Become a climate innovator and learn how to develop sustainable solutions to climate change

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start dateOctober 2022
ECTS: 90 credits

Campus:
The Royal Institution
White City Campus

Subject to College approval

This course and the information on this page are subject to College approval.

Please check back soon for the latest information.

Overview

We are coming close to breaching several 'planetary boundaries'  moving the earth into a precarious state that may not be able to support life as we know it. As such, the need for sustainable solutions to climate challenges is becoming ever more urgent.

This course will provide you with the skills to develop technological solutions to problems of unsustainability within contemporary climate challenge areas. These include transportation, food, the circular economy, and net zero emissions. 

You will develop expertise in the field by exploring new and existing scientific, technical and engineering ideas. You will investigate how to introduce technological innovations to society, and how multi-disciplinary teams can work together to produce exciting solutions to problems.

Successful graduates will be able to identify sustainability problems in national and international contexts, and design, prototype and develop solutions to climate issues. You will be able to monitor their impact and performance, develop strategies for working in uncertain circumstances, and communicate your ideas effectively to relevant stakeholders.

This course is based at the Royal Institution, co-located with the Centre for Climate Change and Innovation. This will allow you to interact directly with climate change startups.

You will also spend some time at the White City campus, where you can make use of the Advanced Hackspace facilities and meet chemistry students on other courses.

Study programme

This MSc consists of:

  • specialist lectures
  • problem-focused discussions
  • self-directed and team-based learning
  • case study methodology
  • peer observation and assessment
  • an innovation project
  • a ten-week internship with a startup

The curriculum will be problem-focused and you will learn by taking part in practical entrepreneurship challenges, individually and as part of small teams.

Each module over the first two terms will focus on a climate challenge theme, alongside each stage of the entrepreneurship journey. You will progress from ideation and business modelling to customer discovery and pitching.

As the course emphasises self-directed learning, there won't be much traditional lecturing and the lectures themselves will present concepts and problems in a way that supports your independent learning.

The academic staff and Teaching Fellow who lead the programme will supplement your learning with lectures and seminars, but their primary role will be as coaches.

Careers

After you have completed the course, you will have the skills you need to enter employment in a range of roles, from startups to consultancy roles. You will also have the knowledge and confidence to start your own business or join and contribute to an early stage venture.

Applying for this course

We expect this course to be fully approved by the College soon. Until then, this course and the information on this page are still subject to College approval.

Applications for this course will open shortly after it's approved. Please check back for more information about this course.

Page last reviewed on 3 February 2022.

Structure

This page reflects the latest version of the curriculum for this year of entry. However, this information is subject to change.

The curriculum of this programme is currently being reviewed as part of a College-wide process to introduce a standardised modular structure. As a result, the content and assessment structures of this course may change for this year of entry.

We recommend you check this page before finalising your application and again before accepting your offer. We will update this page as soon as any changes are confirmed by the College.

Find out more about the limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses, the type of changes we may make and how we will tell you about any changes made.

Structure

Taught modules

You will take the following core modules:

  • Ideation
  • Business model
  • Customer discovery
  • Pitch
  • Internship report
  • Individual reflective portfolio

Innovation project

For your final module, you will work in teams on a business solution. You will create a product to address a sustainability challenge, substantially informed by the methods you will have used in the first two terms. You will then pitch your idea to a panel of investors.

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is a 2.1 degree in a science, technology or engineering discipline.

International qualifications

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications.

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed are the minimum for entry to the College, and not specifically this Department.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the higher College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

Competence standards

Our competence standards highlight the core skills students should be able to demonstrate by the end of this course.

View the Department of Chemistry's competence standards [pdf]

We believe in providing the widest practicable access to all of our degree programmes and will make reasonable adjustments wherever possible to support your study. For more information, please contact the Department using the contact details below.

Department of Chemistry

T: +44 (0)20 7594 5864
E: d.pappoe@imperial.ac.uk

How to apply

Applications for this course are not yet open. Please check back soon for the latest information.

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

Find out more about fees and funding opportunities.

Fees for this course

We expect this course to be fully approved by the College soon. Until then, the fees for this course and information on this page are still subject to College approval.

Fees information will be updated shortly. Please check back here for more information.

Tuition fees

Home rate of tuition

2022 entry

£12,800

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2022 will apply to fees for the academic year 2022–2023.

Fee status

Whether you pay the Home fee depends on your fee status.

Your fee status is assessed based on UK Government legislation and includes things like where you live and your nationality or residency status.

Find out more about how we assess your fee status.

EU/EEA/Swiss students

The Government has confirmed that EU/EEA/Swiss students who begin a course before the 31 July 2021 will be eligible to pay the same fee as Home students and have access to student finance for the duration of their course, as long as they meet certain requirements which are unchanged from previous years. This includes students who begin the course remotely.

EU/EEA/Swiss students starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home fee rate and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note we do not expect this to apply to Irish students or students benefitting from Citizens' rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively. However, we are currently awaiting the formal publication of the amended Fees and Awards regulations.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website has useful information on the conditions you currently need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the Home rate for study on a higher education course in England and reflect the regulations as they currently stand (not the amended regulations which are subject to publication). 

UKCISA has also provided some information in response to Questions for students starting their course from the 1 August 2021.

Overseas rate of tuition

2022 entry

£35,400

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2022 will apply to fees for the academic year 2022–2023.

Fee status

Whether you pay the Overseas fee depends on your fee status.

Your fee status is assessed based on UK Government legislation and includes things like where you live and your nationality or residency status.

Find out more about how we assess your fee status.

EU/EEA/Swiss students

The Government has confirmed that EU/EEA/Swiss students who begin a course before the 31 July 2021 will be eligible to pay the same fee as Home students and have access to student finance for the duration of their course, as long as they meet certain requirements which are unchanged from previous years. This includes students who begin the course remotely.

EU/EEA/Swiss students starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home fee rate and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note we do not expect this to apply to Irish students or students benefitting from Citizens' rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively. However, we are currently awaiting the formal publication of the amended Fees and Awards regulations.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website has useful information on the conditions you currently need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the Home rate for study on a higher education course in England and reflect the regulations as they currently stand (not the amended regulations which are subject to publication). 

UKCISA has also provided some information in response to Questions for students starting their course from the 1 August 2021.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies.

See what opportunities you may be eligible for:

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Further information

Chemistry

Got a question?

Dr Mike Ray and Dr Dipa Gurung
T: +44 (0)20 7594 2678 and +44 (0)20 7594 1241
E: chemres@imperial.ac.uk

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