University of Kent, Brussels Featured Masters Courses
Imperial College London Featured Masters Courses
King’s College London Featured Masters Courses
Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi Featured Masters Courses
Aberdeen University Featured Masters Courses

Our MSc in Renewable Energy Systems Technology (REST) is the UK’s longest established master’s specialising in renewable and sustainable energy engineering.  For 25 years, more than 500 students from 30 countries have successfully completed the course.  Our highly skilled graduate energy engineers are prized by industry - many now have senior positions across industry, commerce, government and NGOs.

The course is designed and delivered by experts from the Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST), the UK’s largest sustainable energy engineering research centre. At CREST, we have influential partnerships with industry, policy makers and researchers across the world. This keeps the course up-to-date with the latest advances in sustainable energy engineering. And because all modules are taught by leading experts, you will benefit greatly from their experience.  

What makes our course stand out?

  • Our MSc in Renewable Energy Systems Technology is specifically designed for the sustainable energy sector. All modules are created exclusively for the course, so that you can focus and tailor your study towards your areas of interest.
  • The course is designed to match the demands of employers. You will gain a wide range of relevant skills needed for a successful career in the global renewable energy engineering sector.
  • Each module is taught by experts - you will learn about the newest developments in sustainable energy engineering from leaders in each area.  
  • Flexibility means that you can develop your MSc major project to match your interests and career objectives. You will be guided and mentored by world leading experts from CREST and our external partners.
  • You will join a close group of international students from different technical backgrounds and career stages. You will share your experiences, debate environmental and engineering issues, and work together on practical projects and coursework.
  • Our MSc students have full access to CREST’s advanced hands-on practical labs and leading-edge modelling & simulation facilities.
  • Our MSc students come from across the world and from a wide range of science and engineering backgrounds. Many stay in touch throughout their careers in renewable and sustainable energy engineering.
  • You can study full-time at our state-of-the-art Loughborough campus, or part-time via blended learning.
  • Our MSc in Renewable Energy Systems Technology is accredited by the IET and IMechE (the UK’s leading engineering institutions). It meets the educational requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer when presented with an accredited bachelor’s degree.
  • We will support you in marketing your new skills to employers and make sure that your CV stands out from the crowd.
  • Our Loughborough campus has a strong student community and a vibrant lifestyle. And our unrivalled sporting opportunities, exceptional learning environment and wide range of support services are just over an hour from London!

What you'll study

This is a practical, industry-focused programme. It covers the technical principles and methods underpinning renewable energy engineering. It also covers economic, social and policy aspects involved in engineering a low carbon energy future.

The compulsory modules will give you a comprehensive overview of the most important technologies across the renewable energy sector. They also examine key global energy policy and development aspects.

Our optional modules allow you to tailor your course to areas that match your career aspirations.

The major research project gives you the opportunity to focus in depth on your key areas of interest.


  • Sustainability and Energy Systems: Explores the energy sector at a global level and examines the benefits of renewable and sustainable energy for developing societies. You will discuss energy provision in areas such as India, Asia, and South America, and how this can impact people's lives.
  • Bioenergy: Investigates the technology and sustainability issues surrounding the most common source of renewable energy. You will explore issues around providing both heat and power.
  • Integration of Renewables: Considers the evolution of power systems towards a low carbon future, with a focus on the key electrical engineering principles.
  • Water Power: Covers resource availability and engineering aspects of turbines. Includes discussion of hydropower station operation, conservation, and techno-economics.
  • Solar Power (PV): Takes an holistic look at technologies, design, integration and the future outlook for photovoltaics.
  • Wind Power 1: Explore the engineering, economic and practical challenges of this fast-growing energy source.
  • Research Project: Be mentored on a project of your choice by world class experts in sustainable energy engineering.


  • Energy system investment and risk: Analysing investment decision-making and risk management for the energy sector.
  • Energy storage: The design and development of the low cost, high density electrical and thermal energy storage.
  • Advanced wind: Modern high performance turbines, offshore wind development and in-depth wind modelling for complex environments.
  • Advanced photovoltaics: Developing specialist knowledge – in-depth science and practical implementation.
  • Solar thermal systems: Explores the challenges and opportunities for passive solar buildings. Includes the key principles of design and operation of solar thermal systems.

Our students say

‘The lecturers are clearly passionate about their work and committed to solving today’s energy challenges - they had great enthusiasm when talking about their projects. You get a good feeling from working with people who are pursuing something that they truly believe in. This programme was a great introduction to the renewable energy sector’ Brian Boehm (USA), REST student 2018/2019

‘The REST MSc was a quick and efficient way to make yourself employable and to stand out more in your CV for roles in the renewables industry. Everyone on the course would much rather be learning about sustainability - that's their mission and their passion – and were not really interested in something like gas turbines - so the focus of the course was attractive. What we all believed in (sustainability) was a unifying motivation and it speaks to our values’. William Allen, Foster and Partners, London - REST graduate 2015

‘I am especially interested in pursuing a career in wind energy engineering. A draw for me was that there were two modules on wind power which would allow me to tailor my course towards my intended career path’ Luke Reiman (UK) REST student 2018/19

Visit the Renewable Energy Systems Technology page on the Loughborough University website for more details!






Enquire About This Course

Recipient: Loughborough University

* required field

Please correct the errors indicated below to send your enquiry

Your enquiry has been emailed successfully