Renewable and Sustainable Energy Technologies MSc

Northumbria University

Program Overview

With climate change dominating news agendas and world economies committing to decarbonisation, there's never been a better time to study a Master's in renewable energy. 

It is predicted that there will be over 27,000 renewable energy jobs in the UK by 2030, and the North East is rapidly becoming a renewable energy hub. Thousands of renewable energy jobs are due to be created in the region over the next few years from large renewables projects such as the UK's first gigaplant manufacturing car batteries and a £300 million plant turning waste to energy.


Beyond the North East, demand for renewable energy and sustainable solutions is growing worldwide and there is a global shortage of trained engineers to fill renewable energy jobs worldwide. 


Northumbria's Renewable and Sustainable Energy Technologies MSc is a highly relevant qualification, which is accredited by the Engineering Council through the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. 


This industry-focussed MSc programme covers topics such as photovoltaic, wind, thermo-mechanical energy conversion systems, hybrid renewable energy systems, energy efficiency, building energy modelling and engineering optimisation, through both lectures and practical laboratory work. You will have access to a specialist laboratory that’s dedicated to power networks, wind energy, photovoltaics and battery testing for electric vehicles.


Northumbria has a well-established reputation for renewable and sustainable energy technologies, and you will be taught by staff at the forefront of their academic fields. You will also benefit from excellent technical facilities including access to industry standard software such as MATLAB and specialist workshops.


With a looming global energy crisis our MSc Renewable and Sustainable Energy programme is the perfect preparation for a career in the in-demand renewable energy sector. 


Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council,  the course meets the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.


NewcastleUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 16,500


IELTS: 6.5

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Our teaching methods include lectures, seminars, workshops, individual tutorials, and group projects. As this is a master’s course there is a significant element of independent learning and self-motivated reflection.

You’ll undertake a master’s project that will hone your skills in evaluating and applying research techniques and methodologies. The topic of the project will reflect your own unique interests.


Assessments are designed to give feedback as well as to monitor your level of achievement. The assessed projects will enable you to test your skills in ways that relate to current industrial practice. Specific assessment methods include assignments, exams, technical reports and presentations.



Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.


Year one


  • KB7003 -Building Energy and Environmental Modelling (Core,20 Credits)
  • KB7030 -Research Methods (Core,20 Credits)
  • KB7040 -Sustainable Development for Engineering Practitioners (Core,20 Credits)
  • KB7042 -Thermo-Mechanical Energy Conversion Systems (Core,20 Credits)
  • KB7043 -Multidisciplinary Design and Engineering Optimisation (Core,20 Credits)
  • KB7045 -Wind, Photovoltaic and Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems (Core,20 Credits)
  • KB7052 -Research Project (Core,60 Credits)
  • KB7053 -Academic Language Skills for Mechanical and Construction Engineering (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Entry Requirements 2022/23

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:


A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in an engineering or science discipline. Other subject qualifications, equivalent professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.


International applicants (apart from exempt nationalities) will need an ATAS certificate to enrol on this course. Without this certificate, a visa application will be refused. 


International qualifications:


If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages.


English language requirements:


International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

Fees and Funding 2022/23 Entry

Full UK Fee: £9,075


Full EU Fee: £16,500


Full International Fee: £16,500

By the end of this course you’ll be in an excellent position to start or continue a career in renewable and sustainable energy technologies. Renewable energy production could increase by up to 1,000% by 2050 compared to 2010, according to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, so there will be a pressing need for well-trained professionals.  

You could also undertake a postgraduate research degree such as an MPhil, PhD and Professional Doctorate. If you decide to start up your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university. 


Whatever you decide to do, you will have the transferable skills that employers expect from a master’s graduate from Northumbria University. These include the ability to tackle complex issues through conceptualisation and undertaking research, the ability to contribute to new processes and knowledge, and the ability to formulate balanced judgements when considering incomplete or ambiguous data.

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