The one-year Sustainable Energy Technologies masters course offers engineering, science and mathematics graduates an academically challenging introduction to current and modern energy technologies for sustainable power generation.
This is the course page for MSc Sustainable Energy Technologies at the University of Southampton, where you can find out about the course and about studying here.
In this course page we explain a range of key information about the course. This includes typical entry requirements, modules and how assessment works.
If you still have questions, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer any enquiries. See our contact us page for our telephone, email and address information.
Sustainable energy technologies need to meet a range of criteria across economic, social and environmental metrics. The first semester will focus on giving you a detailed overview of sustainable energy systems, resources and usage. You will learn to design and assess the performance of fuel cells and photovoltaic systems, wind power and hybrid propulsion systems. You will also understand thermo-fluid engineering processes for low carbon energy.
In the second semester, you will look at further renewable technologies and have the option to undertake a range of specialist modules, from Waste Resource Management to Bioenergy.
In the last four months, you will put your new found knowledge into practice. Under the guidance of world-class experts in this field, you will develop your practical skills as you complete a research project.
You can apply through the University of Southampton's online postgraduate application system. For more background and detailed information, see how to apply.
The deadline for new applications to this course 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.
The full-time MSc course lasts for 12 months. The first 8 months are normally spent mainly on the taught component, with lectures divided into two 12-week periods (semesters 1 and 2), and with exams at the end of each semester. The final 4 months are spent full-time on a research project, for which some preparation is done in semester 2.
The taught component comprises a number of modules totalling 120 credit points. Among these, 105 credit points are compulsory, a single 15 credit module can be selected in semester 2 from the given list in the Modules section.
The taught component of the MSc course can be studied by arrangement on a part-time basis i.e. by taking semester 1 one year and semester 2 the next. Similar arrangements apply to the PG Diploma (120 credit points total) and PG Certificate (60 credit points total). Part-time MSc students may only begin practical work on the MSc research project after successful completion of at least 60 Credit Points (CP). It is anticipated that you will complete the MSc in two to three years. You may be registered on the course for up to five years, after which your registration will be reviewed.
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:
2:1 or higher BEng or BSc degree in chemical/mechanical/electrical/civil engineering, mathematics or physics. Relevant employment experience would be considered if a candidate does not meet the requirements. Applications are assessed individually, and any candidates who do not match the standard profile but who have appropriate academic qualifications and/or industry experience are encouraged to apply.
Relevant employment experience would be considered if a candidate does not meet the formal qualifications requirements. We are always happy to receive applications from candidates with an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University. If you are unsure about our entry criteria, please contact our admissions staff who would be happy to provide advice in advance of your application.
English Language requirements
If your first language is not English, we need to ensure that your listening, written and spoken English skills would enable you to enjoy the full benefit of your studies. For entry onto our courses, you will need an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.
Intake: up to 30 students per year
Average applications per place: 3
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.
The taught part consists of eight modules, totalling a minimum of 120 Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points. There are 7 compulsory modules and 1 optional modules. Among the optional modules, 3 modules must be at level M or a maximum of 2 modules at level H. The research project and dissertation are equivalent to 60 (CATS) points at level M.
All modules are available subject to fulfilling any pre-requisites, and to any timetable restrictions.
The first eight months are normally spent mainly on the taught component, with lectures divided into two 12-week periods (semesters 1 and 2), and with exams at the end of each semester. The final four months are spent full-time on a research project, for which some preparation is done in semester 2. You are encouraged to commence project work before the semester two exams to allow yourself maximum time, especially where practical work is involved. Note however you must pass the taught part of the MSc before formally progressing to the project.
You take modules worth 60 credit points in semester 1, consisting of four compulsory modules. Modules are taught via whole-class lectures (typically a double and a single lecture per week), laboratories and tutorials. SESG6041, Introduction to Energy Technologies, Environment and Sustainability is run intensively in the first few weeks of semester 1 to bring all students to a common level of understanding of the field.
You take modules worth 60 credit points in semester 2. There are three compulsory modules scheduled for Semester s, so you can take one optional module. Delivery is either via conventional weekly lectures or with an enhanced laboratory component as in Fuel Cells and Photovoltaic Systems II.
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 stationary 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.
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.
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. We also have a global network of companies, shared facilities and expertise to draw on to advance your learning curve.
Candidates wishing to obtain an MSc will carry out a research project and complete a dissertation. 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 also exceed the existing standard of technical design, and address a novel problem that requires the application of new research.
Assessment and examinations
Assessment is conducted through a combination of unseen written examinations and assessed coursework in the form of problem solving exercises, laboratory reports, design exercises, essays, presentations and individual and group projects. Experimental, research and design skills are assessed through laboratory reports, coursework exercises and oral presentations.
Every student is assigned 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.