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MSc - Renewable Energy Systems Engineering

University of Surrey Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Full time & Part time October, February MSc Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

About the course

How do we balance finite resources and infinite human ambition? Renewable energy systems are part of the solution.

Our Renewable Energy Systems MSc is ideal for graduates from engineering, science or other relevant backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a successful career in research, technological change and the commercialisation of renewable-energy systems.

You’ll be taught by academics who are experts in their fields and have access to a range of exceptional facilities and resources.

What you will study

Created in the context of the rapid advancement of the renewable-energy industry, our MSc in Renewable Energy Systems Engineering investigates both renewable energy and systems technologies.

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of a 2:1 UK honours degree in either Chemistry, Engineering or Physics, or a recognised equivalent international qualification. We'll also consider relevant work experience if you don't meet these requirements.

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 Course Content

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Student Profile(s)

Alexandros Fourtoulakis

I studied my undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Patras, Greece. I’m now taking an MSc in Renewable Energy Systems Engineering within Surrey’s Department of Chemical and Process Engineering. I was impressed by the fact that Surrey’s considered one of the best universities in the UK, and liked the fact the campus was so close to London too.

I’ve always been interested in trying to improve the way we use our supplies and plan ahead for the future. In my eyes, energy generation, together with sustainable development, is a major international issue. Our planet’s in a critical state, and we need to change the way we treat it, and take serious action when it comes to how we use energy.

My supervisors are willing to help me in any issue and the lecturers broaden your knowledge on engineering matters and trigger interest in the subject. The facilities at the Department are great, with enough space for all students, and the chemical laboratories are safe and an ideal place to carry out academic research.

If I had to pick a favourite module, I’d have to choose ‘Optimisation and Decision-Making’, because it developed my understanding of improving process system business models. All of the modules on my postgraduate programme were useful though – they built up my overall knowledge base of the subject.

As a Student Academic Representative, I’ve met the University’s Vice-Chancellor, and discussed upcoming matters with him. Knowing that everyone in the University cares about students’ views motivates me to work harder in my role. Acting as a representative enables me to be the voice of all students not just in the Department, but in the Faculty too.

I feel really well-prepared for my future career. After my MSc, my dream is to take up a post in the renewable energy sector.

Tuntika Lertaneksin

Many of our international students use the knowledge they gain from their masters course to help solve challenges in their home countries. At graduation day we caught up with Tuntika Lektanerkski who studied on our MSc Renewable Energy Systems Engineering before returning to Thailand.

Why did you choose to study for a masters at Surrey?

I was working in mechanical engineering in Thailand and wanted to learn something new, particularly about renewable energies which are so important to our future. Not only did Surrey offer the course I wanted, it’s also in a great location near to London, which enabled me to travel while I was here.

When did you first get interested in renewable energy?

While studying for my bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering I took a module in renewable energy and this sparked my interest.

What were the best things about your course, and Surrey in general?

I really enjoyed learning about the different types of renewable energy such as wind and solar. One of the best things was the real world focus: we had some excellent guest speakers from industry and got the chance to see a solar plant during the Solar Energy Technology module.

As an international student I found Surrey a great place to be. I lived in university accommodation on Manor Park which was very good, and I did the international orientation when I arrived which was really useful.

What are you planning to do next?

I’m going back to my home country, Thailand, where I hope to find a job in the renewable energy sector which will enable me to apply my knowledge.


If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you could be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught postgraduate Masters programme fees. This scheme is for applicable to Postgraduate Taught entry students only and is reviewed annually.

Students who graduated in 2013 are eligible, as well as alumni from previous years, on receipt of evidence of the award from Surrey and where we can identify that you actually studied in Guildford. Students from SII-DUFE are eligible for this scheme.

Associated Institution students are not eligible. Not available to modular self-pacing students.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% tuition fee discount


Self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford

Application Procedure

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