Sustainable Energy Systems, M.Sc.

This Sustainable Energy Systems course from London South Bank University is for engineers who wish to develop their skills and knowledge in energy systems that will meet future energy needs. Such energy systems will need to be designed and implemented in accordance with principles of sustainability.


The Sustainable Energy Systems course from London South Bank University content is designed to be relevant to international, national and local government energy policies and strategies, and will be of value to anyone working in an energy related engineering discipline. The primary focus of the course is for graduates in building services, mechanical, electrical and chemical engineering.

The aims of the course are to:
  • Present and take forward arguments for sustainability in the design and implementation of energy delivery systems
  • Provide you with a broad basis of advanced understanding in the technologies that deliver high quality energy services with minimum environmental impact
  • Design appropriate decentralised energy delivery systems, based on a range of criteria including environment, cost and engineering potential
  • Develop your understanding of policy, market and institutional factors that promote or constrain innovation.

The emergence of sustainable energy technologies, together with targets for implementation, mean that specialist engineers will increasingly be in demand to specify, design and install these systems. Many engineering consultancies and energy service companies are developing specialist sustainability teams, and already there is a shortage of skilled personnel.


  • energy Institute
  • Engineering Council accredited degree

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Renewable energy technologies 1
  • Renewable energy technologies 2
  • Energy resource and use analysis
  • Electrical power
  • Sustainable refrigeration
  • Environmental management
  • Energy engineering project

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 13 months
    • Duration description

      16 months / 13 months

    • Average part-time duration 28 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Recommended score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of Upper Second Class or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • A BEng (Hons) degree in an appropriate discipline. Normally upper second class would be considered a minimum, but lower class may be acceptable depending on experience.
  • Cognate degrees in appropriate disciplines (e.g. physics, chemistry or mathematics) will be accepted provided the candidate demonstrates some knowledge of building services engineering.
  • Other qualifications may be accepted depending on age and experience. This category would normally be reserved for mature candidates who have had several years experience in the building services industry.
  • For applicants whose first language is not English, an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent is required.

Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.



London South Bank University offers students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct Tuition Fee discounts.

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