Taught course

Sustainable Energy Systems

University of Edinburgh · School of Engineering and Electronics

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent, preferably in engineering or a physical science. Applicants with backgrounds in other fields may be accepted. Any appropriate professional experience will also be considered. If English is not your first language, you must provide an English language certificate as evidence of your spoken and written English. IELTS Academic, TOEFL-iBT, PTE (A), CAE and CPE are all accepted.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is offered by the Institute for Energy Systems which is part of the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. The Institute conducts world-class inter-disciplinary research into the systems that control the conversion, transmission and utilisation of many forms of energy. Research activity ranges from fundamental research to applied work to policy studies.

The MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems provides graduates and working professionals with a broad training in, and understanding of, energy systems in the context of the sustainability of energy supply. The program is grounded in engineering and has a strong emphasis on energy systems where electricity is the final product. However, energy is also considered in the wider context of consumption patterns, efficiency, economics, policy and regulation. While there is particular focus on the deployment of renewable energies in grid-connected systems, there are also opportunities to explore off-grid systems e.g. in dissertation projects. To give a practical edge to the gained theoretical knowledge, a number of field trips will be organised to local power stations, subject to approval of the management of power stations.

Information for international students

With 94% of our research activity rated as world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2015), Edinburgh is the UK powerhouse in Engineering. You will be immersed in a research intensive, multidisciplinary environment. To find out about the support offered to international students at Edinburgh from arrival to graduation visit: http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/international.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

To find out about the funding opportunities offered through the University of Edinburgh and the School of Engineering, please visit Scholarships and Student Funding Services at www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/student-funding/.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
9 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations30
Written coursework / continuous assessment30

Course contact details

MSc Administrator
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