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Global Energy Technologies and Systems

Global Energy Technologies and Systems

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Energy Engineering

Course type


Course Summary

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 offering of 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).

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.

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.

Different course options

Full time | Edgbaston Campus | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module provides a significant proportion of the programme’s fundamental engineering concepts, specifically relating to thermodynamics and power generation processes, in addition to the impact that each generation process can have on the environment and wider economy. The syllabus will include: the laws of thermodynamics, conventional power generation processes, renewable power generation processes, the current mix of generation processes in the UK (and wider global market) and how this is changing over time as a result of improving technology (and how distributions change as a function of geography and raw materials), the needs of a developed economy in terms of heat and power, climate change processes and climate change modelling.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students 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.