MSc Energy Engineering with Environmental Management

Full Time
Degree of Master of Science

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This course has academic accreditation and we are officially an Accredited Academic body of the Energy Institute.


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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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 2018/9

Students must study the following modules for 140 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.




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.




Wind energy is the main provider of renewable energy and the source that is receiving the majority of investment, making its study vital to energy engineering. This module begins by examining the kinetic energy of moving air and the design of wind turbines to extract this energy. Different turbine designs are briefly examined and comparisons made of their effectiveness. Issues regarding placement of wind turbines and practical considerations are discussed and include data collection of wind speeds for possible wind farm sites using optimal spacing of turbines. The focus is on developing Excel skills and Technical Report-writing 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 will provide you 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. It will encompass cross-discipline aspects of chemistry, physics materials and biological science and you will gain knowledge of how these disciplines interplay in the design and construction of new devices for energy harvesting and utilisation. A Level Chemistry or equivalent will be required.




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 (in the range of GBP300-GBP400) to cover attendance.




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. Please note that if you have previously taken the Undergraduate module NUCLEAR AND SOLAR ENERGY then you will not be permitted to undertake this module.




This module recreates the industrial process of working in a multi-disciplinary consultancy, competing for the work from a client. Industrial partners offer a new real life project each year, with previous examples including designing a CHP facility to integrate anaerobic digestion, improving the industrial efficiency of a linen hiring company, and working with a client to produce a smart energy efficient building. Over the first semester each team responds to the brief from the conceptual stage through to a working scheme. In the second semester the your team delivers a final report and presentation and each team member focuses on a few specific elements of the process to complete an individual design element. This flagship module provides confidence and commercial awareness of real-world industry.




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.




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 but an essential focus is on wave forces on structures. Tidal energy extraction devices including barrages, lagoons and tidal stream turbines are also studied. The design and operation of hydroelectric turbines is studied with a particular focus on pipe flow and pipe networks using commercial software.




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 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 2018/19

Tuition fees for the academic year 2018/19 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £7,550
  • International Students: £15,800

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 UK/EU students).

International applicants from outside the EU may need to pay a deposit.

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.

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

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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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