MSc Cleantech Innovation

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    MSc 1 year full-time

Course Description

Learn the theory and practice of innovation.

Develop a deep understanding of the technical aspects of climate change challenges and formulate your own solutions to these, ranging from climate resilience through to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in varied sectors and contexts.

The MSc Cleantech Innovation is a joint programme between the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment and the Dyson School of Design Engineering. You will interact with the Grantham Institute’s innovation initiative, Undaunted, which houses The Greenhouse accelerator programme.

You will have the opportunity to meet and learn from expert innovators across the cleantech spectrum, learn and test your skills as designer, innovator and problem solver, create your own solutions and get ready to launch them into the world, delivering real change.

You will work with collaborators, inside and outside Imperial, to help make your cleantech solutions a reality!

The course includes individual and group components, across a variety of modes including videos, written work, invention, prototyping and business planning.

Entry Requirements

2:1  Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a science, technology or engineering discipline.


Applications from the areas of design engineering, architecture and industrial design are encouraged.

We also invite to apply candidates who don’t hold a degree in a Science, Technology or Engineering discipline, but hold a 2.1 UK Honours degree in other disciplines and fulfil one or more of the following:

  • a genuine passion for sustainability and engineering that extends beyond academic study and is evidenced through a variety of extracurricular, impactful projects
  • demonstrated exceptional leadership abilities in a start-up or corporate environment
  • have an evidenced track record of producing innovation
  • display excellency through esteemed awards in any of the following areas: design engineering, engineering, chemistry, chemical engineering, environmental studies, design, sustainability and science, climate science.


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Student Destinations

  • Develop, launch, and manage innovation as a product manager
  • Collect experience in the cleantech industry to work for a deeptech venture fund or in impact investment.
  • Launch your own startup with your MSc Cleantech Innovation Team.
  • Design strategies to measure the impact of cleantech innovation to work in consulting.
  • Develop your systems thinking skills to become a portfolio manager for large cooperations.
  • Work in product development and research for cleantech companies.

Module Details

Core Modules

  • Cleantech Innovation Project Part 1: Ideation, Design Methods & Prototyping
  • Climate Change for Cleantech Innovators
  • Cleantech Innovation Project Part 2: Business Model & Customer Discovery & Pitch
  • Design Engineering Tools for Cleantech Entrepreneurs
  • Cleantech Innovation Project Part 3: Advanced Prototyping & Asset Creation
  • LCA and Social Impact for Cleantech Innovations
  • MSc Thesis in Cleantech Innovation
  • Greenhouse Residency Project

Optional Modules

  • Responsible Design Engineering and Design Innovation
  • Data to Product
  • Nano Design Engineering
  • Sustainable Resource Management
  • Design of Visual Systems
  • Design for Additive Manufacturing

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