Energy and Environment MSc

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Start date
September 2023
Delivery type
On campus
12 months full time
Entry requirements
A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) in engineering, a physical science or mathematics discipline. Applicants must have strong marks across a breadth of relevant modules, including mathematics and physical sciences.
Full entry requirements
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component
UK fees
£13,000 (total)
International fees
£28,000 (total)

Course overview

Chemical engineering students in a laboratory

The sustainable use of energy is fundamental to the modern world. Our dependence on energy for transport, heating, lighting and business is ever growing, presenting many challenges in ensuring secure and economic supplies. At the same time, protecting the environment has never been more important than it is today. From the type of transport we use to how we treat waste, every organisation across the globe is being encouraged by governments to make more sustainable choices.

That’s why studying an MSc that advances your knowledge and skill set in real-world issues in energy and the environment will provide you with the expertise that’s in demand across almost every industry globally.

Whether you’re from an engineering, scientific or technical background, our Energy and Environment MSc will equip you with specialist knowledge in critical areas in energy technologies and impacting environmental factors, preparing you to handle the complex challenges created by the growing energy demands and urban growth of the 21st century.

You’ll study in the School of Process and Chemical Engineering which is actively involved in ‘internationally excellent’ research with a global impact. This gives us first-hand insight into the latest trends and issues in energy and the environment — much of which is fed directly into the course.

This means that, once you graduate, you’ll be fully equipped with the forward-thinking, relevant and topical knowledge you’ll need to pursue a wide range of career paths in both the private and public sectors.

Why study at Leeds:

  • Graduate with an MSc in Energy and Environment that has been accredited by the Energy Institute (EI).
  • Learn the latest innovations in areas such as sustainable systems from the impactful, world-leading research conducted right here in our School.
  • Advance your knowledge and skills in areas such as atmospheric pollution controls and renewable technologies.
  • Tailor the course to specialise in your career interests through a variety of optional modules such as combustion theory, energy management or fuel processing.
  • Conduct your own individual research project as part of your course and gain industry and academic experience in developing and executing an innovative research plan, whilst building professional skills in project management, teamwork and decision making.
  • Access research-grade equipment and specialist facilities including a full-scale engine testing and transport emissions suite and lab-scale wave power, wind and solar labs and rigs.
  • Experience excellent practical and theoretical teaching delivered by a programme team with a wealth of expertise and experience across many relevant areas such as renewable energy technologies.
  • Master the most up-to-date practices and techniques recognised in industry on a course that has been directly informed and advised by the Industrial Advisory Board.


Accredited by the Energy Institute (EI)

This course is accredited by the Energy Institute (EI) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council, which adheres to the requirements of further learning for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

Course details

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 through a choice of 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.

Project work

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’ll undertake in an industrial or academic environment. You’ll also have access to some of the outstanding facilities in the 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 can be formally linked to industry, and may include spending time at the collaborator’s site over the summer.

Course structure

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

Year 1 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Research Project (MSc) 60
Pollution Sampling and Analysis 15
Bioenergy & Waste to Energy 15
Atmospheric Pollution: Impacts and Controls 30

Year 1 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

Module Name Credits
Combustion Theory and Design 15
Energy Management and Conservation 15
Renewable Technologies 30
Fuel Processing 15
Energy Systems, Policy and Economics for Engineers 15

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.

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.

Specialist facilities

Our laboratory facilities are equipped with the latest technology for advanced fuel characterisation, environmental monitoring and pollution control.

There are also lab-scale combustion systems, and a wide range of experimental facilities researching the production of low carbon fuels and energy from waste and new materials such as biomass and algae. You’ll even find a full-scale engine testing and transport emissions suite and pilot-scale wave power, wind and solar labs and rigs.

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.

Programme team

The Programme Leader, Professor Timothy Cockerill, is a Professor of Efficient Energy Utilisation at the Centre for Integrated Energy Research and a co-director of Energy Leeds. He’s been interested in energy technologies since 1996, when he started work on early offshore wind energy systems. More recently, his research interests have included many key technologies of the future including carbon capture and storage, hydrogen, and electricity storage.

The wider programme team has a broad and extensive experience across a range of chemical and process engineering disciplines.

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.


Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) in engineering, a physical science or mathematics discipline.

Applicants must have strong marks across a breadth of relevant modules, including mathematics and physical sciences.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information please contact the Admissions Team.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Engineering (6 weeks) and Language for Science: Engineering (10 weeks)

We also offer online pre-sessionals alongside our on-campus pre-sessionals. You could study a part-time online course starting in January, or a full-time course in summer. Find out more about online pre-sessionals.

You can also study pre-sessionals for longer periods – read about our postgraduate pre-sessional English courses.

How to apply

Application deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

30 July 2023 – International applicants
10 September 2023 – UK applicants

The ‘Apply’ link at the top of this page takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.

If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

The UK Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) operates a scheme called the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS). If you are an international (non-EU/EEA or Swiss citizen) applicant and require a student visa to study in the UK then you will need an ATAS certificate to study this course at the University of Leeds.

To apply for an ATAS certificate online, you will need your programme details and the relevant Common Aggregation Hierarchy (CAH) code and descriptor. For this course, the CAH code is: CAH10-01-09 and the descriptor is Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering. Your supervisor will be Timothy Cockerill.

More information and details on how to apply for your ATAS certificate can be found at

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy 2023

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UK: £13,000 (total)

International: £28,000 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

Career opportunities

Sustainability has become paramount in almost every industry worldwide – and the demand for specialists in areas like energy and the environment is ever-growing.

The broad range of skills and knowledge you’ll develop on our Energy and Environment MSc will equip you with the topical and highly relevant insight needed to work in a wide range of job positions – from consultancy to engineering and beyond.

Plus, the University of Leeds is in the top five most targeted universities in the UK by graduate recruiters, according to High Fliers’ The Graduate Market in 2022 report.

Our graduates from this course have secured positions at companies such as:

  • Process Engineer, Procter & Gamble
  • Engineer, T7 Global Berhad
  • Process Engineer, ExxonMobil Nigeria
  • Proposals Engineer, Frames Energy System
  • Controls Engineer, Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd
  • Electrical Site Supervisor, Blue Lake Global Resources Limited
  • Postgraduate Student, The University of Leeds
  • Application & Marketing Engineer, Al Khomassia Chemicals
  • Commercial Analyst, Thai Oil
  • Superintendent Disposal, National Water and Sewerage Corporation

Careers support

At Leeds, we help you to prepare for your future from day one. Our wide range of careers resources — including our award-winning Employability team — are on hand to offer guidance and support, ensuring you are prepared to take your next steps after graduation and get you where you want to be.

  • Employability events — we run a full range of events including careers fairs in specialist areas and across broader industries — all with employers who are actively recruiting for roles.
  • MyCareer system — on your course and after you graduate you’ll have access to a dedicated careers portal where you can book appointments with our team, get information on careers and see job vacancies and upcoming events.
  • Qualified careers consultants — gain guidance, support and information to help you choose a career path. You’ll have access to 1-2-1 meetings and events to learn how to find employers to target, research before interviews and brush up on your interview skills.
  • Opportunities at Leeds — there are plenty of exciting opportunities offered by our Leeds University Union, including volunteering and over 300 clubs and societies to get involved in.

Find out more about career support.

Student profile: Vishal Persaud

The best experience I have had so far is all the practical experience I have been exposed to over the year, from laboratory classes to fieldwork.
Find out more about Vishal Persaud's time at Leeds