Postgraduate study

Sustainable Energy Systems

Awards: MSc, PgDip

Study modes: Full-time

Funding available

Programme website: Sustainable Energy Systems

This internationally renowned degree, based within a world-leading renewable energy research group, equips graduates and professionals with a broad and robust training.

Wind, marine and solar energy technologies are covered, as well as the wider environment in which they are to fit, including: resource assessment; energy production, delivery and consumption; efficiency; sustainability; economics, policy and regulation.

In addition, our MSc students actively engage in research as part of their dissertation projects either within the Institute for Energy Systems or with industry, with some joining our PhD community afterwards.

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Environment & Society Academy.

This programme is run over 12 months, with two semesters of taught courses followed by a research project leading to a masters thesis.

Semester 1

  • Technologies for Sustainable Energy
  • Energy Innovation Governance and Strategy
  • Sustainable Energy Contexts
  • Either Electrical Engineering Fundamentals of Renewable Energy or Mechanical Engineering Fundamentals of Renewable Energy

Semester 2

  • Principles of Wind Energy
  • Marine Energy
  • Solar Energy and Photovoltaic Systems
  • An MSc Dissertation project from May to August

Depending on quotas and timetabling, we can offer further courses from the Schools of Engineering, GeoSciences, Mathematics, and Social and Political Science, and from Scotland's Rural College.

Graduates go on to a wide range of activities in industry, public organisations or academia. The MSc has well established links with industry, with many graduates finding employment with leading national and international companies involved with energy, consultancy and engineering.

We would like to hear your views on a potential new Masters in Sustainable Energy Management. Our survey will only take about 5 minutes to complete, and your answers will help inform the development of this exciting new programme.

The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent, preferably in engineering or a physical science.

Applicants with backgrounds in other fields, who studied mathematics to first year undergraduate level, may be accepted.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module)

If you completed a CAE or CPE before January 2015 please contact the Admissions Office for the accepted grades.

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Additional costs cover the costs of visiting several hydro, coal, nuclear and wind power plants. They also cover several lectures, courses and workshops given by guest specialists from outside the University.

  • School of Engineering
  • Faraday Building
  • The King's Buildings Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH9 3JL

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

You must submit a reference with your application.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • School of Engineering
  • Faraday Building
  • The King's Buildings Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH9 3JL