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Energy and Sustainability: Energy, Environment and Buildings (MSc)

Master of Science
1 year
Course Type
Highfield and Boldrewood
Next course starts
September 2021

About this course

Learn about the relationship between energy and the environment on our energy and sustainability course. MSc sustainable energy gives you a chance to explore the current and projected impacts of climate change, and what this means for the energy industry. We've developed this master’s in renewable energy with specialists to make sure you develop the skills to assess the energy performance and climatic design of buildings and urban forms.  

At the University of Southampton we’ll teach you vital skills for the energy and sustainability industry. You’ll learn how to: 

  • tackle climate change 
  • ensure energy supply 
  • manage energy efficiency in buildings 

During the course we’ll challenge you to develop concepts to solve complex development problems. You’ll work in groups to develop the teamwork skills that will prepare you for a career in industry. The course structure is responsive to changes in technology and the needs of the community, so your learning will mirror current issues and trends.  

In the taught part of this sustainable energy master’s, you’ll learn from researchers whose work on thermal comfort informs future design standards for schools, offices and homes. You’ll put your knowledge into practice by attending field trips, providing you with the real world context to what you learn in the classroom.   

We’ll teach you about renewable energy technologies and geographical information systems, 2 skills that can enhance a career in civil engineering and add value to employers. Many of our graduates have gone on to work for large energy focused companies, consultancies and in the public sector. 

This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree. Learn more about accreditation on the Joint Board of Moderators website.

Course lead

This course is lead by Professor AbuBakr Bahaj. Professor Bahaj has pioneered sustainable energy research and established the energy theme within the University. Find out more on Professor Bahaj's staff profile.  

Related pathways

If you'd prefer to study a different specialism, you can apply for our other MSc Energy and Sustainability pathway:


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Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE)
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Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE)
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“Instead of sitting in lectures, listening, and taking notes, I learnt how to approach a problem, and solve it.”
Christopher Hughes, MSc Energy and Sustainability (Energy, Environment and Buildings) , 2014 graduate

Course locations

This course is based at Highfield and Boldrewood.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the programme specification

The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.

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