Taught course

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Technologies

Northumbria University · Engineering

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have a minimum of a Lower Second Class (2:2) Honours degree in an engineering or science related subject from a UK university or its equivalent. Professional qualifications that are equivalent to an Honours degree may also be acceptable

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Continuing rapid growth in the renewable energy industry has resulted in strong demand for highly trained engineers who specialise in renewable and sustainable energy technologies in the UK and worldwide.

This 12-month course will appeal to students from a range of academic backgrounds, including mechanical, electrical, civil and other suitable engineering and science disciplines. Please note we also offer this course over 16 months; please see 'related courses'.

You will develop in-depth knowledge of wind energy, solar energy, geothermal energy, biomass, and hybrid energy systems. In addition, you will be able to choose options to tailor the programme to your interests, as well as having the opportunity to complete the MSc project on your chosen topic.

A strong staff research profile in the area of renewable and sustainable energy feeds into the programme and ensures that you will gain knowledge of the latest developments. Research informed teaching and project work are supported by excellent renewable energy laboratory facilities and state-of-the-art design and simulation software tools.

The most recent UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report anticipates that renewable energy production will increase three to ten times by 2050. Rapid industry expansion has resulted in a global shortage of trained engineers and strong competition for the best applicants.

Upon graduating from this programme you will be able to apply for a range of roles such as system or design engineer, project development and planning engineer, consultant and project manager. Opportunities exist in numerous planning and technology development companies, renewable energy equipment manufacturing and installation companies, energy efficiency and environmental consultancies and major power utilities, as well as private and public research and development organisations.

Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score in each component of 5.5. Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12/16 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
0191 227 4453