Core modules will develop your understanding of key topics such as how air pollution and carbon emissions can be measured and controlled, as well as their impact on the surrounding environment. You’ll also focus on renewable technologies such as wind, solar and geothermal energy and hydroelectricity.
In addition, you’ll consider waste and biomass as renewable technologies and how energy can be recovered from landfill and waste incineration. You’ll also gain a broader understanding of the contexts in which these technologies are emerging, including related legal, environmental and financial issues.
With this foundation, you’ll specialise in areas that suit your interests and career ambitions when you choose from optional modules. You could focus on energy management and conservation, or how developments in engine technology are making transportation more fuel efficient, among other topics.
Every student undertakes a research project that runs throughout the latter part of the year. This project allows you to apply what you’ve learned to a piece of research focusing on a real-world problem, and it can be used to explore and develop your specific interests.
Throughout the research project, you’ll produce an independent study, reflecting the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired. This will enable you to gain experience of planning, executing and reporting a research work of the type you will undertake in an industrial or academic environment. You’ll also have access to some of the outstanding facilities in School of Chemical and Process Engineering.
You’ll choose your topic – normally related to one of our world-class research areas – and work closely with your supervisor to apply what you’ve learned to a real-life problem.
Previous projects have included:
Potential of marine biomass for production of chemicals and biofuels
Influence of particle size on the analytical and chemical properties of Miscanthus energy crop
Assessing the exposure of commuters to traffic generated particles:
a comparison of transport options
Location of solar farms under climate change
Steam reforming of waste pyrolysis oils for sustainable hydrogen production
A proportion of projects are formally linked to industry, and may include spending time at the collaborator’s site over the summer.
Want to find out more about your modules?
Take a look at the Energy and Environment module descriptions for more details on what you might study.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Energy and Environment MSc in the course catalogue
Research Project (MSc)
Pollution Sampling and Analysis
Bioenergy & Waste to Energy
Atmospheric Pollution: Impacts and Controls
Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
Combustion Theory and Design
Energy Management and Conservation
Energy Systems, Policy and Economics for Engineers
Learning and teaching
Our groundbreaking research feeds directly into teaching, and you’ll have regular contact with staff who are at the forefront of their disciplines. You’ll have regular contact with them through lectures, seminars, tutorials, small group work and project meetings. Independent study is also an important part of the programme, as you’ll develop problem-solving and research skills as well as your subject knowledge.
Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies: it’s a central place where you can find all the information and resources for the School, your programme and modules.
You can also benefit from support to develop your academic skills, within the curriculum and through online resources, workshops, one-to-one appointments and drop-in sessions.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including case studies, technical reports, presentations, in-class tests, assignments and exams. Optional modules may also use alternative assessment methods.