Each university specialises in a different area:
- Birmingham specialises in managing chemical reactions, plant design and carbon capture technologies.
- Loughborough specialises in materials technologies for power generation and high-temperature applications.
- Nottingham focuses on combustion technologies, power generation, environmental control and carbon capture.
It is therefore important to select your choice of university carefully. Full details of these options and specialisms are in the Modules section of this website and all enquiries are welcome.
Students can also register for this course via the University of Birmingham and Loughborough University.
The course follows a modular structure, with students completing 180 credits over a 12 month period.
Students take 60 credits of core modules, 60 credits of optional modules and a 60-credit research project.
The curriculum covers the core themes of power generation, carbon capture, innovation and the wider, societal aspect of energy generation and use.
A wide range of optional modules allows students to tailor their studies to meet the needs of their chosen career path. Students may be able to take these optional modules via state-of-the-art video conferencing facilities on-campus at Nottingham, or in person at Birmingham and Loughborough. Students may also choose some optional modules from a range of technical choices and some from a range of contextual and managerial choices, which provides a well-rounded range of study.
Uniquely, students can choose to register for the programme either at the University of Nottingham, or one of the other two universities that comprise the MEGS (Midlands Energy Graduate School) consortium – the University of Birmingham and Loughborough University.
Your choice will depend on the type of research project you are most interested in - you will apply to the university where you wish to undertake your research project.
Each partner university offers a pathway which draws on the particular research strengths and topic specialisms at that institution, making it as easy as possible to benefit from the chosen study location. Further details about each university’s expertise are available under the module information.
Please note that the masters degree awarded is the same regardless at which university students are registered.
Fossil fuels continue to dominate global energy consumption and, since that status quo is unlikely to end in our lifetime, the demand for engineers to research and implement cleaner, efficient, responsible fossil energy solutions will increase for many decades into the future. This multi-disciplinary course will provide you with a solid grounding in efficient fossil energy technologies. It will prepare you with the knowledge and skills to tackle the major national and international challenges of implementing new fossil-based power plants and processes more efficiently, with near zero emissions and CO2 capture.
You will gain skills in advanced engineering practice, including design, operation, problem-solving and practical elements. The advanced practice is centred on themes in fossil energy and environmental applications, so you also gain significant experience in areas such as energy efficiency, carbon capture and storage, petroleum production engineering, system modelling and environmental management.
Before you apply
You must be sure at which university within the MEGS consortium you wish to register before making your application.
We will help you asses which university is the most appropriate based on your research preferences. You can discuss this with the course director Dr Cheng-gong Sun, providing your degree subject and university and an outline of the fossil energy topics that interest you. We will then get back to you to advise where your application should be submitted. Or you can refer to the course outline in the next section to give you a list of typical project topics and themes.
English language course for academic purposes
Accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English, the Centre for English Language Education (CELE) runs 5-week English language and study skills courses for Engineering.
These courses are designed in collaboration with the faculty and prepare students going on to postgraduate MSc programmes within the Faculty of Engineering.
If you are close to the English language level you need to go on to this course and you meet the entry requirements for the relevant CELE course, you may be eligible for a joint offer. This means that:
- you only need one TIER 4 visa and CAS
- you take a 5-week English language and academic skills preparation course, and then go onto your MSc course
- your progression to the MSc is automatic, provided you attend and complete all the coursework
For more details, please visit the CELE website or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about this English language course