Global Energy Technologies and Systems Masters/MSc

Start date
1 year full-time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2020/21:
£9,900 (UK/EU students)
£23,310 (International Students)
Further fee information is available.

This course fulfils a critical need to educate the next generation of energy professionals in concert with the internationally recognised research being undertaken through the Thermal Energy Research Accelerator (T-ERA) programme and the Birmingham Energy Institute (BEI).


Please rest assured that we will make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.

Information for future students and applicants

Energy systems around the world are in transition, with policy drivers including:

  • environment  - climate change or air quality,
  • increasing demand, and access to reliable supplies,
  • greater urbanisation, putting pressure on infrastructure.

To meet these aims, new technologies are being developed, but the systems themselves are also changing. People are needed not just to develop or deploy single technologies, but to understand the context in which they will operate. This interdisciplinary programme is designed to cater to that need in a global context.

Chemical engineering in general is an extremely flexible and wide-ranging field, with direct impact on many sectors that are critical to the lives we lead, with the generation and delivery of energy being one of the most important of these sectors. The programme will take a systems-based approach to the provision, distribution and utilisation of energy of all forms.

You will study 120 credits of core material that spans a rather large spectrum; as well as learning about energy technologies, energy networks and energy systems design, the course also covers economics, energy policy and geopolitics. This will allow our students to get a unique insight into the design and operation of global energy systems. Expertise both from across the University and from within the energy sector will be engaged to deliver this approach to the design and analysis of global energy systems and give students a well-rounded educational experience.

A 60-credit research project will be undertaken in which you will have opportunities to undertake cutting-edge research on experimental, theoretical, or policy-based projects within one of the School’s internationally-recognised research groups. Course content is delivered in conjunction with the School of Physics and Astronomy and the School of Government and Society

Why study Global Energy Technologies and Systems Masters at Birmingham?

  • This course will examine the energy challenges that are currently being presented to us, and the issues that are being faced in solving these such that the increasing global energy demand can be satisfied in a way that is most beneficial to humanity. The structure of this course will give students the foundations for the breadth of expertise in energy systems required to make a significant impact on the energy sector over their career.
  • The University of Birmingham is a leading institution of the Energy Research Accelerator, into which the government is investing £60m and of which we will lead the Thermal Energy strand.
  • The School of Chemical Engineering achieved an excellent performance in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) – the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. 87%of the research in the School was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. It was ranked joint fourth overall in the UK for its research prowess and first nationally for research impact.
  • These aspects provide an excellent platform from which to offer this programme and from which to draw on significant international standing in delivering the taught material.
  • Benefit from our collaborations with world-class industry partners, and international, leading-edge engineering and science departments

Accredited degree

Institution of Chemical Engineers logoThis Masters degree is accredited by the  Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)

The value of accreditation

IChemE accreditation provides benchmarking of academic programmes against high, internationally recognised standards. This is increasingly important as the globalisation of engineering products and services demands greater confidence by employers in the skills and professionalism of the engineers they recruit.

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Core modules:

Fundamental aspects

Energy technologies

Global energy systems and design


Optional modules

Choose 10 credits. Example modules:

  • Business and Strategy Development - 10 credits
  • Energy Storage - 10 credits

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.


Tuition fees for UK/EU students 2020/21

MSc:  Full-time £9,900. 
For further information please view the fees and funding page. 

Tuition fees for International students 2020/21

MSc: Full time £23,310
For further information please view the fees for international students page.

Learn more about fees and funding.


Scholarships and studentships

We offer a range of postgraduate scholarships for taught programmes and research opportunities to ensure the very best talent is nurtured and supported at postgraduate level.

Additional scholarships can be found in the funding database.

Contact the department for further information.


For students applying for the 2020/21 academic year

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the website.

How To Apply

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International applicants requiring visas

Applications to this programme from students who are international for fees will close 01 July 2020. We will close applications as soon as the programme is full, early applications are encouraged.

