The Clean Technology MSc/PGDip aims to train the Environmental Sustainability Managers of the future. With a focus on industry and commerce, we look at how companies interact with the environment through the raw materials and utilities they use, the products and services they provide, and their impact on the environment and society.
Based in the School of Engineering the course covers a wide field of disciplines and should appeal to any engineer, pure or applied scientist.
A key feature of the course is the involvement of industry and the opportunity to carry out a project based at a local company. This experience is a valuable addition to your CV and has resulted in excellent job opportunities. The use of real life case studies involving group work and role play underpins the course.
You will hear about job opportunities from our Careers Service as well as our extensive network of alumni. The course is broad which makes a variety of career options available.
Examples of roles our recent graduates are now working in include:
- Energy Manager
- Environmental Manager
- Waste Manager
- Health and Safety Managers (public and private sector)
- Sustainability Manager (in industry, public sector, health service, councils, police and universities)
- Officers for the Environment Agency (in areas such as waste, permitting, ecology, air quality)
You will also get involved in making our campus more sustainable. We were recently awarded a 'first' by People and Planet.
The Degree Programme Director, Dr Sue Haile, was awarded the Vice Chancellor's Teaching Award in 2012 and currently holds the RAE ExxonMobil Teaching Fellowship in recognition of her achievements in Sustainability education.
The MSc course starts in September and consists of seven months of taught modules followed by a project written up as a dissertation.
Semester one modules are taught across the semester with typically two to three hours of lectures per week, case studies and presentations for each module.
Semester two modules are blocked with each module taking place over an intensive one to two week period.
Quotes from past students
My industry based project went well, with good support from tutors in University and supervisors at the placement. Great training with tangible benefits.
Great course, enjoyable and good practical skills and experience achieved.
We have placed students in over 300 companies (and in several countries) for their dissertation projects. These range from multinationals like Nestle, Procter and Gamble and HSBC to small and medium sized enterprises around the North East.
Projects topics are diverse and have covered:
- life cycle assessment
- carbon and water foot printing
- implementation of Environmental Management Systems
- energy and waste management
- pollution impacts and mitigation
- Corporate Social Responsibility reporting
- options for renewable energy
Many of these projects inform our teaching and provide case study material for student workshops.
The School occupies five floors in Merz Court where we provide a Student Common Room and a separate Student Study Space.
As a Clean Technology student, you have a dedicated room with material to assist with your course including past dissertations, reference books and posters.
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You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Modules for 2018 entry
Compulsory modulesCompulsory modules
- CME8010 Pollution Sources, Impacts, Monitoring and Control
- CME8012 Business and Environmental Management
- CME8018 Air Pollution
- CME8019 Energy Management
- CME8024 Practical Environmental Auditing
- CME8035 Life Cycle Assessment
- CME8037 Sustainable Design and Manufacture I
- CME8038 Sustainable Industry
- CME8098 Clean Technology Dissertation
- CME8215 Introduction to Nanomaterials
Optional modulesOptional modules
You take optional modules to a value of 40 credits.
- CEG8107 Environmental Engineering for Developing Countries
- CEG8608 Contaminated Land
- CME8011 Basic Chemical Engineering *
- CME8043 Fuel Cells System I
- CME8044 Fuel Cells System II
- CME8118 Stability and Sustainability of Materials
- CME8216 Case Studies in Nanomaterials
- SPG8007 Renewable Energy: Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology
- SPG8008 Renewable Energy: Biomass and Waste Technology
* This module is compulsory for students without a first degree in engineering.
For the Diploma you take similar compulsory modules to the credit value of 120.
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2019 entry will be available from mid-May 2019.
Curious about what our graduates have gone on to do? Find out about opportunities they’ve pursued, and how we can help you develop your career.
Our award-winning Careers Service will help you to explore your options and make informed choices to achieve your career goals.
Work experience placements are a great way to develop relevant skills to excel in your chosen career.
Find out about paid and unpaid work experience options and other ways you can add to your degree.
Full time: £10,200
Part time: £5,100
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Part time: £3,400
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Full time: £16,800
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 and 2019 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 2:2 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a pure or applied science, such as:
- environmental science
- any engineering subject
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English Language Requirements
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Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)
You can study our Pre-sessional English course at the INTO Newcastle Centre.
You may need an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate. You'll need to get this before you can get your visa or study on this programme. We'll let you know about the ATAS requirement in your offer letter.
How to Apply
You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.
The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.