Research course

Energy Systems

University of Edinburgh · School of Engineering and Electronics
PhDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

All applicants must meet our general entry and language requirements.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

The Institute for Energy Systems is helping to shape tomorrow’s difficult energy decisions.

The institute continues a long line of world-leading innovation by Edinburgh researchers, from the ‘Duck’ wave energy converter invented in the 1970s by Stephen Salter – now Emeritus Professor of Engineering Design – to direct drive electrical generators, wave generation technology and the latest hydraulic transmission systems.

The Institute for Energy Systems (IES) is a foremost centre of research in marine and renewable energy, and is home to international expertise covering energy and climate change, machines and powerelectronic interfaces and power-system operation and control.

Current research areas include:

  • marine and renewable energy conversion
  • coastal defence
  • direct-drive slow-speed electrical machines
  • power electronic conversion and conditioning
  • power systems operation and control

IES leads the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s SuperGen Marine Energy Consortium and is a member of another four EPSRC SuperGen consortia. IES also co-hosts the UK Energy Research Centre and collaborates in a Joint Research Institute in Energy with Heriot-Watt University.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Graduate School Administrator
+44 (0) 131 651 7213