MSc Sustainable Engineering at Aston University

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.

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. At Aston University, students are encouraged to take the skills and knowledge that they learn and apply themselves not only to gain their dream career but to also part in positive change.

Course Outline

Through an integrated approach of Multi-disciplinary, Real-World Problem-Based Learning and collaboration with Aston University’s 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.

Programme Structure

The MSc Sustainable Engineering course is a one-year postgraduate degree and has several core modules including: ‘Sustainability in Engineering Practice’, ‘Pathways to Net Zero’, Environmental Regulations & Impact Assessment’, ‘Renewable Energy & Carbon Technologies’, ‘Project Management’, ‘Life Cycle Thinking & Assessment’ and ‘Research Methods’.

Students also have the option of choosing one of the four following modules: ‘Supply Chain Management’, ‘Management in Engineering Enterprises’, ‘Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economics’ and ‘Enviornmental Engineering’.

A dissertation will need to be completed as part of the degree and ‘Professional Practice’ (Extended Placement) is an optional addition to the degree.

Professional Accreditation and Programme Partners

The Institute of Enviornmental Management & Assessment (iema) accredits the MSc Sustainable Engineering degree whilst programme partners include Carbon Trust, Catapult Energy Systems, Efficiency for Access and Engineers Without Borders UK.

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Contact Details

If you would like to enquire about this degree course, please contact Jane Dunn, Global Pathways Development Manager at Aston University, via email at

About Aston University

Located in Birmingham, Aston University features a safe and multicultural campus, with students from
over 120 countries choosing to study there. The university’s commitment to research, enterprise and
inspiring teaching delivers local and global impact. Aston University is ranked in the world’s Top 100 for international outlook (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020) and was The Guardian’s University of the Year for 2020. Click here to find out more about Aston University.

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