Taught course

Renewable Energy: Technology and Sustainability

University of Reading · School of Construction, Management and Engineering

Entry requirements

You are normally required to have a good undergraduate Honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years’ relevant work experience then you may also be eligible to apply. Suitable for graduates with degrees in environmental science, mathematics, engineering, physics, construction, geography, agriculture, chemistry, geology, economics, planning and management, business studies, computer science.

Months of entry


Course content

The University of Reading is one of the world’s leading centres of excellence dealing with the challenges of the built environment. We are ranked third in the UK for the impact of our research in the category of architecture, built environment and planning, and 83% of our research in this area is rated world-leading or internationally excellent.1 The School of the Built Environment is highly interdisciplinary in nature, covering a range of diverse subject areas including architecture, construction management, energy and environmental engineering. Our staff have extensive experience as advisers, consultants and visiting lecturers to companies, governments and universities globally. Our MSc programmes focus on ensuring an excellent student experience. The curriculum extends beyond accepted models of best practice to incorporate the latest findings from research. Choose to study over two years to fit around your work commitments, applying what you learn immediately, or study more intensively over one year. Both the full-time and flexible part-time modes of the programmes are delivered on a modular basis with teaching arranged in block weeks. Our excellent facilities include a dedicated computer lounge for use by our students, equipped with the latest digital technology and software, including building information modelling (BIM), 3D laser scanning, building energy simulations and urban microclimate simulations. Additionally, most of our master’s programmes are accredited by professional bodies, and we have a track record of active engagement with the professions. So you can be confident of a programme which is professionally relevant and directed towards maximising your career potential.

• Accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Energy Institute

• Develop an understanding of the applications of renewable energy and sustainable technologies, combined with awareness of the environmental impact of using non-sustainable methods

• Engage with issues concerning the role of energy, including questions arising from demands for secure, affordable and sustainable processes

Depending on the programme, graduates may follow careers in a wide range of disciplines in the built environment and energy sectors. Examples include: cost management, quantity surveying, architectural and engineering design, project management, construction management, business management, environmental engineering, facilities management, building energy operation, green building assessment, BIM and CAD management, design management, energy management and energy policy.

Information for international students

Evidence of English Language ability required. Normal requirements are: • an overall score of 7.0 in the International English Language Test Score (IELTS) with no individual element scoring less than 6.0 or • an overall score of 6.5 in the IELTS with no individual element scoring less than 5.5

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 - 63 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

School of Construction, Management and Engiineering