UK/EU and non-Tier 4 applicants

Applications will close in 10 September 2020. We will close applications as soon as the programme is full, early applications are encouraged.

Making your application

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Our Standard Requirements

You should have, or expect to obtain, a 2:1 Honours degree from a UK academic institution (or an equivalent overseas qualification) in engineering or physical sciences.

Consideration may also be given to excellent applicants with degrees in life sciences and economics where these included an adequate component of mathematics.

Further consideration may be given to candidates with extensive, relevant post-degree experience.

Some content on this course will be delivered by Social Sciences and so emphasis on writing proficiency will be more pronounced.

Learn more about entry requirements.  


International Requirements

International Students

English language

There is a requirement to pass the TOEFL test with a minimum overall score of 80 and at least 21 in the writing and speaking components, and at least 19 in other components. Alternatively an IELTS overall mark of 6.0 with at least 5.5 in all bands, and 6.0 in writing. Equivalent qualifications may be considered.

Our mission is to carry out research of the highest academic quality, which is novel, challenging and relevant to users. 

The School of Chemical Engineering at Birmingham is one of the three largest centres for the postgraduate education of chemical engineers in the UK. We have pioneered development and research in rapidly expanding new areas such as pharmaceuticals and bioproducts, food processing, hydrogen fuel cells and energy research, as well as having leading-edge groups in healthcare technologies

Research Themes

  • Formulation Engineering
    We are developing solutions to problems facing industries in the food, pharmaceutical, biotechnological, fast moving consumer goods and speciality products.
  • Energy
    Improving quality of life demands the supply of increasing amounts of energy and consumer chemicals, whilst at the same time global warming has become a major cause for concern. The Energy research theme addresses the challenges of introducing the hydrogen economy to replace the current reliance on carbon-based fuels.
  • Healthcare Technologies
    Our experts are working together to advance new technologies and treatments that enable people to live longer, healthier and happier lives.

This programme provides an ideal foundation for a career in the energy sector. Due to the wide-ranging scope of the course, we expect our graduates to gain expertise not only in the processes by which energy is generated, but also the larger-scale systems in which energy is utilised.

The programme comprises 120 credits of taught material, of which 110 credits are core and 10 are optional, the majority of which will be taught in an intensive mode (week long modules) and a 60 credit research project carried out under the supervision of one of the members of the School’s academic staff.

The core taught material will be delivered in the form of lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops, with the incorporation of expertise both from other Schools in the University, and external professionals from the energy sector. The autumn semester will focus more on theoretical understanding of energy engineering processes, and fundamental concepts in economics and policy. The spring semester will have a more application-centred approach in which here will be more broad considerations of how global energy systems operate, and opportunities to apply the knowledge gained to the design of a pathway to specific energy system for a conurbation in the near future.

Extensive use of online support will also be employed to ensure that students can get the most flexible experience possible.

This course will run over 12 months in a full-time mode, and there is also scope to undertake the programme on a part-time basis.

It is widely accepted that the annual investment in global energy infrastructure needs to greatly increase in order for challenges surrounding energy supply and demand, sustainability and climate change to be tackled. To these ends, the opportunities for exciting careers in the energy sector will also grow. The skills obtained through this course will give an excellent basis for a career oriented towards working in the expanding energy sector.

Our Careers Network offers a range of events and support services designed to help you maximise your employability: from networking opportunities and career coaching workshops, to our effective-careers-strategy toolkit and one-to-one guidance. We also offer subject specific careers consultants and advisers for each college and a dedicated careers website for international students. Further information is below.

University Careers Network

Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.

Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CVs and job applications will help give you the edge.

If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.

Professional Accreditation

Accredited degree

Institution of Chemical Engineers logoThis Masters degree is accredited by the  Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)

The value of accreditation

IChemE accreditation provides benchmarking of academic programmes against high, internationally recognised standards. This is increasingly important as the globalisation of engineering products and services demands greater confidence by employers in the skills and professionalism of the engineers they recruit.

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