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PgCert Zero Carbon Engineering

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Overview of the Programme

Achieving the Net Zero Carbon Emissions targets set by governments around the globe will not be simple. It requires engagement across a range of disciplines that are underpinned by a strong understanding of the fundamental science and engineering behind sustainability and renewable energy. This course will target that challenge by equipping students with an enhanced skill set which will provide them with the tools to not only evaluate and assess sustainability but deliver low-carbon engineering solutions to a range of international industries. As a result, our graduates will be well placed to contribute and play a crucial role across multiple sectors as we transition towards a Net Zero society.

Online delivery and blended-learning activities within the programme will enable students to access learning materials in a highly flexible manner.

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The programme comprises the following 3 modules:

Course Delivery

Starts September 2022 over 2 semesters.

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 the related PGCert in Hydrogen, which offers the opportunity to progress, via a Research Project in Net Zero Engineering, to the new MSc in Net Zero Engineering.




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.


For each of the three modules on the course, 2 hrs of lectures and 1-2 hrs of tutorials and workshops will be scheduled per week. In addition to this, students will be expected to spend a further 7-8 hrs per week (per module) on directed study and self-learning which includes background reading, the preparation of reports and assignments and private study and revision.