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PHAS5610M Group Innovation Project in Sustainability

15 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Samantha Pugh

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Pre-requisite qualifications

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) OR completed level 3 in engineering, environmental science, physical science or mathematics discipline.

This module is mutually exclusive with

PHYS3610Group Innovation Project

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module brings together Science and Entrepreneurship. Students work in a team to develop and build a business plan around an idea for an enterprise based on current scientific research that can help to address the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals ( culminating in a presentation to an "investment panel". The module will help students to further develop their team-working, project and time management, commercial awareness and self reflection, while providing a valuable insight into the commercial side of science.


Students will be introduced to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and have the opportunity to explore how current research in science can help to address them. The module will lead students, working in a team-based environment, through the various stages of setting up a new enterprise, from the inception and development of the idea itself, through preparation of a business plan and pitch to potential investors.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes:
1. Use their knowledge of science to develop a business proposal based on current research that addresses one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals;
2. Construct a comprehensive business plan for this business start-up;
3. Make a group presentation/pitch to potential funders;
4. Work as a team to successfully deliver the project to a deadline
5. Evaluate own contribution to a team

Skills outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills:
1. Teamwork
2. Systems thinking
3. Presentation
4. Creativity
5. Reflective practice


- Introduction to enterprise
- Introduction to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
- Examples of existing science start ups
- Generating ideas using patents, research papers, journal articles
- Technical feasibility
- Market evaluation
- Financial planning and forecasting
- Production of a business plan for a new enterprise
- Preparation of funding proposal and presentation to investors

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours110.00
Total Contact hours40.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Formative group presentation at the end of semester 1
- Regular check ins with each group to support progress with the project
- Use of MS Teams for monitoring group activity

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 29/04/2024 16:19:12


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