Taught course

Energy Technologies

University of Cambridge · Department of Engineering

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK First class Honours Degree.

If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country.

A wide range of graduates are encouraged to apply, including mechanical, chemical, civil, or environmental engineers. Physics and chemistry graduates are also encouraged, while electrical engineers who want to learn more about the thermo-fluid aspects of energy technologies can also apply.

Most successful applicants who completed their undergraduate studies at a UK will hold a Master's-level degree such as an MEng. The course will also consider applicants with a First Class BEng from a UK institution if they are also able to demonstrate commitment to the field. Applicants who completed their undergraduate studies at non-UK institutions may be considered with a Bachelor's degree depending on the standard length of an undergraduate sciences course in the country in question.

Months of entry


Course content

The world faces major challenges in meeting the current and future demand for sustainable and secure energy supply and use. The one-year Energy Technologies MPhil programme is designed for graduates who want to help tackle these problems by developing practical engineering solutions, and who want to learn more about the fundamental science and the technologies involved in energy utilisation, electricity generation, energy efficiency, and alternative energy.

Energy is a huge topic, of very significant current scientific, technological, environmental, political and financial interest. The complexity and rapid change associated with energy technologies necessitate engineers with a very good grasp of the fundamentals, with exposure and a good understanding of all main energy sources and technologies, but also with specialisation in a few areas. This is the prevailing philosophy behind this MPhil programme, fully consistent with the prevailing philosophy and structure of the University of Cambridge Department of Engineering as a whole.

The educational target of the Energy Technologies MPhil programme is to communicate the breadth of energy technologies and the underpinning science. The objectives of the course are:

to teach the fundamental sciences behind technologies involved in energy utilisation, electricity generation, energy efficiency, and alternative energy;

to develop graduates with an overall view of energy engineering, while offering specialisation in a selected area through a research project;

to provide a unifying theme behind existing energy-related courses, hence increasing their impact;

to prepare students (if they so wish) for potential future PhD research.

Information for international students

Language Requirement

IELTS (Academic)

Element Score

Listening 7.0

Writing 7.0

Reading 6.5

Speaking 7.0

Total 7.0

TOEFL Internet Score

Element Score

Listening 25

Writing 25

Reading 25

Speaking 25

Total 100


Score: Grade A & B (overall score of 193, with no element lower than 185 plus a Language Centre assessment)


Score: Grade A, B, or C (with at least 200 with no element lower than 185).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    full time
    11 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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