Energy Engineering BEng (Hons)

Energy Engineering is a contemporary course that is strongly underpinned by traditional engineering modules that at the same time provides specialisation in the utilisation and efficient use of conventional and renewable energy sources for power generation and modern energy storage solutions, complemented with elements of energy economics. 



Reasons to study Energy Engineering at De Montfort University (DMU):

  • Energy and Sustainability at DMU was ranked second among modern UK universities
    in terms of the overall quality of its research, in the latest Research Excellence Framework 2014
  • DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
    Indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU. [Office for Students, 2017]
  • Develop specialist and relevant skills
    Study energy technologies and learn how to design and implement energy solutions to ensure a safe and a healthy environment for future generations

  • Excellent graduate career opportunities
    Our Engineering graduates work for national/multinational companies, and graduates of this course could go on to careers in production, utilisation, storage and management of energy, design, research and development, environment control and policy making

  • Enhance your professional skills while you study
    By joining DMU Racing, where our students are challenged to design and build a single-seat racing car and an electric racing car, which are then tested at the famous Silverstone Circuit

  • Teaching influenced by our world-leading research
    Energy and Sustainability at DMU was ranked second among modern UK universities in terms of the overall quality of its research, in the latest Research Excellence Framework 2014

  • Benefit from teaching in specialist engineering facilities
    Including our energy laboratory, an engine test cell materials and dynamics laboratories, while infrared cameras and thermal imaging equipment is on hand for you to use throughout your years of study

  • Work placement opportunities
    Enhance your employability and gain industry experience by undertaking an optional work placement. Recent DMU engineering placements include experience at Cummings, Network Rail and Caterpillar

  • Enjoy an international experience with #DMUglobal
    We offer all students the opportunity to take part in a #DMUglobal experience, which can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons. Previous #DMUglobal trips have included New York, Berlin, Hong Kong, China, Canada, Japan, South Africa, Russia and Italy to name a few.

The production and utilisation of energy has been a key global issue for many decades and until recently the main focus has been to produce energy using fossil fuels purely for the economic development of nations, with little emphasis on environmental impact. Recently the outlook towards energy usage has changed. 

Governments and industries have realised that energy production and utilisation have to be balanced by being more environmentally conscious and energy efficient. Energy Engineering BEng (Hons) will address theoretical and practical aspects of energy production, storage and utilisation.

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: H100

Duration: Three years full-time, four years full-time with placement, six years part-time

Fees and funding: For 2019/20 tuition fees will be £9,250

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: H100

Duration: Three years full-time, four years full-time with placement, six years part-time

Fees and funding: £13,750

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.


How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using the DMU Online Portal.


Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Mathematics or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 112 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent, including one of the following subjects: Mathematics or Physics at grade C or
  • Engineering or Physics BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM or
  • Pass in one of the following QAA accredited Access to HE course:
    • Access to HE Engineering
    • Engineering Science
    • Engineering Science and Mathematics
    • Physics and Engineering
    • Physics and Mathematics
    • Electronics and Computer Engineering
  • If you are studying an alternative Access course that is related to Engineering, Maths or Physics please contact us for more details.
  • English and Maths GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course
  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ points with Maths or Physics at higher level
  • Engineering Year Zero: Pass

Portfolio Required : No

Interview Required: No

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications

English language – If English is not your first language we require an English language level of IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent

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.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2018 will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff. Find out more.


Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Work experience and placements 


First year

  • Engineering Maths 1
  • Mechanical Principles - Statics 
  • Materials Engineering 
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering Maths 2
  • Mechanical Principles - Dynamics
  • Design and Manufacture Programming 

Second year

  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Instrumentation and Control
  • Energy Economics & Policy
  • Low Carbon Energy Technology
  • Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
  • Product Design Analysis
  • Project Management
  • Design of Machine Elements

Third year

  • Individual project
  • Power and Energy Systems
  • Energy for Transport Applications
  • Advanced Power Systems and Green Technologies
  • Energy Conversion & Storage Systems

Optional Modules:

  • Industrial Internet of Things
  • FEA and Design
  • Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Turbomachinery 


You will be taught by a team of expert staff with excellent track record in teaching and in energy related research. You will be supported to gain a sound understanding of the principles of energy engineering, along with the development of design, problem solving and personal skills that will enable you to study successfully and embark on a rewarding career. 

Teaching is delivered using a variety of techniques, including lectures, tutorials, case studies and laboratory classes. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) will be implemented to support your learning with easy access to lecture notes, recorded lectures and additional online learning materials.

