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5031F - Sustainable Chemical Engineering MSc

Sustainable Chemical Engineering MSc

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Start in: September 2022

Our MSc in Sustainable Chemical Engineering will equip you with the tools to create a more sustainable future through innovative processes, materials and technologies.

Find out all you need to know about further study at our Postgraduate open day


This MSc is for those who have an engineering or science-based degree. You'll apply your knowledge in industry to:

  • improve sustainability
  • reduce the environmental impact of systems, processes and products

This course meets the growing needs of employers for graduates. You'll learn:

  • in-depth knowledge of sustainable engineering
  • cleaner and more innovative environmental technologies

It will provide you with a sound background in the understanding of:

  • environmental
  • economic
  • social issues
  • consequences associated with the operation of industrial processes

You'll 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'll 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


We have links for this degree with the Energy Institute. You'll also enjoy the strong links we have with our previous graduates.

This industrially focussed master's is designed to be flexible. It allows graduates from different backgrounds to specialise in one of three streams:

  • Sustainable Chemical Engineering
  • Environmental Management
  • Materials

Sustainable Chemical Engineering Stream

You'll enhance your knowledge and understanding of concepts, benefits and impact of:

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

This stream will enable you to:

  • understand the need for sustainability to be a key consideration in engineering practice
  • undertake a SusOp to evaluate the sustainability of a process or technology
  • understand the tools and techniques for energy management
  • apply the basic principles of science and engineering to the design of a fuel cell, including;
    • understanding the commercial and sustainable perspectives
  • develop appreciation of the synergy between chemical environment and mechanical and thermal stress leading to failure of the material
  • understand the concept of Process Intensification and a wide range of relevant technologies

This stream will enable you to pursue careers in:

  • a variety of industries
  • organisations that want employees who understand the benefits of sustainable engineering, waste or energy minimisation etc.

Environmental Management Stream

This stream enhances your knowledge of environmental management including:

  • production
  • resource management
  • environmental impact
  • health
  • technologies

Optional modules include:

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

This stream will enable you to:

  • understand the requirements of setting up and maintaining an Environmental Management System
  • gain knowledge of drivers and instruments for environmental improvements. This includes:
    • legislative
    • fiscal
    • voluntary
  • understand the techniques used in environmental auditing reviewing and reporting
  • be aware of the diversity and importance of environmental legislation and understand sustainable business requirements
  • fully appreciate the current practices available and implement the systems available in solid waste management
  • carry out an assessment of the relationships between:
    • environmental guidelines
    • human activities
    • environmental quality of impacted soils and water
  • apply water resources and environmental engineering technologies appropriate for:
    • urban and rural situations in developing countries
    • producing innovative solutions to problems
  • understand the fundamentals of air pollution with a background on historical perspectives on air pollution and current air quality policies and standards
  • you'll be able to pursue careers in industry or the public sector as:
    • sustainability manager
    • waste manager
    • energy manager

Materials Stream

On this stream you'll gain advanced knowledge and understanding of materials, processes and advanced technologies. Such as:

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

This stream will enable you to:

  • understand the requirements of setting up and maintaining an environmental management system
  • understand failure processes that limit the life of engineering materials. Including: contact fatigue, wear, corrosion and oxidation. You'll be able to estimate and predict the life and reliability of materials
  • estimate and predict the life and reliability of materials
  • appreciate energy efficiency in traditional materials selection and design
  • understand the life cycle assessment of products to help facilitate environmental sustainability. You'll develop your knowledge of materials extraction, processing and recycling
  • gain skills in using specialised software to carry out life cycle assessments (eg OpenLCA, CES Edu Pack) and select the appropriate recycling technology for a given material
  • understand the practical aspects of the basic methods used in the computational modelling of materials and processes
  • pursue a career in a variety of industries and organisations. Employers will look for those with knowledge in sustainable materials, their uses and benefits.


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What you'll learn

You'll learn core skills in:

  • information processing
  • data collection and analysis
  • library and Internet searches
  • problem solving
  • teamwork
  • communication and presentation
  • environmental auditing
  • carbon accounting
  • time management

You'll also:

  • gain an appreciation of energy, its generation and the drivers behind energy management
  • be introduced to:
    • the principles of cleaner design and manufacture
    • the concepts and methodology used in design for the environment
    • the requirement for a holistic view of the sustainability of products and services
  • develop an appreciation of societal requirements for sustainable development and corporate responsibility in industry
  • gain knowledge of the limited availability of raw materials and the importance of recycling in a circular economy
  • gain an understanding of critical raw materials, novel materials and factors affecting recycling
  • understand the embedded energy and CO2 footprint associated with extraction, processing and recycling of materials


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.

How you'll learn

Your development

You'll be taught by academics working on world-leading chemical engineering research. You'll experience our diverse research and have access to cutting-edge facilities.

Your future

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.

Our Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


The School of Engineering has a wide range of Chemical Engineering facilities for teaching and research. You'll have access to some of these, depending on your specialist stream and project topic.

Bioprocessing Laboratory - managed through the Biopharmaceutical Bioprocessing Technology Centre.

Merz Court Analytical Suite– a wide range of analytical and materials characterisation techniques are available in this suite

Stu Brew - Europe's first student-run brewery, operating commercially. You'll be able to develop your practical and research skills in sustainable brewing processes

Advanced Chemical and Materials Analysis

Our analytical services are available to staff and students at Newcastle University, to other academic institutions, and to industry.

Automated Control Laboratory – this space operates in parallel with the Pilot Plant space and is used for both teaching and research.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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  • additional costs
  • living costs
  • tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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