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Renewable Energy Systems Technology (Distance Learning) MSc

Programme information

This part-time distance-learning MSc in Renewable Energy Systems Technology is designed for people who want a rewarding career in the rapidly expanding global renewable energy sector. Our students are highly sought after, with a large global community of MSc graduates now working in senior posts world-wide. The MSc course is an ideal preparation for work in fields as diverse as research and manufacturing, project development, consultancy, finance, policy and international development.

Whether you are starting your career in this exciting field or upgrading your in-career skills as a professional engineer, this part-time online MSc gives you flexibility in terms of both place and pace of learning to meet your personal and professional requirements. Developed by CREST’s team of academic experts together with our specialist industrial partners, the MSc provides in-depth knowledge of both theoretical and practical aspects of renewable energy resources, generation technologies, network integration, energy storage, economics and policy.  Each bespoke module is continually updated in line with cutting-edge research and industry developments, ensuring that the programme is kept up-to-date and maintains relevance in this fast-changing sector.             

Loughborough is home to the Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST), one of the UK’s leading sustainable energy research centres.  For over 20 years we have carried out leading-edge research and development into some of the world’s most progressive renewable energy technologies. Our MSc students benefit from becoming members of this research community, especially when carrying out their MSc research projects.

Supported by Loughborough’s distance and on-line learning support team, the CREST MSc is renowned for its innovative learning methods which help ensure that you have the best possible MSc experience. The rich array of online learning and teaching resources means that both full time and distance learning students are able to achieve equivalent learning outcomes. For example, our e-Learning Excellence Award-winning remote solar laboratory is designed for practical exploration of the energy conversion properties of photovoltaic technologies. It has a unique experiment-student interface which means that it can be controlled by distance learning students from any location with an internet connection world-wide.

Find out more about Distance learning at CREST here.

Key facts

  • Professionally accredited.  As testament to the quality of this course, it is fully accredited by major UK engineering institutions; the IET, IMechE and Energy Institute.  It also fulfils the educational requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer when presented with a CEng accredited Bachelor’s Degree. 
  • Research led teaching. The content of the course is underpinned by world leading renewable energy research including: wind energy, solar energy (photovoltaics and solar thermal), water power, bioenergy, energy storage, integration of renewable energy into networks, multi-scale energy systems and renewable energy applications in the developing world.

Entry requirements

An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in any engineering or physical science subject.

Overseas qualification equivalencies can be found here.


How you will be taught

All of our modules consist of a series of Study Units, each covering a specific subject area. Lectures and tutorials are combined with practical laboratory or computer-based simulation activities with industrial relevance. Lectures and tutorials are supplemented by extensive on-line resources via the University’s virtual learning environment (LEARN).

The learning resources for each module include:

  • Interactive online study materials.
  • Live streamed and recorded lectures.
  • Real-time on-line seminars and workshops delivered via our state-of-the-art virtual learning environment
  • Specialist and industry-standard software and simulation packages.
  • Tutorials, assignments and computer aided assessments.
  • Online access to past exam papers, together with leading journals and text books.
  • Online collaboration and discussion forums for communicating with tutors and fellow learners
  • Specialist tutor groups
  • Online assignment and tutorial management - provides you with rapid feedback and tutor support. 

Please note that as a distance learning student you  also have the option to attend on-campus modules if you wish.

To make full use of distance learning resources, the following are minimum requirements:

  • A good specification PC or laptop running the latest operating system
  • A printer if you wish to have materials in hard copy
  • Good computer skills including knowledge of MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint (or equivalent)
  • Fast and reliable access to the Internet via Broadband


Assessment is via examination, coursework, group work and an individual research project. 

Examinations are held in January and May/June with coursework and group work milestones set throughout the programme.  The individual MSc research project is assessed by a written dissertation and oral presentation. Students receive regular feedback on their progress from on-line support officers, tutors and academic staff.

It is also possible for distance learning students to take exams at a suitable local venue either a local British Council or a recognised university. For further information about this process please contact the course administrator.

English Language Requirements

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not. Find out more here.

Future Career Prospects

Our graduates are employed by a wide range of companies across the global energy sector, as well as in policy roles in government departments and intergovernmental organizations such as the UN. 

REST MSc graduates stand out from the crowd due to the breadth and depth of their knowledge and expertise.  Because of this, our industrial partners value our graduates very highly, and regard the course as a fertile recruiting ground. Many of our partner companies hire alumni from the REST MSc on an annual basis, some of whom return to us to give the industry perspective on the MSc!

Students have progressed to work in range of sectors including: urban planning; product design and manufacturing; project management; design, finance and development; utility providers; engineering consultancies; government and NGOs. Some of our graduates’ employment destinations include EDF Energy, Euro African Group Ltd, E.ON, SSE, Cambridge Consultants, Green Investment Bank, RES, DNV GL, Mott MacDonald, Nordex, Vestas, Arup, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Siemens AG, Chromagen Solar Australia, M-Solv, OST Energy, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Petrocon Brunei, Statnett SF and Dong Energy

A number of companies give industrial lectures to our students during the modules and provide projects for students. This gives the students a flavour of what is involved in working in the sector and potential opportunities for future employment.

Read our latest graduate profiles here.

The information published here reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year.

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