Our laboratories are equipped for teaching and learning energy technologies and development of fundamental engineering skills. Students are exposed to a number of industry-standard software and have access to computer and experimental laboratory facilities throughout the course. 

Assessment usually consists of exams and coursework, but may vary between modules. Coursework assessment may include practical laboratory work, reports, essays or verbal presentations. 

Students will normally attend approximately 12–16 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week, and are expected to undertake around 20 further hours of directed independent study and assignments as required.



You can improve your CV, become highly employable and put the skills you learn on your course into practice by taking a work placement as part of your studies.

Technology's dedicated Placement Team provides support to all of our students looking to integrate a placement within their university career on both undergraduate degrees and postgraduate masters programmes. The placement unit will help you search for placement opportunities, create and refine your CV and interview approach, and offer any advice you need to find a great placement.

Placements can enhance your career prospects and give you the chance to use theory from the classroom in a real-world scenario before you have graduated.



There is also the opportunity to join the DMU Racing team, where students are challenged to design and build a single-seat racing car, which is then tested in a competitive environment at the famous Silverstone Circuit.

While studying you also have the opportunity to apply your knowledge of energy engineering and project management to propose a design solution for a real problem in a developing country based on the Engineering without Borders (EwB) Challenge. This can help you to become more socially and environmentally aware, teach you to manage stakeholders’ expectations throughout the project and to integrate Sustainable Development and renewable energy in the design process. 

Employers are increasingly looking for “well rounded” engineers who understand sustainability and are keen to take on complex global challenges, with practical experience helping you stand out from the crowd.

Facilities and features

Mechanical Engineering Laboratory

The main mechanical laboratory is equipped with a range of machine tools for manufacture of student designs and equipment to teach thermo-fluids, solid mechanics and dynamics.  It also has a large open-plan area dedicated to the Formula Student teams to build a petrol powered car and an electric car.

Engine Test Cell

There is a purpose built engine testing facility to measure engine performance and emissions. Typical student projects done in this facility include running the engine with alternative fuels such as bio-fuels and water-in-diesel emulsified fuels to study performance and emission characteristics. 

Energy Lab

A new Energy Lab is also available to conduct energy related experiments relevant to energy engineering.  The Lab contains equipment to teach wide range of thermo-fluid applications such as Air-Conditioning, Heat-pumps and various fundamental experiments such as measurement of thermal conductivity.   

Materials Science LAB

The materials lab houses a wide range of facilities for material microstructure examination and properties testing. Equipment incudes microscopes and various properties testers for tensile testing, fatigue testing, wear testing, corrosion testing, hardness testing and impact testing. 

Dynamics and Control LAB

This is a dedicated lab for the study of dynamics and control; equipment in this lab allows you to study gyroscope theory, vibration theory, no-linear control, inertia bending etc.

Design Studios

There are many computer labs available with CAD and Finite Element Modelling Software. The primary packages used are CREO Parametric and AUTODESK Simulation for FEA modelling. Students will be using these design software from their first year of study.

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Opportunities and careers


Graduate Careers

The series of specialist modules in this degree programme have been designed to include knowledge and skills required in the energy engineering sector. Students will have the ability to work in areas of production, utilisation, storage and management of energy; areas of design, research and development, environment control and policy making. Graduate careers exist in the conventional and renewable energy sectors and automotive industries, government and environment agencies.



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 #DMUglobal, 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.

Our #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).


DMU Racing

Students can take part in Formula Student which is one of Europe's most established educational engineering competitions organised by Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). It includes design, manufacture and testing of a petrol or an electric car and the teams are tested on their design, costing and business presentation skills. 

You can join either the petrol DMU Racing team or the electric team DMU FaStER and actively participate in building DMU race cars for this event. These student teams speak to the passion and creativity of the student body providing an unforgettable experience during your study and putting you in good stead for the future.


Students can also take part in Formula Student which is one of Europe's most established educational engineering competitions organised by Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). It includes design, manufacture and testing of a petrol or an electric car. You can join either team and actively participate in building DMU race cars for this event.

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Run by students for students, DSU now offers more than 120 societies as well as 40 sports clubs. You can also get involved in the award-winning Demon Media group, volunteer to help in the community, become a course or faculty rep, and take part in the union’s annual elections. Find out more.


A city like no other

Studying here gives easy access to the vibrant hub of entertainment, shopping and culture that is Leicester. There are clubs, bars and pubs, as well as festivals, live music, theatres and cinemas. Leicester City Football Club play in the Premier League while Leicester Tigers are one of Europe’s biggest rugby clubs. Find out more.

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