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Sustainable Engineering Systems (with Advanced Practice) MSc

This course is ideal for those looking to develop green industries, supporting climate change agendas at regional, national and international levels.


Course overview


Sustainable engineering/energy and clean technology

Study a masters course in sustainable engineering/energy and clean technology and you may be eligible for a £12k scholarship

You cover a number of topics in sustainability, broadening and deepening your understanding and knowledge of the field. You learn how to synthesise information from a variety of sources and develop your decision-making abilities in solving complex sustainability problems. Working with a supervisor, you also conduct a research project in a specific area of sustainable engineering.

This advanced practice route enhances your qualification by adding a vocational or research-based internship to the course. A vocational internship is a great way to gain work experience and give your CV a competitive edge. A research internship gives you the opportunity to develop your analytical, team-working, research and academic skills by working alongside a research team in an academic setting. We guarantee a research internship but can’t guarantee a vocational internship. We do, however, provide you with practical support and advice on how to find and secure your own.

Here at Teesside University, we undertake varied research in sustainability and are involved in several regional strategic projects. We are based in the Tees Valley, a hub of the green energy industry, housing bioethanol, hydrogen and offshore wind farms. The region is also a centre for investment in carbon capture and storage, industrial decarbonisation and net zero initiatives, making it an ideal location to study this course.

If you a looking to be involved in net zero initiatives, then this course is an ideal launchpad for your career, and there are four £12,000 Kellas Midstream Clean Energy Scholarships available to fund your studies. Find out more.

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Course details

Course structure

Core modules

Advanced Practice

Advanced Practice is normally undertaken over a one semester period and has been developed to enable a student to gain real-world practical experience to enhance their employability and academic learning. Students will receive preparatory sessions to enable them to apply to internship opportunities, which normally include:

Vocational internships with external organisations based offsite
Research or development internships based on campus
Employer-led internships based on campus
Students will undertake an appropriate advanced practice opportunity to meet their skill set and aspirations, related to their course.

All students will be assigned an academic supervisor to provide academic and pastoral support throughout their internship. Students will be assessed through a reflective report on a pass/fail basis. This module does not count towards the overall classification of the degree.

Circular Economy

Circular economy is an economic model that invites businesses, cities and countries to transform their approach to the use of materials and energy, and build a framework for an economy that is restorative and regenerative by design. It is an interdisciplinary arena embracing physical, social sciences and manufacture. You explore key topics relating to the practical applications of circular economy and examine approaches to solving challenges for achieving circular economy and environmental sustainability.

Digital Twinning

Digital twinning is the process of using all relevant information about a physical system to generate a representative virtual model, which is called the ‘digital twin’. You explore the technical aspect of developing a digital twin and examine the role and applications of digital twinning in different industries.

Engineering Research Project

You investigate an area of engineering and work independently to a level recognised to be at the forefront of the discipline. The topic can be in the form of a research project or a design project. Key skills in research and in knowledge application and creation will be developed through keynote lectures and self-managed independent study. You are required to demonstrate the capacity for a comprehensive and objective analysis, and for developing innovative and constructive proposals for the solution to the project topic.

Future Energy Demand

Ambitious environmental targets are reshaping the electrical power sector. You explore the future demand for electricity in this context, working in a team to assess future energy scenarios, their implications and propose suitable strategies and solutions to address them. You gain an understanding of their knowledge and limitations and the importance of bringing in and working with people with a different knowledge base and skillset.

Interactive Digital Factory Systems

Digital factories integrate digital models of various aspects of a physical factory to create a comprehensive smart manufacturing network. You explore the different techniques that contribute to the development of digital factory systems and examine the challenges when developing digital factories for different industries.


You will investigate how the role of the engineer is becoming more focused on serving society as well as industry and to recognise the impact of engineers’ decisions on society and the environment.

