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PgCert Zero Carbon Engineering

Overview of the Programme

Governments around the world have set legally binding targets in support of low-carbon growth, which will require significant investments in resources, infrastructure, and technology. The aim of this programme* is to provide students with a strong foundation of the engineering and associated skills that are needed to underpin such “green growth” in a wide range of sectors. They will therefore be well placed to support existing and new industries in their transition to net-zero carbon manufacturing. This means that students completing this course will possess skills increasingly sought by local and international employers, particularly those in manufacturing and energy sectors.

Online delivery and blended-learning activities within the programme will enable students to access learning materials in a highly flexible manner, compatible with the demands of the current pandemic situation. 

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The course will consist of three equal credit bearing modules, as follows:

Course Delivery

This course will start w/c 18 January 2021 with the bulk of teaching completed by the end of March 2021. Assessment activities will follow-thereafter.

Teaching and assessment will be fully delivered online through a mixture of self-directed study and practice materials and live online workshops and seminar classes. In order to replicate the interactive and engaging nature of an on-campus delivery, the online delivery will include:

  • Weekly workshops that consolidate learning and further explore course topics. These will be delivered live to permit learners to connect and ask / answer questions. The classes will also be recorded to permit flexible on-demand access.
  • Weekly practice activities including set exercises, problem sheets and other tasks to reinforce learning and build practical skills.
  • Online learning materials (directed reading, study packs, etc.) which leaners will study in their own time each week.
  • Regular formative assessment to measure learner progress and to provide advice and direction.
  • Online advisory support for learners to connect with experts to provide bespoke one-to-one support. Offered Monday to Friday, daytime to early evening, to flexibly support leaners.

At least 15-20 hours of study effort will be expected each week from those enrolled on the course. A computer and Internet connection will be required.

Opportunities for Progression

Careers and Further Study

Those graduating with a PGCert in Zero Carbon Engineering  will enhance their prospects of securing one of the growing number of sustainably-focussed careers, including positions such as a low-carbon technology engineer, carbon consultants, low-carbon solutions managers and so on.

Those who wish to continue their studies may wish to undertake an MSc in Mechanical Engineering with Management, or MSc in Leadership for Sustainable Development.

If you are seeking to continue with your professional development you will have the opportunity to self-fund progression to the full Master’s subject to meeting the academic requirements for progression.


Admissions and Requirements

Academic requirements:

  • Normally at least a 2:2 UK honours-equivalent degree in any STEM subject.
  • Candidates that can demonstrate appropriate work experience in a process, manufacturing or related role may also be eligible to join the course, subject to successfully completing a brief skills assessment/interview.

  • Places available on this programme are limited.  Where there are more eligible applications received than places available, the academic selectors for this programme will make offers in rank order based on academic merit and potential as evidenced in the totality of the information provided in each application.  We will operate a waiting list as required to allow us to fill all available places.

Other requirements

  • Computer and internet connection.
  • Depending on pertinent lockdown and/or social distancing guidelines, we aim to give the opportunity to students to conduct an energy audit in a local processing or manufacturing company. This will require that the student can travel to the site as appropriate.

*This course is undergoing academic validation. Please note that the information displayed here is subject to change as part of this process.