Skip to main content

MSc Renewable Energy: Technology and Sustainability – University of Reading

Show access keys

MSc Renewable Energy: Technology and Sustainability

Course overview

  • Full-time: 12 months
  • Flexible: 24 – 63 months
  • Start date: September and January for part-time, September for full-time

Our aim is to achieve 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 nonsustainable technologies. We engage with issues and debates concerning the role of energy, including examining the technical and policy questions arising from global demands for secure, affordable and sustainable energy. We develop analytical skills for assessment, selection and deployment of renewable energy technologies. The distinctive focus is on renewable energy and sustainable technologies, as well as carbon management and energy use in the built environment.

Modules include:

  • Energy in Buildings
  • Renewable Energy in Power Systems
  • Energy, Carbon and the Environment
  • Carbon Management and Analysis
  • Sustainable Heat and Power.

Why choose Reading?

  • Join us in our programme of discovery and creative thinking, designed to question and challenge conventional wisdom about the built environment. Our aim is the co-creation of new knowledge and understanding about complex and challenging problems.
  • The School of Construction Management and Engineering is one of the world's leading university departments dealing with the built environment. The School is truly multidisciplinary in nature and our staff have extensive experience as advisors, consultants and visiting lecturers to commercial organisations, governments and universities globally. We also attract students from all over the world.
  • Our MSc courses are focused on ensuring an excellent student experience, dealing with new ideas, tools and techniques, and exposure to the latest research.
  • We supplement this excellent teaching with twenty-first century technologies.
  • Excellent facilities include a dedicated computer lounge for use by our students equipped with the latest digital technology and software, including building information modelling (BIM), 3D laser scanning, building energy simulations and urban microclimate simulations. The School also possesses laboratory space and experimental equipment to support student research projects.

Career Prospects

Depending on the course, graduates may follow careers in a wide range of disciplines in the built environment and energy sectors - for example, cost management, quantity surveying, architectural and engineering design, project management, construction management, general business management, environmental engineering, facilities management, building energy operation, green building assessment, BIM and CAD management, design management, energy management and energy policy. Employers range from public sector clients, private sector clients, engineering design consultancies, architectural firms, contractors in the building, civil engineering or oil and gas sectors, the energy industry, government and international agencies, the humanitarian sector and in research organisations.

Visit the University Order a prospectus

Entry Requirements

You are normally required to have a good undergraduate Honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you also be eligible to apply

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.

Contact Us

For enquiries about course content, structure & syllabus, please contact:

Director of Postgraduate Taught Studies

Professor Will Hughes

For enquiries about admissions requirements, please contact:


Fees & costs

Course feesMore information about course fees

The fee you pay is dependent on the course you are taking, whether you take the course full-time or part-time, and whether or not you are coming from outside the EU.

Living costsMore information about living costs

At least £180 per week, but varies depending on lifestyle.

Alumni discount

If you’re a Reading graduate, you can receive up to £1,000 off course fees through our alumni fee discount – find out more here


Connect & share

Discuss this course

What now?

Explore other courses

Not quite what you were looking for? Have another look at the Web Course Catalogue to find a course that suits your needs.

Come and visit us

The best way to get to know our campus and the town is to come and visit us and see it for yourself.

Start your application

Can you see yourself studying this degree at Reading? Start your application today!

We use Javascript to improve your experience on, but it looks like yours is turned off. Everything will still work, but it is even more beautiful with Javascript in action. Find out more about why and how to turn it back on here.
We also use cookies to improve your time on the site, for more information please see our cookie policy.

Back to top