MSc Sustainable Engineering: Renewable Energy Systems and Environment


Program Description

Why this course?

Renewable Energy Systems and the Environment is one of the pathways offered in the Sustainable Engineering programme.

This course examines the design and operation of the energy systems that provide the environments in which people live and work. It explores how the quality of life can be balanced by the need for conservation of world resources.

You’ll learn about different energy resources:

  • renewable
  • fossil
  • nuclear

You’ll look at the systems that are employed to control these resources such as:

  • combined heat & power schemes
  • heat pumps
  • solar capture devices
  • high efficiency condensing boilers
  • advanced materials
  • adaptive control systems

You’ll explore the impact energy has on the environment and how it can be reduced.

Our course has been running for over 20 years and has over 400 graduates. External examiners consistently refer to our beneficial links with industry and the high quality of our project work.

You’ll study

Studying at least three generic modules will meet the key requirements to attain Chartered Engineer status.

You must take three specialist modules if you’re studying for the Postgraduate Certificate and up to five if you’re studying for a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc.

Successful completion of six modules leads to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate.

Major projects

Group project

This usually involves four or five students working together. Each project focuses on a particular energy/environment system and includes a technical appraisal, and, where appropriate, an assessment of its cost-effectiveness and environmental impact.

At the end of the project, students perform a presentation during the University’s Knowledge Exchange week to invited guests from industry. This event provides an important networking opportunity for students.

Individual project

The individual project is an opportunity for students to work independently on an energy topic with a more in-depth analysis than the group project.


The course is approved by the Energy Institute, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Royal Aeronautical Society and meets the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

Students are encouraged to take up the free membership of these professional organizations.


Students have access to departmental laboratories with a range of testing equipment. For example, a recent MSc project included the use of sophisticated thermal measurement of thermal storage materials undertaken in the Advanced Materials Research Laboratory.

Student Competitions

Students can enter a number of competitions, which vary year-to-year. Recent examples include:

  • District Heating and Cooling (DHC+) Student Competition
  • Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers Simulation Group Award for Best MSc Dissertation

Guest lectures

Students are regularly invited to talks by research visitors from the Energy Systems Research Unit. Talks on career options are also given by representatives of the Energy Institute.

Entry requirements

Degree in engineering or physical sciences or equivalent professional qualification. Preferably a first or second class honors degree, equivalent to a UK 2:1 degree. A 2:2 may be considered.

English language requirements for international students

IELTS - minimum overall band score of 6.5 (no individual test score below 5.5).

Last updated Sep 2019

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