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Sustainable Energy Systems MSc, PgDip

Open Day: 21 November 2014

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MSc Sustainable Energy Systems - 1 Year (Full-time)
PgDip Sustainable Energy Systems - 9 Months (Full-time)

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.

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MSc Administrator
Phone: +44 (0)131 650 7352
Address: School of Engineering
Faraday Building
The King's Buildings Campus

This internationally renowned degree, based within a world-leading renewable energy research group, offers a broad and flexible programme covering the engineering, economic, environmental and policy aspects of energy systems.

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

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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 score no 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)
  • CPE: Grade C; CAE: Grade B

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Programme description

You will receive broad training in energy production, delivery, consumption, efficiency, economics, policy and regulation, all in the context of the sustainability of energy supply and consumption patterns, both locally and globally. There will be opportunities to participate in field trips to power plants.

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 compulsory courses

  • Technologies for Sustainable Energy
  • Energy and Environmental Economics
  • Energy Efficiency, Resource and Environment
  • Either Electrical Engineering Fundamentals of Renewable Energy or Mechanical Engineering Fundamentals of Renewable Energy

Semester 2 compulsory courses

  • Principles of Wind Energy
  • Marine Energy
  • Power Systems Engineering and Economics

Optional courses

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

You will be able to understand and evaluate alternative modes of energy supply, critically analyse competing claims in the energy sector and analyse the technical and economic interactions of developments in energy systems, preparing you for employment or further research in the field of sustainable energy.

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