MSc Energy Engineering

Full Time
Degree of Master of Science


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Esmee Thornton, Tenterden

Be the energy engineer that the industry is asking for. Our highly commended collaboration with industry means that you’ll graduate with experience in the energy sector and the perfect mix of knowledge, contacts and sought after transferable skills.

Due to the rapid growth of this sector, particular in the field of renewable energy means that it is important to ensure the currency of our programmes. O ur Industrial Advisory Board is uniquely tailored to the needs of the industry right now, ensuring that our graduates are highly sought after.

Whether you’re looking for a change of career into the fast-growing world of engineering or to top up a first degree, this MSc is your unique route into the sector.


We’ve developed this MSc programme in partnership with industry and employers through close collaboration with the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) – aiming to address the national and regional shortage of high-calibre qualified engineering graduates with specialist expertise in energy engineering. The breadth of our course has also enabled some of our graduates to enter other engineering disciplines.

You’ll master fundamental energy and electrical engineering principles alongside a range of options in renewable energy, nuclear energy and oil and gas engineering. Ultimately you’ll recognise the long-term goal of renewable energy alongside the broader reality of a sustainable energy mix.

Your most significant project will be your dissertation, where you’ll have the chance to do the practical element whilst on placement within the energy sector or while considering work allied to UEA’s research in energy engineering. 

Upon graduation this enhanced experience puts you one step ahead of other graduates. Employers have identified that there’s a shortage of engineers in the energy sector, so graduates from our programme are in high demand and many are already in key positions.

Course Structure

The course is delivered by a growing group of dedicated engineering academics within the Faculty of Science. The Faculty 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 Applied Mathematics, Energy Materials, Energy Engineering, Computer Systems Engineering, and Geophysical Sciences, to name a few.

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. You’re taught modules will include compulsory modules plus three modules of your own choice.

In the autumn term you’ll begin by studying key underpinning material in a compulsory module that brings everybody up to the same level in mathematics and technical skills – introducing techniques that are used across the rest of the course.

You’ll also 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. Every student will have demonstrated at least the equivalent of UK A-level standard mathematical ability – and you’ll find that the variety of backgrounds makes for a rich learning environment.

There will be many opportunities to understand and observe the adaption of industry in a changing and challenging climate. Events such as the Southern North Sea Conference will enable you to gain real insight into the drivers and demands upon the sector. 

We engage with industry specialists throughout the course to provide you with a real context for your studies in many different ways including lecture delivery.  

Our dedicated Business Relationship Manager has many industry links to help you source dissertation placements. Plus our partnership with EEEGR gives us access to hundreds of member companies and the annual Southern North Sea Conference 

You’ll find that UEA is unique in having such a well-organised energy trade group locally – and EEEGR’s continued support has been recognised in a national award as one of the best university/industry partnerships. 

Teaching and Learning

Organise your study to suit your learning style, with plenty of academic support from UEA – from one-to-one meetings with your personal adviser to the learning enhancement team in Student Support Services. 

You’ll typically be in a small cohort  which will also include extra students from across the faculty of science who are attracted by our mix of modules. This multi-disciplinary student group enhances the team working experiences that employers are eager to learn about as engineering projects are realised through the activities of strong group dynamics.  

Some skills transfer across all careers that will potentially become open to you – so we make sure we focus on these. You’ll gain complete confidence in spreadsheet tools for analysing large data sets (eg. to estimate wind resource); modern numerical calculation software (which is fast replacing hand calculations as industry standard); and conveying specific recommendations using concise English; you’ll also develop your time-management skills - managing multiple projects within set deadlines. These are just some of the traits that are highly valued by our graduates when they begin their jobs. 

Independent Study

Alongside teamwork with your peer group to enhance your learning, there will also be many opportunities to work independently. This brings a real breadth and depth to your skills – something that’s often highlighted by potential employers.

You’ll demonstrate your ability to work independently most clearly through your dissertation. You’ll work intensely on this over a 12-week period, applying 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 our assessment techniques inherently prepare you for the world of work. So rather than seeing your target audience for most assessments as the lecturer, we’ll encourage you to aim it at your future industry line manager.

Most assessment is coursework based, which will help you master time management skills. Team working, peer assessment and self-reflection will highlight your strengths, enabling you to articulate them clearly at future interviews.

You’ll also experience a variety of other assessment types – from group presentations to individual technical reports. You'll receive valuable feedback for both formative and summative assessments.

After the course

You’ll graduate from UEA as a multi-disciplined engineer with a transferable skill set – meaning you can move into a variety of career directions.

Past graduates have worked across the energy sector, including offshore operations with Seajacks, renewable energy and building services with REN Energy, remote oil rigs with ODE, solar farm installation with LightSource and energy storage with Connected Energy. Others have secured postgraduate positions with the Environment Agency or in civil engineering, risk assessment and insurance, to mention a few.

Career destinations

Examples of careers that you could enter include:

  • Energy management
  • Renewable energy installation and operation
  • Energy from waste
  • Electricity generation and distribution
  • Engineering supply chain
  • Civil engineering

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 other course-related costs.

Course Modules 2020/1

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits


This module is highly practical and will allow you to study how electricity is generated and how it is distributed to users. The first part studies DC and AC electricity and looks at how RLC circuits behave through complex phasor analysis. The second part will give you the opportunity to study electricity generators, beginning with magnetism and Faraday's Law. Synchronous and asynchronous generators will also be studied along with application to conventional power stations and to renewable generation (e.g. wind). You'll also look at transformers and transmission lines with a view to distribution of electricity. Voltage conversion methods such as the rectifier, buck and boost converters are examined and finally electricity generation through solar is covered. Your lab classes will build on material from lectures which in turn forms the basis for coursework.




