MSc Science and Technology for Sustainability

  • DeadlineStudy Details:

    12 months Full Time

Course Description

Sustainability and sustainable development are crucial topics facing almost every industry worldwide. There is a growing demand from industry and society for experts in this field to provide sustainable solutions to a multitude of interdisciplinary global challenges.

Our Science and Technology for Sustainability MSc has been developed to answer this demand by industry, bringing together science and engineering disciplines. You’ll build the extensive skill set and knowledge you’ll need to provide leadership and innovation on sustainable development in all aspects of industries and societal sectors.

Why study at Leeds:

  • Our globally-renowned research across the School of Chemistry, School of Chemical and Process Engineering and the School of Physics and Astronomy feeds into your course, shaping your learning with the latest thinking in sustainability.
  • Advance your knowledge and skills in a variety of industry-relevant topics including renewable and clean energy, low carbon technologies, sustainable materials, green chemistry and sustainable waste management.
  • Put theory into practice by conducting an individual research project focusing on forward-looking or industrial-facing topics in sustainability, gaining hands-on experience in technology innovation.
  • Access specialist facilities to support your learning including synthetic chemistry laboratories, chemical and analytical facilities, material analysis facilities and energy and combustion research laboratories.
  • Experience expert theoretical and practical teaching delivered by a programme team who specialise in a variety of sustainable development innovations.
  • Develop a holistic skill set that will lend itself to careers in areas like industrial manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, chemical products, environmental engineering, biotechnology and policy and government, amongst others.

Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in engineering, environmental science, physical science or mathematics discipline.

Applications from professionally qualified and experienced candidates will also be considered. A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) will be considered for candidates with at least one year’s relevant experience.


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Student Destinations

Sustainability has become paramount in almost every industry worldwide. The demand for specialists who can address global challenges in sustainability and provide insight into achieving a sustainable, low-carbon future is only going to grow.

The broad range of skills and knowledge you’ll develop on this MSc will equip you with the industry-relevant expertise needed to provide this insight – and could give you many career opportunities in a wide range of sectors, including:

  • Industrial manufacturing
  • Pharmaceuticals and personal care industries
  • Energy
  • Biotechnology
  • Waste management
  • Chemical products and formulation
  • Transportation
  • Agriculture
  • Food technology
  • Environmental engineering
  • Consultancy
  • Policy and government

Module Details

Introduction to Sustainability – 15 credits

Sustainable Energy Technologies 1: Renewable and Clean Energy – 15 credits

Renewable Materials for a Sustainable Future – 15 credits

Green Chemistry and Sustainable Processes – 15 credits

Sustainable Waste Management – 15 credits

Advanced Topics in Sustainability – 15 credits

Life Cycle Thinking and Circular Economies – 15 credits

Sustainability Research Project – 60 credits


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