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This course is subject to validation.

The course in Sustainable Energy Engineering will provide you with advanced knowledge and skills in the key engineering aspects of renewable and sustainable energy. It covers topics such as wind, photovoltaic, thermo-mechanical energy conversion systems, and the environment, energy efficiency, building energy modelling and engineering optimisation. In this course, opportunities will be provided to every student to develop expertise in the key area of personal interest. You will develop a critical awareness of ethical and environmental considerations as well as society needs.  You will learn to create multi-criteria optimal solutions to a variety of renewable and sustainable energy technologies problems. When you graduate, you will also have a comprehensive and systematic understanding of research methods and techniques who can conduct research-based projects and disseminate research outputs. 

What makes this course different

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Industry ready

The course, designed in conjunction with industrial stakeholders, offers students to combine theory with best practice using the most up to date digital tools.

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Award winning

It is designed for engineers and management personnel working in an engineering operations environment. UEL's engineering students and staff have won several prestigious national and international awards and are in collaboration with various industrial partnerships via variety of channels (e.g. Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, KTPs funded by the Innovate UK).

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Career ready

There is currently a very high demand for graduates in various technical sectors in general because of a shortage of skilled staff. It has been widely publicised that the age profile in the industry is such that up to 50% of the engineering and management staff are due to retire in the next ten years (IAM).


You will be taught by academics and industrial practitioners we work with. You will benefit from our close links with major employers, and continued support of the Industrial Advisory Board in enhancing employability of our students in the wider engineering sector. The course covers topics such as wind, photovoltaic, thermo-mechanical energy conversion systems, hybrid renewable energy systems, sustainable energy and the environment, energy efficiency, building energy modelling and engineering optimisation. Apart from the technical content, MSc courses are unique, as there is a strong emphasis on professional life and employability skills, embedded throughout all aspects of your advanced technical course focusing on your enhanced key skills such as communication, digital proficiency, intelligence (like emotional and social) and teamwork. The programme will also offer an optional placement year to all students, enabling them to experience the real world and effectively connect their University experience with it.


This course is subject to validation. You can still apply for this course while it is being approved.



All modules include coursework, for which you will have opportunities to apply your knowledge to engineering projects based on real-life scenarios. The coursework will include analysis and design projects, research reports, group and seminar presentations and a research dissertation project.

You will also attend lectures, seminars and tutorials and you will work both individually and in groups. 

To support the hands-on nature of this course, we have an impressive range of facilities. Our modern, well-equipped laboratories are open to students all day and include dedicated labs. We also have superb computer facilities and the very latest design and key software.

Expert feedback and support are always on offer from our dedicated team of academics, all experts in their particular disciplines.

Our MSc courses are some of the most flexible around. Engineers employed in the industry have found that the part-time model can easily be tailored to suit their personal requirements.

Guided independent study
We are investing in key areas beyond your studies including our career services, library and well-being, to be available both face-to-face on campus and online with many of these available 24/7. We have new, modern library facilities on both campuses offering inspirational environments for study and research. Libraries contain resources in print and digital formats, a range of study spaces and dedicated librarian who can assist with your learning.

Academic support
Students are supported with any academic or subject related queries by an Academic Advisor, module leaders, former and current UEL students.
If you need a bit of extra help with certain skills such as academic writing, maths or IT, our Skillzone and English for Academic Purposes we offer workshops, drop-in sessions and one-to-one appointments to help our students achieve their potential. You can receive advice and guidance on all aspects of the IT systems provided by the University from  IT.

Each year you will spend around 300 hours of timetabled learning and teaching activities. These may be lectures, workshops, seminars and individual and group tutorials. Contact hours may vary depending on each module.

The approximate percentages for this course are:
Year 1: scheduled teaching - 300 hours; guided independent study - 900 hours.
Year 2: scheduled teaching - 300 hours; guided independent study - 900 hours.
Year 3: scheduled teaching - 300 hours; guided independent study - 900 hours.

