Sustainable Energy Futures MSc
  • Postgraduate taught
  • MSc

Sustainable Energy Futures

Gain the skills needed to join the next generation of leaders in the energy sector.

Gain the skills needed to join the next generation of leaders in the energy sector

Understand global energy issues and how sustainable energy technologies interact with economics, the environment and policy

Apply a range of interdisciplinary skills to an extensive research project

Course key facts

Minimum entry standard

  • First class Honours in engineering or physical sciences

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Course overview

Explore global energy issues, sustainable energy technologies, and their interactions with economics, the environment and policy on this Master's course delivered by Energy Futures lab. 

You'll take a quantitative approach to the study of technology and systems to gain a more strategic perspective on energy issues.

Guided by departmental experts and industry leaders, you'll develop the critical evaluation skills, research techniques and methodologies essential for assessing real-world energy systems.

You'll apply these skills to an extensive research project in the summer term. 

Projects are available from all Imperial College London departments engaged in energy research, and also in partnership with industry.


This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about potential course changes.

Please note: it may not always be possible to take specific combinations of modules due to timetabling conflicts. For confirmation, please check with the relevant department.

You'll take mandatory foundation modules in the autumn term to build your interdisciplinary skills. In the spring term, you'll take specialised modules. 

These are taught as a sequence of intensive,  two-week units by experts from academia, industry and government.


Core modules

You'll undertake a research project, with the opportunity to engage with project proposals from across all departments involved in energy-related research.

You'll complete an assessed critical literature review early in the spring term, a thesis at the beginning of September, and present your research findings at our student conference in late September.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning methods

  • Case studies
  • A person studying independently
    Independent project work
  • Person at lectern giving speech
  • Four students sitting in a tutorial
  • Workshops
  • Individual research project
    Research project

Balance of assessment


  • Modules
  • Research project

  • 50% Modules
  • 50% Research project

Assessment methods

  • Person completing coursework
  • A person completing a written exam
  • Literature review
  • Person making a presentation
  • Papers from a written report
  • Thesis

Entry requirements

We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.

How to apply

Apply online

You can submit one application form per year of entry. You can choose up to two courses.

Tuition fees

Home fee

2024 entry


Overseas fee

2024 entry


How will studying at Imperial help my career?

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Acquire a range of multidisciplinary skills required to work in roles within the energy sector or an energy-related industry.

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The Sustainable Energy Future course also gives you access to a network of over 500 alumni who live and work around the world.

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Over 90% of graduates from this course currently work in the energy sector.

Terms and conditions

There are some important pieces of information you should be aware of when applying to Imperial. These include key information about your tuition fees, funding, visas, accommodation and more.

Read our terms and conditions

You can find further information about your course, including degree classifications, regulations, progression and awards in the programme specification for your course.

Programme specifications