Taught course

Sustainable Energy Systems

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

Entry requirements

Undergraduate degree (minimum second class honours or equivalent) in engineering, physical sciences, mathematics or equivalent. Each application is individually assessed; you are recommended to write for guidance in specific cases.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems is an interdisciplinary degree addressing the scientific, engineering and technical aspects of global concerns about the availability of energy sources, sustainability of these sources through exploitation of new technologies or preservation of existing sources, and environmental concerns. The impetus to specialise in this area stems from the large projected increases in global population and energy demand and is underscored by the need for new workable global supplies of affordable sustainable energy.

These concerns elevate this energy need as perhaps the greatest single challenge facing the world in the 21st century. The current acute nature of the challenge results from the confluence of concerns about energy supply and demand, security, and the effects of energy production and use on the environment. As a result there is an increasing demand for postgraduates specialising in this field.

This programme will provide you with unique expertise in the fundamentals of energy and the environment. Specialist modules provide knowledge and understanding of existing technologies as well as the ability to contribute to the design and development of new technologies and devices in this field, to develop new technologies to extract energy from diverse energy sources and to use existing and design new energy conversion devices as necessary.

For more information visit the School of Engineering and Materials Science website.

Programme outline

The programme includes two to four core modules, four to six module options and a research project. This is one of the few MSc Energy programmes to offer modules in all three main aspects of future sustainable energy systems: sustainable energy engineering; sustainable energy materials; and economics and management of sustainable energy.

Core modules:

  • Advanced Environmental Engineering
  • Research Methods and Experimental Techniques
  • Engineering Thermodynamics (depending on background)
  • Mathematical Methods (depending on background)
  • Research Project (four modules)
  • Module options may include:
  • Renewable Energy Engineering
  • Renewable Energy Materials
  • Sustainable Energy Economics
  • Advanced Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer
  • Combustion Concepts and Modelling
  • Advanced Propulsion
  • Piston Engines and Analysis
  • Advanced CFD
  • Advanced Aerodynamics

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

School of Engineering and Materials Science
+44 (0)20 7882 8732