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MSc Renewable Energy: Technology and Sustainability – University of Reading

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MSc Renewable Energy: Technology and Sustainability

A well-established programme with an international reputation which has attracted students from over 70 countries since 1986. This unique programme examines the technical and policy questions arising from global demands for secure, affordable and sustainable energy.

Course Overview

The Postgraduate programme in Renewable Energy: Technology and Sustainability aims to provide students with a robust understanding of the applications of renewable energy and sustainable technology, combined with a strong awareness of the impact on the environment of using non sustainable technologies. The programme examines the technical and policy questions arising from global demands for secure, affordable and sustainable energy. The course covers rapidly evolving fields that are vitally relevant to how society develops in the 21st Century. This course is invaluable for those interested in understanding technical and policy issues, those seeking professional development (CPD) and those wishing to embark on further research.

This programme of study brings students up to date with energy technologies and policy together with their social and environmental impacts, including climate change. There is a focus on renewable energy particularly wind, hydro, solar and biomass. The role of conventional energy supplies including fossil and nuclear sources is addressed. Technical and policy approaches to the management of energy demand are considered. The programme attracts a mix of people from a variety of related backgrounds, including physical scientists, engineers, policy makers and economists, environmental scientists, and professionals with working knowledge in the field. This diversity encourages lively interaction leading to a better understanding of renewable energy problems and their potential solutions.

The taught programme consists of lectures, laboratory and computer modelling work, and tutorials. There will be a range of site visits. The MSc programme is completed with a supervised research project, often undertaken with energy companies or organisations.

School of Construction Management and Engineering

The School of Construction Management and Engineering is a world leader in teaching and research of the management, design and economics of engineered technologies, primarily in the construction field. The School is recognised for its flexibility in meeting the needs of those wishing to continue their own professional development.

Our global reputation for innovation, focused on real-world problems facing the management of the built environment, attracts research active academics, students and industry professionals of the highest calibre.

Teaching is informed by the latest research of the School's internationally leading academics, complemented by selected industry experts. You can benefit from exposure to best practice through a series of site visits throughout the year, invited industry experts and a vast network of industry links.

Graduates from the School are recognised as high worth, high potential employees, often gaining senior management positions in some of the world's most prestigious companies.

The School draws together expertise across a range of disciplines including organisation and management, design, sustainability, procurement and economics all at the heart of our five main research areas -Business Innovation in Construction, Digital Practices, Healthcare Infrastructure Innovative and Sustainable Technologies and Transition Pathways to a Low-Carbon Economy.

Career Prospects

Studying at Reading provides a great platform from which to launch your career. We have a proud tradition of producing graduates that progress rapidly in their careers. Recent graduates from the School have found employment in a wide variety of roles including: Sustainability Consultant, Energy Officer, Renewables Engineer, Renewables Consultant, Technical Director, Project Analyst, Researcher, Sales and Marketing, Design Engineer. The companies our graduates have joined range from international energy and technical services companies to specialist sustainability advisors and technology developers, including: European Marine Energy Centre, Scottish and Southern Energy, Dulas , AECOM, Foster Wheeler, Jacobs and National Grid.

Funding opportunities

You may be able to apply for a scholarship or bursary to help fund your postgraduate course at Reading. See our Fees for more information.

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Entry Requirements

Suitable for graduates with degrees such as environmental science, mathematics, engineering, physics, construction, geography, agriculture, chemistry, geology, economics, planning and management, business studies, computer science. However, the subject area is interdisciplinary, and motivated applicants with other degree backgrounds are encouraged to apply, as are candidates with professional experience and related qualifications.

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