MSc Energy Engineering with Environmental Management
- Full Time
- Degree of Master of Science
- Course Length
- 1 year
- Course Start Date
- September 2023
Whether you’re looking for a new career in the fast-growing world of engineering or to top up a first degree, this fully accredited MSc is your unique route into the energy engineering sector.
You’ll have exceptional opportunities to collaborate and network with professional engineers from day one and you’ll find that our course material is uniquely tailored to the industry’s current needs, thanks to our Industrial Advisory Board. This sets our graduates apart and ensures they are highly sought after by employers.
Engineering is the pursuit of solutions. Engineers are at the forefront of innovation and today’s engineers will define the next industrial revolution. We aim to equip you with the experience and intellectual flexibility you need to succeed throughout your studies and in your future career.
Our School’s mission is to guide you in the principles and theories of energy engineering, while also ensuring you are confident in dealing with clients and working collaboratively. You will be equipped with all the soft skills needed to thrive throughout your course and in your professional life.
You’ll master fundamental energy and electrical engineering principles, alongside advanced and contemporary topics in renewable energies, low carbon technologies and conventional energy sources, including wind and wave, solar energy, nuclear energy, oil and gas.
This MSc programme has been developed in collaboration with the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) and is accredited by the Energy Institute. The programme addresses a national and regional shortage of highly qualified energy engineering graduates. As a result, graduates of this programme are in high demand and many are already in key positions in the industrial energy sector.
This course offers constant opportunities to encounter practising professional engineers in a variety of settings. You’ll be able to build your own network during modules, at trade events, at local branch meetings and on project work. Your most significant project – your dissertation - might be industry-based, industry-led or an academic research project. Ultimately, you’ll graduate with a deep understanding of the long-term goal of renewable energy alongside the broader reality of a sustainable energy mix.
The course is delivered by the School of Engineering within the Faculty of Science – which houses an impressive base of engineering knowledge, particularly in the Schools of Mathematics, Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Computing Sciences and Chemistry. We are internationally renowned for our research and teaching in many relevant fields, including Energy Engineering, Energy Materials, Geophysical Sciences, Applied Mathematics and Computer Systems Engineering to name a few. The option in Environmental Management takes advantage of our links with the world-renowned School of Environmental Sciences.
This course is professionally accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council. For applicants who have already achieved an award from an accredited IET undergraduate programme, this Master’s degree provides the further learning required for CEng registration. This course is also accredited by the Energy Institute on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.
Completing an accredited course enables you to demonstrate to employers your knowledge, abilities, skills, and competencies as specified in the Engineering Council's UK-SPEC4.0.
Professionally recognised engineers can benefit from improved career prospects and higher earning potential. This accreditation is an international recognition and can also pave the way to further career opportunities abroad.
Study and Modules
This year-long master’s course is made up of 120 credits of taught modules (across two semesters between September and May) followed by a dissertation for a further 60 credits. Your taught modules will consist of 80 credits of compulsory modules plus 40 credits from optional modules.
You’ll begin the autumn term studying key underpinning material in a compulsory module that brings everybody up to the same level in mathematics and technical skills. This module will also introduce key techniques that will serve you throughout the course and beyond.
You’ll cover introductory material in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, supported by hands-on work in our modern laboratory facilities. This module allows us to act as a conversion course for non-engineering graduates and top up a first degree in engineering for others. You’ll find that this variety of backgrounds offers a rich learning environment. To ensure a level playing field, every student will have demonstrated mathematical ability at a standard equivalent to UK A Level or higher.
We understand the importance of a strong professional network when it comes to building a career in energy engineering. That’s why networking opportunities are built into the structure of the course, starting with a team exercise in the autumn term that culminates in a presentation to professionals before a networking buffet. You will also have the chance to attend trade social events such as the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) Christmas Ball and the Southern North Sea Conference held near Norwich.
But it’s not just about building advantageous relationships - we also work with industry specialists throughout the course to put your studies into a real-world context through lectures, site visits and more. Recently, students have visited a Seajacks jack-up wind turbine installation vessel, a gas processing plant at Bacton and a major substation run by GE. We also hold an annual visit to Sizewell nuclear power station.
This close contact with industry puts our students in a great position to source dissertation placements – aided by our dedicated Business Relationship Manager. In addition, our partnership with EEEGR gives us access to hundreds of member companies and preferential entry to trade conferences.
