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MSc - Renewable Energy Systems Engineering

University of Surrey    Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

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

About the course

Why choose this 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.

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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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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 fully self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you may be eligible for a 20 per cent discount on our taught postgraduate masters programme fees.

The discount applies to:

September/October 2021 entrants
February 2021 entrants
February 2022 entrants. Note: if applicable and Masters programmes are running with a February intake for the 2021/22 academic year.

This scheme is only open to 2021 postgraduate taught entry students who are not in receipt of any external sponsorship.

Value of Scholarship(s)

20% 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

If you have any enquiries regarding this matter please contact the Student Fees and Funding Office on

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Surrey is pleased to announce that we will be running the Surrey International Masters Scholarship for new masters students coming to Surrey in 2022 from seven different countries. Awards of £2,500 are available to all applicants holding a Surrey offer to study a full-time masters programme in February 2022, (except the Surrey MBA). All successful offer holders will be awarded a tuition fee discount of £2,500 on the first-year fees

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In order to be eligible, applicants must:
Be domiciled in India, Thailand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Turkey, Vietnam or Ghana.
Hold an offer for a full-time masters programme (except MBA).
Meet all the conditions of your offer.
Be an overseas fee-paying student (this scholarship is not available for students eligible for UK fees).
Be self-funded (you must be paying for your studies independently rather than being sponsored or in receipt of another scholarship. You may, however, also be in receipt of the Surrey alumni discount).
Be registering on the first year of a full-time Masters programme with a February 2022 start date.

Application Procedure

There is no formal application for this scholarship. All offer holders will be considered against the stated criteria and, if successful, the award will be paid in the form of a tuition fee discount. This discount will not appear on your offer letter, but will be applied to your CAS letter.

For programmes of more than one year the award is payable for the first year of study only.

Final decisions on the eligibility of applicants and allocation of scholarships will be made by the University of Surrey’s International Student Recruitment Office.

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