Taught course

Renewable Energy Systems Technology (Distance Learning)

Loughborough University · School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

Entry requirements

Graduates with an upper second class honours degree in any engineering or science subject including: electronic/ electrical/ mechanical/ civil engineering, computer science, physics or chemistry or who have an equivalent qualification or equivalent industrial experience. Applicants with a good lower second class honours degree may also be considered on a case-by-case basis. Candidates holding CEI Part II are admitted.

Months of entry


Course content

This is the distance learning version of the full time MSc in Renewable Energy Systems Technology.

By using the same course materials distance learning students are able to achieve the same outcomes as the full-time MSc in Renewable Energy Systems Technology. We have developed new ways of learning, which offer students flexibility in place, pace and mode to meet the demand from people wanting this highly sought after qualification but who cannot attend traditional university classes.

The objectives of the course are to provide an advanced technical level of education in a range of renewable energy technologies including solar, wind, biomass and water with an emphasis on integration into electricity networks in developed and developing countries. Furthermore, policy and environmental issues are examined to contextualise the need for renewable energy. The project dissertation which is taken towards the end of study enables students to gain and develop in-depth research and problem solving skills, often in conjunction with an industrial partner.

By the end of the course, our renewable energy MSc graduates, who are in high demand, will have gained a comprehensive understanding of renewable energy technologies and developed a range of important transferable skills on completion of the course

All of our renewable energy MSc Modules consist of a series of Study Units, each covering a specific subject area (see programme modules). Instead of face-to-face lectures and tutorials, the main learning routes for distance learning students are via the University’s virtual learning environment (LEARN). The learning resources for each Study Unit include:

Compulsory Modules

  • Sustainability and Energy Systems
  • Integration of Renewables
  • Solar 1
  • Wind 1
  • Water Power
  • Biomass
  • Research Project

Optional Modules (choose three)

  • Energy Storage
  • Advanced Solar Thermal
  • Advanced Photovoltaics
  • Wind 2
  • Energy System Investment and Risk Management

Information for international students

English Language requirements: overall 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in the individual Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking tests or TOEFL (ibt) 92 overall Listening 21, Reading 21, Writing 22 and Speaking 22. http://www.lboro.ac.uk/international/englang/index.htm

Fees and funding


Contact the department for details of Panasonic Fellowship sponsorship.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
distance learning
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1509 222 496