Sustainable Energy Engineering MSc

 
  

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Qualification
MSc Sustainable Energy Engineering
Duration
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
2:1 (Minimum upper 2nd class hons degree or international equivalent)
IELTS
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

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

Overview

This course is designed to enable science and engineering graduates to assess different energy supply options.
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This 12 month course is designed to enable science and engineering graduates to assess different energy supply options. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of modern sustainable, renewable and conventional technologies for a wide range of applications.

Due to a growing skills shortage in the energy sector, especially in emerging energy technologies, industry requires graduates with specialist knowledge and multidisciplinary ability. A broad understanding of energy technologies and more practical engineering skills are provided throughout this course.

Key facts

  • It provides project management as part of the Project Organisation and Design module, and financial evaluation as part of the Energy Systems Performance and Appraisal module.
  • This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

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Course details

The course structure consists of 120 credits of taught modules plus a major individual research-based project completed during the summer term. Tutor-led modules in each semester provide a continuous thread of research development leading into the summer project. 

Entry requirements: 2:1 (or international equivalent) BEng/BSc in any relevant subject which covers the basic principles of energy engineering.

You will develop:

  • a solid understanding of existing energy technology and its application, and an appreciation of the economic, legal, social and ethical aspects of sustainable energy
  • the technical knowledge and skills to prepare them for a leading career in the field of sustainable energy systems
  • the understanding required to design and critically analyse sustainable systems for energy efficiency, energy storage and energy conversion
  • decision making powers in applying sustainable energy engineering to buildings, electricity generation, industrial processes and transport infrastructure
  • the ability to exercise original thought
  • the ability to communicate ideas effectively in written reports, verbally and by means of presentations to groups

Watch Sustainable Energy Engineering MSc graduate Diana Guzman's video

Individual project

Following the successful completion of the taught modules, an individual research project is undertaken during the summer term. There is a wide choice of project areas to choose from and all projects are supervised by an academic member of staff.

Project areas span the Faculty of Engineering and cover areas such as:

  • assessment of energy crops for combined heat and power systems
  • bio-diesel process optimisation
  • renewable energy at point of consumption
  • structural and material aspects of wind turbine design
  • evaluation of electric and hybrid vehicles for carbon reduction
  • improving environmental performance of power stations

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

Core modules

  • Advanced Engineering Research Preparation (10 credits)
  • Renewable Energy Technology 1 (10 credits)
  • Energy Efficiency for Sustainability 1 (10 credits)
  • Advanced Engineering Research Project Organisation and Design (10 credits)
  • Economic Evaluation of Sustainable Energy (10 credits)
  • Sustainable Energy Futures (10 credits)
  • Individual Research Project (60 credits)

Optional modules

  • Technologies for the Hydrogen Transport Economy (10 credits)
  • Power Generation and Carbon Capture (10 credits)
  • Advanced Thermal Power Systems (10 credits)
  • Wind Engineering and Energy (10 credits)
  • Renewable Energy Technology 2 (10 credits)
  • Renewable Generation Technologies (10 credits)
  • Conservation and Recycling of Materials (10 credits)
  • Combined Heat and Power Systems (10 credits)
  • Energy Storage (10 credits)

Please note that the modules listed above are all subject to change.

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.

 
 

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 Postgraduate Scholarships

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 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

Career destinations for our graduates include scientific researchers, secondary teachers, university lectures and university researchers.

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.  

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.  

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.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2016, 94.9% of postgraduates in engineering faculty courses who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £35,550 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.

 
 
 
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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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