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  • Postgraduate taught
  • MSc

Cleantech Innovation

Become a climate innovator and cleantech entrepreneur through this interdisciplinary MSc.

Innovate new technologies to tackle the climate challenge with deeptech and design skills.

Become a cleantech pioneer through collaboration with designers, engineers and scientists.

Launch a cleantech venture with your team as part of London’s startup ecosystem.

Course key facts

Minimum entry standard

  • 2:1 Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a science, technology or engineering discipline

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Course overview

Learn the theory and practice of innovation.

Develop a deep understanding of the technical aspects of climate change challenges and formulate your own solutions to these, ranging from climate resilience through to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in varied sectors and contexts.

The MSc Cleantech Innovation is a joint programme between the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment and the Dyson School of Design Engineering. You will interact with the Grantham Institute’s innovation initiative, Undaunted, which houses The Greenhouse accelerator programme.

You will have the opportunity to meet and learn from expert innovators across the cleantech spectrum, learn and test your skills as designer, innovator and problem solver, create your own solutions and get ready to launch them into the world, delivering real change.

You will work with collaborators, inside and outside Imperial, to help make your cleantech solutions a reality!

The course includes individual and group components, across a variety of modes including videos, written work, invention, prototyping and business planning.


This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about potential course changes.

Please note: it may not always be possible to take specific combinations of modules due to timetabling conflicts. For confirmation, please check with the relevant department.

You’ll take two core modules per term, plus complete your thesis and undertake a residency project.

Core Modules

You will choose one optional module in Autumn term and one in Spring term, to complement your core learnings.

Optional Modules


Teaching and assessment

Balance of teaching and learning


  • Taught modules
  • Independent Study
  • Specialist Events

Balance of assessment

  • 18% Taught modules
  • 70% Independent Study
  • 12% Specialist Events

Teaching and learning methods

  • Person at lectern giving speech
  • Four students sitting in a tutorial
  • Presentations
  • People attending a conference
    Guest Lectures
  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment
  • Skill workshops

Balance of assessment


  • Practical
  • Coursework
  • Exams

  • 16% Practical
  • 78% Course Work
  • 6% Exams

Assessment methods

  • Person completing coursework
    Individual and group coursework
  • Papers from a written report
    Written reports and portfolios
  • Video Presentations
  • Essays
  • Design project blueprints
    Prototyping and Sketchbooks
  • Person making a presentation
    Practicals and demonstrations
  • Oral presentation
  • A person completing a written exam
    Written Exams

Entry requirements

We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.

How to apply

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Application deadlines – Round 4 closes on Friday 5 July 2024

Tuition fees

Home fee

2024 entry


Overseas fee

2024 entry



Presidential Scholarship for Students of Black Heritage

Value per award

  • Home tuition fees up to £18,500, an annual maintenance grant of £19,500, and an allowance of £1,500 for equipment.

Who it's for

  • Students of Black Heritage
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How will studying at Imperial help my career?

Lightbulb above a book

Develop, launch, and manage innovation as a product manager

Consultant with a speech bubble

Collect experience in the cleantech industry to work for a deeptech venture fund or in impact investment.

Man with a rocket in his mind

Launch your own startup with your MSc Cleantech Innovation Team.

Computer with Pencil Compass and Ruler

Design strategies to measure the impact of cleantech innovation to work in consulting.

Management organisational chart

Develop your systems thinking skills to become a portfolio manager for large cooperations.

Research screen

Work in product development and research for cleantech companies.

Terms and conditions

There are some important pieces of information you should be aware of when applying to Imperial. These include key information about your tuition fees, funding, visas, accommodation and more.

Read our terms and conditions

You can find further information about your course, including degree classifications, regulations, progression and awards in the programme specification for your course.

Programme specifications