Cranfield is uniquely well-placed to prepare students for future careers in the green economy

Message from Professor Simon Pollard

"In many advanced economies, the green economy is growing considerably faster than conventional business sectors. As we transition to a lower carbon future and seek to build cities that are resource efficient and smarter, the opportunities for well-paid engineering, technology and management jobs in this sector are now considerable, and growing. Governments are recognising the environmental goods and services sector in their countries as a key source of new jobs, company scale-up, export and, for some, a means of employing a growing young population. Engineering firms and consultancies are paying well for specialist skills that contribute to major infrastructure projects and they are happy to consider professionals who have transitioned between the basic sciences to applied technology and engineering. Jobs in the green economy offer the chance to effect change; they are complex and challenging by their multidisciplinary nature and they form a large part of the global agenda on 'industry 4.0', the digital revolution. These jobs offer enormous variety with the potential to move between sectors and transition quickly into corporate roles of influence, for example, advising multinationals on environmental sustainability.

The key skill is to develop an authoritative voice – to be confident in yourself and the specialist skills you have acquired – and then understand how these can be applied in the workplace. Here at Cranfield, we know employers want specialists that speak the language of business – employees that understand the practical issues faced by sectors they work in and the business priorities of firms in the green economy. Our postgraduate MSc courses in water, design, energy, environment and agrifood deliver just that – they will transform your ambitions into highly credible prospects for employment in these sectors, and see you armed with the transferable skills in critical thinking, teamwork, project management and communication that employers want of you. When you undertake a master’s degree at Cranfield, you will explore business problems in class with your peers; be expected to solve real-life challenges; work with colleagues on a gritty industry ‘group project’, our flagship differentiator; and then plan a ‘deep dive’ into a practical research project and deliver your thesis within five months. It’s stretching, but you will emerge ready for work, understanding your own strengths and development needs and able to articulate your career goals in a convincing way – you’ll have a Cranfield edge on the competition!

So if you are a budding engineer, business strategist, entrepreneur or scientist seeking to apply yourself to a lasting global challenge, think about your role in the green economy and how a Cranfield master's degree could help deliver your goals. We are transforming our own campus to be sustainable and, at Cranfield, we stand ready to help transform your ambition into the future you hope for."

Professor Simon PollardProfessor Simon Pollard