MSc Sustainable Energy Futures
Start date: October 2018
Campus: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
Applications for 2018
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Our MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures aims to develop the next generation of leaders in the energy sector.
This 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 post-degree experience who wish to gain a broader, more strategic perspective on energy issues.
The MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures is an internationally unique course. Throughout the year our students have lectures and guidance from experts across all research areas at Imperial College London, as well as leaders from the energy industry.
Combining the academic and industrial experience of the Faculty of Engineering with the Faculty of Natural Sciences and the Imperial College Business School, this course offers a unique multidisciplinary teaching programme.
You begin your studies in October with the Autumn and Spring terms dedicated to taught modules.
In the summer term you turn your focus to an extensive research project. The research project is an opportunity to make use of the interdisciplinary nature of the MSc. Each research project is normally supervised by at least two supervisors from different departments.
Throughout the year, students are required to attend workshops to develop transferable skills such as Public Speaking, Creative Thinking and a Preparing and Writing a Literature Review. These have been developed exclusively for the MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures.
The curriculum's focus on a multidisciplinary view of the energy sector means graduates are well placed to work in a diverse range of energy-related areas and are in high demand from employers.
As a graduate of the Sustainable Energy Future course, you will join a network of over 300 fellow Energy Futures Lab alumni who live and work in every corner of the world.
Over 90% of our MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures graduates currently work in the energy sector.
Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.
All students take 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 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.
- Debating and Non-technical / soft skills development
- Energy Economics and Policy
- Energy Systems Technology Methods for the Analysis of Energy Systems
- Energy Transmission and Storage
- Entrepreneurship in Renewable Energy
- Low Carbon Technologies
- Research Project
- Sustainable Transport
- Urban Energy Systems
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.
Teaching and assessment
- Case studies
- Independent project work
- Practical classes
- Research project
- Literature review
Tuition fees and funding
The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.
For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.
Tuition fees (Home and EU students)
Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.
Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.
Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)
Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.
Postgraduate Master's loan
If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,280 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.
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.
There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.
Accommodation and living costs
Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.
You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.
A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.
We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).
We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.
Minimum academic requirement
Our minimum requirement is at least a 2.1 UK Honour's 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 then please contact the relevant admissions team.
English language requirement (all applicants)
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.