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As the world moves into a global recession and the costs of sourcing and delivering fossil fuels soar – finding sustainable, alternative forms of energy is increasingly important. This means there is an increasing demand for specialists in Sustainable Energy Systems. This new programme addresses the scientific, engineering and technical aspects of our global concerns about energy sustainability. It specializes in the fundamentals of energy and the environment, and applications for the benefit of humankind. All other disciplines in engineering are mature in terms of growth potential for business around the world – the sustainable systems projects have good growth potential.

The course structure is designed to appeal to students with engineering, sciences or mathematics backgrounds, and is modular in format.

This programme will:

  • Prepare you as a specialist with unique expertise in the fundamentals of energy and the environment, their applications, and the ability to stay abreast of the field.
  • Allow you to have a good knowledge and understanding of existing technologies as well as the ability to contribute to the design and development of new technologies and devices in this field.
  • Teach you how to develop new technologies to extract energy from diverse energy sources, and to use existing and design new energy conversion devices.


The MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems includes 1 compulsory, and 7 optional taught modules (15 credits each), as shown on the structure below. You can follow the links for details for each module, and also visit the SEMS website for information on projects and facilities.

Starting in Semester A the programme also includes a research project (60 credits), which is completed under close supervision throughout the year, and submitted in September.

Please note the modules are correct at the time of reading; however we constantly review and update our modules, meaning that they may be subject to change in the future.

Core modules

  • Research Methods and Experimental Techniques in Engineering
  • Research Project

Optional modules

  • Mechanics of Continua
  • Renewable Energy Sources
  • Advanced Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer
  • Computational Engineering
  • Advanced Environmental Engineering
  • Energy Economics and Management of Sustainable Energy
  • Renewable Energy Materials
  • Advanced Combustion in Reciprocating Engines
  • Advanced Gas Turbines
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Aeroelasticity
  • Advanced High Speed Aerodynamics

Learning and teaching

As a student in the School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS) you will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, laboratory practicals, and a variety of coursework.


The methods of assessment are coursework and formal examinations, which take place in May. Many courses will include continuous assessment so that some or all of the work you do during the course counts towards the final mark.

Research Project

A major part of the MSc is your research project: an individual research project based around the in the current internationally-recognised research taking place in SEMS. This project will be based in the labs and gives you the opportunity to apply the theory you will have learnt in the taught modules while taking advantage of the state-of-the-art facilities within SEMS.

Students are currently researching a range of topics for their projects including:

  • Aerodynamics of wind turbines: Flame characteristics and emissions properties in combustion of H2 and alternative fuels
  • Performance characteristics of surrogate biofuels for aviation
  • Combustion, performance and emissions characteristics of compression ignition engines fuelled by sustainable fuels
  • Design of high efficiency turbomachinery blade.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £10,000

Part-time study is not available for this course

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £21,250

Part-time study is not available for this course


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU studentsand for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079


Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Graduate employment

Queen Mary’s Engineering postgraduates go on to work in a wide variety of careers. The majority go on to apply their degree knowledge directly, working as engineers and scientists in various environments, or undertaking a PhD.

The national 2011 destination survey confirmed that 78% of the Engineering postgraduates were in employment and/or study six months after graduation, with 68% already in graduate level employment. Queen Mary Engineering postgraduates have an average earning power of £29,900 six months after graduation.

The broad range of skills gained through programmes in this School, coupled with multiple opportunities for extra-curricular activities and work experience, has enabled students to move into careers such as:

  • Civil Engineer – Norconsult
  • Project Engineer – As Sway Renewables Consultant
  • OST Energy Assistant Technical Officer – Whipps Cross Hospital
  • Space Systems Engineering Intern – Clyde Space Limited
  • Head Data Manager – Richmond Pharmocology
  • Assistant Engineer – Marshall Aerospace

Visit the MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!




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