MSc Energy Engineering with Environmental Management

Full Time
Degree of Master of Science


Engineering at UEA is built on great links with industry, exciting research and diverse teaching. We have a multidisciplinary approach to engineering research, which brings together academics from many of our highly respected Schools including Environmental Sciences, Mathematics and Biological Sciences.

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Key facts

This MSc takes advantage of UEA’s unique research expertise to deliver outstanding training in a rapidly growing field of Engineering. Engineering graduates with experience in the energy sector are highly sought after, and we’ve developed this course in collaboration with industry to give our students the skills they really need.

You’ll be taught fundamental Energy and Electrical Engineering principles alongside specific modules in Wind, Oil and Gas energy. You’ll also complete a Masters-level dissertation on a subject of your choice.

We’ve got fantastic links with regional, national and global energy companies as well as world-class expertise in Engineering, Environmental Sciences and Applied Mathematics. That means you’ll receive a well-rounded education combining technical engineering, professional skills and an understanding of the wider environmental context.


This MSc programme combines investment in engineering with existing and substantial expertise across the Faculty of Science in the fields of applied mathematics, energy resources, environmental management and electronic engineering. The programme has been developed 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 graduates in the field of Energy Engineering.

The Faculty of Science 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, Computer Systems Engineering, Geophysical Sciences and Physical Oceanography and Physical Chemistry, to name but a few. This existing expertise will ensure that this MSc programme equips students with training in the fundamentals of engineering, along with its application to the energy industry.

All students will be required to undertake a substantial engineering project as part of the MSc programme, and it is anticipated that many students will have the opportunity to undertake the practical elements of this project in an industrial setting within the energy sector.  Accreditation has been awarded by the Energy Institute to allow graduates partial exemption towards CEng status.
This programme will offer excellent career prospects to graduates.  Employers have identified a shortage of engineers in the energy sector, so high calibre graduates from this programme will be in demand.

“As a locally based company that employs engineering graduates to MSc level, we are delighted by the new courses which will be available through UEA. This is a great example of industry and academia working together through the Skills for Energy programme over the past three years to help design and deliver a Masters and Bachelors course to meet the needs of our regional industry. In the past we have always had to take graduates who have qualified elsewhere, unable to recruit from those trained within our local area. Now we have the opportunity to sponsor our BSc level graduates to complete MSc courses, without the need for this to be undertaken with Universities much further afield.”
Paul Chilvers, Regional Manager, ODE

“The East of England has a unique and fast-growing energy mix. We have leading-edge businesses in offshore gas, nuclear and renewables and a heritage of hands-on work in marine, agricultural and engineering sectors. For those who can add management skills to this tradition of hard work, the future is bright. What better place than the Energy Region to acquire these skills?”
Douglas Nunn, Managing Director, Fraser Offshore Ltd

 “The UEA Masters and Bachelors programmes are just what the energy industry in the East of England needs. Because of the involvement of the industry from the outset of the design of the courses and support through their delivery, the results should be far more applicable to the industry’s needs and what we need in the graduates that we employ. They will underpin long term career opportunities by increasing the ability to work across the energy sectors in an area where the industry is vibrant and growing.”
Blair Ainslie, MD, Seajacks (and Chairman of Skills for Energy)

 “The development of a local degree programme forms a key milestone for the energy industry within the region. It is our belief that through the diverse range of energy supply and ongoing investment within the region, the East of England can form an internationally recognised ‘hub’ for future energy production and storage.
This programme forms a key part of the region’s ability to attract, develop and recruit the skills needed for the next generation of Oil and Gas production, providing opportunities for local people and organisations. Without such a programme, these goals would be harder to achieve”.
John Sewell, Operations Manager, Perenco (and Vice Chairman of Skills for Energy)

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Course Modules

Students must study the following modules for 140 credits:

Name Code Credits


Electrical energy is the output from the majority of renewable energy sources (wind, wave, tidal, hydro). This module begins by introducing AC and DC electricity theory and electromagnetism. This theory is applied to the practical design and use of electrical generators. Transformer design for changing voltage levels is discussed and also its application to distribution of electrical energy through overhead lines to form the national grid. Issues relating to energy supply and demand and in particular the UK energy system are also explored.




In this module the student undertakes 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 is determined by agreement between the student and 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. Aspects of project management will be taught during the module (primarily at the start) and will be integrated into the project process.




This module includes an induction team exercise designed to give an overview of bothe renewable energy sources (wind, wave, tidal, solar) and non-renewable energy sources (oil, gas, coal, nuclear). The module begins with a team-based study of a specific challenge culminating in a presentation to industry specialists. A significant part of the module concentrates on engineering mathematics related to energy engineering and includes fluid dynamics and thermodynamics.




The aim of this module is to expose students to the technical and commercial realities of production and supply of oil and gas including both upstream and downstream aspects. 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 numerical analysis to research for a briefing document and debates. There will be some team-based elements. What follows is indicative because each year the case studies will reflect the expertise of the visiting practising engineers.




Wind energy is the main provider of renewable energy and the source that is receiving the majority of investment in both the UK and overseas, making its study vital to energy engineering. This module begins by examining the kinetic energy of air and the design of wind turbines to extract this energy. Relationships between wind speed, blade area, turbine height and resulting output power are studied. Different turbine designs are briefly examined and comparisons made of their effectiveness. Issues regarding placement of wind turbines are discussed as well as the choice of onshore or offshore locations. Practical considerations are discussed and include data collection of wind speeds for possible wind farm sites and implications of optimal spacing of turbines. The focus is on developing Excel skills using wind energy as the context.



