Efficient Fossil Energy Technologies Masters/MSc

Postgraduate degree course in Efficient Fossil Energy Technologies Masters/MSc

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The University of Birmingham, as a partner in The Midlands Energy Graduate School (MEGS), has launched a new taught Masters in Efficient Fossil Energy Technologies.

Consisting of core and optional modules, delivered by experts from the universities of Nottingham, Birmingham and Loughborough, this MSc will encourage and embed excellence in fossil energy technologies, carbon capture and efficient combustion. It will prepare future leaders and industrial engineers with knowledge and skills to tackle the major national and international challenges of implementing new fossil-based power plant and processes more efficiently, with near zero emissions and CO2 capture. Related aspects such as cleaner recovery of fossil fuels, decarbonisation of energy supply including biomass and policy implications of energy supply are also covered.

This course provides expert teaching from three leading universities in the UK a unique partnership to allow students to benefit from a wide range of expertise. Modules studied represent the academic specialism offered by each university and the research project, taken at the university where you register, will focus on specific aspects of fossil energy technologies: Birmingham specialises in managing chemical reactions, plant design and carbon capture technologies; Loughborough in materials technologies for power generation and high-temperature applications; and Nottingham will focus on combustion technologies, power generation, environmental control and carbon capture.

It is therefore important to select your choice of university carefully. Full details of these options and specialisms are in the Modules section of the Course Details tab and all enquiries are welcome.

This programme will encourage and embed excellence in fossil energy technologies, carbon capture and efficient combustion. It includes modules on power generation and technologies, industrial case studies, economics of energy and innovation and allows students to assimilate the contextual issues surrounding fossil-based energy alongside technical aspects. Coupled with the major research project, this core will thus promote enquiry-based learning which will be supplemented by a range of optional technical and contextual/managerial modules.
This course provides expert teaching from three leading universities in the UK a unique partnership to allow students to benefit from a wide range of expertise.

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Why study this course

The Midlands Energy Graduate School is unique to the UK and is a partnership between the universities of Nottingham, Birmingham and Loughborough to bring excellence and world-leading research into context within this MSc. Students will take modules at each of the universities, studying alongside other MEGS students registered at all three universities, thus benefiting from the best of three UK universities.

This multi-disciplinary programme aims to provide predominantly engineering and science graduates with a solid grounding in efficient fossil energy technologies. The programme will prepare future leaders and industrial engineers with knowledge and skills to tackle the major national and international challenges over the next 15 years: implementing new power plant to generate electricity more efficiently using fossil energy with near zero emissions; demonstration and deployment of CO2 capture; reducing CO2 emissions from coal utilisation, including iron making and similar manufacturing processes. 


The Masters/MSc in Efficient Fossil Energy Technologies provides students with the expertise of three leading energy-research centres. Each university offers a pathway which draws on the strengths of the research and teaching available, making it as easy as possible to benefit from the chosen study location. A wide range of optional modules allows students to tailor their studies to meet the needs of their chosen career path and state-of-the-art video conferencing facilities enable students to take part in lectures delivered off-campus. Alternatively, students can attend in person at Nottingham and Loughborough.

This MSc comprises 60 credits of compulsory taught modules, 60 credits of optional modules and a 60-credit research project. The programme covers the core themes of power generation, carbon capture, innovation and the wider, societal/economics/policy aspect of energy generation and use. Students will choose some optional modules from a range of technical choices and some from a range of contextual/managerial choices, which provides a well-rounded range of study. It is available for study at all three Midlands Energy Graduate School universities, each of which offers a pathway as follows:

