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Sustainable Energy and Environment (MSc)

1 year (full-time) / 3 years (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

Course Aims

The course offers knowledge and expertise in relation to sustainable energy and the environmental impact of energy systems. In several areas of the field there is a predicted employment shortage developing, and hence there is a demand for graduates from this type of course.

Previous experience has shown that Master's graduates in the field of energy gain employment in large energy-focussed companies, the public sector (Energy agencies, Carbon Trust, etc.), research and development, or set up their own companies. About a third gain PhDs along their career paths.

Course Description

This multi-disciplinary programme considers both alternative energy sources and the effective management of traditional fuels and energy systems, integrating this study with environmental/waste issues.

The structure of the course is based on three main themes: Energy Supply, Energy Demand and Management. The course is delivered primarily through three Schools within Cardiff University: Engineering, the Welsh School of Architecture and Earth, Ocean and Planetary Sciences, though there will be contributions from other schools and external industrial lectures to enhance the learning experience.

The course aims to provide a balanced training across this broad field, notably providing a balance between the renewable and fossil fuel generation aspects, as well as encompassing the role of various industrial sectors (electrical power generation and distribution, built environment, transport, industry, etc.). A significant feature is the integrated, lifecycle approach to energy and environmental issues.

Course Structure

The programme is divided into 3 semesters, with increasingly more research-based learning and group projects in the second semester, culminating with an individual project in the final semester. The taught material is delivered during the Autumn and Spring semesters. Most projects will be associated with an industrial sponsor, taking full advantage of the strong industrial research collaborations existing within participating Schools. Students will select 2 modules from a group of options, allowing some degree of specialisation, and providing exposure to the frontiers of research in these areas.

Topics covered on the course include:


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Entry Requirements

An upper 2nd class honours degree in engineering, environmental engineering, earth sciences, pure sciences or a similar field from a good UK university or an equivalent international degree qualification. If you have a good 2:2 or equivalent, or relevant industrial experience, we'll give your application individual consideration.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to pass IELTS exams. The minimum requirement is an IELTS score of 6.5. Please see our English language requirements for more information.

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

Tuition Fees 2016/17

Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.

  UK & EU International
Full-time £7,750 £18,250
Part-time £4,000 £9,125
Deposit n/a Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Postgraduate Admissions Office, School of Engineering  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 0050 



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