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Sustainable Energy: Technologies and Management MSc

Course code


Start date


Subject area

Mechanical and Automotive Engineering

Mode of study

1 year full-time



UK £9,250

2021/22 changes

Click here to read about how your course will be delivered and supported from September 2021.

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Our Sustainable Energy: Technologies and Management MSc degree focuses on providing you with a sound knowledge of sustainable technologies and the skills for effective energy management and environmental protection.

We aim to produce master’s qualified graduates capable of implementing, developing and managing effective sustainable energy practices in an industrial, business or government environment.

A significant feature of the course is the depth and breadth of covered material. Not only will you deepen your knowledge of energy engineering in the context of sustainability, you’ll also have the opportunity to develop advanced and specific knowledge of project management and environmental initiatives.

We have strong links with industry, energy institutions and pioneers in energy technology, and this means you’ll benefit from regular guest speakers from various energy sectors.

Our extensive, well-equipped laboratories have particular strengths in advanced energy materials, solar energy engineering (PV and PV-T integrated systems), energy efficiency in buildings including smart materials development, low energy cooling technologies and infrastructure management, hydrogen and fuel cells, and bioenergy engineering processes.

Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to advanced software systems for the simulation, analysis and design of clean energy projects such as renewable and efficient energy systems.

Our sustainable energy course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and is studied full-time over one year.

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

This postgraduate engineering degree is delivered in three phases. Terms one and two are the taught elements. Successful completion of the taught modules allows you to move on to the dissertation stage. Your dissertation project will be four months of full-time work. You’ll undertake an approved research topic related to sustainable energy proposed by academics, or from industry.

Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers.

This course can be studied 1 year full-time, starting in September.

Year 1

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

The programme specification is in the process of being updated and may not be an accurate reflection of the programme.

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Careers and your future

Brunel's Sustainable Energy: Technologies and Management MSc degree prepares you for work in the energy field. Our graduates work with environmental consultancies and energy agencies and with facilities managers such as county councils within their energy and environmental management departments.

Other graduates work in building services and construction-related consultancies such as Hoare Lea, WSP Group, Faber Maunsell, Powervault, BDP, EngDesign, BuroHappold, AECOM, ChapmanBDSP, Trend Control Systems, BRE, Atkins, Solairedirect, Green Technologies FZCO, Equinix, Beijaflore, Siachen Energy and Hilson Moran, as well as industrial project leaders for energy management at Swiss Blue Energy AG and ReVamp Energy Solutions.

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UK entry requirements

A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree  or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in an engineering or technology subject.

Other qualifications and relevant experience will be assessed on an individual basis.

Applicants who will need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate: This course is now closed to new applications for September 2021 from visa requiring applicants who will need an ATAS certificate to study the course. This is because there will not be enough time to obtain the ATAS certificate and apply for a student visa before the start of the course. If you would like to apply for this course, you should apply for the next entry point after September 2021.

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 59 (59 in all sub scores)
  • BrunELT: 58% (min 55% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 77 (min R18, L17, S20, W17) 

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2021/22 entry


£9,250 full-time

More information on any additional course-related costs.

Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2022/23 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to continue our support during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course.

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

Our sustainable energy master’s degree is delivered by passionate researchers, and your learning will be enriched by their expertise in the field of clean energy technologies and connections to industry, energy institutions and pioneers in energy technology.

Study will combine lectures, seminars, tutorials, group work, site visits, self-study, and laboratory research activities for your dissertation project. There will also be guest lectures from the energy and building sectors.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

Your work will be assessed through written assignments, individual and group presentations, technical reports, projects, formal exams, and your dissertation.


Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.