BRIstol Technologies for the Environment: Teaching


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demonstration of tidal stream turbine
Jeremy King (left) demonstrates his tidal turbine model to Chancellor George Osborne, research which began life as a final year undergraduate project and has since been continued as an Engineering Doctorate project, in partnership with Tidal Generation Ltd.


The University is strongly promoting a range of new teaching initiatives linked to environmental technologies and sustainable development:

  • The Faculty of Engineering's undergraduate degree programmes incorporate a wide variety of teaching modules in this area, including Sustainable Systems, Power Generation for the 22nd Century, Wind and Marine Power and Engineering for the Built Environment, many of which feature significant input from industrial partners. These are complemented by a range of student research projects, including a cross-Faculty project to design and build a wind powered vehicle for the international Aeolus Race.

  • Our Systems Centre offers both Masters and Engineering Doctorate Programmes, which are run jointly with the University of Bath and involve collaborative research with industry. Environmental technologies have featured strongly in the range of projects undertaken and current partnerships exist with companies such as Tidal Generation Ltd, Halcrow, Arup and Advanced Transport Systems Ltd.

  • An interdisciplinary optional teaching module in Sustainable Development, open to all undergraduate students, was launched in 2005-06, and now attracts over 100 students per year. The success of this initiative helped secure the University a major environmental accolade in the Times Higher Awards.

  • Unique MSc courses in areas such as Earth Systems Science, and The Science of Natural Hazards offer focused learning opportunities in various environmental disciplines.

Download further details (Word, 53 KB) of these and a range of other University teaching initiatives linked to the environmental technologies and services sector.