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Sustainable Engineering: Renewable Energy Systems and the Environment (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)

  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year, Part-time: up to 3 years

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip, PgCert

  • Course Fees

    2015/16: Scotland/EU £4,500; Rest of UK £9,000; International £16,700

Course content

Why this course?

Renewable Energy Systems and the Environment is one of the pathways offered in the Sustainable Engineering programme.

This course examines the design and operation of the energy systems that provide the environments in which people live and work. It explores how quality of life can be balanced by the need for conservation of world resources.

You’ll learn about different energy resources:
- renewable
- fossil
- nuclear

You’ll look at the systems that are employed to control these resources such as:
- combined heat & power schemes
- heat pumps
- solar capture devices
- high efficiency condensing boilers
- advanced materials
- adaptive control systems

You’ll explore the impact energy has on the environment and how it can be reduced.

Our course has been running for over 20 years and has over 400 graduates. External examiners consistently refer to our beneficial links with industry and the high quality of our project work.

Study mode and duration:
- MSc:12 months full-time, up to 36 months part-time
- PgDip: 9 months full-time

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/sustainableengineeringrenewableenergysystemstheenvironment/

You’ll study

Studying at least three generic modules will meet the key requirements to attain Chartered Engineer status.

You must take three specialist modules if you’re studying for the Postgraduate Certificate and up to five if you’re studying for a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc.

Successful completion of six modules leads to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate.

Major projects

- Group project
This usually involves four or five students working together. Each project focuses on a particular energy/environment system and includes a technical appraisal, and, where appropriate, an assessment of its cost effectiveness and environmental impact.
At the end of the project, students perform a presentation during the University’s Knowledge Exchange week to invited guests from industry. This event provides an important networking opportunity for students.

- Individual project
The individual project is an opportunity for students to work independently on an energy topic with a more in-depth analysis than the group project.


The course is approved by the Energy Institute, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Royal Aeronautical Society and meets the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.
Students are encouraged to take up free membership of these professional organisations.


Students have access to departmental laboratories with a range of testing equipment. For example, a recent MSc project included the use of sophisticated thermal measurement of thermal storage materials undertaken in the Advanced Materials Research Laboratory.

Student competitions

Students can enter a number of competitions, which vary year-to-year. Recent examples include:
- District Heating and Cooling (DHC+) Student Competition
- Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers Simulation Group Award for Best MSc Dissertation

- Guest lectures
Students are regularly invited to talks by research visitors from the Energy Systems Research Unit. Talks on career options are also given by representatives of the Energy Institute.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Learning & teaching

The course comprises compulsory technical modules, a choice of broader generic modules, which are recommended by accrediting professional bodies, group projects with industry input, and individual projects.

Teaching methods are varied, and include lectures, discussions, group work, informal reviews, on-line questionnaires, and computer modelling laboratories.


Assessment of taught modules are by written assignments and exams. Group projects are assessed by project websites and presentations. Individual projects are assessed on the submitted thesis.


- Where are they now?
100% of our graduates are in work or further study.*

Job titles include:
- Artificial Intelligence Engineer
- Biomass Engineer
- Renewable Energy Consultant
- Renewable Energy Development Officer
- Technical Analyst

Employers include:
- Greenspan
- Mott Macdonald
- Natural Power
- Scottish Power Energy Networks
- The Campbell Palmer Partnership
- RSP Consulting Engineers

*Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (2010/11 and 2011/12).

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

Visit the Sustainable Engineering: Renewable Energy Systems and the Environment (MSc/PgDip/PgCert) page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!





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