School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Postgraduate taught

Flexible online learning: a gateway to an accredited qualification and a rewarding career in renewable energy

As a distance learning MSc student, our course offers you flexibility of learning in time and place, a highly accredited qualification and enhanced employability. But don’t just take our word for it! Here is what one of our distance learning graduates has to say about studying with us:

Good balance of depth and breadth in each module.  Good use of Technology to support DL.  The on-line LEARN platform and module chat forums work really well and the various simulations packages were also great to work with.  Motivated staff with a deep understanding and passion for their topics which definitely spreads to the student (Paul Demain, Distance Learning student)


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

Distance learning students are also welcome to 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 by 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

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