Engineering - Net Zero Engineering - Distance Learning

Governments around the world have set legally binding targets in support of achieving ambitious low-carbon objectives and are investing heavily in the development of technology that will deliver decarbonisation of the energy sector.

Achieving these objectives is, however, a substantial challenge and requires input and engagement across a broad range of sectors. The rapid development of these sectors also emphasises the need for advanced skills and training portfolios to be delivered to not only address these challenges but also create future opportunities.
Therefore, the aim of this programme is to provide students with a strong foundation of the engineering and associated skills that are needed to underpin and contribute towards achieving sustainability and greener societies. In doing so, they will have an excellent platform to support existing and new industries in their transition towards achieving net-zero targets.

Students completing this course will possess skills which are increasingly sought after by local and international employers, particularly those in manufacturing and energy sectors. The course will also introduce students to a suite of emerging technologies which are being considered and will provide them with the skills to be able to assess them, providing opportunities for innovation, entrepreneurship, and growth in a variety of sectors.

Course Structure
Students enrol on a 3 year part-time basis, which allows you to study while in full-time employment. Part-time students will complete six taught modules over the course of 2 years before then undertaking a Research Project.

The MSc is awarded to students who successfully complete six taught modules (120 CATS points) and the Research Project (60 CATS points).
Students will be given the option of completing the MSc in 2 years by completing the Research Project on a full-time basis (summer term) at the end of Year 2. Alternatively, students can undertake their Research Project during Year 3.

Exit qualifications are available: students may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma by successfully completing 120 CATS points from the six core taught modules or a Postgraduate Certificate by successfully completing 60 CATS points from either of two defined sets of three taught modules.

Subjects taught

The information below is intended as an example only, featuring module details for the current year of study (2023/24). Modules are reviewed on an annual basis and may be subject to future changes – revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year.

Year 1
Core Modules
Sustainability and Net Zero Carbon Criteria (20 credits)
Research Project in Net Zero Engineering (Part-Time) (60 credits)
Hydrogen System Integration (20 credits)
Tools for Assessing Energy and Carbon (20 credits)
Hydrogen System Design and Practice (20 credits)
Fundamental Principles of Hydrogen Generation and Use (20 credits)
Applied Renewable Energy and Low Carbon Technologies (20 credits)

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Engineering (e.g. Chemical, Environmental, Mechanical, Civil), Physical Science (e.g. Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics) or a closely allied subject. Applicants with degrees in other disciplines or relevant work experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The deadline for applications is normally 30th June 2024. However, we encourage applicants to apply as early as possible. In the event that any programme receives a high number of applications, the University reserves the right to close the application portal earlier than 30th June deadline. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Application Portal against the programme application page.

Please note: a deposit will be required to secure a place.


3 years part-time.

Enrolment dates

Entry Year: 2024/25

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Career Prospects
This MSc will equip you with the knowledge and skills required for a successful career in sustainability and the renewable energy sector. We have good links and regularly consult with a large number of global employers from a variety of sectors including energy (including Shell, BP and Petronas), transport (WrightBus) and other chemical industries (Seren Technologies and Johnson Matthey). Furthermore, we work with a range of local companies and start-up/spin-out companies including Green Lizard Technologies and NUADA. Graduates may also progress into research at various universities.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters at UK Level 7

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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