MSc in Cleantech Entrepreneurship

Cranfield University

Program Description

MSc in Cleantech Entrepreneurship

Cranfield University

In today’s lean economic climate, alternative energy strategies and clean technologies (Cleantech) present unique challenges to technology commercialisation. Cleantech will play a vital role in developing successful low carbon economies worldwide, and it needs trained personnel to achieve this.

Cleantech refers to any process, product or service that reduces negative environmental impacts through significant energy efficiency improvements, the sustainable use of resources, or environmental protection activities, and includes a broad range of technology relating to recycling, renewable energy, energy efficiency, greywater, etc.

The MSc in Cleantech Entrepreneurship combines Cranfield’s strengths in environmental science, engineering and entrepreneurship to equip future leaders in the Cleantech sector with the knowledge and skills to develop and commercialise technologies when an opportunity has been identified.


  • Start date: October
  • Duration: One year full-time.
  • Delivery: Taught modules 40%, Group projects 20%, Individual project 40%
  • Qualification: MSc
  • Study type: Full-time
  • Campus: Cranfield campus

Who is it for?

The MSc in Cleantech Entrepreneurship is an innovative course for entrepreneurial individuals who are driven to create environmental, social and economic value through technological innovation. The course is intended for the following range of students:

  • Students with a background in environmental management, engineering (environmental, mechanical, electrical or water), or physical sciences
  • Students with a background in business and management, innovation or entrepreneurship
  • Graduates currently in employment keen to extend their qualifications or to pursue a change in career
  • Individuals with other qualifications but who possess considerable relevant experience.

This is an ideal course for environmental and applied scientists, engineers, business and management students/professionals. It is unique in that, students completing the course will retain their background, so if your background is engineering your career will typically progress to become a Chief Technology Officer in a cleantech venture, whereas if your background is from business or management you are more likely to take on a CEO role or commercial role within a venture. The MSc itself is from Cranfield University, so it is not an MSc in engineering or in business – it is in technology entrepreneurship, providing you with a specialist set of transferable skills.

Foreseen careers upon completion will include Cleantech entrepreneurs serving as CEOs and CTOs, entrepreneurs and R&D Managers in industry, and policymakers for the water-energy-resource sector.

Why this course?

The MSc in Cleantech Entrepreneurship provides students with an understanding of the opportunities and challenges involved in developing and commercialising sustainable technologies, including renewable energy and energy efficiency, water treatment/management, waste management, and resource efficiency. The objective is to develop individuals’ entrepreneurial mindset and the skills required to create environmental, social and economic value focused on the innovation of clean technologies.

The specific aims are to enable you to:

  • Develop a greater understanding of the opportunities and challenges involved in the development and management of the water, energy and resource network. These resources are inextricably linked, which means the actions in one area impact on others
  • Obtain an in-depth knowledge of the key challenges in the management of renewable energy and energy efficiency
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of water treatment and management, and to apply this knowledge to their organisations
  • Evaluate how alternative strategies to traditional fundraising and operational models can help early-stage ventures succeed. Examples include partnerships with large strategic players, ‘lean’ product development, and risk-sharing at the proof-of-concept phase.

In terms of the technologies, the course covers all forms of clean technologies, i.e. all renewable energy modalities and smart grids, water and wastewater management, resource management (including extraction of energy and resources from waste), agrifood systems etc. These form the basis for your own project, where we would encourage you to bring in your own expertise to create an idea that will make a difference in the world. So your background in space I could see translating into for example concentrated solar power solutions, but also perhaps technologies that need to perform under extreme conditions (polar or desert conditions).

Informed by Industry

Throughout the course, there will be many opportunities to work on real-life problems through group work. For example, during one of the modules you will be developing a commercialisation plan for an emerging Cranfield-based clean technology, during the group work stage you will be working on a problem provided by one of our industrial partners, and during your final, individual project you will work on a business plan for a new venture or for one of the cleantech ventures around Cranfield. The work with such partners will take the form of an internship to develop a plan for a cleantech idea.

We have close ties with the Cambridge Cleantech Cluster and a group of cleantech ventures in London, and with some highly experienced people in the field of cleantech finance who will be coming in on a regular basis to mentor the students and to share their experiences – and if you have particular ideas about the kind of mentor you’d like to meet we will work with you to explore possibilities to bring in the right people.

