Taught course

Science and Technology for Sustainability

University of Leeds · School of Chemistry

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in engineering, environmental science, physical science or mathematics discipline.

Applications from professionally qualified and experienced candidates will also be considered. A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) will be considered for candidates with at least one year’s relevant experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Sustainability and sustainable development are crucial topics facing almost every industry worldwide. There is a growing demand from industry and society for experts in this field to provide sustainable solutions to a multitude of interdisciplinary global challenges.

Our Science and Technology for Sustainability MSc has been developed to answer this demand by industry, bringing together science and engineering disciplines. You’ll build the extensive skill set and knowledge you’ll need to provide leadership and innovation on sustainable development in all aspects of industries and societal sectors.

You’ll be trained by leading academics and researchers from across the Schools of Chemistry, Chemical and Process Engineering and Physics and Astronomy to cover key global challenges that address UN sustainable development goals whilst gaining insight into how a sustainable low carbon future can be achieved.

Modules will cover everything from energy management, green chemistry and low carbon economics to sustainable waste management, life cycle analysis – plus many more. The broad range of topics will provide you with a holistic understanding of how future sustainable solutions are identified and developed, preparing you for a career in this field.

Here at Leeds, we’re a leading player in sustainability, with solid industrial and governmental collaborations that address and contribute to a broad range of sustainable development innovation. This means you’ll be learning from experts who are actively working in the field.

Why study at Leeds:

  • Our globally-renowned research across the School of Chemistry, School of Chemical and Process Engineering and the School of Physics and Astronomy feeds into your course, shaping your learning with the latest thinking in sustainability.
  • Advance your knowledge and skills in a variety of industry-relevant topics including renewable and clean energy, low carbon technologies, sustainable materials, green chemistry and sustainable waste management.
  • Put theory into practice by conducting an individual research project focusing on forward-looking or industrial-facing topics in sustainability, gaining hands-on experience in technology innovation.
  • Access specialist facilities to support your learning including synthetic chemistry laboratories, chemical and analytical facilities, material analysis facilities and energy and combustion research laboratories.
  • Experience expert theoretical and practical teaching delivered by a programme team who specialise in a variety of sustainable development innovations.
  • Develop a holistic skill set that will lend itself to careers in areas like industrial manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, chemical products, environmental engineering, biotechnology and policy and government, amongst others.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Chemistry Admissions Team