The transition towards a circular economy has been rapid over the last four years. This MSc provides industrial professionals, senior managers, and executives with the knowledge and skills to manage the transition of their organisation towards a circular economy.
This course aims to provide industrial professionals with technological knowledge, system-level understanding and personal competency to design, evaluate and implement transformational solutions for the future.
Our changing economy is placing ever-greater demands on the skills and expertise of the workforce and up-scaling of new models relies largely on the ability to equip our current and future leaders with the skills to adapt, innovate, and flourish. There will be a need for cross-curricular, multi-disciplinary learning, connecting designers with engineers, material scientists, anthropologists, marketers and business students in order to harness sustainability as a transformational force.
The course will be delivered through a combination of face-to face and online teaching. The course will adopt a thematic approach to teaching and learning to enable cross-disciplinary learning to meet course learning objectives.
Group projects provide teams of students with the opportunity to take responsibility for a consultancy type project, usually with an industrial sponsor.
The final individual thesis project takes up the remainder of the course. It allows students to demonstrate their ability to think and work in an original way and overcome genuine problems in design, supported by external organisations.
Taught modules 40%, Group projects 20%, Individual project 40%
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This course will equip professionals with the ability to manage the implementation of transformational circular innovation within their own organisation.
We have been providing Masters level training for over 20 years. Our strong reputation and links with potential employers provide you with outstanding opportunities to secure interesting jobs and develop successful careers. The increasing interest in the circular economy has also enhanced the career prospects of our graduates. Our careers team support you while you are studying and following graduation with workshops, careers fairs, vacancy information and one-to-one support.
The sustainable extraction, supply, use and disposal/re-use of natural resources is increasingly critical to business, policymakers and civil society around the world. In this degree you will investigate the circular economy, resource efficiency and sustainable resource management and you will qualify with the skills and knowledge to become a leader in this field.
The curriculum fully reflects the global nature of the subject. You will gain in-depth expertise of the environmental, social and economic aspects of the management and governance of resources from both public policy and industrial perspectives. Key concepts include resource efficiency and circular economy, the resource nexus and sustainable supply chain management.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a dissertation project (60 credits).
All students undertake an independent original research project, which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, project group work and presentations from visiting speakers from a range of businesses and other organisations. Hands-on workshops will provide opportunities for practical development and implementation of programme content. Assessment is through examination, assessed coursework, group work and a dissertation.
Students will participate in a field trip to the Birmingham area, which will include site visits to leading businesses and organisations in the area of sustainable resources and the circular economy. There will be no additional costs to students for this trip.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Sustainable Resources: Economics, Policy and Transitions MSc
This programme equips you for challenging, rewarding and socially beneficial employment in a wide range of sectors including business, national and local government, NGOs and global organisations concerned with economy-resource-environment interactions. The programme includes a careers event with speakers from a variety of organisations where you can discuss opportunities with potential employers.
On graduation you should possess a sound understanding of the key challenges surrounding sustainable resource use, supply and demand drivers and future strategies for global resource management. You should also be technically competent in a range of economic, social science and modelling skills and techniques including integrated assessments, life cycle analysis, material flows analysis, foresight analysis/scenario analysis, system dynamics, and computable general equilibrium models (CGE).
You develop key skills valuable for future employment, including communication skills (written and oral), teamwork, breaking down complex problems, decision-making under uncertainties, intercultural communication, working in interdisciplinary environments and awareness of the business context.
The UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources (ISR) has a world-leading research portfolio in the area of sustainable use of resources, economics and the environment. ISR is particularly strong in analysis related to actors and their decision-making as well as strategies.
The exciting multidisciplinary programme includes contributions from economics, law, political science, development planning, engineering and the natural sciences as appropriate for understanding planetary boundaries, the circular economy, people and the resource nexus and developing response options.
Learning key employment skills is an integral part of the programme. The residential field trip offers a valuable opportunity for students and staff to interact at the start of the year. Regular seminars are held across UCL and you will be able to undertake industry-focused dissertation projects.
There will be several networking opportunities throughout the programme.
Bio inspired design and science are used for innovations that support a transition to a sustainable, circular economy. The Master’s programme Bio Inspired Innovation (BII) offers a unique blend of knowledge and skill training that will support the search for and development of circular business-models and bio inspired research & innovations.
Nature evolves solutions for the societal challenges we face today. Many birds and butterfly species for example, like peacocks, use light-interacting structures to produce colours and patterns. With the discovery of this biotechnology, scientists and engineers have been able to produce colour through structure. BII is aimed at students with a Bachelor’s degree in Science who want to innovate services, products and production systems, and are interested in using bio inspired design and science. You can become the biologist at the design table and facilitate innovations that take their lessons from nature. You will become a professional that contributes to the transition to a circular economy with Bio Inspired Innovations.
This Master’s programme builds on the excellent research at the Faculty of Science and links research findings to solve societal and business challenges.
The first year is research based, while the second year focuses on the use of research knowledge in innovation. In the first year you will be part of an advanced research environment linking to your area of expertise (major research project). You learn to set up and execute research and discuss and report its outcomes. Moreover you will start to explore and learn about multi-disciplinary innovation, collaborative business modelling and design. You will attend seminars and workshops, some of which you will organise yourself, that allow you to prepare yourself for the second year.
In the second year you will get in depth knowledge of Biomimicry and other design and innovation methods through courses and an internship.