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.
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.
If you'd prefer to study a different specialism, you can apply for our other MSc Energy and Sustainability pathway:
- MSc Energy and Sustainability: Energy, Resources and Climate Change. Learn about the current and projected impacts of climate change, and what this means for the energy industry
This course is accredited by:
“Instead of sitting in lectures, listening, and taking notes, I learnt how to approach a problem, and solve it.”
You’ll need a 2:1 BEng or BSc degree in one of the following subjects:
Or you can demonstrate the study of maths in your degree, in a subject like:
- biological sciences
- environmental sciences
You’ll also need good A-level grades in Mathematics and Physics or other equivalent qualifications.
English language requirements
If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English. You'll need an overall score of 6.5 and the following scores for reading, writing, listening and speaking:
IELTS score requirements
We accept other English language tests. Find out which English language tests we accept.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000
This one year course is made up of 8 modules across 2 semesters followed by a dedicated research project from June to September.
In semester 2, you are able to choose your 8th module from the ‘Energy, Resources and Climate Change’ pathway. You can choose to study Waste Resource Management or Bioenergy module.
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.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules:
You must also choose from the following modules:
Learning and assessment
You’ll learn through:
- interactive lectures
- group tasks
- field and laboratory classes
You will be encouraged to reinforce and develop your knowledge through independent study time.
Fieldtrips will provide you with real world insight, translating concepts discussed in lectures to case study sites. During your year, you will receive feedback on all work and learn to approach a problem and solve it – preparing you for your future career.
Your assessment will depend on the modules that you take, but assessment methods may include:
- written examinations
- assessed coursework
- design exercises
- individual projects
- group projects
You’ll need to use the methods and skills you learn on the taught part of the course to write a research project. You will need to demonstrate in depth knowledge of chosen subject areas you’ve studied, addressing a problem that requires the application of new research.
We’ll assign you a personal tutor, and you’ll have access to a senior tutor.
Students graduating from our MSc degrees obtain employment as graduate engineers with many leading employers as consultants and contractors and also at regulatory authorities and local authorities.
Our students gain transferable skills, making them attractive to a wide range of graduate recruiters, from financial services through to IT and management consultancy.
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK students pay £9,250.
- EU and international students pay £24,000.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
This course is part of the Shared Scholarship Scheme, an initiative between the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and UK universities to support students from developing commonwealth countries.
You may be eligible for this scholarship if you are:
- from a developing commonwealth country
- would not be able to study a master’s degree in the UK
Other postgraduate funding options
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
Funding for international students
Find out about funding you could get as an international student.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
You must get your application to us by the end of the day on 31 July 2021. You must supply all supporting documentation at least 2 weeks before starting your course.
We cannot guarantee you'll be able to start your course if you do not meet these deadlines.
Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)
If you're an international student you'll need to have approval from the UK's Academic Approval Scheme before you can study this course.
The ATAS certificate is required for certain sensitive postgraduate subjects.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000