Students will select 40 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits


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, and software testing strategies and techniques.




This module is designed to provide students with an understanding of the developing landscape and challenges in the broad area of energy generation and transduction. It has a particular emphasis on the science that underpins emerging technologies related to the hydrogen economy, photovoltaics and biological or solar fuels. Necessarily it encompasses cross-discipline aspects of chemistry, physics materials and biological science with the students gaining knowledge of how these disciplines interplay in the design and construction of new devices for energy harvesting and utilisation.




BEFORE TAKING THIS MODULE YOU MUST HAVE TAKEN ENV-7020A Environmental Assessment is considered to be more effective when conducted at strategic levels of decision making, and is usually perceived to have a goal of achieving sustainable development. This module provides experience of conducting a particular form of strategic assessment, Sustainability Appraisal (SA), which incorporates environmental, social and economic considerations into plan making. Through practice of SA, a field course involving hands-on application of environmental assessment techniques, and consideration of effectiveness theory, this module will examine what makes assessment effective. Please note that there will be a charge for attending this field course. The overall field course charge is heavily subsidised by the School, but students enrolling must understand that they will commit to paying a sum (in the region of GBP300) to cover attendance. Further information is available from the module organiser.




This year-long 40-credit module aims to recreate the industrial process of working in multi-disciplinary teams, competing for the support of a larger client. Real life industrial partners offer a new project to our students each year, with previous examples including designing a CHP facility to integrate anaerobic digestion as a fuel process and improving the industrial efficiency of a sugar manufacturer. Over the first semester each team expands the brief through the conceptual stage through to a design scheme, after being introduced to procurement and engineering design. In the second semester each team member focuses on a small element of the process to complete an individual design element before the team delivers a final report and presentation.




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. If not already compulsory, students are recommended to take ENV-7021K




This module provides an opportunity to study an energy engineering-related topic that is not otherwise taught in the degree programme. It can also be used to study a topic that is taught elsewhere in the programme, but to much greater depth. Whatever form the study takes it is essential that a critical analysis of some element of the topic is included to qualify as a masters level module. Your supervisor will guide you in research methodology but is not expected to be an expert in the topic. Depending on the topic chosen students will be encouraged to add novel elements to the study. These could include for example interviewing local experts, or producing an industry guidance note or press release, or creating a supporting spreadsheet etc. The module is therefore by no means restricted to a literature review. A set of specific and indicative topic titles is proposed by supervisors before the start of the module. One of these should be chosen or used as the basis for a specific study. You should progressively collect your resources into a professional document folder which should be presented at the interim meeting for formative feedback. Guidance on how to do this will be provided.




This module studies renewable energy sources that use the energy stored in water to produce electrical energy. An examination is made into the potential energy and kinetic energy stored in water, either implicitly through waves/tide or explicitly in hydro. Devices for energy extraction from waves are examined with the effect of wave height, period and speed considered but an essential focus is on wave forces on offshore structures of any type. Tidal energy extraction devices are also studied with design decisions regarding the tide-pool considered. Finally the design and operation of hydroelectric turbines is studied with a particular focus on pipe flow and pipe networks using commercial software. Practicalities are discussed such as the characteristics of regions that are suitable for each of the energy generation modes and how measurements can be made as to a site's likely energy output.




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. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject This programme is open to students with a degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject, which includes significant mathematical content. The minimum mathematical qualification will be A-level mathematics (or equivalent).
  • Degree Classification Good undergraduate 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

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 6.0 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 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

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees for 2017/18

  • Home/EU:

     Full-time £7,300, Part-time £3,650

     If you choose to study part-time, please assume a pro-rata fee for the credits you are taking, or 50% of the equivalent fee per year if you are taking a full-time course on a part-time basis.  

  • Overseas:

      Full-time £14,800

      If you are classed as an 'overseas' student and are coming to UEA on a student or visitor's visa, UK visa rules won't normally allow you to study on a part-time course. You should always check with the UKVI for the latest requirement.


50% Final Year Undergraduate Continuation Scholarship

Current final year UEA undergraduate students who gain a First class degree and progress onto a postgraduate course in September 2017 will receive a 50% fee reduction scholarship. Who do not gain a First class degree will be eligible for the 10% UEA Alumni Scholarship outlined below. Terms and conditions apply.

UEA Alumni 10% Scholarship

A scholarship of 10% fee reduction is available to UEA Alumni looking to return for postgraduate study at UEA in September 2017. Terms and conditions apply.

ScottishPower Foundation Scholarships

In collaboration with the various foundations of the Iberdrola Group, The ScottishPower Foundation has announced 28 new postgraduate energy and environment scholarship grants in the UK for the 2017/18 academic year, to be split amongst 7 of the UK’s most respected universities, including UEA.

ScottishPower Renewables has donated £100k to the ScottishPower Foundation to go towards funding these places. The programme aims to help train a generation of highly skilled professionals to face up to the challenges that lie ahead, including the development of a sustainable energy model. 

Eligibility: Scholarships are open to degree-holders and graduates, wishing to pursue a career in energy and environment related studies. Successful candidates will receive grants to cover full tuition fees as well as a generous living allowance.

Application deadline: 7 April 2017

How to apply: Details on how to apply for the scholarship programme can be found at or alternatively email or call 01603 591515. 

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

You can apply online, download the hard copy application form or return the application form in our Postgraduate Prospectus.

Further Information

To request further information and to be kept up to date with news and events please use our online enquiry 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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