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School of Process, Environmental and Materials Engineering

Energy and Environment MSc

Energy and Environment - Masters Course


We are all increasingly aware that our present and future energy demands, particularly our over-reliance on fossil fuels, contribute towards global warming and can destabilise world economies. The impacts of climate change are becoming visible throughout the world, with receding glaciers, changing weather patterns, coastlines and ecosystems. The links between climate change and poverty and human health are a significant future concern. Gas and oil prices have recently been very unstable, whilst world energy demand carries on rising. Developing renewable sources of energy is therefore becoming increasingly important. Urban populations are also continuing to grow, bringing with them waste disposal problems, traffic congestion, air pollution and greater power, heating and refrigeration needs.

As a response to this we are now seeing changing energy policies worldwide, geared towards encouraging energy autonomy by developing renewable energies and recycling initiatives as well as implementing low carbon technologies. The UK Climate Change Bill will be a driver for change. At the same time pollution control guidelines and emission regulations have tightened both within the EU and world-wide. There will be an increasing demand for graduates with an understanding of the environmental impacts on energy technology choices as well as the technical expertise to further develop them.

This course is one of only a handful of courses in the UK university sector that provides graduates from diverse engineering, scientific and technical backgrounds with an expertise in both new and traditional energy technologies, renewable sources of energy, solid waste recycling, air pollution, climate change and energy management systems.

This course is taught in the School of Process, Environmental and Materials Engineering, which ranks highly in the league tables.

Course duration: 12 months (full time)
Start date: September
Course fees: UK/EU: £10,000; International: £16,800
Scholarships: Scholarships worth up to £2,000 available.
Accreditation: The course is accredited by the Energy Institute (EI) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council, and it satisfies the requirements of further learning for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

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You might also be interested in our other energy programmes.
MSc Sustainable Energy Systems
MSc Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy Systems


The tables below show the modules that you will study if you commence your studies in September 2014. This information is taken from the University Programme Catalogue, which is a tool designed for current students to select modules.

All of our MSc courses operate on a credit-based modular system. A standard module is typically worth 15 credits and the research project is worth 60 credits. You are required to study 180 credits in total.

Compulsory modules Credits
Research Project 60
Pollution Sampling and Analysis 15
Renewable Technologies 30
Climate Change and Air Pollution Control 30
Advanced Renewable Technologies 15
Optional modules (30 credits)  
Combustion Theory and Processes 15
Energy Management and Conservation 15
Fuel Processing 15
Advanced Engines and Turbines 15

This is an indicative list and actual content may vary as we regularly review the content of our courses in light of new experiences and developments in the field.

Career options

Career options
The need for all businesses and industrial companies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions will be a major driver within future development. Therefore the demand for graduates with the skills offered by this course will be in high demand.

Typically, graduates of this course are likely to go on to work in senior posts with high levels of responsibility in energy and environmental consultancies, energy specialists, architectural firms, environmental departments of local authorities, government agencies, major funding bodies, large industrial companies and emerging businesses in the renewable sector. Some graduates choose the path of academic research and so subsequently undertake a PhD.

Graduate destinations
Every year our Careers Centre undertakes a destination of leavers survey with students six months after graduation. A selection of these destinations, from the last five years, can be found on our employability page.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a UK second class (2:2) honours degree or equivalent, in an engineering, physical science, or mathematics discipline.

We also welcome and accept students with a wide range of international equivalent qualifications.

English language requirement: A pass at GCSE level in English language (grade C or above). If English is not your first language, you are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. You will need to meet our minimum requirements for one of the following recognised English language tests: the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Pearson Test of English Academic.

How to apply

The easiest and quickest way to apply for one of our masters courses is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process. However, if you prefer, you can download an application form to print out and complete. Once complete, please return this, along with the correct documents to our Engineering Admissions Hub either via email or post: Engineering PGT Admissions Hub, Faculty of Engineering, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK.

If you require any further information please contact our admissions team,
e:, t: +44 (0)113 343 2343.