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MSc Engineering with Sustainability

Lead change through sustainable decision making

Apply By

08 April 2024

To Start

29 April 2024

  • icon_timer_white Minimum programme length: 2 years
  • icon_money_white Fees: £6,900

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Why Abertay?

University of the Year for Teaching Quality *

Number 1 in Scotland for teaching of Engineering**

Best modern University in Scotland for Engineering research***

Top 3 in Scotland the UK for Student Satisfaction**

Top 10 in the UK for Student Satisfaction with Teaching, Course and Feedback ****

95% of graduates in full-time work or study within six months of graduating

100% online, with six starts per year

Pay per module

* Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2021 | ** NSS, 2023 | *** REF, 2021 | **** Guardian University Guide, 2020

Create a more sustainable future and career

Our MSc Engineering with Sustainability aligns with the needs of the rapidly growing sustainable engineering sector, equipping you with the theoretical and practical knowledge to improve processes, problem-solve and create sustainable solutions within the engineering industry.

It’s well suited to professionals from non-engineering backgrounds seeking to pivot their careers into the engineering industry. You’ll develop your knowledge in sustainability and renewable energy, assessing the impacts of various renewable energy sources, such as biofuels and biogas production, while maintaining an understanding of their global importance. Further to this learning, you’ll demonstrate your new knowledge by completing a research proposal and project.

The programme is offered part-time and studied completely online with the flexibility to combine your studies with the demands of work, life and family. Finally, you get your studies started shortly after admission with six starts per year.

MSc Engineering Sustainability

What you'll learn

This MSc Engineering with Sustainability programme equips you with the knowledge to effectively manage sustainable engineering projects and develop innovative environmental technologies. You will develop your knowledge of core concepts in engineering and sustainability and an awareness of the latest developments in professional practice. You will also develop your capacity to evaluate sustainability concepts, reduce carbon footprints and explore community-oriented solutions for climate change.

On successful completion of this MSc Engineering with Sustainability you will be able to:

Understand and use various data and information gathering tools to make informed judgements, and effectively communicate across a range of audiences using a variety of tools


Appraise engineering technologies and the techniques used to solve problems, increase efficiency and productivity, and improve systems


Integrate scientific and engineering principles to solve engineering challenges, as well as investigate new and emerging technologies and analyse data to resolve unfamiliar problems


Analyse sustainable development and its applications in various societal conditions and critique leadership, management, sustainability and health and safety fundamentals


Review current knowledge in engineering to define, plan, undertake and deliver an independent, time-limited research project that meets specified aims and objectives


As international concerns surrounding the undeniable impact of climate change on human life grow, nations have started setting targets to save the planet for this and future generations. This includes targets to mitigate the impact of climate change, reduce carbon emissions and encourage sustainable lifestyles. This module enables students to appraise challenges around climate, carbon and environment conscious communities.

This module develops the critical thinking skills required to evaluate and implement effective safe practices in the workplace. It is based on first principles so that application is relevant to a diverse range of situations at a global level for any type of organisation. You will develop skills to evaluate working practice, identify potential system failure and create robust preventive measures in a dynamic and rapidly changing working environment influenced by different contexts, including cultural and ethical interpretations.

Increasingly many organisations have recognised that the environment is not just a matter of legislative compliance, but also a management issue. As a student of this module, you will engage with a series of practical tools which can be used to manage environmental issues, within both the public and private sector.

Managing a project is like managing a micro-organisation: from handling budgets, managing people, leading change, analysing and treating risk to dealing with contractors, managing stakeholder expectations and overseeing all aspects of the project. This module uses various tools and techniques to help students understand what is happening in a project and ensure a quality product is developed, the service or process is delivered on time, in budget and to specification.

This module offers a comprehensive exploration of leadership concepts, theories, and practical strategies to equip students with a solid foundation for effective leadership for delivering engineering projects in diverse settings. It delves into the multifaceted nature of leadership, combining academic insights with real-world applications to foster a deeper understanding of leadership dynamics in project delivery.

This module helps to broaden and deepen the knowledge, understanding and skills of students covering a diverse range of technical subjects that support an organisation’s core activities, including those related to the essential features of a sustainable organisation. It enhances students’ analytical and decision-making skills, particularly in the context of sustainable development.

This module develops a student’s understanding of environmental modelling through investigations of climate change, environmental models and their implications. It aims to equip students with the basic principles of model-based approaches in environmental science, develops their critical understanding of the current basis of climate change predictions, and explores various scenarios to assess future impact on the world.

This module covers introductory aspects of the science, technology, socio−economic and environmental aspects of renewable energy production, with a particular emphasis on biofuels. It aims to provide an understanding of the key types of renewable energy and their production as well as the socio−economic and environmental aspects of their production and utilisation.

This module is designed to introduce you to research methods and statistical analysis. Theoretical approaches to research and statistical concepts are taught in online lectures with virtual lab sessions using both quantitative and qualitative techniques that allow you to put theory into practice.

This module is designed to enable you to develop a research proposal. The module will provide guidance on the essential steps in research proposal development including literature searching, research question setting, identifying objectives and proposing a research methodology. Proposal development will also consider project planning, risks and mitigation, and legal and ethical issues.

Through an independent research project, you will select, plan, conduct and write up a research-based investigation. The project will include the selection of appropriate research and experimental methods, the collection and analysis of data and information and the evaluation and communication of findings and require the synthesis of a solution appropriate to the project aims. You will produce an artefact to complement the write-up of your investigation.

Who our MSc Engineering with Sustainability programme is suited to

This programme is specifically tailored to those who manage teams of engineers and are from a predominantly non-engineering background looking to enhance their knowledge and skills in engineering and management disciplines.

Study completely online and part-time, so you can easily fit your studies in around your lives including work, family and friends.

MSc Engineering Sustainability

Potential career paths for this MSc Engineering

Our MSc Engineering equips you to excel in a variety of roles including:

  • Engineering Manager
  • Senior Lead Analyst
  • Management Consultant
  • Operational Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Business Analyst
  • Plant Manager

Entry Requirements

At least a 2:2 degree (or equivalent qualification) in the field of social sciences, science or engineering

Or you may be admitted based on assessment relevant work experience

IELTS 6.0 and equivalents

• Anthropology
• Area studies
• Business studies
• Communication studies
• Economics
• Education
• Environmental studies
• Gender studies
• Geography
• Industrial relations
• International relations
• Law
• Media studies
• Political science
• Public administration
• Psychology
• Sociology
• Sustainable development

Start dates

We have six start dates a year, so you can begin your studies within weeks.