You will have the opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of individual work in energy engineering. The scope is broad but the dissertation will comprise research, design, implementation and practical elements. The subject of the dissertation will be determined by agreement between you and your supervisor. Where possible, the topic will be linked to an industry partner and may include a placement with the company. The work may be undertaken as part of a large collaborative or group project. You will be taught aspects of project management during the module (primarily at the start) and will be integrated into the project process.




You will be able to get involved in an induction team exercise designed to give you an overview of renewable energy sources and non-renewable energy sources using a specific challenge where you will be able to do a presentation to industry specialists and peers. A significant part of the module will give you the opportunity to concentrate on engineering mathematics related to energy engineering and you'll end with introductions to fluid mechanics and thermodynamics.




This module covers the extraction of renewable energy from wind and water currents and wave motions. This includes the mechanisms by which solar and tidal energy are converted into these resources, the fluid mechanics relevant to energy transfer by machines, examples of working devices and the principles by which they are designed. The variability of these resources and the effect on the design and operation of fluidic devices is also addressed, as are the infrastructure, environmental, policy and financial issues influencing planning, development and operation of renewable energy installations.



Students will select 60 credits from the following modules:

Students will select 60 credits from the following modules (students must select a balanced set of modules which achieves a total, including the above three compulsory 20-credit taught modules, of no more than 60 credits of taught modules in either semester

Name Code Credits


A number of computational techniques are used in engineering design and practice such as: Computer-Aided Drafting, Computer-Aided Design, Finite Element Analysis, Computer Numerical Control of manufacturing equipment and Computational Fluid Dynamics. In a hands-on approach students will develop a broad awareness and detailed competence in some of these techniques building on material introduced during earlier years of the degree.




The module aims to establish a clear understanding of Object Oriented Programming (OOP) and essential Objected Oriented Methodologies for developing application software. It teaches Java programming language and uses it as a vehicle to learn important concepts, such as objects, classes, inheritance, encapsulation and polymorphism. It also covers the Unified Modelling Language (UML) as a tool for object-oriented analysis and design, software development life cycle models, software testing strategies and techniques and version control.




The module aims to enable you to work in small teams to meet the challenge of a real and substantial engineering project requirement covering, planning, legal, environmental, economic and engineering aspects. You will develop both specialist and over-arching engineering skills. The study is carried out as a team exercise where communication and collaboration are vital in producing a constructive and rewarding project. Topics covered may include the following: introduction to product specification and design; market research, including influence of environmental and regulatory constraints; concept design for complete lifecycle; down-selection of component design tasks for more detailed attention; project planning, control, review and closure; detailed design including analysis of project constraints, manufacturing processes and available materials; acceptance test planning and, if appropriate, manufacture and test; marketing and promotion of product or component technology/design solution. Where possible, the project will be based around a requirement and brief prepared by one or more industrial partners.




This module addresses the technical aspects of nuclear power and solar energy, whilst letting you make ethical decisions incorporating health and safety risk assessments. Successful design of nuclear installations requires a detailed quantitative risk analysis within a regulatory framework that imposes high tolerances. Furthermore, you will obtain advanced knowledge and skills for the optimal design and performance analysis for cost-effective configurations of PV systems, solar thermal systems and hybrids to achieve sustainable development. Although these energies are considered cleaner, it is essential to consider the environmental impact and planning law, as well as changing the societal perception of both. You will gain comprehensive knowledge of nuclear technology, policy and the issues involved in the deployment of nuclear power, as well as awareness of health and safety risk assessments, mitigation measurements and their impact at an industrial scale. Additionally, you will acquire in-depth knowledge on the dynamic performance of PV systems, the suitability of the various possible PV system configurations and solar thermal collector systems. In parallel, you will develop skills for the effective use of solar radiation databases and various software for the cost-effective sizing of PV systems and solar collector systems through coursework and experimental work and analysis in the laboratory. .




The aim of this module is to expose you to the technical and commercial realities of the oil and gas industry. An overview of the subject leads to a number of specific case studies provided by practising engineers. A number of assessment techniques are used, from individual presentations to analysis of reserves or research for a briefing document addressing issues of health and safety risk management. Each year the case studies will reflect the expertise of the visiting practising engineers. Although there are no pre-requisites this module is a good follow on to the Fossil Fuels module.




Environmental assessment is a term used to describe procedures for evaluating the potential environmental consequences of policies, programmes, plans and projects. It is a well established tool for environmental policy integration, being routinely employed in more than 100 nations and by many international aid and funding agencies. This multidisciplinary module focuses on the theory and methods of environmental assessment and the decision-making contexts in which they are employed. It explains the procedural stages of, and selected methodologies for, environmental assessment and provides practical experience in applying them.




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 and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of 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 or sabbatical leave. 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 endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Any relevant subject area which includes significant mathematical content. The minimum mathematical qualification will be A-level mathematics (or equivalent).
  • Degree Classification Bachelors degree (minimum 2.1 or equivalent)
  • Alternative Qualifications 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).

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

Students for whom English is a 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: 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 58 (minimum 42 in all components)

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

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

Applicants applying for a Tier 4 VISA will require an ATAS certificate before they apply. Please contact for further information.


Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for the academic year 2020/21 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £7,850 (full time)
  • International Students: £16,400 (full time)


Living Expenses

We estimate living expenses at £1,015 per month.


A variety of Scholarships may be offered to UK/EU and International students. Scholarships are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and are usually for the duration of the period of study. Please click here for more detailed information about funding for prospective students.

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.

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