 University of BirminghamUniversity of NottinghamLoughborough University
Core modules
  • Energy Generation and Carbon Capture (led by Nottingham) - 10 credits
  • Research and Porfessional Skills (led by Nottingham) - 10 credits
  • Communication & Public Engagement Skills (led by Nottingham) - 10 credits
  • Industrial Case Studies (led by Loughborough) - 10 credits
  • Energy Systems and Policy A and B (led by: A Birmingham, B Nottingham) - 20 credits
  • Research project (led by Birmingham) - 60 credits
Research project topics
  • Modelling systems
  • Plant design
  • Supercritical reactions
  • Catalysts
  • Carbon capture technologies
  • Heavy oil recovery
  • Energy storage
  • Combustion and power generation
  • Carbon capture & storage technologies
  • Multi-pollutant control Energy catalysis (CO2 conversion, gas reforming etc.)
  • Gasification
  • Environmental management
  • Reaction systems
  • Materials for conventional power generation
  • Steels for ultra-supercritical steam powerplant applications
  • Coatings for superalloys for high temperature service
  • Degradation of materials at high temperatures
Options pathway: combining technical and managerial options
  • Advanced Reaction Systems
  • Systems Modelling
  • Conventional Energy Technology
  • Measurement Techniques
  • Process Engineering Fundamentals
  • Project Management
  • Combined Heat and Power
  • Advanced Thermal Power Systems
  • Petroleum Production Engineering
  • Energy Storage
  • Environmental Project Management
  • Surface Engineering
  • Ceramics: Properties and Processes
  • Metals: Properties and Processes
  • Materials Modelling
  • Sustainable Use of Materials
  • Teamwork and Leadership


Further options from across the Midlands Energy Graduate School may be chosen, subject to timetabling and delivery methods

The taught element takes place between September and May and consists of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. The individual project takes place in industry or at the University of Birmingham, between May and August.

Research project

The research project must be taken at the university at which the student is registered and based on one of the themes outlined above.

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods.

Fees and funding

This course is a collaborative provision between Birmingham, Loughborough and Nottingham. Contact us for fee information.

Entry requirements

Applicants will hold, or be expecting to hold, a first-class Honours degree in a relevant subject (eg, Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering or Mechanical Engineering). Relevant, significant, industrial experience may be considered.

Please contact us to enquire and discuss your situation.

International students:

  • Above-standard English language requirements apply
  • English Language requirements are as follows
  • IELTS: minimum 6.5 in all bands
  • PTE Academic: no less than 67 in all 4 skills 

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements.

How to apply

International students requiring visas

Monday 01 July 2019 is the application deadline for international students who require a visa to study in the United Kingdom. We are not able to consider applications for 2019 made after this date; a new application should be made for 2020. Applications will reopen for 2020 in October 2019. We will close applications as soon as the programme is full, early applications are encouraged.

UK/EU (non-Tier 4) students

The application deadline is Friday 20 September 2019. Applications will reopen for 2020 on Monday 30 September 2019.

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This programme provides a solid basis for a career in fossil fuel-powered energy generation. Comprising lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, coursework and group project work, it addresses the management of technical (engineering) activities, the development of personal, interpersonal and project management skills, and provides a fundamental understanding of the wider social and economic aspects of energy generation and use.

Some of the modules available from the universities of Nottingham and Loughborough are available either via state-of-the-art video-conferencing facilities, so students do not usually need to attend the other university in person. For other modules students are required to attend in person and travel to partake directly in some lectures, advice can be provided on appropriate travel and accommodation.

Modules taught at Birmingham are delivered in week-long blocks; those from Nottingham and Loughborough may be in blocks or may take place on specific days/times throughout the term. Please contact us about these if you would like more information about this.

Graduates of this programme will be in demand by power generation companies and partner organisations working on technologies for a near-zero-emission power plant. There is a world-wide demand for engineers and scientists with high-level education and skills in energy technologies, focussing on fossil fuels, as coal-fired power stations continue to be commissioned, built and operated.

Additionally new industries focussed on biomass and renewable energy technologies require graduates with the skills gained from this programme.   

This programme also provides an entry route to progress to PhD study, upon successful completion (minimum grades apply).

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