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MSc Sustainable Engineering

Please note: The below is for 2025 entries. Click here for 2024 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
Entry year September 2024
Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Engineering
Typical offer

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2:2 honours degree

Contextual offers


  • Gain the skills required to design and build sustainable engineering systems and facilities, develop green policies and analyse carbon footprints of different manmade structures
  • Learn advanced computational skills, as well as how the application of data science in engineering design and forecasting supplies are used to design sustainable supply chain models
  • Tailor your programme to your career aspirations with opportunities to study topics such as climate change science, circular economy, and planetary health
  • Learn from academics who are experts in their fields and whose teaching is inspired by the latest research
  • Become an in-demand engineer in sustainable engineering, with the right skill-set to develop technical solutions that minimise the environmental impact of engineering projects
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Programme Director: Dr Mohammad Akrami

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Phone: +44 (0)1392 72 72 72

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£6.5million investment in our teaching labs, workshop spaces and equipment.

Specialist facilities include microscopy suite, aerodynamics and fluids laboratories, additive manufacturing workshop and vibration testing rigs

Entry requirements

All applicants are considered individually on merit although we usually require a 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent) in a science or engineering discipline.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B3. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.

Course content

The next generation of engineers will need the skills to design and build sustainable engineering systems and facilities, develop green policies and analyse the carbon footprints of manmade structures. You will learn how to develop innovative ideas to confront climate change through sustainable models of growth. We focus on using real world data sets to tackle grand challenges in engineering design across materials, built environment and sustainable energy usage.

Optional modules enable you to shape your career by taking an interdisciplinary approach. You can choose relevant modules from Water Engineering and the Centre for Smart Grid as well as Mathematics, Management and Geography. This holistic approach supports your understanding of how sustainable engineering and technology solutions can address sustainability challenges such as the depletion of resources, environmental pollution, rapid population growth, and damage to ecosystems.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Compulsory modules

ENGM023Sustainable Manufacturing15
ECMM163Sustainable Engineering15
ENGM026Design, Innovation & Entrepreneurship15
ENGM010Data-Centric Engineering15
ECMM164MSc Dissertation60

Optional modules

Choose 3 modules from list below (45 credits)
ENGM003Advanced Finite Element Analysis (FEA)15
ENGM017Composite Materials15
ENGM001Additive Manufacturing 15
ENGM020Robotics and Automation 15
ENGM029Power Systems Analysis15
ENGM031Smart Grids and Sustainable Energy Systems15
ENGM032Resilience of Electrical Energy Systems15
ECMM110Water and Environmental Systems15
ECMM162Water Management in Developing Countries15
ECMM133Water Supply and Distribution Management15
ECMM134Environmental Processes15
ECMM103Computer Aided Engineering Design15
ECMM148Advanced CFD15
ECMM153Conceptual Design of Buildings15
ENGM025Smart Civil Structures15
ENGM006Civil Engineering Materials15
ECMM132Urban Drainage and Waste Water Management15
Choose 1 module from list below (15 credits)
BEM3059Circular Economy Business and Enterprise15
BEMM465Environmental Analytics15
BEMM071Leadership and Global Challenges15
ECMM410Research Methodology15
EFPM838Transdisciplinary Collaborations for Creative Futures15
GEOM144Innovation and the Science-Policy Interface15
GEOM145Theory for Sustainable Transitions15
GEOM148Green Consultants15
HPDM122Planetary Health15
MTHM054Climate Change Science and Solutions15


2024/25 entry

UK fees per year: 

£13,700 full-time

International fees per year: 

£29,100 full-time

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.


We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students. This includes over £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*.

For more information on scholarships, please visit our scholarships and bursaries page.

*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.

Teaching and research

The programme is delivered through a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, industrial presentations, case studies, industry visits, computer simulations, project work and a dissertation.

You will develop transferable skills such as management and communication skills, computational techniques, data handling and analysis, problem solving, decision making and research methodology. Many of these will be addressed within an industrial and commercial context.

Personal tutor

You will be allocated a Personal Tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your studies, along with support and mentoring from graduates who are now in industry. There is also a Postgraduate Tutor available to help with further guidance and advice.

A research and practice-led culture

We believe every student benefits from being taught by experts active in research and practice. You will discuss the very latest ideas, research discoveries and new technologies in seminars as well as in the field. Plus, you’ll become actively involved in a research project yourself.

All our academic staff are active in internationally-recognised scientific research across a wide range of topics. You will also be taught by leading industry practitioners.

Maths support

Throughout your studies you will have access to support materials designed to refresh your knowledge of engineering mathematics. Mathematics for Engineers is a non-credit bearing online resource that covers the mathematics needed to undertake an MSc. It is an invaluable revision tool for those wishing to refresh their knowledge of common mathematical topics.

Sample mathematics test

Unsure whether your maths is good enough for an MSc? Take the short test below to find out. This has been developed in conjunction with the Mathematics for Engineers module and covers many of the topics listed above.

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Dr Akrami’s research interests centre around multidisciplinary engineering projects, analysing data and providing engineering solutions through novel innovations and products, mainly to tackle climate change.

He was engaged in several climate Engineering studies for developing sustainable solutions for smart cities, and structures, to minimise the carbon footprint of the industries and households. This includes engineering interventions with Energy-Food-Water-Environment-Equity and Public health modelling, which are all affected by the climate change, and require engineering solutions to make positive changes happen. 

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Dr Mohammad Akrami

Programme Director

Dr Dibaj’s interests are more focused on managing engineering projects to develop sustainable cities and communities, developing novel products and technologies to mainly tackle climate change. 

She also has interests in analysing life cycle assessments of new technologies, and linking waste, food, energy, water and environment through sustainable material developments and manufacturing. 

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Dr Madi Dibaj

Programme Co-Director


Employer-valued skills

You will graduate with a range of skills that are applicable to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. Communities and industries are moving towards the development of sustainable technologies and products and engineers with specialist knowledge in sustainable technologies and design are required to meet these demands. 

We have an established reputation of training tomorrow's great minds, so when it comes to life after graduation you can be confident that you are starting your next professional adventure in a prime, leading position.

Graduate destinations

As a sustainable engineer, your skills will be highly-valued in roles within the public and private sectors and in companies and organisations of all sizes across the world. You could pursue a career in governmental departments such as the Environment Agency, local authorities, construction, land and property development, or manufacturing. 

Dedicated careers support

You will receive support from our dedicated Career Zone team, who provide excellent career guidance at all stages of career planning. The Career Zone provides one-on-one support and is home to a wealth of business and industry contacts. Additionally, they host useful training events, workshops and lectures which are designed to further support you in developing your enterprise acumen. Please visit the Career Zone for additional information on their services.

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