About this course
Help shape the sustainable provision and use of energy on this MSc Energy and Sustainability course at the University of Southampton. We’ve worked with commercial energy specialists to design a master's degree that prepares you for a rewarding career in this fast-growing sector. You’ll study the impact of fossil fuels on the environment and develop sustainable energy solutions to tackle one of the greatest global challenges of our time.
Our distinctive modules in bioenergy, waste, energy and climate change will give you a key understanding of current issues. We’ll teach you about:
- advanced Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
- global perspectives on climate change and energy
- energy resources, technologies and waste resource management
The last 4 months of the degree are dedicated to research. You'll complete a significant research project and may have the opportunity to work with one of our industrial partners; ranging from large utility companies to small energy consultancies, to develop your professional experience.
Special features of this energy, sustainability and climate change course include a 'Democratisation of Energy’ workshop. You’ll explore the challenges of delivering energy policy. You’ll take part in group tasks where you’ll solve complex, multi-disciplinary problems.
If you already have a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree, this degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Visit the Joint Board of Moderators website for more information.
Patrick James is Professor of Energy and Buildings at the University of Southampton. His research focuses on energy use in buildings from dwelling and community, to office and city. He specialises in micro-generation technologies including solar thermal, photo-voltaics, micro-wind and micro-CHP (combined heat and power). Visit Professor James' profile page to view his publications, reports and seminars.
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, Environment & Buildings. Learn about the current and projected impacts of climate change, and what this means for the energy industry
This course is accredited by:
“I chose this degree because it had the best syllabus and I was impressed that the course was accredited by the Engineering Council. The lecturers were really engaged in their subjects, knew what they were talking about and made everything relevant.”
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.
You’ll need a 2:1 degree in one of the following subjects:
- transportation engineering/management
- civil engineering
Recognition of professional experience
If you don't have the exact entry requirements, but you have significant work experience in this sector we’ll assess your relevant professional experience, your subject knowledge and your aptitude for learning.
Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.
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COVID-19: we've made some changes to the structure of the course for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
This master’s degree in Energy and Sustainability: Energy, Resources and Climate Change, is a full-time, 12-month course. The course is split into two sections: a 'taught' component (September to June) and a research component (June to September).
During the degree, you’ll complete a number of modules each semester. You’ll be able to choose a module from the MSc Energy and Sustainability: Energy, Environment and Buildings - either Climatic Design Of Buildings and Cities or Energy Performance Assessment of Buildings.
You'll complete a research project over the summer, once you have successfully completed your taught modules. We’ll encourage and support you to undertake an industrial placement or collaboration as part of this.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our modules for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules in year 1:
You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our learning and assessment methods for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
The core of your learning takes place via lectures, seminars, tutorials, field and laboratory classes, workshops, independent study and research. From day one you’re encouraged to supplement and consolidate your understanding with independent study.
Your classroom-based learning includes:
- group tasks
- interactive discussions
Field trips will give you real-world insights. They’ll enable you to apply the concepts discussed in lectures to real locations. Examples include:
- Weald and Downland Open Air Museum
- Fawley Power Station
- Eling Tide Mill
- Hampshire waste water treatment plant
Assessments will take the form of written examinations and assessed coursework such as:
- problem solving exercises
- design exercises
- individual and group projects
Your experimental, research and design skills are assessed through coursework exercises and presentations.
As part of this master’s degree you’ll carry out a research project and complete a dissertation.
Your research project can focus on any of the areas covered in the course. It brings together all the skills you’ve learned and allows you to demonstrate in-depth knowledge. It involves:
- sourcing and gathering information
- critical analysis
- evaluation skills
- presentation skills
It should include your own original ideas and address a problem that needs new research applied to it.
We'll assign you a personal academic tutor, and you'll have access to a senior tutor.
The MSc in Energy and Sustainability: Energy, Resources and Climate Change gives you everything you need to secure roles in energy and sustainability sectors, in the UK and overseas.
Employers could include:
- local authorities
- national government organisations
- engineering consultants
You'll also be well prepared for further study, such as postgraduate research.
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/EU students pay £9,250.
- International students pay £23,136.
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.
Funding your postgraduate studies
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.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
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?
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