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Postgraduate Taught Courses

Abertay University offers a full time MSc course that focuses on the key sustainability issues such as depletion of natural resources, maximising energy usage and reducing environmental impacts that are found on a day to day basis within business and industry.  The course provides participating students with informative lectures and seminars that provide the baseline knowledge that is then applied to real life situations using group work and a full dissertation on a selected environmental topic.

Further details about the course can be found at MSc Energy, Water and Environmental Management

Research Degree Opportunities

The Urban Water Technology Centre has research degree opportunities that are focused on specific feedstocks and the parameters that may influence the efficiency of the AD process.  Some examples of the research topics that have been defended at PhD level are described below:

  • Investigating factors affecting the anaerobic digestion of seaweed: modelling and experimental approaches.
  • Analysis of key requirements for effective implementation of biogas technology for municipal solid waste management in Sub Saharan Africa. A case study of Kigali City, Rwanda.
  • Optimisation of anaerobic digestion of organic solid waste for the production of quality compost for soil amendment.
  • Carbon and nitrogen removal in a granular bed baffled reactor.

Continuing Professional Development

International Intensive AD Training - Practical Digester Biology

Date: 6-8 July 2015   Venue: Abertay University.   IBBK, REA and Abertay University will provide a 3 day intensive AD training course in Dundee, UK. Refresh your knowledge, be brought up to date on the latest state of the art technology by our experienced team of experts. Be part of lively discussion and benefit from the knowledge of the seminars attendees.

Key Topics: Overview of the biogas industry in Europe and UK and its future development / New substrates and their pre-treatment for future biogas plants / Fundamentals of biological process / Choosing the right substrate and combining it for the optimal digestion input / Pre-treatment and pre-storage technology / Start-up phase and practical measures for monitoring the digestion process / Process parameters / Interactive group and laboratory session / Practical experiences and lessons from operating a biowaste and food waste plant / Measurement for process optimisation and enhancement of the biogas process / Visit of a biogas plant.

Download the course flyer/booking form here: Intensive Biogas Training Flyer

Contact: Mrs Silke Volk  Email:   Tel: 0049 (0) 7954 921 969   Web:  

Bespoke Training Opportunities

Bespoke training courses can be developed to individual client requirements. Please contact for further details. 


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