Taught course

Cleantech Entrepreneurship

Cranfield University · Environmental Technology

Entry requirements

Candidates must possess, or be expected to achieve, a First or Second class UK Honours degree in either: Environmental Science, engineering or a related discipline or Business and Management.

The international equivalent of these UK qualifications will also be accepted. Other relevant qualifications, together with significant experience, may be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

In today’s lean economic climate, alternative energy strategies and clean technologies (Cleantech) present unique challenges to technology commercialisation. Cleantech will play a vital role in developing successful low carbon economies worldwide, and it needs trained personnel to achieve this.

Cleantech refer to any process, product or service that reduces negative environmental impacts through significant energy efficiency improvements, the sustainable use of resources, or environmental protection activities, and includes a broad range of technology relating to recycling, renewable energy, energy efficiency, greywater, etc.

The MSc in Cleantech Entrepreneurship combines Cranfield’s strengths in environmental science, engineering and entrepreneurship to equip future leaders in the Cleantech sector with the knowledge and skills to develop and commercialise technologies when an opportunity has been identified.

The MSc in Cleantech Entrepreneurship is an innovative course for entrepreneurial individuals who are driven to create environmental, social and economic value through technological innovation. The course is intended for the following range of students:

  • Students with a background in environmental management, engineering (environmental, mechanical, electrical or water), or physical sciences
  • Students with a background in business and management, innovation or entrepreneurship
  • Graduates currently in employment keen to extend their qualifications or to pursue a change in career
  • Individuals with other qualifications but who possess considerable relevant experience.

This is an ideal course for environmental and applied scientists, engineers, business and management students / professionals. It is unique in that students completing the course will retain their background, so if your background is engineering your career will typically progress to become a Chief Technology Officer in a cleantech venture, whereas if your background is from business or management you are more likely to take on a CEO role or commercial role within a venture. The MSc itself is from Cranfield University, so it is not an MSc in engineering or in business – it is in technology entrepreneurship, providing you with a specialist set of transferable skills.

Foreseen careers upon completion will include Cleantech entrepreneurs serving as CEOs and CTOs, entrepreneurs and R&D Managers in industry, and policy makers for the water-energy-resource sector.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

+44 (0) 1234 758540