enabling them to secure work placements. Take a look at our specific placement information and support.

Fees and scholarships

UK students (2021/22)

Annual tuition fees: £10,700

EU/International students (2021/22)

Annual tuition fees: £21,250

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

Scholarships

You can find out more about our Postgraduate scholarships for international students here. If you are a UK or EU student, please email seaspgtaught@aston.ac.uk for information on funding.

Teaching staff and contact details

•    Dr Panos Doss (Programme Director) - 0121 204 3405 p.doss@aston.ac.uk
•    Dr Goudarz Poursharif
•    Professor Patricia Thornley
•    Professor Edward Sweeney
•    Professor Kate Sugden
•    Dr Jose Sodre
•    Dr Brian Price
•    Dr Bochra Idris
•    Mr Dewi Lloyd

Frequently Asked Questions

Why study Sustainable Engineering at Aston? 

You’ll gain the knowledge you need to develop a successful career and make an impact in implementing and developing sustainable engineering practices in industry.

This unique course has a multidisciplinary team of expert academics from a variety of disciplines, who will share their expertise to ensure you acquire a broad knowledge from a range of subject areas.

This course will also enable you to have a positive impact on the industry and the environment through your understanding of sustainable practices.

What will I be doing on the Sustainable Engineering course at Aston? 

You’ll take a number of taught modules and have the opportunity to put this learning into practice through projects and your major project. 

 

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