Energy and Sustainable Development MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

This course is designed to equip you for a career in the rapidly expanding field of energy, climate change and sustainable development.


Society, industry and policymakers recognise that change is required at all levels if we are to address the challenge of climate change and sustainable development to meet the needs of future generations. At DMU, our Energy and Sustainable Development MSc reflects the knowledge and skills required by professionals working to achieve this.

You will develop an understanding of how we can achieve more sustainable development and decarbonisation through sustainable energy, more efficient production, and organisational change. You will learn from leading academics and specialists in the  School of Engineering and Sustainable Development, and invited guest speakers.

You will graduate with the skills and knowledge to bring about change in companies, communities, organisations and government. This course is ideal for individuals with a social science, physical science or engineering background, or for mid-career professionals with relevant experience.

Key features

  • Our research and teaching staff provide you with the opportunity to learn from scientists actively involved in furthering knowledge and sharing expertise.

  • This course is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Energy Institute (EI) until August 2024. Reaccreditation is being sought from September 2024.

  • Graduate equipped with knowledge and expertise required for careers in industry, public sector, research or education.
  • Access specialist facilities such as the Energy Laboratory, a high-tech hub for teaching, research and technology demonstration.
  • Graduates have gone on to work for global organisations including the Carbon Trust, BMW, National Grid and the European Commission, energy and environmental consultancies, central and local government and multinational organisations.

  • This is course has two intakes, late September and early February. September starters will finish in September the following year (12 months). February starters will finish in May the following year (16 months).
  • Benefit from block teaching, where most students study one subject at a time. A simple timetable will allow you to really engage with your learning, receive regular feedback and assessments, get to know your course mates and enjoy a better study-life balance.


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This programme is currently under review for accreditation from the 2024 intake onwards.  It will go forward for CEng (further learning) accreditation by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in 2024.  Formal accreditation can only be granted after an accreditation visit and approval from the IET’s Academic Accreditation Committee.

"I had been working as a sustainable energy consultant for over a year when I decided to study for an MSc at IESD. The course is structured so that it is possible to study part-time over 2 years and attending the university one day a week, which worked really well for me. There is also the option of distance learning." 

Sarah Blois-Brooke, graduate


DMU offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships and bursaries to help you realise your academic ambitions.

International Scholarships

Find out about available scholarships and country specific fee discounts for international students. 



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  • UK
  • EU/International

Course code: F85071

Location of study: De Montfort University campus

Start date: January, September

Duration: 12 months (September start), 16 months (January start)

Fees and funding:

2024/25 full-time fees for UK students: £9,500

Course code: F85071

Location of study: De Montfort University campus

Start date: January, September

Duration: 12 months (September start), 16 months (January start)

Fees and funding: 

2024/25 full-time fees for international students: £17,600

Entry criteria

You should have the equivalent of a British Honours degree (2:2 minimum) in a relevant subject or five years’ work experience in an appropriate field.

We are happy to consider equivalent qualifications from anywhere in the world.

If you have no formal academic qualifications but do have extensive industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis.



English language requirements

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band (or equivalent) when you start the course is essential.

English language tuition, delivered by our British Council-accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.


Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and academic expertise

  • Engineering Business Environment and Research Methods
  • Resource Efficient Design and Manufacture (optional)
  • Data Analytics for Sustainable Energy Systems (optional)
  • Sustainable Energy and Transport
  • Sustainable Development in Practice
  • Individual Project


Teaching is in the form of lectures from teaching staff, and guest lectures, complemented by informal seminars, workshops, site visits and group work. You will also undertake self-directed study. Teaching material is available on the web-based virtual learning environment (VLE) before timetabled events take place. Some material such as lectures is also recorded as videos, which are made available on the VLE.

Learning is supported by formative (not part of final assessment) work. Most modules have three (summative) assessment components for the module mark. This will be some combination of coursework, online tests and formal written exams. Some modules just have coursework.

Students also complete an individual project or dissertation (60 credits) on a topic of their choice after the taught blocks. September students start this in May/June and submit in September; February students start this in January and submit in May/June. The dissertation is assessed in a viva voce examination.  

Contact and learning hours

Block teaching is full time, attending with six weeks of teaching and a week of assessment per block (part-time students just do fewer blocks). Teaching will be on different days of the week, and a teaching week would typically have six hours of lectures and six hours of seminars and workshops, but this will vary between modules.




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Facilities and features


The new Energy Laboratory in the School of Engineering and Sustainable Development is a high-tech hub for teaching, research and technology demonstration. Complimenting DMU’s wider green energy projects, the Energy Laboratory is housed in the Queens Building, the award-winning passively cooled student and research space for Engineering and Media. 

Home to the future of smart energy the Energy Laboratory features a working smart kitchen, a technology testing and proving space for real-world experiments and practical energy projects. The Laboratory is also equipped with a demonstration heat pump system and features performance data from a working off-site heat pump installation at DMU’s ‘Green Energy House’, a traditional terrace equipped with some of the latest low carbon energy systems. 

The Energy Laboratory will become a catalyst for students to think creatively about some significant energy problems of the present and future but also for academic research into energy generation, low carbon transport, heating and light, energy storage and smart grids.

Listen to Professor Rick Greenough, Energy Systems explain the importance of heat pumps and how they work in our Energy Lab.

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

Library services

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Learning Zone, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

Opportunities and careers

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DMU Global

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.


Graduate careers

Our graduates go on to work in a wide range of energy, buildings and sustainability roles in energy and environmental consultancies, non-governmental environmental organisations, central and local government (including the European Commission), and multi-national organisations. Some of our graduates stay on at DMU to continue their academic training with PhD studies.

Recent graduate destinations include:

  • The Carbon Trust
  • BMW
  • Turley Associates
  • National Energy Foundation
  • European Commission
  • Knightstone Housing Association
  • National Grid
  • Leicester City Council
  • Mott MacDonald
  • WSP Group
  • Arup
  • WYG
  • David Chipperfield Architects

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