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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.

The MSc degree (totalling 180 credits) comprises:

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

Core modules

  • Research Methods & Professional Skills
  • SET Design Group Project
  • Fuel Cells and Energy Storage (ES96X)
  • Renewable Energy (ES4E0)
  • Bioenergy and Biotechnology (ES97B)

    Optional modules (choose 3)*

    • Heat Transfer Theory and Design (ES4D9)
    • Fuels and Combustion (ES4E4)
    • Finite Element Methods (ES4B5)
    • Thinking Water (IL905)
    • Electrical Machines and Drives (ES96Z)

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

    Individual project (ES93N)

    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

                      Research groups


                      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 requirement: All applicants will be expected to know the prescribed mathematical concepts shown here. 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. We reserve the right to request that you undertake a short online test assessment.

                      • 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)

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                      Apply for 2020 entry

                      There is a non-refundable online application fee for taught postgraduate courses of £60 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

                      Application Form Course Details:
                      Department: School of Engineering
                      Type of course: Postgraduate Taught
                      Degree: Sustainable Energy Technologies (MSc) (P-H1A0)


                      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 2020

                      Course Start Date
                      5th October 2020

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

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