MSc Energy and Sustainability (Energy, Environment and Buildings) (1 year)
Sustainable provision and use of energy is a major international challenge of the twenty-first century.
The industry-responsive course is designed to equip the next generation of energy professionals with the skills required to tackle climate change, ensure energy supply and manage efficiency in the built environment.
How do we create the spaces and places in which people wish to live and work? What is the impact of our current cities and buildings on the environment? What will the impact of urbanisation and climate change be? Apply for our MSc Energy and Sustainability course and link energy, environment and buildings to deliver sustainable solutions. Learn about climatic design of buildings and cities and adaptation for a future climate.
Developed in collaboration with industry and public sector energy specialists, this course will enhance your career path and value to employers.
On this one-year course, you will learn to assess and quantify the energy performance and climatic design of buildings and urban forms. You will also improve your knowledge of renewable energy technologies and geographical information systems. You have the opportunity to choose a module to suit your own interests.
The last four months of the course will be dedicated to research. You will complete a significant research project and may have the opportunity to work with one of our many industrial partners; typically a utility or energy consultancy, to develop your professional experience.
The degree will open the door to employment opportunities in large energy focused companies, consultancies and the public sector. Develop sustainable approaches to meeting our current and future energy challenges with the MSc Energy and Sustainability degree.
You can apply for this course through the University of Southampton's online postgraduate application system. For more background and detailed information, visit how to apply.
The deadline for applications is the 31st July each year.
Accredited as a Technical MSc, by the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements. Please visit the JBM website for further information.
Accreditation bodies: Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, and the Institute of Highway Engineers.
The courses at a glance:
Choice of two specialist courses
Eight specialist modules per course taken, 4 each in semesters 1 and 2 (120 credits total)
Project completed over the summer, subject to successful completion of taught modules (60 credits)
Awarded MSc subject to successful completion of project (180 credits in total including modules).
The MSc is a full 12-month full-time course, commencing in October. The course is split into two components: a 'taught' component (October to June) and a research component (June to September).
Part-time study is not available on this course.
The taught component of the MSc course is assessed independently of the research project component. The MSc award depends on passing the examinations and on successful completion of a dissertation on the project. The possible exit points are:
“The modules were all fascinating, particularly sessions in our small course group, but it was the approach to learning that was most enjoyable. Instead of sitting in lectures, listening, and taking notes, I learnt how to approach a problem, and solve it. We were constantly challenged and gained confidence in our own ability to apply what we had learnt.”
2:1 or higher BEng or BSc degree in Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or Chemistry. Graduates with degrees in Geography, Biological or Environmental Sciences may qualify, providing that they have a good A-level or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in mathematics and physics and that their degree incorporates a significant mathematical component, including calculus.
If you are unsure about our entry criteria, please contact our admissions staff for advice in advance of your application.
English Language requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate that they have sufficient command of English to undertake the course. See English Language entry requirements
Average applications per place: 6
The University of Southampton welcomes applications from disabled students. We have extensive experience of supporting students with a wide range of disabilities and health conditions including sensory loss, mobility issues, mental health needs, long terms health conditions, autistic spectrum disorders and any specific learning difficulty. Applications from disabled applicants will be considered in the same way as any other application and a decision will be made that is based upon the candidate's academic merit and potential.
If you have a disability or health condition and would like to discuss your requirements please contact Enabling Services to discuss your academic and other support needs.
Both pathways consist of 8 modules, 7 of which are compulsory for the pathway. Students are able to choose 1 module from 2 possible options from the other pathway in semester 2, choose either CENV6085 Waste Resource Management OR CENV6141Bioenergy.
Semester 1 runs from October to January and Semester 2 from February to June. The research project, worth 60 credits will be carried out during the summer months and submitted by the end of September.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).
Fees & funding
Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK,
EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.
Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course.
Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin.
These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:
Approved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.
Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Design equipment and materials: Standard construction/modelling materials will be provided where appropriate, unless otherwise specified in a module profile.
For customisation of designs/models calling for material other than standard construction/ modelling materials, students will bear the costs of such alternatives.
Field course clothing: You will need to wear suitable clothing when attending field courses, e.g. waterproofs, walking boots. You can purchase these from any source.
Printing and copying
In some cases, coursework and/or projects may be submitted electronically. Where it is not possible to submit electronically students will be liable for printing costs, which are detailed in the individual module profile.
Optional visits: Some modules may include additional optional visits. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.
Learning & Assessment
Teaching and learning
The range of subject matter covered in the modules calls for varied teaching and learning techniques. These will include lectures, tutorials, individual and group planning exercises and practical work. You will be encouraged to openly communicate your professional experiences, exchange ideas and knowledge share.
Research projects may concern any of the areas covered by the course. The research project will bring together all the acquired skills learnt on the course, and demonstrate in-depth knowledge of one or more of the subject areas studied. It will involve sourcing and gathering information, critical analysis, and evaluation and presentation skills. The project should contain your own original ideas. It should address a novel problem that requires the application of new research.
Your education will be timely and relevant while you are taught by our world-leading academics who are at the forefront of their field. This is especially important in engineering where technology is advancing rapidly.
Assessment and examinations
Testing is conducted through a combination of unseen written examinations and assessed coursework in the form of problem solving exercises, design exercises, presentations, essays, and individual and group projects. Experimental, research and design skills are assessed through coursework exercises and oral presentations. Flagship assessments include the 'Winchester Silver Hill workshop' in your second semester.
Every student has a personal tutor from the start of their degree.
We have our own team of administrators who act as a point of contact for day-to-day advice and information for postgraduate students. They are also responsible for collecting assignments and issuing the documents and forms which are required during your period of study.