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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

The course is suitable for graduates in engineering, environmental engineering, earth sciences or pure sciences, or in a relevant numerate scientific discipline, or with appropriate professional experience. Applicants without an engineering or applied science background should bear in mind that there are significant numerical / computational elements to this MSc.

Applicants should have at least an upper second class Honours degree (or equivalent) from a British or recognised overseas university. Applicants with relevant professional experience will be considered on an individual basis. 

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to pass IELTS exams. Our requirements is a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or higher.

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:

  • UK & EU Full Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below).
  • International Full Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below).

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Postgraduate Admissions Office, School of Engineering  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 0050 



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