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Sustainable Energy Systems (MSc)

Course Description

This course is for engineers who wish to develop their skills and knowledge in energy systems that will meet future energy needs. Such energy systems will need to be designed and implemented in accordance with principles of sustainability.

The course content is designed to be relevant to international, national and local government energy policies and strategies, and will be of value to anyone working in an energy related engineering discipline. The primary focus of the course is for graduates in building services, mechanical, electrical and chemical engineering.

The aims of the course are to:
- Present and take forward arguments for sustainability in the design and implementation of energy delivery systems

- Provide you with a broad basis of advanced understanding in the technologies that deliver high quality energy services with minimum environmental impact

- Design appropriate decentralised energy delivery systems, based on a range of criteria including environment, cost and engineering potential

- Develop your understanding of policy, market and institutional factors that promote or constrain innovation.

Excellent scholarship opportunity

Students who have accepted an offer for a full-time place on this course are encouraged to apply for LSBU's Kevin Herriott scholarship. Find out more about the Kevin Herriott scholarship.

Students on this course are also eligible to apply for a bursary from the Panasonic Trust fellowship scheme, worth £8,000.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/sustainable-energy-systems-msc


An indicative list of topics covered on this course are:

- Renewable energy technologies 1
This module provides the necessary knowledge and skills to analyse the technical performance, environmental impact and economic feasibility of a variety of solar and wind powered systems. The module provides a systematic understanding of current knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and new insights at the forefront of professional practice; train students to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the field of solar and wind power; enables students to evaluate solar and wind power technologies, develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose novel solutions.

- Renewable energy technologies 2
The module provides the necessary knowledge and skills to analyse the technical performance, environmental impact and economic feasibility of a number renewable energy technologies such as fuel cells, biofuels, geothermal, and micro-hydropower systems.

- Energy resource and use analysis
This module is designed to develop strategic and operational management skills in the fields of infrastructure asset management and project appraisal. It covers design life extensions, risk and asset management techniques for infrastructure, and techniques for physical appraisal of infrastructure, and their economic, environmental and social impacts.

- Electrical power
The module covers electrical power engineering as applied to the design of systems in buildings. In particular, this includes the connection of, and the effects of, small-scale embedded generation as might be employed to exploit renewable energy sources. The module aims to provide appreciation and understanding of electrical services design in buildings with particular reference to safety requirements and the effects of embedded generation on the supplier and the consumer.

- Sustainable refrigeration
The module introduces the principles of thermodynamics, and applies them to the study and design of energy efficient refrigeration systems. Vapour compression, absorption and other novel cycles are analysed and modelled Practical applications of sustainable refrigeration are investigated through case studies.

- Environmental management
The module is designed to develop understanding of the way in which human social and economic activities impact on the environment. The emphasis is on how managers can assess and influence the environmental impact of their particular organisation, with reference to key technologies and the political and legal constraints within which organisations must operate.

- Energy engineering project


The emergence of sustainable energy technologies, together with targets for implementation, mean that specialist engineers will increasingly be in demand to specify, design and install these systems. Many engineering consultancies and energy service companies are developing specialist sustainability teams, and already there is a shortage of skilled personnel.

Professional accreditation

The course provides the Masters level academic requirements leading to Chartered Engineer status when following on from an appropriate accredited BEng degree.

The course is accredited on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes. Accreditation:
This course is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CISBE) and the Energy Institute as masters further learning to meet the academic requirements of becoming a Chartered Engineer (with a suitable first degree).

The course is accredited on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) is the standard setter and authority on building services engineering in the UK and overseas. It speaks for the profession and supports career development.

The Energy Institute is the professional members' body for the energy industry, delivering good practice and professionalism across the sector. Its purpose is to develop and disseminate knowledge, skills and good practice towards a safer, more secure and sustainable energy system.

Visit the Sustainable Energy Systems (MSc) page on the London South Bank University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Kevin Herriott Scholarship - Single Award

From donations received by LSBU alumnus Kevin Herriott, we are now offering the Kevin Herriott Scholarship for our MSc Sustainable Energy Systems programme. For the 2015/16 academic year there is one scholarship worth £4,000 towards fees for full-time UK, EU or International student on LSBU's MSc Sustainable Energy Systems.

Value of Scholarship(s)



The Scholarships are awarded primarily on academic merit, evidence of an applicants' commitment to their future career and their previous practical or academic achievements. Students will be selected by the scholarship panel whose decision is final. No appeals will be received.Scholarship applications will only be accepted from students with the following:- an LSBU offer (conditional or unconditional) of a place on MSc Sustainable Energy Systems
- proof of academic excellence. Qualifications obtained outside the UK will be assessed for equivalency using NARIC
- evidence of having commitment to their future career and previous practical or academic achievement

Application Procedure

Click through to our website and download an application form.
Completed forms and requested documents should be returned to:Sophia Martin
Student Advisor
London South Bank University
103 Borough Road
SE1 0AAAlternatively email them to [email protected]

Further Information



Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship - 20+ Awards

At London South Bank University (LSBU) we understand how important a postgraduate degree is to career progression and professional fulfilment. The Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship programme offers a range of awards from £1,000 bursaries to full fee waivers, creating opportunities for a variety of postgraduate students. The programme is made possible by donations to the University's Annual Fund from alumni and other supporters.

Value of Scholarship(s)



All Home, EU or International students who have firmly accepted their unconditional or conditional offer of a place to study on an eligible postgraduate programme at LSBU are invited to apply for a scholarship in up to three categories. Their application will be assessed and, if successful, the student will receive one award. Only one application is allowed.

Application Procedure

You will be invited to apply online via email after you firmly accept your unconditional or conditional offer to study at LSBU. We recommend you apply for your place at LSBU as soon as possible to ensure you have been made an offer by the scholarship deadline of Friday 10 July, 2015.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division in a relevant subject. The course is designed for students with undergraduate degrees in building services, mechanical, electrical, or chemical engineering, or other relevant engineering disciplines.

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