Life Cycle Assessment

Key information

Start date: 16 March 2020

Attendance dates:

March 2020: 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

Time commitment: 5 days


Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH

Contact details:


This module can be taken as a standalone course or as part of building up to a certificate, diploma or master’s degree. You can take up to three modules before deciding whether you want to work towards a degree.

If you are wanting to gain a master’s degree then you will need to complete and pass eight modules and a dissertation within a five year period, certain modules will be compulsory depending on the degree you opt to take. Find out which modules these are and how to apply for a part-time course.

Module overview

This module builds an understanding of life cycle assessment methodology developed in the Life Cycle Thinking and the Circular Economy module, by providing more in-depth training on life cycle assessment methodology, and practical experience of doing a life cycle assessment.

You are encouraged to take the Life Cycle Thinking and the Circular Economy module before doing this module.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the life cycle assessment methodology
  • Be aware of the resources required to do a life cycle assessment study in practice
  • Be able to provide a critical perspective on the quality of a life cycle assessment study done by others
  • Understand the key benefits and challenges of the application of life cycle assessment for a range of purposes.

Course content

Content includes the following:

  • Impact assessment and management of uncertainty
  • Practical experience of executing an life cycle assessment using commercial software
  • Exposure to a range of resources available to do life cycle assessment including inventory databases and life cycle impact assessment methods.

Learning and teaching methods

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Preparatory reading
  • Lectures
  • Hands-on life cycle assessment study and group discussions.


  • An individual foundation concepts quiz, prior to starting the module
  • Group exercises during the module
  • A 3,000 word individual report, to be completed over the four-week period following this module.

Please note: If you are taking this as a standalone module, then you are not required to complete the post-module report, however, this will mean that you won't gain any credits for completing the module and so won't be able to work towards a master's degree if you later decide to do so.

Course leader

Jhuma Sadhukhan

Dr Jhuma Sadhukhan’s specialism includes circular economy, life cycle assessment, life cycle sustainability assessment: conducting all dimensions of whole systems holistic systemic sustainability assessment, techno-economic analysis and qua...

Reading list

You will be required to do some reading prior to the module starting, take a look at the reading list.

Entry requirements

If you are taking this module as a standalone course then there are no entry requirements.

If you are aiming to take this module to work towards a degree then you will need:

  • A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree, or a recognised equivalent international qualification.
  • Relevant work experience may also be considered.

Recognition of prior learning

There are no prerequisites required to do this module.

Fees and funding


For group bookings or bespoke training packages please contact us.

How to apply

MSc courses

Take a look at the course pages if you would like to apply for a part-time (or full-time) MSc course:

Individual module

This is for those wanting to take this as a standalone module or aren't yet sure if they want to work towards a degree.

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