You’ll find that UEA is unique in having such a well-organised energy trade group locally – and EEEGR’s continued support has been highly commended by the National Undergraduate Employability awards as one of the best university/industry partnerships.
Optional A Modules(Credits: 40)
Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, the University will endeavour to consult with students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will inform students.
Teaching and Learning
You can tailor your studies to suit your own learning style with plenty of support from UEA. You’ll have access to one-to-one meetings with your personal adviser as well as a dedicated Learning Enhancement team in Student Support Services.
Students of this course are typically in a small cohort with some extra students from across the Faculty of Science, who are drawn to our broad selection of modules. This multi-disciplinary group enhances the collaborative exercises that will stand you in good stead among employers.
There are certain key skills that transfer across all your potential careers – so we place a strong emphasis on these. A mastery of spreadsheet tools will help you analyse large data sets (to estimate wind resource, for example. You’ll gain complete confidence with modern numerical calculation software, which is fast replacing hand calculations as industry standard. You’ll hone your communication skills in order to convey specific recommendations using concise English. You’ll also develop your time-management skills, working to deliver multiple projects within set deadlines. These are just some of the skills that are highly valued by our graduates when they begin their careers.
Collaborating with your peers is a useful way to enhance your learning, but there will also be many opportunities to work independently. This helps you develop a broad and versatile skill set – something that’s often highlighted by potential employers.
Your knowledge, experience, and independent study skills will culminate in your dissertation. Over a 12-week period, you’ll be able to apply all the skills you’ve learned to a real-world project, either on a placement, linked to a company, or within a research group.
We make sure that our assessment techniques reflect the landscape of the industry, so you’ll be encouraged to see your target audience for most assessments as your future industry line manager, rather than a lecturer.
Most assessments are based in coursework, giving you opportunities to hone your time management skills and highlight your development as you progress throughout the course. Some assessments will also include team working, peer assessment and self-reflection. We find that these experiences help students to articulate their skills clearly in future interviews.
Overall, you’ll experience a variety of assessment types – from group presentations to individual technical reports. We’ll give you extensive feedback for both formative and summative assessments, something that our accreditors have found extremely positive.
- Degree Classification
- Bachelors degree - 2.2 or equivalent
- Degree Subject
- Any subject area which includes significant mathematical content.
- English Foreign Language
We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:
IELTS: 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in two components only, with 6.0 in the other two)
PTE (Pearson): 64 (minimum 59 in two components only with 64 in the other two)
Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.
Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests
INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact email@example.com.
This course is open to UK, EU and International applicants. The annual intake for this course is in September each year.
Additional Information or Requirements
Entry with other qualifications or experience will be considered if the necessary mathematical and technical expertise has been acquired elsewhere (e.g. relevant industrial experience).
Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)
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Fees and Funding
Tuition fees for the Academic Year 2023/24 are:
UK Students: £10,500 (full time)
International Students: £21,250 (full time)
If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for Home students).
We estimate living expenses at £1,023 per month.
Further Information on tuition fees can be found here.
Scholarships and Bursaries
The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.
Course Related Costs
We’ll cover any costs associated with taught modules such as site visits, or conference attendance fees.
Some dissertation placements have costs that are difficult to predict – but you won’t have to choose placements that you can’t afford. Sometimes your placement provider will cover your costs, but because of the nature of industry this is not something we can control. Please note that we cannot guarantee any student a work placement as this decision rests with potential employers.
Please see Additional Course Fees for details of additional course-related costs.
How to Apply
Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.
To apply please use our online application form.
If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:
Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.
After the Course
You’ll graduate from UEA as a multi-disciplined engineer with a transferable skill set – meaning you can take your career in a variety of directions.
Through your networking and dissertation, you will have built lasting professional relationships with local and regional companies. This network will enhance your commercial awareness and may even lead directly to employment.
Previous graduates are employed across the energy sector, including offshore operations with Seajacks, renewable energy and building services with REN Energy, remote oil rigs with ODE, photovoltaic installation with LightSource and energy storage with Connected Energy. Others have gone on to hold postgraduate positions with the Environment Agency or in civil engineering, risk assessment and insurance, to name just a few.
A degree at UEA will prepare you for a wide variety of careers. We've been ranked 1st for Job Prospects by StudentCrowd in 2022.
Examples of careers that you could enter include:
- Energy management
- Renewable energy installation, operation and maintenance
- Energy from waste
- Electricity generation and distribution
- Engineering supply chain
- Energy Assessment & Environmental Assessment