Taught course

Renewable Energy: Technology and Sustainability

University of Reading · School of Construction Management and Engineering

Entry requirements

Normally a good undergraduate honours degree (good second class or above). If you have other qualifications and a number of years’ relevant work experience, you are welcome to apply.

IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5.

Pre-sessional English language programme

If you need to improve your English language score, you can take a pre-sessional English course prior to entry onto your degree.

Months of entry


Course content

Pursue or develop your career in energy and sustainability with our MSc Renewable Energy: Technology and Sustainability degree.

On this master’s programme you will develop your understanding of:

  • the applications of renewable energy and sustainable technologies
  • the environmental impact of using non-sustainable technologies
  • the design, construction, and operation of the buildings and places in which we live, work and play
  • the issues and debates around the role of energy, including the technical and policy questions that arise from global demands for secure, affordable, and sustainable processes
  • carbon management and energy use in the built environment.

The University of Reading has a long history of teaching and research in this field, and we have delivered a master’s programme in the subject area for more than 40 years. What started as a master’s in alternative energy has evolved over time to incorporate the significant advancements in the field, as well as Reading’s expertise in sustainability, carbon, and life cycle assessment.


Our MSc Renewable Energy: Technology and Sustainability degree is accredited by the Energy Institute and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers. Successful completion of this programme satisfies the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Flexible study options

Our MSc Renewable Energy: Technology and Sustainability is offered as a one-year full-time programme, or as a flexible modular programme that can be taken over two years from September, or over three years from February. Both the full-time and flexible modular options are delivered via residential weeks at our Whiteknights campus in Reading and supported by our online learning environment.

Choose Reading

  • 100% of our research is of international standing (REF 2021, combining 4*, 3* and 2* submissions – Architecture, Built Environment and Planning)
  • 100% of our research impact has been classed outstanding or very considerable (REF 2021, combining 4* and 3* submissions – Architecture, Built Environment and Planning).

The School of Construction Management and Engineering has a wide-ranging and diverse research agenda that is continuously developing. Lecturers are involved in research and scholarship, all of which feeds into the teaching you will receive.

We also have strong links with industry, and you will benefit from industry visits and industry speakers on this programme.

Fees and funding

New UK/Republic of Ireland students: £12,550

New international students: £26,950

Tuition fee information

The fees listed are for full-time study, unless otherwise stated. Fees are calculated pro rata for flexible modular study.

Fee information will be confirmed in offer letters sent out to successful applicants. You can find further information, including information for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.

EU student fees

With effect from 1 August 2021, new EU students will pay international tuition fees. For exceptions, please read the UK government’s guidance for EU students.

Additional costs

Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.

Financial support for your studies

You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    18-63 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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