As engineers of the future, you will need to have a sustainable worldview, acknowledging international, cultural, and diversity issues in society. In addition, you will also be expected to solve complex problems with consideration for multi-perspective views, long-term effects, risk, and the impacts of decisions on society.

This module will examine the key topics surrounding sustainability in the context of engineering applications across a range of disciplines and key future challenges such as energy, transport, and construction.

The subjects will be taught through a combination of lectures and seminars. Lectures will develop key concepts and knowledge. Seminars will allow more focused examinations of important issues and approaches.


and one optional module

Big Data and Business Intelligence

You develop your ability to design and implement database, big data and analytics applications to meet business needs. A case study is used to follow the system development lifecycle. You develop a plausible application from inception to implementation for a real-world scenario.

You investigate the issues and technologies associated with implementing and supporting large scale databases and the services that are needed to maintain and access a repository of data. Investigations are undertaken in a number of areas including big data, data warehouses, integrating legacy data, data management and approaches that support the modelling and visualisation of data for a range of use views.

Power Conversion for Energy Systems

The module provides students with an in-depth knowledge of Power Electronic converters as they are used on power systems to allow efficient transmission of power from generator to consumer. The modules will teach about the operation and design of the main converters and their applications. It provides a generic treatment of various converter topologies with an emphasis on critical design parameters. Applications including HV DC transmission, static VAr compensation and interconnection of renewable energy sources and energy storage systems to utility grid are considered.

Project Management Philosophies and Tools

Contemporary project management is an evolving and extensive discipline that has grown substantially to meet the needs of modern project management demands. This module cultivates detailed and critical awareness of this domain and its expanding range of philosophies, tools and frameworks.

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the expanding discipline of project management and familiarise them with modern and contemporary project management modalities and the importance of effective project management to organisational functioning, enterprise growth and development.

Renewable Energy Generation

The module provides students with in-depth knowledge of the theory and principles of renewable energy technologies used for electricity generation. The module focuses on the principles, design, operation and grid connected applications of wind and photovoltaic technologies, and contrasts these with conventional power systems, such as coal and gas. The module will inform the student of current practices and technological advances in the field of renewables and will provide an opportunity to develop computing and practical skills related to this area.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

You learn through lectures, tutorials and computer lab sessions.

Lectures deliver substantial elements of the subject content, provide explanations of complex concepts, and set the scene for your independent learning.

Tutorials and seminars are interactive and allow you to explore relevant topics in depth.

Some of the modules require specialist technical software and practical computer-based sessions are timetabled. You are supported in technical modules by industry-standard lab and computing facilities.

How you are assessed

You are assessed on your subject knowledge, independent thought and skills acquisition.

Assessments include design and lab reports, portfolios, exams, group work, posters presentations, technical interviews/oral presentations, literature surveys, evaluations and summaries, and a dissertation.


Entry requirements

Normally a 2.2 UK honours degree (or equivalent) in a subject with significant engineering content. This could include any engineering subject, technology, physics, and mathematics degrees which include applied maths subjects (for example, dynamics or fluid mechanics).

Students with a degree awarded outside the UK must also meet the University's minimum English language requirements.

International applicants who need a student visa to study in the UK should check our web pages on UKVI-compliant English language requirements. The University also provides pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet the minimum English language requirement.

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

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Career opportunities

This course gives you an industrially, commercially and professionally relevant education by developing your lifelong learning skills and giving you a progression route for further professional development.

You are prepared for a career understanding and tackling sustainability issues, driving rapid change in all sectors and contributing to climate change agendas at a regional, national and international level. You can work in a technical or managerial role in industrial sectors including manufacturing, chemicals and processing.


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Professional accreditation

Engineering Council and The Instituion of Engineering and Technology accredited programme

Accredited by The Institution of Engineering and Technology on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for further learning for registration as a chartered engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng-accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.


2024/25 entry

Fee for UK applicants
£4,770 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£10,000 a year

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  • Length: September start: 21 months including a summer break January start: 2 years including a summer break
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