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Sustainable Energy Systems MSc, PgDip

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MSc Sustainable Energy Systems - 1 Year (Full-time)
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PgDip Sustainable Energy Systems - 9 Months (Full-time)
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Fees & costs information

Where available, individual programme fees are linked above. For details information on fee status, policies and payment see:

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.

Contact information
MSc Administrator
Phone: +44 (0)131 650 7352
Email: pgtenquiries@eng.ed.ac.uk
Address: School of Engineering
Faraday Building
The King's Buildings Campus
Edinburgh
EH9 3JL

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

Entry requirements

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 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 minimum score
  • IELTS Academic module: 6.5 (with no score lower than 6.0 in each section)
Other accepted tests and scores
  • TOEFL iBT: total 92 (with no score lower than 20 in each section)
  • PTE: 61 (with no score lower than 56 in each section)
  • Cambridge CPE: Grade C
  • Cambridge CAE: Grade B

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How to apply

You must submit a reference with your application.

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.

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Programme description

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.

Programme structure

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.

Career opportunities

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.

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