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Energy Supply for Low Carbon Futures (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)

Course Description

Course Description

The MSc in Energy Supply for Low Carbon Futures develops professional engineers and scientists able to respond to the urgent need to achieve more sustainable futures for human society and address the key concerns of energy security, carbon emissions and climate change, energy pricing and affordability, to meet the UK Government’s ambitious target of 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Cranfield is a respected provider of energy related research and teaching, which represents about 10% of the University’s income. Students benefit from dedicated state-of-the-art facilities including unique engineering-scale facilities for the development of efficient technologies with low CO2 emissions.


Energy is recognised as fundamental to virtually every product and service in use in modern lifestyles. Modern society has developed a dependence on abundant, cheap and ultimately polluting fossil fuel technologies. However, evidence suggests that production from conventional oil resources has already peaked, and that, at current usage rates, similar peaks will occur in the foreseeable future for natural gas and coal.

It is clear that investment in, and support for, energy production from renewable sources from clean fossil fuel sources with carbon capture and storage, and from nuclear power, must significantly increase to provide an affordable and balanced portfolio of energy supply to satisfy modern society’s needs.

Start date: Full-time: October. Part-time: throughout the year

Duration: Full-time MSc - one year, Part-time MSc - up to three years, Full-time PgCert - one year, Part-time PgCert - two years, Full-time PgDip - one year, Part-time PgDip - two years

English Language Requirements

If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. The minimum standard expected from a number of accepted courses are as follows:

IELTS - 6.5
TOEFL - 92
Pearson PTE Academic - 65
Cambridge English Scale - 180
Cambridge English: Advanced - C
Cambridge English: Proficiency - C

In addition to these minimum scores you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.

We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).

Course overview

The MSc course comprises eight assessed modules, an integrated group project and an individual project. Students undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) complete the eight modules and the group project. Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) students complete six modules.


This course comprises eight taught modules, a group project and an individual project.

- Principles of Sustainability
- Demand Management for Industry and the Built Environment
- Renewable Energy Technologies: Fundamentals
- Materials and Reliability in Energy Systems
- Fuels and Energy Conversion
- Renewable Energy Technologies: Systems
- Energy Production Emissions Control, Carbon Capture and Transport
- Energy Policy, Carbon Markets and Futures

Individual Project

The individual thesis project, usually in collaboration with an external organisation, offers students the opportunity to develop their research capability, depth of understanding and ability to provide sustainable solutions to real problems in energy supply and demand management.

Group Project

The group project experience is highly valued by both students and prospective employers. It provides students with the opportunity to take responsibility for a consultancy-type project, working within agreed objectives, deadlines and budgets. For part-time students a dissertation usually replaces the group project.


Taught modules 40%, group project 20% (dissertation for part-time students), individual project 40%.

Career opportunities

Takes you on to a wide-range of careers as a professional scientist or engineer in energy production, distribution and demand management in the environment, energy and offshore sectors.

For further information

On this course, please visit our course webpage - http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/masters/energy-supply-for-low-carbon-futures.html

Visit the Energy Supply for Low Carbon Futures (MSc/PgDip/PgCert) page on the Cranfield University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Chukwudubem Nwana

Impressive international rankings for the course of study and its reputation as the only postgraduate institution in the EU attracted me to Cranfield University. Also, its collaboration with industry was an important factor.
It helped me to develop my knowledge of business operations and how this interfaces with engineering expertise. I now have options in the manufacturing and the energy industries, both of which are my preferred career choices.
I found the international environment, as well as the access to social and extracurricular activities and facilities such as tennis and Jujutsu classes, and trips to Cambridge and London, fantastic.

Chukwudubem Nwanah, Management Trainee (Supply Chain -manufacturing), Unilever Nigeria,
(MSc, Energy Systems and Thermal Processes, 2014, full-time)


Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme (CPLS) - 20+ Awards

Cranfield University is now able to offer you a more affordable way to study an MSc with loans managed by Prodigy Finance.With a Cranfield Postgraduate Loan it is possible for you to take up your MSc studies with no repayments while you study. This will leave you free to concentrate on your course and enhance your career prospects.Launched in February 2014, the scheme is designed to support UK and EU students entering postgraduate study and is intended to attract those who may not otherwise progress to this level because of financial constraints.Loans of up to £15,000 are available (dependent on the tuition fees for your chosen course).If you are a UK student, loans are available for tuition fees and maintenance. EU students can apply for a loan covering only tuition fees.
Loans are repaid over a seven year period and repayments start six months after you complete your degree. As a not-for-profit scheme, funded by Cranfield and HEFCE, the loans are competitively priced (6.92% APR representative) and considerably more affordable than a standard career development loan.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Loans of up to £15,000 total


You can apply for a loan if you:• are domiciled in the UK or EU and qualify for ‘Home/EU’ fees and
• have an admissions offer to a Cranfield full-time, taught MSc course in a STEM (Science, Technology Engineering or Mathematics) subject

Application Procedure

If you already have an applicable course offer you can apply online through Prodigy Finance. You will need to provide Prodigy Finance with details of your offer from Cranfield. Your loan application will be considered and responded to within a few days.If you are yet to secure an offer of a place you can register your interest in the scheme and we will keep you up-to-date.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A first or second class UK Honours degree (or equivalent) in a related science or engineering discipline. Other recognised professional qualifications or several years relevant industrial experience may be accepted as equivalent; subject to approval by the Course Director.

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