Aston University, Birmingham

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: Aston University

Sustainable Engineering (including Professional Practice) (Taught)

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Course summary

This course aims to develop globally minded and socially aware engineers that are future agents of change, able to innovate and bring forward more holistic solutions that meet the needs of societies without discrimination while protecting our natural resources. Through a balanced provision of fundamental and technical knowledge, practical application, students will be equipped with the necessary qualitative and quantitative analytical tools and skills, and further develop essential professional skills, that will enable them to tackle the evolving, complex local and global sustainable development issues and challenges. The role of professional engineers in sustainability and sustainable development is vital; working to improve people’s quality of life, welfare and health and safety, they provide options and solutions that minimise environmental impact and maximise the sustainability of natural resources. Naturally then, this role is significantly influenced by the opportunities and challenges that accompany sustainability. These challenges include the depletion of resources, environmental pollution, rapid population growth, and damage to ecosystems. Accreditations This course is fully accredited by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), the professional body for everyone working in environment and sustainability. The FREE student membership is for the duration of the course and on successful completion, you qualify for GradIEMA. Professional Practice The difference between this course and the MSc Sustainable Engineering course is that this one features a professional placement. Taking the Professional Practice route allows you to extend the duration of your Masters to 22 months and gain valuable working experience to support your career aspirations. The placement commences after completion of your MSc dissertation and can be paid work. study abroad exchanges or unpaid research projects or even a mix of these options. You will return to Aston the following May for an intensive period on campus to draw all your learning together and finalise the assessments. Although you are responsible for finding your placement, you will have access to the support of our award-winning Careers and Placements Team, who have helped so many of our students to secure placement and work opportunities, including by providing CV and application preparation, and practice interviews. What you'll learn Through an integrated approach of multi-/inter-disciplinary, real-world problem-based learning and collaboration with our industrial partners and network, this course will enable engineers to innovate and bring forward more holistic solutions that meet human needs while protecting our natural resources, by equipping students with the necessary tools and skills in critical thinking, communication, team working, leadership, research, project management, and innovation that are required to produce globally minded and socially aware engineers that are future agents of change, furnished with attitudes of service to engineering a sustainable world.


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Entry requirements

A 2.2 in a first degree (BEng/BSc) in an engineering or a related science and/or technology discipline, or equivalent international qualification. As well as: One professional reference A completed application form.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £12400 Whole course
Northern Ireland £12400 Whole course
Scotland £12400 Whole course
Wales £12400 Whole course
International £24000 Whole course

Additional fee information

*The United Kingdom government has confirmed that European Union (EU), other European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals commencing academic courses in England from August 2021 will no longer be eligible for home fee status. **Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies. Please see our website for scholarship opportunities.
Sustainable Engineering (including Professional Practice) at Aston University, Birmingham - UCAS