Taught course

Sustainable Energy Systems

University of Leeds · Faculty of Engineering

Entry requirements

A degree equivalent to a UK upper second class (2:1) honours degree, or higher, in engineering or a physical science discipline. We also welcome and accept students with a wide range of international equivalent qualifications. English language requirement: A pass at GCSE level in English language (grade C or above). If English is not your first language, you are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. You will need to meet our minimum requirements for one of the following recognised English language tests: the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Pearson Test of English Academic.

Months of entry


Course content

Supplying and using energy in a sustainable fashion is essential. Countries across the world face the “trilemma” of combining energy sustainability with supply security and ensuring energy is accessible to everyone. We need to move to more sustainable forms of energy, managing the transition to maintain prosperity in the face of technical, political, economic and environmental challenges.

This programme has interdisciplinary energy science and technology at its core, but gives you an insight into key aspects of business, economics and policy so you can help to meet these challenges. You’ll explore technical, regulatory and financial issues surrounding the transition to an alternative energy supply system, as well as the sustainable use of energy.

You’ll gain an understanding of renewable energy technologies as well as entrepreneurship and global policy issues and will be able to specialise in areas that suit your interests and career ambitions.

You’ll benefit from the chance to study in cutting-edge facilities where our researchers are pushing the boundaries of energy engineering and related disciplines. In our Energy Building, you’ll find a state-of-the art sustainable energy teaching laboratory, including solar, wind and wave/tidal power and a fuel cell system.

For project work, MSc students use a wide range of our energy research facilities. These could include our preparative facilities for processing and characterising materials used in energy applications, as well as facilities for advanced fuel characterisation, environmental monitoring and pollution control, stationary engines, test vehicles and combustion laboratories.

Information for international students

Students from outside the EU are guaranteed a place in University accommodation if they are accepted on the course and apply for accommodation before the deadline. If English is not your first language, you will need a recognised English Language qualification, e.g. IELTS or TOEFL.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Scholarship information can be found on our website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0)113 343 2343