Sustainable Chemical Engineering MSc

Sustainable Chemical Engineering MSc

Full time: 12 months


Our MSc in Sustainable Chemical Engineering will equip you with the tools to create a more sustainable future through innovative processes, materials and technologies. This industrially focused flexible programme allows you to specialise in one of three streams: sustainable chemical engineering, environmental management or materials.

Your course during COVID-19

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Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK

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About this course

Our MSc in Sustainable Chemical Engineering is designed for you if you have an engineering or science-based degree. You'll apply your knowledge in industry to improve sustainability and to reduce the environmental impact of systems, processes and products.

The flexible nature of this MSc allows graduates from different backgrounds to specialise in one of three streams:

  • Sustainable Chemical Engineering
  • Environmental Management
  • Materials

This course meets the growing needs of employers for graduates with in depth knowledge of sustainable engineering and cleaner and more innovative environmental technologies.

It will provide you with a sound background in the understanding of environmental, economic and social issues and consequences associated with the operation of industrial processes.

You will gain specialist knowledge and understanding of a variety of topics including:

  • sustainability principles and challenges in a business and industrial context
  • sustainable processing through industrial symbiosis
  • renewable energy options
  • energy management principles
  • new and innovative materials and recycling
  • waste and resource minimisation

You will gain core knowledge and understanding in the following:

  • energy management
  • sustainable design and manufacture
  • sustainable industry
  • recycling and life cycle assessment for sustainable materials
  • research and communication skills

The flexible nature of this programme allows you to specialise in one of three streams.

Sustainable Chemical Engineering Stream

You will enhance your knowledge and an understanding of concepts, benefits and impact:

  • fuel cells
  • process intensification
  • stability and sustainability of materials
  • renewable energy: hydrogen and fuel cell technology

Environmental Management Stream

This stream enhances your knowledge of environmental management including production, resource management, environmental impact, health and technologies. Optional modules include:

  • environmental engineering for developing countries
  • remediating contaminated land
  • environmental impact assessment

Materials Stream

Our materials stream has been designed to provide you with advanced knowledge and understanding of materials, processes and advanced technologies:

  • business and environmental management
  • recycling and life cycle assessment for sustainable materials

You will put your specialist skills, knowledge, and understanding into practice through the medium of a significant individual research project and written dissertation. This degree draws upon current leading-edge research in the School. Research themes include:

  • recycling
  • pollution remediation
  • electrochemistry
  • fuel cells
  • process intensification

Opportunities exist to join these research teams for your thesis.

The MSc is associated with the Energy Institute and you'll benefit from the strong links we have with our previous graduates.

Our strong industrial engagement means our degree programmes are shaped by the needs of industry and government policy. You will typically benefit from this engagement through:

  • industry guest lectures
  • site visits
  • projects
  • industrial project placements
  • employment opportunities with added support from our Careers Service


Student Profile

I found my course, Sustainable Chemical Engineering, that merges all the things that I love the most; industry with the environmental and sustainability that today is a challenge not only for our generation but for the ones to come.

Maria's student profile


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 2021 entry

Module changes

Course content changes 

The information above is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability

Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.


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.

Graduate destinations

We will prepare you for a wide range of careers across the globe in a variety of sectors. Some graduate destinations include:

  • process engineers
  • sustainability managers
  • waste or energy managers
  • waste minimisation specialists
  • energy monitoring specialists
  • environmental officers
  • environmental or carbon management consultants
  • government advisors

Our degree programme also provides a route into further study at PhD level.

Depending on which stream and modules you wish to specialise in, you will also boost your career prospects gaining key skills in:

  • sustainable design
  • environmental auditing
  • energy management
  • sustainable materials

Our close links with industry and graduates provide you with access to a network of former graduates allowing you to enhance your employability.

Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service will help you to explore your options and make informed choices to achieve your career goals.

Work experience

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.

Fees & Funding

2021-2022 fees

The fees displayed here are per course. If your studies last longer than a year your fee maybe subjected to an annual inflationary increase.

EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals

For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.

If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.

All students

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

A 2:2 honours degree, or international equivalent, in:

  • chemical, materials, mechanical, civil or environmental engineering
  • chemistry (excluding biochemistry)
  • any pure applied science *

(* Environmental Management Stream only)

We will consider your application on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications and significant, relevant professional experience.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

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English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

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If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English course. 

ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme)

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.

Applications for 2022/23

You'll be able to apply for 2022/23 entry from September 2021

Applying for your stream

You will initially apply for the Sustainable Chemical Engineering MSc (programme code 5031F), but choose a specialist stream upon registration (Sustainable Chemical Engineering, Environmental Management or Materials).

Start dates

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 are an international student or a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland and you need a visa to study in the UK, 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 with us. The deposit is non-refundable, but we will deduct it from your tuition fees when you register.