MSc Electrical Engineering for Sustainable and Renewable Energy


Program Description

The MSc Electrical Engineering for Sustainable and Renewable Energy is designed to provide instruction in the principles of sustainable energy and renewable technologies.These principles are taught alongside studies in electrical engineering, including power electronics, electrical machines, and power systems.

This 12-month course will give you advanced coverage of the specialist engineering skills required by an engineer working in electrical technology for renewable and sustainable energy systems.

Our objective is to help you develop the confidence to work as a professional, at ease with the conventions of the discipline.

Key facts

  • The University of Nottingham has been recognised as delivering a Gold standard in the teaching Excellence Framework(TEF), which aims to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching.
  • This course is accredited by theIET (Institution of Engineering and Technology)to meet the further learning requirements of a Chartered Engineer.


Course details

This course is taught on a full-time basis over 12 months and consists of 120 credits of taught modules and a 60 credit independent research project.

The course has a core structure of modules giving a platform of knowledge in relevant areas. To complement this core material, students will be able to take optional modules from a range of advanced electrical engineering and renewable and sustainable topics. Core to optional weighting is approximately 60/40.

Planning and preparation for the project are undertaken during the spring semester.

You will be taught using up to date practice, including the use of appropriate electronic resources. Teaching is a mix of lectures, workshops, lab work, tutorials and projects, with assessment usually performed through formal examinations and coursework.

Learning outcomes

Key learning outcomes of the course are for students to:

  • develop problem-solving skills
  • become competent users of relevant equipment and software
  • develop the ability to think logically and critically
  • develop a thorough understanding of current practice and its limitations and appreciation of likely new development
  • develop analytical, design and comprehension skills in electrical engineering for use in deployment and managing renewable energy, to form a more sustainable future.
  • learn about different renewable and sustainable technologies and develop skills in evaluation of these technologies.

This course is based in Nottingham's University Park campus in the UK. Find out more about University Park campus or take a virtual tour.


Core to optional module weighting is approximately 60/40.

Core modules

  • Advanced AC Drives(spring): 10 credits*
  • Advanced Engineering Research Project Organisation and Design(spring): 10 credits
  • Electrical and Electronic Fundamentals for Masters (autumn): 10 credits
  • Power Networks(spring): 10 credits
  • FACTS and Distributed Generation(spring): 10 credits
  • Renewable Energy Technology 1(autumn): 10 credits
  • Sustainable Energy Futures(autumn): 10 credits

Optional Modules

  • Advanced Control System Design(autumn): 10 credits*
  • Combined Heat and Power Systems(spring): 10 credits
  • Electrical Machines, Drive systems and applications (autumn): 20 credits
  • Energy Storage(spring): 10 credits
  • Power Electronic Applications and Control (autumn): 20 credits
  • Renewable Energy Technology 2(spring): 10 credits
  • Technologies for Wind Generation(spring): 10 credits
  • Technologies for Hydrogen Transport Economy(spring): 10 credits

*Also available for project for 20 credits

The course also includes an individual project undertaken during the summer term, worth 60 credits.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.


Our postgraduates generally progress to exciting roles in design and development with major international companies or government agencies, obtain consultancy posts with leading contract consultant companies or move into successful academic careers.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2016, 94.2% of postgraduates in the faculty who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £31,959 with the highest being £100,000.

*Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates, 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career destinations for our graduates in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering include IT business analysts, systems designers, programmers, software development professionals and production technicians, as well as electrical engineers and engineering professionals.

Career Prospects and Employability

The University of Nottingham has been named as the best university in the UK for graduate employment, by 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.

Entry Requirements

  • Entry requirements: A high 2:2 or equivalent in Electrical and/or Electronic Engineering, or other relevant degree
  • IELTS: 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any element)
Last updated Nov 2018

About the School

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