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Energy Systems (MScR)

Course Description

Research profile

The Institute for Energy Systems (IES) is a world-leading centre of research in marine and renewable energy, and is home to international expertise covering energy and climate change, machines and power-electronic interfaces and power system operation and control.

Academic expertise includes:

resource modelling
computational fluid dynamics
power electronics
power systems analysis
life-cycle analysis


The Institute also hosts the EPSRC-funded UK Centre for Marine Energy Research, and is founder and chair of the Ocean Energy Group within the European Energy Research Alliance.

In addition to traditional PhD training opportunities, IES leads the innovative IDCORE Engineering Doctoral Centre in Offshore Renewable Energy and the very well-established and successful MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems.

The Institute is a partner in the EPSRC funded CDT in Wind and Marine led by Strathclyde University. It also co-hosts the UK Energy Research Centre and collaborates in a Joint Research Institute in Energy with Heriot-Watt University.

Training and support

Students are strongly encouraged and trained to present their research at conferences and in journal papers during the course of their PhD.

Students are also encouraged to attend transferable skills courses provided by the University and to participate in external courses provided by organisations such as the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

PhD candidates pursue their research projects under continuous guidance, resulting in a thesis that makes an original contribution to knowledge. You will be linked to two academic supervisors, and one industrial supervisor if the project is industrially sponsored.


IES has excellent experimental facilities for both marine and electrical power. The Institute hosts the unique FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility, which is the world’s most sophisticated large marine energy test laboratory.

Research opportunities

We offer a comprehensive range of exciting research opportunities through a choice of postgraduate research degrees: MSc by Research, MPhil and PhD.

Masters by Research

An MSc by Research is based on a research project tailored to a candidate’s interests. It lasts one year full time or two years part time. The project can be a shorter alternative to an MPhil or PhD, or a precursor to either – including the option of an MSc project expanding into MPhil or doctorate work as it evolves. It can also be a mechanism for industry to collaborate with the School.

Visit the Energy Systems (MScR) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

To study at postgraduate level you should have a first degree in an appropriate subject or relevant qualifications and experience. Confirm with the School to find out whether there are specific entry requirements for this programme.

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