Taught course

Efficient Fossil Energy Technologies

University of Birmingham · Department of Chemical Engineering

Entry requirements

Applicants will hold, or be expecting to hold, a first class Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant engineering subject. This may be Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering or Mechanical Engineering. Relevant, significant, industrial experience may be considered. Please contact us to enquire and discuss your situation.

Months of entry


Course content

a) Course details:

This programme will encourage and embed excellence in fossil energy technologies, carbon capture and efficient combustion. It includes modules on power generation and technologies, industrial case studies, economics of energy and innovation and allows students to assimilate the contextual issues surrounding fossil-based energy alongside technical aspects. Coupled with the major research project, this core will thus promote enquiry-based learning which will be supplemented by a range of optional technical and contextual/managerial modules.

This course provides expert teaching from three leading universities in the UK: a unique partnership to allow students to benefit from a wide range of expertise.

b) Why study this course

The Midlands Energy Graduate School is unique to the UK and is a partnership between the universities of Nottingham, Birmingham and Loughborough to bring excellence and world-leading research into context within this MSc. Students will take modules at each of the universities, studying alongside other MEGS students registered at all three universities, thus benefiting from the best of three UK universities.

This multi-disciplinary programme aims to provide predominantly engineering and science graduates with a solid grounding in efficient fossil energy technologies. The programme will prepare future leaders and industrial engineers with knowledge and skills to tackle the major national and international challenges over the next 15 years: implementing new power plant to generate electricity more efficiently using fossil energy with near zero emissions; demonstration and deployment of CO2 capture; reducing CO2 emissions from coal utilisation, including iron making and similar manufacturing processes.

C) Module content (compulsory/optional) and programme structure.

The MSc /PG Diploma/PG Cert in Efficient Fossil Energy Technologies allows students to tailor their studies to meet the needs of their chosen career path by offering a wide range of modules which can be selected, from all three universities, together with a wide choice of individual research projects (subject to timetabling). We have state-of-the-art video conferencing facilities which enable students to take part in lectures delivered off-campus, or students can choose to travel to Nottingham and Loughborough in person.

This MSc comprises 60 credits of compulsory taught modules, 60 credits of optional modules and a 60-credit research project. The programme covers the core themes of power generation, carbon capture, innovation and the wider, societal aspect of energy generation and use. Students will choose some optional modules from a range of technical choices and some from a range of contextual/managerial choices, which provides a well-rounded range of study. Students taking the PG Diploma will study the taught element only; those taking PG Certificate will study only the core modules.

Learning and teaching

This programme provides a solid basis for a career in fossil fuel-powered energy generation. Comprising lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, coursework and group project work, it addresses the management of technical (engineering) activities, the development of personal, interpersonal and project management skills, and provides a fundamental understanding of the wider social and economic aspects of energy generation and use.

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If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Information for international students

Part-time study is not available for Overseas students. English Language requirements are as follows: IELTS: minimum 6.5 in all bands TOEFL IBT: no less than 22 in all bands PTE Academic: no less than 67 in all 4 skills

Fees and funding

For funding opportunities please visit: www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding/fundingfilter.aspx

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-36 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
0121 414 5005