Taught course

Sustainable Energy Systems

Queen Mary, University of London · School of Engineering and Materials Science

Entry requirements

A good 2:2 or above at undergraduate level in Engineering, Physics or a related discipline.

English language requirements apply such as IELTS 6.5

Months of entry


Course content

Become part of the solution to the world’s energy crisis. This MSc programme will teach you the fundamentals of energy sustainability, as well as the scientific, engineering and technical aspects of creating affordable, sustainable energy systems.

The course is designed to give you the skills to become a specialist in this vital, rapidly-expanding industry.

  • This is a dynamic course which prepares you for an industry with enduring relevance.
  • An interdisciplinary curriculum that gives you an excellent overview of the subject, with scope to specialise.
  • Work within our state-of-the-art facilities.

What you'll study

The need for new global supplies of affordable, sustainable energy is perhaps the greatest single challenge facing the world this century. As a result, there is an increasing demand for specialists in sustainable energy.

On this MSc course, you’ll be at the forefront of innovation in this field. We’ll build on your existing expertise to give you a sound knowledge of the principles behind existing sustainable energy systems, including wind and solar energy, biofuels and energy storage technologies. You’ll also gain the skills to design and develop new technologies.

The course takes an interdisciplinary approach: you’ll gain skills in engineering and materials research, as well as economic and management insights into energy policy developments. This will give you an enviably broad understanding of the subject – and a wide range of specialist skills to boost your career.

You’ll be integrated into one of our research teams to work on an energy systems-related project, supervised by one of our research staff. You’ll have access to our excellent facilities, enabling you to conduct cutting-edge research.


You’ll be taught by academics working on a variety of exciting projects, with specialisms in earth resources engineering, sustainable drinking water, solar energy, climate-neutral fuels, cleaner combustion, and energy policy.

Our academic research feeds into our teaching at all levels, ensuring you share in the latest advancements.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and laboratory sessions, as well as completing coursework for academic feedback.

You will be assigned an Academic Advisor who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.


  • BioFluids Laboratory
  • Combustion Laboratory
  • Computational Modelling Facilities
  • Confocal Laser Scanning and Super Resolution Microscopy Lab
  • Mechanical Testing Facilities
  • Polymer Chemistry Laboratory
  • Spectroscopy Facility
  • Thermal Analysis Facility
  • Two-Phase Flow and Heat Transfer Labs
  • Workshops for Engineering Manufacture

Career paths

You’ll leave this MSc as a well-qualified graduate, with opportunities for employment in many leading industries, as well as in research.

Graduates from Sustainable Energy programmes at Queen Mary have gone onto a diverse range of job roles including:

  • Graduate Compliance Engineer
  • Thermal Design Engineer
  • Graduate Trainee Engineer
  • IT Consultant
  • Project Planning Engineer

At organisations including:

  • Heatric
  • Cummins Inc
  • Northern Trust
  • Nafath Renewable Energy
  • Steris
  • Vastas

Our Industrial Liaison Forum gives you a chance to network with our industrial partners and build your professional contacts while at university.

96% of Engineering and Materials Science postgraduates are in employment or study 15 months after graduation (GOS, 2019/20)

95% of those postgraduates are in highly skilled roles (GOS, 2019/20)

Information for international students

If you're an international student you'll need to get ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) approval

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Queen Mary alumni can get a £1000, 10% or 20% discount on their fees depending on the programme of study. Find out more about the Alumni Loyalty Award

There are a number of ways you can fund your postgraduate degree.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Engineering and Materials Science