This course is supported by Mark Woodall, a serial cleantech entrepreneur and angel investor, and will feature strong input from other experts in the sector.

Course details

The course comprises eight assessed modules, a group project and an individual research project.

Group project

Group projects are usually sponsored by industrial or public sector partners who provide particular issues/challenges linked to their businesses. Running between February and April the project enables you to put the skills and knowledge developed during the course modules into practice in an applied context while gaining transferable skills in project management, teamwork and independent research.

These projects, which are tailored to a group’s academic and professional experience, will develop a range of skills, including learning how to establish team member roles and responsibilities, project management, and delivering technical presentations. They also allow you to network and build industry connections, vital for developing your career.

At the end of the project, all groups submit a written report and deliver a presentation to the industrial partner. This presentation provides the opportunity to develop interpersonal and presentation skills within a professional environment. The project is assessed through a written report and an oral presentation by the group. In addition, a poster exhibition provides the opportunity to develop presentation skills and effectively handle questions about complex issues in a professional manner.

Individual project

The individual research project enables you to delve deeper into a specific area of interest. As our academic research is closely connected to industry and public sector organisations, often our partners put forward real-world problems or areas of development as potential research topics. This means you have the opportunity to develop solutions to real problems - either undertaking the project within the company or working at Cranfield using the University's equipment and facilities.

The individual research project component takes place between April/May and August.


Taught modules 40%, Group projects 20%, Individual project 40%

Your career

Successful students develop diverse and rewarding careers in environmental technology ventures either as founder, CEO or CTO or as part of the wider entrepreneurial ecosystem supporting cleantech commercialisation, i.e. government ministries, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), environmental and business consultancies, public sector organisations and the manufacturing and service industries in the private sector.

Our strong reputation and links with potential employers provide you with outstanding opportunities to secure interesting jobs and develop successful careers. The increasing interest in the circular economy has also enhanced the career prospects of our graduates.

Cranfield Careers Service

Our Careers Service can help you find the job you want after leaving Cranfield. We will work with you to identify suitable opportunities and support you in the job application process for up to three years after graduation. We have been providing Masters level training for over 20 years. Our strong reputation and links with potential employers provide you with outstanding opportunities to secure interesting jobs and develop successful careers. The increasing interest in sustainability and corporate and social responsibility has also enhanced the career prospects of our graduates.


Cranfield University welcomes applications from students from all over the world for our postgraduate programmes. The Home/EU student fees listed continue to apply to EU students.

  • Home-EU: £12,000
  • Overseas fees: £20,500

Fee notes:

  • The fees outlined apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2019 and 31 July 2020.
  • All students pay the tuition fee set by the University for the full duration of their registration period agreed at their initial registration.
  • A deposit may be payable, depending on your course.
  • Additional fees for extensions to the agreed registration period may be charged.
  • Fee eligibility at the Home/EU rate is determined with reference to UK Government regulations. As a guiding principle, EU nationals (including the UK) who are ordinarily resident in the EU pay Home/EU tuition fees, all other students (including those from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) pay Overseas fees.

Entry requirements

Candidates must possess, or be expected to achieve, a First or Second class UK Honours degree in either: Environmental Science, engineering or a related discipline or Business and Management.

The international equivalent of these UK qualifications will also be accepted. Other relevant qualifications, together with significant experience, may be considered.

English Language

If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. Our minimum requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS Academic - 6.5 overall
  • TOEFL - 92
  • Pearson PTE Academic - 65
  • Cambridge English Scale - 180
  • Cambridge English: Advanced - C
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency - C
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English III - minimum overall score of pass

In addition to these minimum scores, you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.

We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).

Students requiring a Tier 4 (General) visa must ensure they can meet the English language requirements set out by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and we recommend booking an IELTS for UKVI test.

Applicants who do not already meet the English language entry requirement for their chosen Cranfield course can apply to attend one of our Presessional English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses. We offer Winter/Spring and Summer programmes each year to offer holders.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 28, 2018
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1 year
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12,000 GBP
Home/EU students, full-time program. £20,500 overseas students.
United Kingdom - Cranfield, England
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