Taught course

Energy Informatics

Cranfield University · School of Applied Sciences

Entry requirements

A first or second class UK Honours degree (or equivalent) in engineering, physics, maths or computer science and information technology/informatics disciplines. Other recognised professional qualifications or several years relevant industrial experience may be accepted as equivalent (subject to approval).

Months of entry


Course content

This course is now only recruiting for October 2020.

Energy supply is fundamentally important to our homes and workplaces. Future energy supply has to be stable, secure, not only affordable but sustainable, which makes energy supply a systems engineering problem. Energy Informatics is an emerging discipline that utilises powerful tools from modern information technology to analyse data from different energy systems and sources to solve energy supply problems.

Developed economies now face a number of challenges in procuring energy security and responding to energy pricing and affordability issues, as well as dealing with contributions to carbon emission targets. Due to the growth of sustainable and renewable energy production, energy informatics plays a significant role in managing the world's growing energy demand. Both developed and developing countries are facing great challenges in improvements in energy efficiency, reductions of greenhouse gas emissions and enlargements of renewable energy applications. For example, the UK Government has set ambitious targets to decrease the greenhouse gas emissions to 80% of today’s by 2050; the China Government has also planned to significantly reduce CO2 emissions to a level of 5,000 million tons in 2050, which is half of current emissions.

Through this course, you will develop professional informatics skills required in the growing energy sector, with essential abilities applicable in both the renewables industry (wind, geothermal and solar) and the traditional energy industry (oil and gas).

Students benefit from dedicated state-of-the-art facilities including unique engineering-scale facilities for the development of efficient technologies with low CO2 emissions. In addition to management, communication, team work and research skills, each student will attain at least the following learning outcomes from this degree course:

  • Develop systematic strategies using traditional methods to resolve the technical and economic issues involved in the design and operation of industrial energy systems.
  • Apply effectively the informatics knowledge gained to solve practical problems in principal subject areas of energy systems.

Fees and funding

Learn more at the funding page.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
36 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

+44 (0) 1234 758082