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Gain a robust understanding in renewable energy and sustainable technologies, as well as carbon management and energy use in the built environment.

The MSc Renewable Energy: Technology and Sustainability deals with the applications of renewable energy and sustainable technology combined with the impact on the environment of using non-sustainable technologies. We focus on the technical and policy questions arising from global demands for secure, affordable and sustainable energy. We cover rapidly-evolving fields that are vitally relevant to how society develops in the 21st century. This course is accredited by the Energy Institute and the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers.

The distinctive focus is on renewable energy and sustainable technologies, as well as carbon management and energy use in the built environment.

There is international concern about the environmental damage associated with the conversion of energy from all sources. Renewable energy sources can make a significant contribution to the reduction of pollution, if used in a sustainable way. Renewable fuels and energy systems can also offer protection against future shortages and price increases of conventional energy, and can provide energy supplies in remote areas.

This course has been Labelled by Climate KIC - a knowledge and Innovation Community that works with existing and relevant Master's courses to enhance them with complementary learning

What will you study?

Sample modules

  • Energy carbon and the environment
  • Sustainable heat and power
  • Energy in buildings
  • Sustainable urban systems
  • Building information modelling

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.


The dissertation is a major individual research project. Guidance will be given on choosing a research topic, research techniques and the style and presentation of the finished document. Classes in research skills are provided as part of the dissertation module. Students will have their own carefully selected dissertation tutor whose role is to help them plan and successfully execute this key part of the programme.


We offer a one-year, full-time modular course. It is taught with ten, one-week attendance periods at the University. The full-time programme starts in September each year.

Flexible part-time

We also offer a two-year, part-time modular course. It is taught with ten, one-week attendance periods at the University. The duration of the flexible route is strongly recommended as two years, but this is not fixed. The flexible course starts in September each year.

What career can you have?

The School has international alumni spread throughout the world. Many are in senior positions within governments, NGOs or the private sector. Graduates from the MSc in Renewable Energy: Technology and Sustainability are uniquely equipped to engage with the challenges of reducing the carbon footprint of energy generation and use. You will acquire the expertise and skills to significantly enhance your employability options in a wide range of energy and sustainability-related occupations. Particular attention is given to the development of research skills and critical thinking. The specific aim is to develop specialist skills. These arise from exposure to theory, research and methods of critical evaluation, while enabling career development.

Graduates will typically be employed in professional roles, such as:

  • Energy Officer
  • Sustainability Consultant
  • Sustainable Energy Consultant
  • Renewables Engineer
  • Renewables Consultant
  • Technical Director
  • Project Analyst
  • Researcher
  • Sales and Marketing Specialist
  • Design Engineer

Visit the Renewable Energy: Technology and Sustainability MSc page on the University of Reading website for more details!




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