This programme is appropriate for you if are seeking to develop the skills and confidence to address the critical global challenges of energy and diminishing natural resources. Clean energy, optimal use of resources and the economics of climate change are the key issues facing society, and form the fundamental themes of this programme.
You explore the world’s dependency on hydrocarbon-based resources, together with strategies and technologies to decarbonise national economies. The course examines global best practice, government policies, industrial symbiosis and emerging risk management techniques. You also address the environmental, economic and sociological (risk and acceptability) impacts of renewable energy provision and waste exploitation as central elements.
The programme develops the problem-solvers and innovators needed to face the enormous challenges of the 21st century - those who can play key roles in driving energy and environmental policies, and in formulating forward-looking strategies on energy use and environmental sustainability at corporate, national and global scales.
For the PgDip award you must successfully complete 120 credits of taught modules. For an MSc award you must successfully complete the 120 credits of taught modules and a 60-credit master's research project.
Energy, environment, risk managing projects, sustainability and integrated waste management are the main foci of the programme, but you also explore the financial aspects of energy and environmental management. Economics is integral to the development of policies and is often a key influencing factor.
This programme aims to develop a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the role and place of energy in the 21st century and the way the environment impinges on the types of energy used and production methods. It also aims to investigate the environment as it is perceived, and contextualise its actual importance to mankind. Specific objectives for this course are to establish the financial validity for the pursuit of alternative energy forms and management of the environment.
You are encouraged to take up opportunities of voluntary placements with local industries to conduct real-world research projects. These placements are assessed in line with the assessment criteria and learning outcomes of the Project module.
Examples of past MSc research projects
In this module, you explore the different approaches to the definition of sustainability and sustainable development, and gain an understanding of the characteristics of sustainable natural systems. We introduce and discuss the major sustainability challenges of the 21st century in terms of ecosystem services and resource depletion. And we outline economic and science/engineering solutions with particular emphasis on the value of natural ecosystems and the part they play in informing our understanding of sustainability.
Gain an understanding of the basis of the economic argument within energy and environmental management and how this relates to the energy and environmental challenges of the 21st century with emphasis on climate change. You address the political and economic attempts made to deal with the problem of climate change and consider some of the possible future outcomes from both social and technological standpoints. These include industrial ecology and industrial symbiosis. The module also provides the linking theme that connects all the other modules that comprise this MSc course.
This module covers the science of climate change in detail. You gain an understanding of the natural greenhouse effect, anthropogenic and natural perturbations of the climate-regulation system, and a current understanding of the likely future outcomes of anthropogenic climate change. The economic aspects of global emissions management is a core topic. You critically examine carbon accounting, life cycle and total economy levels techniques. You cover broader environmental impacts and their management including lifecycle impact assessment, and technologies for addressing and ameliorating output of waste from the economy to the environment. And you consider strategies for reducing the environmental impact and resource input to the economy within the framework of industrial ecology.
This module introduces you to modern thinking on integrated waste management technologies and techniques, and its role in sustainable development. And we introduce essential knowledge of physical and biological waste management technologies, and the terminology associated with these technologies.
Investigate an area of engineering or science for an extended period through a research project or design project, working independently at a level recognised as at the forefront of the discipline. You develop key research skills, applying and creating your knowledge through keynote lectures and self-managed independent study. You will demonstrate your capacity for comprehensive and objective analysis, and for developing innovative and constructive proposals as a solution to the project topic. We support you through tutorials and/or one-to-one guidance but you require a high degree of autonomy.
Gain an understanding of the technologies involved in energy production, examine their importance and look at energy policies in relation to climate change. Critically analyse the roles of renewable energy systems such as wind, wave, tidal, solar and biofuels. And appraise the potentially important roles that the hydrogen economy and nuclear fusion could play in delivering future energy requirements, along with technologies, methods and strategies associated with carbon dioxide sequestration and storage.
This module enables you to understand the principles and process of risk management, how to identify the sources of risk, quantify the severity of identified risks, the options and opportunities involved in managing risk, and the mitigation strategies required to reduce the effects of identified risks in the financial, safety and environmental aspects of a project. You are introduced to Monte Carlo simulation, Delphi techniques, Ishikawa cause and effect diagrams, decision trees, PERT, using risk registers and risk management software.
Modules offered may vary.
The course provides a number of contact teaching and assessment hours (through lectures, tutorials, projects, assignments), but you are also expected to spend time on your own, called 'self-study' time, to review lecture notes, prepare course work assignments, work on projects and revise for assessments. For example, each 20-credit module typically has around 200 hours of learning time.
In most cases, around 60 hours are spent in lectures, tutorials and in practical exercises. The remaining learning time is for you to gain a deeper understanding of the subject. Each year of full-time study consists of modules totalling 180 credits; hence, during one year of full-time study a student can expect to have 1,800 hours of learning and assessment.
Modules are assessed by a variety of methods including examination and in-course assessment with some utilising other approaches such as group-work or verbal/poster presentations.
There may be short-term placement opportunities for some students, particularly during the project phase of the course. This University is also in the process of seeking accreditation for the Waste Management module from the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management.
Successful graduates from this course are well placed to find employment. As an energy and environmental manager, you might find yourself in a role responsible for overseeing the energy and environmental performance of private, public and voluntary sector organisations, as well as in a wide range of engineering industries.
Energy and environmental managers examine corporate activities to establish where improvements can be made and ensure compliance with environmental legislation across the organisation. You might be responsible for reviewing the whole operation, carrying out energy and environmental audits and assessments, identifying and resolving energy and environmental problems and acting as agents of change. Your role could include the training of the workforce to develop the ability to recognise their own contributions to improved energy and environmental performance.
Your role may also include the development, implementation and monitoring of energy and environmental strategies, policies and programmes that promote sustainable development at corporate, national or global levels.
Applicants are normally expected to have at least a lower second class honours degree in a subject related to science, technology, engineering or business/management.
In addition, international students will normally need at least 6.0 with no component below 5.5 in the International Language Testing System (IELTS) test.
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