Postgraduate study
This course can provide you with advanced skills in renewable energy, energy efficiency and business.
 
  
Qualification
MSc Sustainable Energy and Entrepreneurship
Duration
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Entry requirements
2:1 (or international equivalent); applicants with a high 2.2 and relevant work experience may also be considered
IELTS
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses may be available
Start date
September
UK/EU fees
£7,785 - Terms apply
International fees
£21,645 - Terms apply
Campus
University Park and Jubilee Campus
 

 

Overview

MSc Sustainable Energy and Entrepreneurship is offered by the Department of Architecture and Built Environment in conjunction with Nottingham University Business School. This course provides students with advanced skills in renewable energy, energy efficiency and business.

The course is designed for students with a background in engineering (such as mechanical engineering, chemical engineering or energy) or science (physics, chemistry, environmental science) or economics.

The course is also suitable for the applicants with a background in architecture, geography, business, management or other similar subjects, with an evidence of their basic mathematics skill and their basic knowledge or experience in energy.

Key facts

  • this course is offered in collaboration with Nottingham University Business School, a leading centre for management education, ranked sixth in the UK for research power
  • 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
 

Full course details

The economic wealth of a country depends not only on its research base but also on its ability to exploit the commercial potential of its intellectual property. This course provides vital training in each of the areas within the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Students will gain technical skills in this field as well as becoming fluent in the financial, marketing and managerial aspects of modern business. It aims to develop confidence and understanding in the specialist field of entrepreneurship applied to technology that can arise from the research base of sustainable energy subjects.

By the end of the course, you will have gained useful and technical knowledge in the areas of sustainable energy and business as well as the application of technologies to proposed business models, and you will be adept at communicating and presenting yourself and your projects to an audience. Graduates from the course will be well placed to pursue careers in renewable energy technology industries.

Course content

This course combines three elements: lectures in business and industrial skills (60 credits); lectures in leading-edge renewable energy technology (60 credits); and the application of these technologies to a proposed business model via a 60-credit summer project. 

The ‘Renewable Energy Technology Transfer Project’ will be completed during the summer period and will provide students with the opportunity to undertake independent research into a topic appropriate to renewable energy technology transfer and apply business knowledge and skills developed through the course, ideally working closely with companies specialising in renewable energy technologies.

The MSc Sustainable Energy and Entrepreneurship is offered on a full-time basis over one year (12 months).

During the autumn and spring semesters, you will complete a total of 120 credits worth of modules taught within the Department of Architecture and Built Environment and Nottingham University Business School.

Finally, you will complete a Renewable Energy Technology Transfer Project (worth 60 credits) during the summer period at the end of the course. 

This course is also offered on a part-time basis over two years. 

Academic English preparation and support

If you need additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.

Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress to postgraduate study without retaking IELTS or equivalent.

A specialist engineering course is available and you could be eligible for a joint offer, which means you will only need to apply for your visa once.

 

 
 

Modules

  • principles of Renewable and Energy Efficient Technologies (20 credits)
  • renewable Energy Technology Design and Appraisal (20 credits)
  • research and Professional Skills, Tools and Methods (20 credits)
  • entrepreneurship and Creativity (20 credits)
  • launching New Ventures (20 credits)
  • leading Entrepreneurial Growth (20 credits)
  • research Project (60 credits)

Dissertation

This course includes a 60 credit module research dissertation, which is completed over the summer. The project area is flexible and will be supervised by an academic member of staff.

Previous research projects have included:

  • an interdisciplinary comparative study exploring the efficiency and economic impact of timber prefabrication within sustainable dwelling construction in the UK
  • creative market entry for consumer sustainable technologies: an entrepreneurship theory approach to the distribution and sale of the Think City EV (electric vehicle)
  • carbon credit creation: a case study of the portal office project
  • business approaches to maximise the potential of renewable energies
  • the promotion and marketing of sustainable energy within the construction industry
  • business strategies for sustainable energy opportunities

Please note that all module details are subject to change.

The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and information is provided for indicative purposes only.

 
 

Fees and funding

See information on how to fund your masters, including our step-by-step guide.

Please visit the faculty website for information on any scholarships currently available through the faculty.

Faculty of Engineering scholarships

Government loans for masters courses

The Government offers postgraduate student loans for students studying a taught or research masters course. Applicants must ordinarily live in England or the EU. Student loans are also available for students from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure your course application is submitted in good time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.

 
 

Careers and professional development

Many graduates of this MSc programme have been rewarded for their innovative ideas and contribution to real energy projects. Graduates have entered both academia and industry in the UK and overseas.

The MSc course develops a practical and theoretical understanding and therefore enables graduates to work with sustainable energy technology or architectual environmental engineering firms, move into teaching at university level, or undertake research leading to a PhD.

Career prospects and employability

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.

* The Graduate Market 2013-2017, High Fliers Research

The acquisition of a master’s degree from the University of Nottingham 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.

Boost your earning potential

Which university courses boost graduate wages the most? Studying with us could help you to earn more.

  • We are second highest in the UK for female engineering graduate earnings, five years after graduation
  • We are second highest in the Midlands for male engineering graduate earnings, five years after graduation

(Source: Institute for Fiscal Studies data: www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-44413086)

 

 
 
 

Disclaimer
This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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