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MSc Sustainable Energy Technologies (H1A0)


Sustainable Energy

Learn the fundamental scientific and technical aspects of sustainable energy technologies

The course provides fundamental scientific and technical aspects of sustainable energy technologies. Students will be introduced to key enabling technologies, including electrical, electrochemical, mechanical and thermal aspects

The development of sustainable and renewable methods for energy supply is a global priority, driven by the impacts of carbon-based fossil fuel use on the environment, as well as dwindling reserves fossil fuels. The main challenges in the shift away from fossil fuel based power generation lie in the development of sustainable energy technologies, ranging from the engineering of new materials to the integration of these technologies into power distribution networks. Students on this course will gain in-depth and advanced knowledge of a diverse range of sustainable energy technologies, including wind, solar, fuel cells and bioenergy.

Teaching is underpinned by research activities in the following areas:

  • Bioenergy
  • Energy storage
  • Fuel cells
  • Batteries
  • Electrical and thermal energy systems
  • Sustainable chemical processes and materials
  • Power systems
  • Power electronics for the grid

The University has links with a wide range of institutions both within the UK and internationally and the School benefits from research collaboration with many of these other academic and industrial organisations.

Please note that the information on these webpages is applicable for 2019 entry. We are currently reviewing this course for 2020 entry. Please check this webpage again in Spring 2019 for the latest information regarding 2020 entry.

The MSc degree (totalling 180 credits) comprises:

  1. Eight taught modules (15 credits each): Four core modules and four optional modules (see below)
  2. A research project worth 60 credits (see below)

Core modules

  • Fuel Cells and Energy Storage (ES96X)
  • Renewable Energy (ES4E0)
  • Bioenergy and Biotechnology (ES97B)
  • Fuels and Combustion (ES4E4)

Optional modules (choose 4)*

  • Operation and Control of Power Systems (ES97A)
  • Heat Transfer Theory and Design (ES4D9)
  • Power Electronic Converters and Devices (ES4D4)
  • Electrical Machines and Drives (ES96Z)
  • Finite Element Methods (ES4B5)
  • Environmental River Processes (ES4F8)
  • Thinking Water (IL905)

*Optional module lists are subject to change each year to keep the student learning experience current and up to date. We are currently reviewing the optional module list for Sustainable Energy Technologies and recommend that you check this webpage again in future for the most up-to-date information.

Individual project (ES97N)

The individual research project is an in-depth experimental, theoretical or computational investigation of a topic chosen by you in conjunction with an academic supervisor. Typical project titles include:

  • New electrolyte materials for solid state rechargeable battery
  • Biomass to Chemicals: Sustainable production of chemicals in bio-refineries
  • Modelling of high efficiency crystalline solar cells
  • Developing and testing an improved solar thermal collector
  • Modelling of the university district heat network
  • Phase synchronisation in arrays of wind energy harvesters
  • Power electronic technologies for wind power generation
  • Motor drive simulation for hybrid electric vehicles
  • Intelligent management of distributed electricity generation


                    In order to come to Warwick you need to hold an unconditional offer. All applicants must satisfy the general postgraduate admissions requirements and also those of the course which they wish to pursue.

                    • A second class UK honours degree or equivalent in any engineering, physical science (such as maths, physics, chemistry) and life sciences or medicine, provided it can be demonstrated that you have an appropriate background in fundamental mathematical concepts
                      • You can see how your current degree score or GPA equates to the British system on the International Office's equivalent scores table.
                    • Two academic references. You should nominate referees who can provide an informed view of your academic ability and suitability for your chosen programme of study.
                    • Maths statement: A brief statement written by you that confirms that you understand the level of mathematics required for this course. We ask that you look at the problems shown on the link for the prescribed mathematical concepts and see if you can do them. All applicants will be expected to know the prescribed mathematical concepts and the onus is on the individual to ensure that they understand the required material. In order to cope easily with the course we are looking for competence in the majority of mathematics that is taught in the first and second year of an undergraduate Engineering or Physics course.
                    • English Language Qualification: If your first language is not English you will be expected to obtain one of the following recognised English Language qualifications:
                      • IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 with no component less than 6.0
                      • TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 92 with minimum components; Reading 22, Listening 21, Speaking 23, Writing 21
                      • Other tests are accepted, click here for details of Band A scores.
                    • ATAS: If you are from outside the EU you may require ATAS clearance. Full instructions about this process and how to apply will be sent to you after an offer for admission is made. Please do not attempt to compile the list of modules by yourself as both core and optional/elective modules must be listed and a partial list will invalidate your ATAS certificate. (CAH10-01-09 chemical, process and energy engineering)


                    We ask you to use our online application form here because it is the quickest and most efficient method for applying for admission to our MSc in Sustainable Energy Technologies.

                    There is a non-refundable online application fee for taught postgraduate courses of £55 for online applications. Unpaid applications remain within the system for 20 days from completing the application form online before being withdrawn automatically. For payment details please contact Postgraduate Admissions

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                    The accredited MSc will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Accredited MSc graduates who also have a BEng (Hons) accredited for CEng will be able to show that they have satisfied the educational base for CEng registration.

                    It should be noted that graduates from an accredited MSc programme that do not also have an appropriately accredited Honours degree, will not be regarded as having the exemplifying qualifications for professional registration as a Chartered Engineer with the Engineering Council; and will need to have their qualifications individually assessed through the Individual Case Procedure if they wish to progress to CEng.

                    There are two main costs for students undertaking postgraduate study - academic fees and living expenses.

                    Tuition fees

                    Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. For details of the fees and how to pay, please review the Warwick Student Finance pages - Engineering are 'Standard Course Fees Band 2.

                    Living expenses

                    As well as tuition fees, students should budget for accommodation, food, books and other general expenditure such as clothes or leisure. Living costs will depend upon your lifestyle and spending patterns.

                    International students must be able to prove they have the necessary funds to cover these expenses. For more information on all costs see living expenses.


                    The School of Engineering offer scholarships throughout the year, check the page regularly for the latest funding opportunities.

                    Postal address:

                    Postgraduate Office
                    School of Engineering
                    Library Road
                    University of Warwick
                    CV4 7AL

                     “I really enjoyed the fact the an MSc gives you the opportunity to gain an in depth knowledge in a specific research area; being able to focus your studies on the field that interests you most is a great experience. I especially enjoyed our site visit to GE Power; it was great to see the technologies that we have been learning about in the classroom being implemented on an industrial scale.

                    Caspar C, MSc in Sustainable Energy Technologies (16/17 cohort)


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                    Essential Information

                    Degree title:

                    Degree of Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Technologies (MSc)


                    1 year full time
                    A 12 month registration taking into account 30 weeks of teaching during the academic year and project work throughout.

                    Application deadline
                    31st July 2019

                    Course Start Date
                    30th September 2019

                    Location of study
                    School of Engineering, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL, United Kingdom

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                    Application checklist

                    This information is applicable for 2019 entry. We are currently reviewing this course for 2020 entry. Please check this webpage again in Spring 2019 for the latest information regarding 2020 entry.