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.

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.

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 MPhil programme in Energy Technologies 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 utilization, 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 necessitates engineers with a very good grasp of the fundamentals, with exposure and good understanding of all main energy sources and technologies, but also with specialization in a few areas. This is the prevailing philosophy behind this MPhil, fully consistent with the prevailing philosophy and structure of the University of Cambridge Engineering Department as a whole.

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

  1. To teach the fundamental sciences behind technologies involved in energy utilization, electricity generation, energy efficiency, and alternative energy.
  2. To develop graduates with an overall view of energy engineering, while offering specialization in a selected area through a research project.
  3. To prepare students for potential future PhD research.

Students will be expected to have developed fundamental knowledge on primary and secondary energy sources, on energy transformation, and on energy utilisation technologies. They will also have developed proficiencies in project management, in research skills, in team work, and in advanced calculation methods concerning energy technologies.

Graduates from this MPhil will be excellent candidates for doctoral study (at Cambridge and elsewhere) and for employment in a wide variety of jobs (for example, in industrial research and development departments, policy-making bodies, the utilities industry, the manufacturing sector or energy equipment manufacturing).

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

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