Newcastle University: Clean Technology

InstitutionNewcastle University View institution profile
Department School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Study type Taught


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.


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