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MSc Energy and Sustainability (Energy, Environment and Buildings) (1 year)

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Sustainable provision and use of energy is a major international challenge of the twenty-first century.

The industry-responsive course is designed to equip the next generation of energy professionals with the skills required to tackle climate change, ensure energy supply and manage efficiency in the built environment.

Introducing your degree

How do we create the spaces and places in which people wish to live and work? What is the impact of our current cities and buildings on the environment? What will the impact of urbanisation and climate change be? Apply for our MSc Energy and Sustainability course and link energy, environment and buildings to deliver sustainable solutions. Learn about climatic design of buildings and cities and adaptation for a future climate.

Developed in collaboration with industry and public sector energy specialists, this course will enhance your career path and value to employers.

On this one-year course, you will learn to assess and quantify the energy performance and climatic design of buildings and urban forms. You will also improve your knowledge of renewable energy technologies and geographical information systems. You have the opportunity to choose a module to suit your own interests.

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.

The degree will open the door to employment opportunities in large energy focused companies, consultancies and the public sector. Develop sustainable approaches to meeting our current and future energy challenges with the MSc Energy and Sustainability degree.

View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for 2020/21 entrants

To Apply

You can apply for this course through the University of Southampton's online postgraduate application system. For more background and detailed information, visit how to apply.

The deadline for applications is the 31st July each year.


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Further Learning Programme MSc (technical)

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.

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Programme Structure

The courses at a glance:

  • Choice of two specialist courses
  • Eight specialist modules per course taken, 4 each in semesters 1 and  2 (120 credits total)
  • Project completed over the summer, subject to successful completion of taught modules (60 credits)
  • Awarded MSc subject to successful completion of project (180 credits in total including modules).
Full-time study

The MSc is a full 12-month full-time course, commencing in October. The course is split into two components: a 'taught' component (October to June) and a research component (June to September).

Part-time study

Part-time study is not available on this course.

Exit Points

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:

PG Certificate (60 Credit Points)
PG Diploma (120 Credit Points)
MSc (180 Credit Points)

We only accept applications to the 180 Credit MSc course. The PG Diploma and PG Certificate are exit points only and are not standalone qualifications.

Key Facts

  • Choose from two specialised pathways: Energy, Environment and Buildings or Energy Resources and Climate Change
  • Our work on thermal comfort informs future design standards for schools, offices and homes
  • Our researchers have introduced solarpowered electricity to six African villages, impacting on health, wellbeing and education

Choosing the right path

Dr Patrick James explains the difference between the MSc Sustainable Energy Technologies and the MSc Energy and Sustainability

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Cameroon Catalyst
We provided energy to the village of Bambouti in Cameroon
Energy research
Energy research
Research in micro-wind turbines
Research in micro-wind turbines
Photo of Christopher Hughes
Instead of sitting in lectures, listening, and taking notes, I learnt how to approach a problem, and solve it.
Christopher HughesMSc Energy and Sustainability (Energy, Environment and Buildings)

Typical entry requirements

Honours Degree

2:1 or higher BEng or BSc degree in Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or Chemistry. Graduates with degrees in Geography, Biological or Environmental Sciences may qualify, providing that they have a good A-level or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in mathematics and physics and that their degree incorporates a significant mathematical component, including calculus.

If you are unsure about our entry criteria, please contact our admissions staff for advice in advance of your application.

English Language requirements

All applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency:
Band B, IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in all components.
Find out more about the University's English Language requirements.

Selection process

Intake: 10-20

Average applications per place: 6

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.


This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

Both pathways consist of 8 modules, 7 of which are compulsory for the pathway. Students are able to choose 1 module from 2 possible options from the other pathway in semester 2, choose either CENV6085 Waste Resource Management OR CENV6141Bioenergy. 

Year 1

Semester 1 runs from October to January and Semester 2 from February to June. The research project, worth 60 credits will be carried out during the summer months and submitted by the end of September.

Semester One
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Semester Two
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

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).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
Course TitleAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Energy and Sustainability (Energy, Environment and Buildings)MSc2020Full time£9,250£23,136
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The MSc Energy and Sustainability programme is part of the Shared Scholarship Scheme which is a joint initiative between the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and UK universities to support students from developing Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study a Masters programme in the United Kingdom.

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission's Electronic Application System (EAS) will be available from 27 February 2018.   The deadline for the University of Southampton will be 10 April 2018.

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Costs associated with this course

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:

EquipmentApproved 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.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere 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.
EquipmentDesign 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.
ClothingField course clothing: You will need to wear suitable clothing when attending field courses, e.g. waterproofs, walking boots. You can purchase these from any source.
Printing and copyingIn some cases, coursework and/or projects may be submitted electronically. Where it is not possible to submit electronically students will be liable for printing costs, which are detailed in the individual module profile.
OtherOptional visits: Some modules may include additional optional visits. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.

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

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.

Research project

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 address a novel problem that requires the application of new research.

Ground-breaking research

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.

Assessment and examinations

Testing is conducted through a combination of unseen written examinations and assessed coursework in the form of problem solving exercises, design exercises, presentations, essays, and individual and group projects. Experimental, research and design skills are assessed through coursework exercises and oral presentations. Flagship assessments include the 'Winchester Silver Hill workshop' in your second semester.

Student support

Every student has 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.

Course Director

Professor Patrick James

Study locations

Boldrewood Innovation Campus

Boldrewood Innovation Campus

Burgess Road, Southampton, S016 7QFFind out more

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