Sustainable Energy: Technologies and Management MSc (MSc)

Brunel University London the United Kingdom

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The award

How long you will study
1 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 5800 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 15000 per year

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About Sustainable Energy: Technologies and Management MSc at Brunel University London

This programme empowers graduates with a sound knowledge of sustainable technologies and skills for effective energy management with regard for environmental protection. It will enable them to create new opportunities for their employers by bringing an appreciation for current research into industrial use. This programme is accredited by both the IMechE and the Energy Institute and this will provide a route to Chartered Engineer status in the UK.

Entry Requirements

A UK first or second class Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification usually in engineering or other appropriate science and technology subject areas. For an alternative route of entry please see the Foundation Course at: /courses/pg/cdata/f/Building+Services+Engineering+Foundation+Course.

Other qualifications and relevant experience will be assessed on an individual basis. English Language requirements: IELTS score 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each subsection; TOEFL Internet test 79 (R18, L17, S20, W17); TOEFL (paper-based) score 550 and 4 in essay rating (TWE). For alternative English language qualifications accepted please view: /international/languagerequirements

Course Aims

Energy management using sustainable technologies and implementation of environmental initiatives play a rapidly increasing role in many public organisations and industry. The Energy Performance in Buildings Directive (EPBD) will be implemented in the UK and other EU countries in January 2006. It is likely to make energy performance an important issue when designing, constructing, procuring and maintaining buildings. Large public buildings would need to display energy efficiency certificates.

The design of buildings should include formal consideration of sustainable energy technologies including renewables. There is an urgent need for trained personnel to advise, implement and deliver strategies and management for sustainable practices.

This programme empowers graduates with a sound knowledge of sustainable technologies and skills for effective energy management with regard for environmental protection. It will enable them to create new opportunities for their employers by bringing an appreciation for current research into industrial use.

Course Content

Links with industry will be a key part of the programme in the form of guest speakers from various industry sectors. Students will develop themes of expertise facilitated by an MSc project and dissertation, which also provides a useful introduction to students thinking of embarking on a doctoral research degree.

Modules (all core) Energy Conversion Technologies

This element includes: principal fuels for energy conversion, production of thermal energy, conversion of thermal to mechanical energy, environmental impacts of power plant operation, conversion of thermal and chemical energy to electricity, cooling and heating equipment and thermal energy storage for heating and cooling

Sustainable Built Environment

This element includes: energy demand and consumption by building type and services, environmental conditions and thermal comfort theory, introduction to energy use for lighting and lighting systems, fundamentals of heat transfer, condensation in buildings, solar radiation, thermal response of buildings. introduction to ventilation, basic principles of natural, forced and hybrid ventilation system design, selection criteria, introduction to air conditioning, basic principles of air conditioning system design, air conditioning system selection criteria and design.

Renewable Energy Technologies

This element includes: energy sources, economics and environmental impact, energy storage technologies, the role of renewables, solar thermal, solar electricity, wind power generation, hydro, tidal and wave power, biofuels, building integrated renewables.

Principles of Sustainable Development: Energy in Transport and Industry

This element includes: sustainable development, energy, energy use, energy as business issue, industrial processes and energy use, energy use by transport systems and travel, advanced transport systems, zero emission vehicles and fuel cell developments.

Environmental Legislation: Energy and Environmental Review and Audit

This element includes: environmental regulations, hands-on environmental review and audit, environmental management systems, energy audit & management, establishing a monitoring and targeting scheme.

Environmental Hazards and Risk

Main topics of study: probability and the concepts of hazard, exposure, risk and uncertainty; approaches used in for characterising hazard and exposure in human health risk assessment and environmental risk assessment; case studies of human and environmental risk assessment in relation to chemical contaminants; PCBs and remediation; environmental impact assessment; managing risks presented by climate change - mitigation and adaptation; risk communication: the nuclear power industry and risk in energy economics; geohazards and risk; flooding and desertification – risk mapping in response to climate change; risk perception, uncertainty, and the precautionary principle: genetically modified organisms, food shortage and agricultural practice, biofuels and the organic devolution.

Research Methodology and Innovation

This element includes: Practical research issues: research processes and strategies; researcher/supervisor roles and relationships; writing, communicating and disseminating research; principles of good research practice. Information retrieval, Risk management: Risk analysis and decision support, financial indicators; and Innovation: Brainstorming, value engineering, intellectual property protection.

Strategic Management and Enterprise

This element includes: Financial ownership issues, Human resources management, Organisation of a business, Marketing concept, Ethical business, Marketing Communications: market research, marketing mix, branding, advertising and sponsorship.


The dissertation is a stimulating and challenging part of each MSc course. Dissertations may be carried out on any approved topic related to sustainable energy technologies and/or management. Essentially the dissertation gives the student the opportunity to apply the techniques and disciplines covered in the taught course to a topic of their own interest, of interest to a sponsoring or industrial organisation, or of research interest.


Each module is assessed either by formal examination, written assignments or a combination of the two. Cut-off dates for receipt of assignments are specified at the beginning of each stage. Examinations are normally taken in May/June. Successful completion of the taught modules allows the student to proceed to the dissertation stage.

To qualify for the award of the MSc degree, the student must submit a satisfactory dissertation. Where the dissertation is judged not to meet the MSc standard the student may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma.


The course fully prepares you for work in the energy field where environmental and their management is a consideration. It is expected that graduates will be attracted by environmental consultancies, energy agencies and facilities managers such as county councils within their energy and environmental management departments.

This course builds on our successful MSc in Building Services Engineering and Building Services Engineering Management. Former full-time recent graduates now work in building services and construction related consultancies such as Hoare Lea, WSP Group, Faber Maunsel and Hilson Moran.

The course also prepares you to carry out related academic research. A number of students have stayed on to carry out a PhD at Brunel University - on average one student per year is offered a PhD position.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 5800 per yearInternational course feesGBP 15000 per year

Entry requirements for this course

Contact Brunel University London to find course entry requirements.

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