School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Postgraduate taught

Distance Learning

CREST's online distance learning MSc offers you the ultimate learning flexibility


Since its creation in 2001, our part-time Distance Learning (DL) MSc has developed a global reputation for quality, as accredited by the IET enabling our DL students gain the same learning outcomes as their on-campus counterparts.

Continued investment into the programme's resources and delivery has ensured that our MSc remains at the forefront of innovative teaching and technological developments.

As one of our DL students you will benefit from the most advanced set of e-learning tools, including a portfolio of virtual learning laboratories and simulation software. You will carry out experiments that mirror your on-campus equivalents, including our unique ‘world first’ PV Remote Lab, which allows DL students to access and control a real physical laboratory!

On completion of the Distance Learning MSc in Renewable Energy Systems Technology, you will become one of our highly skilled graduates, sought after by industry and well placed to take advantage of the opportunities available within the renewables sector. 

The course has two entry points in the academic year September and February. Please note that Module choice is limited for February starters so please contact the Postgraduate Administration Team for further details. 


As a distance learning MSc student, our course offers you flexibility of learning in time and place, a highly accredited qualification and enhanced employability. 


Distance learning with CREST is a form of education designed to be as flexible as possible to meet the training needs and requirements of both you, as an individual, and your organisation. 

Flexibility of place — although tutorial support is a key element of the CREST programmes, you are not required to meet your tutors face-to-face. Therefore study is not confined to any particular location and you can study anywhere in the world!

Distance learning students can also join us at our wonderful Loughborough campus as part of a blended approach to their study. This means you can choose to study completely at a distance or take some of the modules on-campus side-by-side with our full-time MSc students. 

Flexibility of time — enables you to fit your study around your work or family commitments at the most convenient times for you. Lectures are both streamed live and recorded so you can view and download them with ease. 

Flexibility of content —our spread of optional modules means you can devise a programme of study which precisely reflects your areas of interest.

Flexibility of pace — allows you to control the rate at which you study. For most students, the typical completion time is 3-4 years.

In other words, distance learning with CREST gives you, the learner, more control over where and how you learn.

This does not mean that our programmes are not structured. In fact, quite the opposite! Your learning will take place within a planned framework of study.


Both full-time and distance learning versions of our MSc in Renewable Energy Systems Technology is approved the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

This programme is CEng accredited and fulfils the educational requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer when presented with a CEng accredited bachelor’s programme



The Renewable Energy Systems Technology MSc is an established and highly regarded course worldwide, and our graduates are in great demand in the renewables industry around the world.

Our students range from recent graduates of BEng or BSc programmes to mid-career professionals looking for a change or who want to keep up to speed with developments in the renewable energy industry, whether in technology R&D, project development or policy and investment.

As a Loughborough student, you are also able to make full use of the career services on offer, especially the support of our Careers and Employability Centre who offer advice on all aspects of career planning including locating employers and vacancies, interview techniques and one-2-one advice sessions.

Career Destinations

Recent graduate destinations and roles:

  • Arup - Graduate Engineer
  • EDF - France - Electrical Engineer
  • GL Garrad Hassan, Afghanistan - Energy & Development Engineer
  • Hydrarig - Training Quality Engineer
  • Innovative Environmental Technologies - Executive Process Technologist
  • M-Solv - Process Development Engineer
  • Norton Energy Soluions - PV Solar Engineer
  • The Green Company - Solar Energy Design Engineer
  • The Green Home Company - PV System Designer
  • VR3 Emu Farms and Hatchery Unit – Proprietor

We invite you to read our current student profiles to hear what they have to say about their Loughborough experience on ‘Our Students’.

For further information please contact our Distance Learning Administrator, contact details can be found below.

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The Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU