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Course summary

The MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems provides graduates and working professionals with a broad training in, and understanding of, energy systems in the context of the sustainability of energy supply. The program is grounded in Engineering and has a strong emphasis on energy systems where electricity is the final product. However, energy is also considered in the wider context of consumption patterns, efficiency, economics, policy and regulation. While there is particular focus on the deployment of renewable energies in grid-connected systems, there are also opportunities to explore off-grid systems on some of the optional courses and as part of dissertation projects. Our MSc students actively engage in research as part of their dissertation projects. These are conducted across highly relevant and multidisciplinary themes within the Institute for Energy Systems and increasingly across other institutes within the School of Engineering. In addition, there are opportunities to work with industry, and some students go on to join our PhD community afterwards. This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Environment & Society Academy. Accreditation Accreditation of this MSc for CEng (Further Learning) means that our graduates who are seeking to become Chartered Engineers can count their MSc as one year of Further Learning when applying for the Chartered Engineer status. The CEng accreditation is awarded by the Energy Institute (EI), which is an independent professional body. It gives students and employers confidence in the quality of the MSc Sustainable Energy Systems programme. Students from the School of Engineering can sign up to become Student member of the EI free of change for the duration of their studies.


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How to apply

International applicants

This course has a subject classification which requires students whose nationality is outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland to have an ATAS certificate, irrespective of country of residence at the point of application.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements for individual programmes vary, so please check the details for the specific programme you wish to apply for on our website. You will also need to meet the University’s language requirements.

Fees and funding

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Sustainable Energy Systems at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS