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Energy and Sustainability: Energy, Resources and Climate Change (MSc)

Master of Science
1 year
Course Type
Highfield and Boldrewood
Next course starts
September 2023

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.

Course lead

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.

Related pathways

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


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.

“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.”
Eloise Utley, 2018 graduate

Course locations

This course is based at Highfield and Boldrewood.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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The Course Description Document details your course overview, your course structure and how your course is taught and assessed.

Changes due to COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2022 to 2023. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Find out more on our COVID advice page.

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