Electrical Engineering for Sustainable and Renewable Energy MSc


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MSc Electrical Engineering for Sustainable and Renewable Energy
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
A high 2:2 or equivalent
Other requirements
6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
University Park Campus
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.


This course combines principles and developments in sustainable and renewable energy with electrical engineering.
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The MSc Electrical Engineering for Sustainable and Renewable Energy is designed to provide instruction in the principles of sustainable energy and renewable technologies. These principles are taught alongside studies in electrical engineering, including power electronics, electrical machines, and power systems.

This 12 month course will give you advanced coverage of the specialist engineering skills required by an engineer working in electrical technology for renewable and sustainable energy systems. 

Our objective is to help you develop the confidence to work as a professional, at ease with the conventions of the discipline.

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Course details

This course is taught on a full-time basis over 12 months and consists of 120 credits of taught modules and a 60 credit independent research project.

The course has a core structure of modules giving a platform of knowledge in relevant areas. To complement this core material students will be able to take optional modules from a range of advanced electrical engineering and renewable and sustainable topics. Core to optional weighting is approximately 60/40.

Planning and preparation for the project is undertaken during the spring semester. 

You will be taught using up to date practice, including use of appropriate electronic resources. Teaching is a mix of lectures, workshops, lab work, tutorials and projects, with assessment usually performed through formal examinations and coursework.

Learning outcomes

Key learning outcomes of the course are for students to: 

  • develop problem solving skills
  • become competent users of relevant equipment and software
  • develop ability to think logically and critically
  • develop a thorough understanding of current practice and its limitations and appreciation of likely new development
  • develop analytical, design and comprehension skills in electrical engineering for use in deployment and managing renewable energy, to form a more sustainable future.
  • learn about different renewable and sustainable technologies and develop skills in evaluation of these technologies.

This course is based in Nottingham's University Park campus in the UK. Find out more about University Park campus or take a virtual tour.

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.




Core to optional module weighting is approximately 60/40.

Core modules 

Optional Modules

*Also available with project for 20 credits

The course also includes an individual project undertaken during the summer term, worth 60 credits.

For more details on our modules, please see the Module Catalogue.

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.



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

Please visit our funding your masters web page for general information and advice on financial support.

UK/EU Students

Funding information can be found on the Graduate School website.

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

Government loans for masters courses

The Government offers postgraduate student loans of up to £10,609 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.



Our postgraduates generally progress to exciting roles in design and development with major international companies or government agencies, obtain consultancy posts with leading contract consultant companies or move into successful academic careers.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2016, 94.2% of postgraduates in the faculty who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £31,959 with the highest being £100,000.

*Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates, 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career destinations for our graduates in the department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering include IT business analysts, systems designers, programmers, software development professionals and production technicians, as well as electrical engineers and engineering professionals.

Career Prospects and Employability

The University of Nottingham has been named as the best university in the UK for graduate employment, by the 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.

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

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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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