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Engineering and the EnvironmentPostgraduate study

MSc Sustainable Energy Technologies (1 year)

The one-year Sustainable Energy Technologies masters course offers engineering, science and mathematics graduates an academically challenging introduction to current and modern energy technologies for sustainable power generation.

Introducing your degree

This is the course page for MSc Sustainable Energy Technologies at the University of Southampton, where you can find out about the course and about studying here.

In this course page we explain a range of key information about the course. This includes typical entry requirements, modules and how assessment works.

If you still have questions, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer any enquiries. See our contact us page for our telephone, email and address information.


Sustainable energy technologies need to meet a range of criteria across economic, social and environmental metrics. The first semester will focus on giving you a detailed overview of sustainable energy systems, resources and usage. You will learn to design and assess the performance of fuel cells and photovoltaic systems, wind power and hybrid propulsion systems. You will also understand thermo-fluid engineering processes for low carbon energy.

In the second semester, you will look at further renewable technologies and have the option to undertake a range of specialist modules, from Waste Resource Management to Bioenergy.

In the last four months, you will put your new found knowledge into practice. Under the guidance of world-class experts in this field, you will develop your practical skills as you complete a research project.

View the specification document for this course

To Apply

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

The deadline for new applications to this course is the 31st July each year


Engineering Council

Accredited as a Technical MSc, by the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Accreditation bodies: Engineering Accreditation Board

Programme Structure

Full-time study

The full-time MSc course lasts for 12 months. The first 8 months are normally spent mainly on the taught component, with lectures divided into two 12-week periods (semesters 1 and 2), and with exams at the end of each semester. The final 4 months are spent full-time on a research project, for which some preparation is done in semester 2.

The taught component comprises a number of modules totalling 120 credit points. Among these, 105 credit points are compulsory, a single 15 credit module can be selected in semester 2 from the given list in the Modules section.

Part-time study

The taught component of the MSc course can be studied by arrangement on a part-time basis i.e. by taking semester 1 one year and semester 2 the next. Similar arrangements apply to the PG Diploma (120 credit points total) and PG Certificate (60 credit points total). Part-time MSc students may only begin practical work on the MSc research project after successful completion of at least 60 Credit Points (CP). It is anticipated that you will complete the MSc in two to three years. You may be registered on the course for up to five years, after which your registration will be reviewed.

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

  • Electric power cars were offered to Winchester businesses to aid understanding of cleaner energy solutions.
  • Our industry collaborator EDF Energy sponsors a prize for the best MSc Sustainable Energy Technologies project presented each year at Graduation.

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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“The collaborative environment was one of the things I enjoyed most about Southampton, especially when I was working on my research project. This inspired me to keep working on the topic and embark on my career.”

Luca Passoni, MSc Sustainable Energy Technologies, 2012

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Honours Degree

2:1 or higher BEng or BSc degree in chemical/mechanical/electrical/civil engineering, mathematics or physics. Relevant employment experience would be considered if a candidate does not meet the requirements. Applications are assessed individually, and any candidates who do not match the standard profile but who have appropriate academic qualifications and/or industry experience are encouraged to apply.

Equivalent Qualifications

Relevant employment experience would be considered if a candidate does not meet the formal qualifications requirements. We are always happy to receive applications from candidates with an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University. If you are unsure about our entry criteria, please contact our admissions staff who would be happy to provide advice in advance of your application.

English Language requirements

If your first language is not English, we need to ensure that your listening, written and spoken English skills would enable you to enjoy the full benefit of your studies. For entry onto our courses, you will need an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Selection process

Intake: up to 30 students per year

Average applications per place: 3

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

The taught part consists of eight modules, totalling a minimum of 120 Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points. There are 7 compulsory modules and 1 optional modules. Among the optional modules, 3 modules must be at level M or a maximum of 2 modules at level H. The research project and dissertation are equivalent to 60 (CATS) points at level M.

All modules are available subject to fulfilling any pre-requisites, and to any timetable restrictions.

Year 1

The first eight months are normally spent mainly on the taught component, with lectures divided into two 12-week periods (semesters 1 and 2), and with exams at the end of each semester. The final four months are spent full-time on a research project, for which some preparation is done in semester 2. You are encouraged to commence project work before the semester two exams to allow yourself maximum time, especially where practical work is involved. Note however you must pass the taught part of the MSc before formally progressing to the project.

Semester One

You take modules worth 60 credit points in semester 1, consisting of four compulsory modules. Modules are taught via whole-class lectures (typically a double and a single lecture per week), laboratories and tutorials. SESG6041, Introduction to Energy Technologies, Environment and Sustainability is run intensively in the first few weeks of semester 1 to bring all students to a common level of understanding of the field.

Semester Two

You take modules worth 60 credit points in semester 2. There are three compulsory modules scheduled for Semester s, so you can take one optional module. Delivery is either via conventional weekly lectures or with an enhanced laboratory component as in Fuel Cells and Photovoltaic Systems II.

SESG6043Credit: 15
CENV6085Credit: 15
CENV6141Credit: 15
SESM6034Credit: 15

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).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

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Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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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:

OtherApproved 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 stationary 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.

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

Learning & Assessment

Study locations

Boldrewood Innovation Campus

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