Published: 08 November 2023

Why study a masters in sustainable energy

In today's world, where the environment needs our help more than ever, sustainable energy specialists and professionals play a crucial role in advancing clean and renewable energy sources while promoting energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. Discover the gateway to an exciting future in this field with our cross-disciplinary MSc programmes in Sustainable Energy.

Excellent career prospects

Our masters programmes in Sustainable Energy are your stepping stones to becoming a sought-after specialist in this pivotal and ever-expanding industry. Our curriculum comprises a rich blend of both theory and hands-on experience, meticulously curated and delivered by world-renowned academics who are luminaries in their respective fields.

What's more, you'll have the unique opportunity to partake in a placement year that could open doors to your dream career. Our faculty boasts unparalleled connections with a prestigious roster of industrial partners, including giants like Fluor, ExxonMobil, BAE Systems, Cres Power, and NPL. Your journey to a sustainable energy future begins here, and the possibilities are boundless.

About the courses

On our Sustainable Energy MSc and Sustainable Energy MSc with Industrial Practice programmes, you'll delve deep into the intricacies of sustainable and renewable energy systems, while unravelling the web of social, economic, regulatory, and environmental factors that steer the course of sustainable energy. 

Programme Leader Dr Bahman Amini-Horri says: "In response to the local and global needs to decarbonise our energy systems, we developed a cross-disciplinary MSc programme to train the next generation of experts to fulfil the expectations of the sustainable and renewable energy market.

Our MSc in Sustainable Energy will enable graduates to further develop their professional careers in sustainable energy systems with the right theoretical knowledge and practical skills required for emerging challenges. In this programme, we will focus on the various types of renewables, from wind and solar energy to geothermal and tidal. You will also gain cutting-edge knowledge in applying sustainable energy storage devices, smart energy systems and AI applications, and the fundamentals of sustainable economy and related policies. 

The programme also has strong links with the industrial sector, meaning our graduates can spend a Professional Placement Year in an area of their interest in preparation of joining the sector.” 

Also part of the programme team, Professor Ravi Silva, distinguished leader at Surrey's Advanced Technology Institute (ATI), not only directs the Nano-Electronics Centre (NEC) but also champions sustainability initiatives to work towards Carbon Net Zero, such as the Surrey Solar Farm. His expertise extends to shaping future technologies, and he spearheaded a £3 million consortium to advance perovskite solar cells for wearable tech and Internet of Things (IoT) devices in 2022.

Professor Mahmoud Shafiee, Professor and Chair in Energy Resilience at the School of Mechanical Engineering Sciences said: “Our MSc course in Sustainable Energy will prepare students with invaluable hands-on experience, challenging case studies, and real-world projects. The student will have the opportunity to work in groups, to design, build and test net-zero energy systems, as part of the group project module”.

Professor Suby Bhattacharya, chair in Geomechanics at the University and co-founder of University Spin-off company, Renew Risk holds expertise in offshore wind energy and has authored several books on offshore windfarms. He says, “With the world’s shift towards green energy, the coming decade is poised for remarkable expansion in the offshore wind sector, projected to burgeon into a $1 trillion industry by 2040. Offshore wind can provide energy security to island nations and will pave the path for a low carbon planet. The course will also focus on offshore wind sector”.

Find out more about our Sustainable Energy MSc and Sustainable Energy MSc with Industrial Practice masters programmes.

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