Energy Conversion and Management PGDip


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Qualification name:Energy Conversion and Management
Duration:9 months full-time
Entry requirements:A high 2:2 or equivalent
IELTS:6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)
Part time details:2 years part-time
Start date:September
Campus:University Park Campus

Course Overview

The Postgraduate Diploma Energy Conversion and Management is designed to provide you with a high level of engineering and technical expertise in energy conversion processes, combined with practical abilities in management-related issues.

This course is tailored towards graduates in engineering, science and related disciplines. The strong emphasis on science, technology and engineering is specifically targeted towards subject areas within the context of renewable and sustainable energy technologies and the built environment and uniquely combines this with effective management skills, economic appraisal and an understanding of the current policies and regulations that can be applied within modern industry in the UK, EU and internationally.

Advanced study in engineering-related research methodologies provides invaluable experience either towards further academic study or industry-based research and development.

Key facts

  • As part of its remit, the Department of Architecture and Built Environment aims to develop your vocational skills and the environmentally responsible attitude necessary in today's rapidly changing world.
  • The department enjoys strong collaborative links with overseas institutions

Course Details

This course offers a unique combination of advanced engineering and technology-focused study, combined with management, current regulations and auditing skills. 

The Postgraduate Diploma Energy Conversion and Management is offered on a full-time basis over nine months (September to June) or part-time basis over two years.

The course comprises 120 credits of taught modules during the autumn and spring semesters.

We also offer an MSc Energy Conversion and Management, which mirrors the content of the Postgraduate Diploma but also includes a 60-credit research project/dissertation at the end of the course. The MSc course is fully accredited by the Engineering Council UK (ECUK) and the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE). The MSc course can be used as a direct path towards obtaining Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

On successful completion of the postgraduate diploma course, students may be eligible to transfer onto the MSc course and undertake the research project/dissertation. 


Through a series of core modules, the autumn semester includes topics such as:

  • renewable energy systems
  • energy and fuel cells with their associated applications
  • advanced topics of heat transfer, including numerical analysis
  • fuel combustion and pollution control, including Biomass systems
  • the latest developments in management, policies and regulations at UK, EU and international level
  • air conditioning technologies

The spring semester includes modules that cover:

  • energy efficient heating and power systems, such as CHP and Tri-generation technologies
  • economic performance and appraisal of energy systems and technologies
  • the applications and physical/engineering properties of sustainable building materials
  • advanced studies in cooling techniques and applications
  • the principles and application of fluid dynamics using commercial CFD packages (e.g. FLUENT)
  • a detailed study of research methodologies
Please note that all module details are subject to change.
For more details on our modules, please see the module catalogue.


The fees for this course can be found on our tuition fees webpages.


UK/EU Students

The University provides a number of scholarships and maintains a database of funding bodies to which you may be eligible to apply. For more information, please visit the Graduate School funding page.

You can also visit the faculty website for information on any scholarships currently available through the department.

International and EU students

The International Office provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, scholarships, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.


The Department of Architecture and Built Environment has an international reputation for its teaching and research, and collaborates with leading institutions worldwide in the fields of architecture, urban design and sustainable energy technology.

It is renowned for its commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and research, and therefore our postgraduates are internationally recognised as having the skills needed to meet the contemporary challenges facing the built environment professions.

By the end of the course you will have gained useful experience on the subject and will know how to communicate and present yourself and your projects to an audience.

A significant number of our graduates choose to undertake further research leading to PhD after successfully completing the associated MSc course.

Average starting salary and career progression

Availability for employment and salary data for this department is not attainable due to a small sample size.*
* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.

Career Prospects and Employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from  careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential.

Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.  

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