Taught course

Energy and Sustainable Development

De Montfort University · Faculty of Technology

Entry requirements

You should have the equivalent of a British Honours degree (2:2 minimum) in a relevant subject. We are happy to consider equivalent qualifications from anywhere in the world. If you have no formal academic qualifications but do have extensive industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The MSc programme is aimed at both recent graduates wishing to specialise in climate change and sustainability, and professionals wishing to extend their knowledge and expertise or seeking a career change.

The programme has an interdisciplinary approach, reflecting the integration of skills and knowledge that sustainable development requires. It is a modular programme, having both taught and research components.

The Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD) has an international reputation for research and consultancy in this field. This enables the programme to provide students with a broad insight into energy and sustainability issues, backed up by detailed expertise in key areas. Career opportunities in this wide and growing field are numerous: in industry, national and local government, utilities, academia, consultancies and environmental agencies.

The course has been approved by both the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Energy Institute for completing the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer registration.

Teaching and assessment

The teaching, learning and assessment strategies place considerable emphasis on student-centred learning.

Full-time students attend lectures on two days per week, with the remainder of the time being spent on seminar work and private study. Part-time students attend on one day per week. The course is delivered by the Institute's experts plus others from commerce and industry.

Distance learners receive individual support from a member of teaching staff plus learning materials in electronic format. Distance learners can complete all taught modules at their home location anywhere in the world.

Methods of assessment include project work, oral exposition and seminars, essays, case studies, demonstrations, reports, and a dissertation. Monitoring of students' progress is continuous and thorough, with regular informal communication between students and teaching staff.

The modules

- Sustainable Development
- Energy in Buildings
- Renewable Energy
- Research Methods
- Resource Use and Pollution
- Integrated Environmental Strategies
- Energy Analysis Techniques
- People, Society and Climate Change
- Research Project

Information for international students

Useful information: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/international - If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential - On-site accommodation - A number of English Language courses are run for international students before courses begin in September

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months
distance learning
36 months


distance learning
32 months


distance learning
16 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment67
Dissertation33 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Technology Admissions Office
+44 (0)116 257 7456
+44 (0)116 250 7693