MSc Sustainable Energy Engineering


Program Description

This 12-month course is designed to enable science and engineering graduates to assess different energy supply options. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of modern sustainable, renewable and conventional technologies for a wide range of applications.

Due to a growing skills shortage in the energy sector, especially in emerging energy technologies, the industry requires graduates with specialist knowledge and multidisciplinary ability. A broad understanding of energy technologies and more practical engineering skills are provided throughout this course.

Key facts

  • This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • It provides project management as part of the Project Organisation and Design module, and financial evaluation as part of the Energy Systems Performance and Appraisal module.


Course details

The course structure consists of 120 credits of taught modules plus a major individual research-based project completed during the summer term. Tutor-led modules in each semester provide a continuous thread of research development leading to the summer project.

Entry requirements:2:1 (or international equivalent) BEng/BSc in any relevant subject which covers the basic principles of energy engineering.

You will develop:

  • a solid understanding of existing energy technology and its application, and an appreciation of the economic, legal, social and ethical aspects of sustainable energy
  • the technical knowledge and skills to prepare them for a leading career in the field of sustainable energy systems
  • the understanding required to design and critically analyse sustainable systems for energy efficiency, energy storage and energy conversion
  • decision-making powers in applying sustainable energy engineering to buildings, electricity generation, industrial processes and transport infrastructure
  • the ability to exercise original thought
  • the ability to communicate ideas effectively in written reports, verbally and by means of presentations to groups

Individual project

Following the successful completion of the taught modules, an individual research project is undertaken during the summer term. There is a wide choice of project areas to choose from and all projects are supervised by an academic member of staff.

Project areas span the Faculty of Engineering and cover areas such as:

  • assessment of energy crops for combined heat and power systems
  • bio-diesel process optimisation
  • renewable energy at the point of consumption
  • structural and material aspects of wind turbine design
  • evaluation of electric and hybrid vehicles for carbon reduction
  • improving the environmental performance of power stations


Core modules

  • Advanced Engineering Research Preparation(10 credits)
  • Renewable Energy Technology 1(10 credits)
  • Energy Efficiency for Sustainability 1(10 credits)
  • Advanced Engineering Research Project Organisation and Design(10 credits)
  • Economic Evaluation of Sustainable Energy(10 credits)
  • Sustainable Energy Futures(10 credits)
  • Individual Research Project(60 credits)

Optional modules

  • Technologies for the Hydrogen Transport Economy(10 credits)
  • Power Generation and Carbon Capture(10 credits)
  • Advanced Thermal Power Systems(10 credits)
  • Wind Engineering and Energy(10 credits)
  • Renewable Energy Technology 2(10 credits)
  • Renewable Generation Technologies(10 credits)
  • Conservation and Recycling of Materials(10 credits)
  • Combined Heat and Power Systems(10 credits)
  • Energy Storage(10 credits)

Please note that the modules listed above are all subject to change.

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.


Career destinations for our graduates include scientific researchers, secondary teachers, university lectures and university researchers.

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.

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.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

* The Graduate Market 2013-2017, High Fliers Research.

Entry Requirements

  • Entry requirements: A 2.1 in an Engineering or Science degree which covers the fundamentals of energy engineering
  • IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
Last updated Nov 2018

About the School

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