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Faculty of Science and Engineering

MSc in Energy Engineering

Postgraduate - Taught MSc

Open for admission in 2019/20

Open for admission in 2020/21

Start in September

Full time
MSc 1 year

About the course

Climate change and limited fossil fuel reserves are creating an unprecedented demand for renewable energy and Hull, on the Humber - Britain's energy estuary, is the ideal location to study energy engineering.

This MSc will prepare you for specialised industry roles in energy engineering or allow you to advance to specialist PhD study in energy and sustainability engineering.

A strong emphasis is placed on the practical application of knowledge. The University has strong, direct links with industry, providing you with opportunities to work on real-world engineering projects.   

What you'll study

This MSc will produce specialists with advanced skills in distinct areas of energy engineering. A very strong emphasis is placed on the practical application of theory.

The programme comprises a combination of lectures, practical and design exercises, tutorials, computer-based process simulation and optimisation, and resource-based, problem-based and enquiry-led learning.

Semester one comprises core modules that will provide you with a general background knowledge of the energy industry, including economics, policy and impact assessment as well as a technical overview.

You will develop competence and confidence in the application of engineering knowledge and techniques to a range of industrial and real-world energy-related problems.

You will develop a good theoretical and practical understanding that balances the core fundamentals with the latest industry and research practice.

A final project and dissertation will enable you to identify and apply theory and practice to the analysis and solution of complex engineering problems.

Core module

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


  • Individual Project

    This module gives you the opportunity to carry out an individual design or research and development project. It is an opportunity to gain a wider perspective of society and sustainability, while exploring project management techniques and presentation of progress, milestones and results through a variety of media.‚Äč

Compulsory modules

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


  • Energy Technologies

  • Environmental Management and Policy

    Environmental practices (e.g. conservation, renewable energy, pollution prevention, recycling) are heavily steered by the ever-changing realm of policy. You'll gain an understanding of environmental regulation, policy and the practice of environmental management.

  • Project Management and Research Skills

    This module introduces you to a structured approach to planning/bidding, managing and controlling a project. You'll explore current practices, topics and methodologies relevant to contract and project management. You'll develop research skills for designing, planning and conducting an academic or industry-based engineering project.

  • Renewable Energy Technologies for Buildings

  • Power Distribution, Storage and Control

    Gain an understanding of the principles and applications of electrical power distribution and management systems and how these can be implemented to meet the requirements of different generation technologies.

  • Energy Generation from Conventional and Renewable Fuels

    You will be introduced to the core technical and socioeconomic (sustainability) aspects determining the selection of conventional and alternative fuel balance for energy generation in UK and EU. This includes clean coal, natural gas, biomass residues and other waste.

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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Hull Campus

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Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £8,500

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK are now available. They provide up to £10,609 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

  • International: £16,600

International applicants may need to pay a tuition fee deposit before the start of the course. Visit our tuition fee deposit page for more information.

Graduate Studentship

The University of Hull is pleased to offer graduates progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate taught study a £1,000 studentship towards the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out if you’re eligible by visiting the University of Hull Graduate Studentship page.

International Scholarships and Bursaries

For a list of all scholarships and bursaries for international students, please visit the International Scholarships and Bursaries page.

We also offer an International Studentship Scheme Discount of up to £3,500.

UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships to help you with your studies.

For more information, please visit the UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries page.

Studying in the Humber region - Britain's 'energy estuary' - creates a wealth of career and placement opportunities.

With an estimated annual shortfall of 69.000 engineers and technicians in the UK engineering sector, your degree is likely to put you in high demand from employers.

The city has a vibrant and growing industry, hosting major players in the aerospace, chemical, engineering design, pharmaceutical, transport, marine and energy industries.

We keep up-to-date with emerging technologies to ensure you'll receive expert teaching of the most advanced ideas and techniques.

Entry requirements

Normally an Honours degree (typically 2.2 or above, or or international equivalent) in an engineering or related discipline, but less well-qualified applicants with relevant industrial experience may be considered.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Future prospects

The energy engineering industry is expanding rapidly and employment opportunities are high. An increased focus on renewable energy projects is creating demand for sector specialist engineers.This programme provides you with the skills, competencies and knowledge to be successful in the workplace or will prepare you to advance to specialist PhD study in energy and sustainability engineering.

There are many opportunities to work with energy companies during the programme, enhancing your employability.This MSc has a host of industry advisors from companies and organisations likely to offer employment opportunities to students completing the programme.Our industry partners include Spencer Group and NPS Humber Limited.

The Humber is the largest Renewable Enterprise Zone in the UK. Green Port Hull, a collaboration between Hull City Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Associated British Ports, promotes investment and development of the renewable energy sector in the region.