The size of classes can vary depending on the nature of the course, module and activity. This can range from large groups in a lecture theatre setting, to smaller groups taking part in seminars and collaborative work. You will receive your personalised timetable at the beginning of the academic year dependent on your course

About the industrial placement year

This course is also available as a two year master's with an industrial placement year. The industrial placement is designed to address the demands of the profession and give students a competitive edge when it comes to their career. The industrial placement component is for a duration of an academic year, i.e., normally 30 weeks including minimum 24 weeks of delivery time. It starts after students have successfully completed the 1st year of study, i.e., all the taught modules and the dissertation component of the MSc course which together form 180 credits. Please refer to the course specification for the summary of the course structure and further information.

Students on the MSc with Placement courses must pass all taught modules of their respective course plus dissertation to gain 180 credits, before they become eligible to progress to the next stage and undertake industrial placement. Students on the MSc course with placement will also normally be required to fulfil the 80% attendance requirement (on all modules) to be eligible to progress to the industrial placement. Students unable to meet the above requirements to progress successfully will normally be moved to the one-year full-time version of the course and their student visa, if any, will be curtailed accordingly.

It is ultimately the student's responsibility to secure their placement and the university cannot guarantee placements. The University will offer guidance and support and recommend students to many of our industrial partners that have expressed strong support and interest in the programme. 

During the industrial placement period, you will undertake an internship within a partner organisation (or by means of alternative arrangements such as projects led by industry and carried out on campus) and complete a zero-credit Industrial Placement Module. 

There are additional fees for the placement module (in the second year of the course), in addition to the fees for the taught modules and dissertation paid in the first year.


Assessment will consist of a combination of coursework and exams. Coursework can include presentations, software demonstrations, research-based assignments and practical exercises involving real life engineering problems.

All assessments are designed to ensure that our course equips you with all of the skills required to get into the engineering sector giving you a major competitive edge. Apart from the coursework and exams, you will be assessed by using technology and other diverse modes. Your learning journey will be further supported by using technology enhanced learning as you will also participate in learning latest industry-standard software.

Assessment for this course is 50% coursework and 50% portfolio.

Feedback is provided within 15 working days in line with UEL's assessment and feedback policy.


Stratford Campus

Stratford Campus, Water Lane, Stratford


The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Fawad Inam

Professor Inam is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE).

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Kalok Lee

Dr Lee is Programme Leader of the Mechanical Engineering course, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Associate Member of IMechE.

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Dr Samir Morad

Dr Samir Morad is the Programme Director-BEng (Hons) Biomedical Engineering

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Bahar K Esfahani

Dr Khayamian Esfahani is the Programme Director for BEng Product Design Engineering at the University of East London (UEL).

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Dr Subramaniam Arunachalam

Dr Arunachalam is a Senior Lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Group.

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What we're researching

The course is at the heart of expanding and sustainable East London. The course will benefit from our flagship, Sustainability Research Institute (SRI), which is UEL's centre of excellence for environmental research and development. We collaborate with industry, government, public agencies and charities to enable changes in physical infrastructure and social capital that benefits the environment, promotes sustainable living and creates a carbon neutral society.

The postgraduate qualification will enable you to change the mindset of key stakeholders, that is required in various engineering, construction and other sectors. The course has a strong emphasis on energy generation and related challenges for wind, photovoltaic, thermo-mechanical energy conversion systems, hybrid renewable energy systems, sustainable energy and the environment, energy efficiency, building energy modelling and engineering optimisation. The industrial placement will further enhance the hands-on experience of the students, which is indeed, a great offer.

Prof Fawad Inam

Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Head of Engineering & Construction


Globally, overall demand for renewables is expected to increase due to their use in the electricity sector and there is already a high demand for technical professionals in this area. An MSc qualification in Sustainable Energy Engineering will give you a practical edge as the discipline overlaps with a number of engineering profession. There are many career paths available, ranging from hard-core engineering to consultancy and even policy-making government institutions, once you have completed this course. Many graduates choose to pursue a professional high-flying career in the expansive engineering sector, in roles such as consultants, designers, field engineers, project managers or senior managers.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.