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MSc Energy and Industrial Sustainabilty

Course Description

This MSc is for those who wish to understand how to significantly reduce the impact of industrial operations upon the environment while exploring the opportunities and operational risks represented by climate change. The course draws on the internationally recognised research expertise of IESD staff and others across the university.

As well as the traditional requirement for manufacturers to be better, faster and cheaper than their competitors they now face increasing pressure to be 'greener'. This pressure comes in the form of ever-tightening legislation on emissions and waste plus increasing energy bills and the growing need for corporations to be seen to act in a socially responsible manner.

This course will equip you with the skills to understand the challenges facing today’s industries due to climate change. The emphasis on energy makes this course unique as it will enable you to design innovative strategies to promote industrial competitiveness in the context of a transition to a low carbon economy.

The course is suitable for graduates from a variety of disciplines with either a social science or physical science background, although experience of industry will be an advantage. It is also suitable for mid-career professionals with relevant experience.

Modules studied

Sustainable Development explains the conceptual , historical and political context and encourages you to develop a critical appreciation of the sustainable development debate and to challenge widely held views.

Renewable Energy considers the potential for renewable energies within the urban and rural environment, including integration into the design and refurbishment of settlements.

Energy Analysis Techniques considers analysis of the energy performance of buildings and industry, including monitoring and target-setting in multi-site organisations, energy audit and survey techniques.

Low Impact Manufacturing covers analysis of the product life-cycle from extraction to end of life and includes lean manufacturing, re-manufacturing and energy efficient manufacturing technologies.

Green Business explains corporate social responsibility and the opportunities and threats represented by climate change, such as supply chain risk, eco-marketing and green investment.

Resource Efficient Design of products and services is fundamental to industrial sustainability and covers a range of techniques using case studies, exercises and relevant theory.

Energy in Buildings presents an overview of energy use in buildings and how it relates to construction, including low energy approaches to design. Building energy-flows, thermal comfort and daylighting practices are discussed. The role of regulation and assessment of environmental impact is investigated.

Research Methods equips you with the skills necessary to successfully complete a research project of a high standard and also imparts a critical appreciation of the purpose of research and how to assess its quality.

Research project

Projects can be based upon existing specialist IESD research areas or a topic of the student’s choice. You will be guided and supervised by a personal project tutor. Examples of suitable project titles include:

- Conceptual design of low carbon factory
- Energy audit of industrial facility
- Use of industrial waste heat
- Life-cycle analyses of product range
- Remanufacturing and reverse logistics
- Corporate social responsibility

Teaching and assessment

Full-time students attend for two days each week and receive formal lectures from experienced researchers and teaching staff, complemented by informal seminars and group discussions. Part-time students attend one day per week. You will also be expected to undertake self-directed study. All teaching material is fully documented and available on the web-based Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) before timetabled events take place.

Distance learners follow a structured study plan provided on the VLE, supported by discussion forums with other students and email and telephone conversations with the module leader. IESD courses have been commended in an academic quality review for their ‘innovative and sophisticated forms of e-based learning and teaching’.

Visit the MSc Energy and Industrial Sustainabilty page on the De Montfort University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

John Duncan

Energy and Industrial Sustainabilty MSc

"The course materials are clear and well-structured and I have enjoyed the mix of technical and business/strategic modules. As a mature student and chartered engineer with significant management and consulting experience, I have quite a lot of insight and experience to draw on.

The course has nevertheless pointed me to themes and trends that I was not previously aware of, giving me exactly what I wanted from the course, that is, 'thought leadership'. "

MSc distance learning student


Entry Requirements

A good degree (second class or above) or five years' work experience in an appropriate field. Applicants from outside the UK should possess equivalent qualifications.

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