Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies

MSc in Advanced Energy Technologies for Buildings and Industry

Postgraduate - Taught MSc

Open for admission in 2022/23

Open for admission in 2023/24

Start in September

Full time
MSc 1 Year

In order to ensure our students have a rich learning and student experience, most of our programmes have a mix of domestic and international students. We reserve the right to close applications early to either group, if application volumes suggest that this blend cannot be achieved. In addition, existing undergraduate students at the University of Hull have a guaranteed ‘Fast Track’ route to any postgraduate programme, subject to meeting the entry criteria.

About the course

This exciting new MSc programme draws on over 20 years of research expertise in the University of Hull’s Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies (CSET), to help students develop an understanding of the innovative new approaches to energy technologies that are essential if our society is to meet global zero carbon targets.

The climate crisis has brought a growing realisation that the way we generate, store and utilise energy must change and buildings have been identified as one of the 5 key challenge areas that must be addressed through innovation, if we are to successfully reduce carbon emissions.

This MSc course will provide practical and academic experience in advanced energy technologies for building and industry application, taught by leading academics and industry experts. You will cover essential energy systems and technologies, including solar energy, sustainable heating and cooling technologies, ‘smart’ energy technologies, heat pump & heat pipe technologies as well as their sustainable application in buildings and industry. You will develop an understanding of mitigation and adaptation approaches to reducing carbon dioxide emissions with an emphasis on high efficiency energy technologies and management as well as expertise in physical and numerical modelling of advanced energy technologies.

This Masters programme has been specifically designed in close consultation with industry. CSET has developed strong international, national and regional links with both industry and academia, which strengthens its research outputs and ensures this course is based on ‘real-world’ cutting-edge technology with a global focus. CSET’s links with the Energy and Environment Institute and the Aura Innovation Centre, the University of Hull’s low carbon support centre for SMEs, provide further expertise. Students will have opportunities to link with existing research projects as well as external agencies to gain practical experience in the development of advanced energy technologies, preparing them for a career in this exciting new sector.

Final validation pending

This innovative new programme is currently undergoing final University approval. 

What you'll study

This is a new programme comprising six taught modules and one research dissertation. It is closely aligned with the research areas of the Centre for Sustainable Technology (CSET) within the Energy and Environment Institute (EEI). The course comprises 180 credits, split across 120 credits worth of taught modules and a 60-credit written dissertation completed over the summer period. Module titles and content are subject to final validation.

Taught modules

  • Energy sources and utilisation technologies (20 credits)
  • Sustainable heating technologies and systems (20 credits)
  • Sustainable cooling technologies and systems (20 credits)
  • Energy storage technologies and systems (20 credits)
  • Solar energy technologies and systems (20 credits)
  • Energy efficiency and smart energy technologies (20 credits)
  • Dissertation, advanced energy technologies for buildings and industry (60 credits)


Research dissertation 

This course includes a 60 credits research dissertation, which is completed over the summer. The project area is flexible and will be supervised by an academic member of staff.

Suggested research topics include solar panels (thermal, PV and PV/T), heat pipes, phase change materials, building integrated solar system, air source heat pumps, cooling and dehumidification technologies, heat pumps, thermoelectric energy conversion, heat and power, economic and environmental performance assessment of solar systems and case studies.

Students will have access to the Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies' new research laboratory at the Aura Innovation Centre at Bridgehead Business Park, to run experiments with the support of the Centre’s technical support staff. Equipment is available to test solar thermal and power systems/technologies, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems, as well as other energy efficiency technologies (e.g. heat pipe, heat pump, CHP, PCMs etc). These experimental rigs are directly linked to our group’s current and ongoing researches. Extensive IT and computer facilities for computer modelling, design, calculation and evaluation are also available within the CSET group. Dedicated members of staff and CSET technicians will be assigned to assist students with their research projects. 


How you'll be assessed

We will use authentic assessments with relevance to industry, including practical skills, team work and effective communication to equip students with essential skills for the workplace. With a focus on coursework and practical classes, there will be no examinations in this programme.

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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Fees and funding

  • Home: £11,000

UK students can take out a Master’s Loan to help with tuition fees and living costs. For 2021 entry, they provide up to £11,570 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Find out more about Postgraduate Loans.

  • EU/International: £11,000

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.

Please see the terms and conditions for International fees 2022/23

Graduate PGT Scholarship

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

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

Scholarships and Bursaries

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

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

The course structure has been designed following consultation with the CIBSE and potential employers (e.g. Cundall, Jacobs, Arup etc) to ensure the teaching meets the requirements of the energy industry and relevant organisations, thus maximising student employment opportunities

The Humber Region - known as the 'Energy Estuary' - is rapidly becoming the focus of the UK's renewables industry

Students will have access to CSET’s new state-of-the-art research laboratory at the Aura Innovation Centre and support from CSET technicians

Entry requirements

A 2:2 in a relevant science or engineering undergraduate degree programme (Engineering, Architecture, Physical Sciences, Computer Science, Environmental Science or Material Science), or the international equivalent.

Standard university admission rules will apply for overseas students.

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International students

If you require a 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 6.5 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

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

This interdisciplinary course develops a practical and theoretical understanding of a broad range of current issues in advanced energy technologies, and prepares students for a career in the global renewable energy, engineering and architectural sectors, as well as government agencies, NGOs and consultancies. The course provides a comprehensive overview of the sector combined with the opportunity to specialise. The programme is also suitable as preparation for a PhD for anyone interested in further research in sustainable energy technologies.