Newcastle University

Clean Technology

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Rank: 200 (TCUG)

Location: Main Site (Newcastle)


Study mode full-time

Degree: PG Diploma

Start Date: 2019/01/09

Duration: -

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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 Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials 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.


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.


Entry requirements

A 2:2 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a pure or applied science, such as:
•environmental science
•any engineering subject.

Language qualifications

IELTS: 6.5 (IELTS 6.5 (6.0 every band))

Notice: This score might not be totally accurate. It is the default IELTS grade for Newcastle University.

Professional bodies

  • Energy Institute, The

About this university

International students

Newcastle attracts students from over 120 countries worldwide and there is plenty of help and advice on hand to assist them in adapting to life in the UK. The university has a system where every student has a personal tutor to assist them in both academic and non-academic matters and there is also a Student Wellbeing Service for confidence advice and help. There is a Visa and Immigration Team on hand to deal with legal matters relating to these areas and a Student Advice Centre within the Student’s Union for information on matters such as housing and finances. Finally, towards the end of studying, there is a Careers Service to help students find work or further their education as required. The heart of student life outside the classroom in the university is the Newcastle University Students Union. Unlike many students unions, NUSU owns the building that it operates from, following an anonymous gift in 1924 that allowed them to build a neo-Jacobean style building. It is run by six sabbatical officers and employs some 300 people in roles such as bar staff and entertainment organisers. In the media, there is a student run newspaper, established in 1948, called The Courier as well as radio station. The university is one of the leading in the UK for its sports programs and there are more than 50 sports clubs to become involved with.

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