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Renewable Energy Systems Technology MSc

Programme information

This programme is aimed at people who care about the environment, who have an engineering and physical sciences background and who have a desire to learn about the technical attributes of renewable energy generation. Delivered by experts in the field, you will gain the skills you need to upgrade your degree or retrain and specialise in this exciting and rapidly expanding energy sector.

Loughborough is home to the Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST); the UK’s largest and leading sustainable energy research centre.  For over 20 years, we have overseen the research and development of some of the world’s most progressive renewable energy technologies. 

Developed by the team in CREST, this programme aims to provide an in-depth analysis of the resource, technology and economics of renewable energy.  Each bespoke module has been continually developed in line with the team’s latest cutting edge research and industry developments.  These modules are delivered by a team of experts in their own particular fields with a number of industrial guest lecturers; ensuring the programme is kept up-to-date and maintains relevance in a fast-changing sector.   

The programme is designed to prepare you for a career in the renewable energy sector in fields as diverse as manufacturing, development, consultancy and government. Equally, the programme can be a stepping stone to future research in the renewable energy sector. It is available full-time or alternatively you can study as you work anywhere in the world with our part-time distance learning option.

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.
  • Cutting edge facilities. In the last 5 years, we invested £1.5 million into new equipment, in the next 3 years we will invest a further £2.75 million. 

Entry requirements

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

Overseas qualification equivalencies can be found here.

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.


How you will be taught

The programme is modular in nature, and you will undertake 120 credits of taught modules over two semesters. Modules are taught in one or two week blocks with a 10 or 15 credit weighting each. Each module is led by a senior academic whose main personal research focus is in precisely the subject of the module.

Lecture groups are small and you will be encouraged to ask questions and to discuss details with your tutors. All lectures are recorded and immediately available to you to help consolidate your learning as you progress through the course and for revision as you approach the exams. A comprehensive book of course notes is provided for each module. Coursework includes the use of industry standard software and specialist bespoke practical experiments.

You will take exams at the end of each semester. A research project is chosen and confirmed during January and you will work on this full-time after the semester 2 exams through until the beginning of September when you submit a short research paper style report and make an oral presentation to academic staff.

Projects are often carried out in cooperation with government and industry partners, and range from commercial project development to advanced thermal and electrical modelling to practical technology production techniques in the lab.


You will be assessed by a combination of examination, coursework and class presentations as well as a dissertation on an agreed topic.

Take a look at our modules to see what assessments you can expect to undertake.

Future Career Prospects

Many companies in the renewable energy sector expect employees with engineering degrees but for many this is not good enough. Most require specific knowledge and expertise that can only be gained through postgraduate study.

We know from working with our industrial contacts that they highly value our graduates. Indeed, in CREST, we have continued to work with many companies who have hired alumni from the REST MSc. Some have even come back to give industrial lectures on the course seeing the course as a fertile recruiting ground.

Students have gone to work in range of renewable energy sectors including: manufacturing, development of generation schemes, utilities, engineering consultancies, local, regional and national government. Companies that our alumni have gone to work for include:

EdF, E.ON, SSE, RWE, RES, DNV GL, Mott MacDonald, Nordex, Vestas, Arup, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Siemens AG, EDF France, M-Solv, OST Energy, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Petrocon Brunei, Statnett SF.

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. 

Our facilities

You will have access to state-of-the-art research laboratories which can be used to do your projects. This provides a unique opportunity for you to undertake your research projects at the cutting edge of renewable energy research.  Many of the modules have practical experiments. 

We have current industrial equipment and laboratories for PV cell production, PV module production, qualification testing, PV quality control, energy storage research facilities, vacuum glazing, wind flow measurement, and instrumentation for energy consumption and monitoring.

You will benefit from experience with industrial tools and software for system design (e.g. PV Syst, WAsP, ReSoft Windfarm, DNV GL Windfarmer, Ansys CFD), materials research hardware (e.g. pilot lines for commercial solar cell production) and quality control laboratories.

This enables you to acquire the practical skills that industry uses today and builds the foundations for developing your knowledge base throughout your career.

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.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. The standard tuition fees for this course are:

Taught ProgrammesUK/EUInternational
PGT Band 3 £9,000 £20,500

University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.


A number of scholarships and bursaries are available (dependent on eligibility):

Find out more about the support available for international students and UK/EU students undertaking a research degree or a taught programme.

Our students


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