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Engineering and the EnvironmentPostgraduate study

MSc Energy and Sustainability (Energy, Resources and Climate Change) (1 year)

Sustainable provision and energy use is a major international challenge of the twenty-first century. Developed in collaboration with industry and public sector energy specialists, the course will give you a broad understanding of sustainable energy and aims to prepare aspiring energy professionals for a rewarding career in this fast-changing sector.

Introducing your degree

How do we balance economic, social and environmental perspectives to meet our energy needs? As fossil fuel resources are being depleted and carbon emissions regulation approaches reality there is a need to find new and cleaner sources of energy.

Studying the MSc in Energy and Sustainability (Energy, Resources and Climate Change) will enable you to study the impact of using fossil fuels on the environment and develop alternative sustainable energy solutions. Apply for our MSc in Energy and Sustainability and help shape the future of energy usage.


Our distinctive modules in bioenergy, waste and the interaction between energy and climate change will give you a key understanding of current issues. You will learn to use advanced Geographical Information Systems and develop a thorough, global perspective of climate change and energy. You will also study energy resources, technologies and waste resource management.

The last four months of the course will be dedicated to research. You will complete a significant research project and you may have the opportunity to work with one of our many industrial partners; ranging from large utility companies to small energy consultancies, to develop your professional experience.

View the specification document for this course

To Apply

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.


EUR-ACEEngineering Council

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.

Programme Structure

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).
Full-time study

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

Part-time study is not available on this course.

Exit Points

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:

PG Certificate (60 Credit Points)
PG Diploma (120 Credit Points)
MSc (180 Credit Points)

We only accept applications to the 180 Credit MSc course. The PG Diploma and PG Certificate are exit points only and are not standalone qualifications.

Key Facts

Choosing the right path

Dr Patrick James explains the difference between the MSc Sustainable Energy Technologies and the MSc Energy and Sustainability

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Honours Degree

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.

Selection process

Intake: 10-20

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.


This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

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 CENV6145 Climatic Design Of Buildings and Cities OR CENV6148 Energy Performance Assessment of Buildings.

Year 1

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.

The following modules are compulsory to all courses.

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

Tuition fees

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.

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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.

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Costs associated with this course

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:

EquipmentApproved 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.
StationeryYou 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.
BooksWhere 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.
EquipmentDesign 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.
ClothingField 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 copyingIn 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.
OtherOptional 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

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