MSc Sustainable Energy Futures
Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2017
Location: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
This course is now open to applications for 2017 entry.
This course aims to develop the next generation of leaders in the energy sector, providing a grounding in the major features of global energy issues, sustainable energy technologies, and their interactions with economics, the environment and policy.
About the course
The MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures is delivered by Imperial's Energy Futures Lab.
The course provides a grounding in the major features of global energy issues, sustainable energy technologies, and their interactions with economics, the environment and policy.
Taking a quantitative approach to the study of technology and systems, the MSc attracts students with engineering and physical science backgrounds, although not exclusively.
It will also appeal to those with some post-degree experience who wish to gain a broader, more strategic perspective on energy issues.
All students take three mandatory foundation modules in the autumn term to provide a common basis, language and analytical tools. This is particularly important due to the interdisciplinary nature of the course.
In the spring term, you take five specialised modules that are taught as a sequence of intensive, two-week units. Each module is taught by experts in that field, from academia, industry and government.
Following the last of these specialised taught modules you will undertake a research project. Due to the broad range of interest areas and expertise contributing to the field, you will receive guidance and support from two supervisors from different departments during the project.
The project will involve completing an assessed critical literature review early in the spring term. You submit your thesis at the beginning of September, and will present your research findings in late September at our student conference.
Enterprise is fostered in our partnership with the Climate KIC entrepreneurship programme. You will also study our Entrepreneurship in Renewable Energy module, which is delivered in collaboration with Imperial College Business School.
To complete the formal teaching you will complete transferable skills sessions on debating, leadership and group working.
Minimum academic requirement
2.1 Honours degree in engineering or physical sciences.
The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.
We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.
If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying for then please contact the relevant admissions team.
English language requirements
All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.
For admission to this course, you must achieve the higher College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification.
For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.
How to apply
All applicants must apply online.
You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.
Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.
You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.
Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.
For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.
Fees and funding
Home and EU students
Islands and overseas students
The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.
If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.
Funding from Imperial
We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.
For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.
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