To obtain the MSc Sustainability in Energy Provision and Demand Management, students must complete 180 credits of modules comprising the following:
- Five compulsory modules of 15 credits each (75 credits);
- Three optional modules of 15 credits each from the choices available throughout the remainder of the academic year (or over two years if studying part time) to a total of 45 credits;
- A compulsory dissertation of 60 credits.
A typical 15-credit module lasts eight weeks, and students are expected to spend about 150 hours on study and assignments. Unless students are studying the module by distance learning this period includes a residential stay at CAT which lasts from Monday until Saturday (dates are listed below).
The standard course duration for the MSc Sustainability in Energy Provision and Demand Management course is one year full time and two years part time plus the dissertation research period of about six months. On average a full time learner is expected to complete 150 hours of study per month (37.5 hours per week) and a part time learner is expected to complete 75 hours of study per month (18.75 hours per week).
- September – Introduction to Sustainability in Energy Provision and Demand Management: Part 1 (core)
Topics covered: broad concept of sustainability and its implications, sustainable approach to energy use, demand, supply and management and its influence on social structures, environment, economics, resource management and governance.
- October – Energy Flows in Buildings: Part A (option)
Topics covered: complex nature of the relationship between occupant comfort, energy flows in buildings and energy efficient design. Heat flows, thermal comfort, ventilation, impact of moisture on building and occupant health, natural lighting, climate influence on design.
- November – Introduction to Sustainability in Energy Provision and Demand Management: Part 2 (core)
Topics covered: national and international energy markets, legislation, social and behavioural approaches to energy, and training in data collection and analysis.
- December – Environmental Politics and Economics (option)
Topics covered: introductions to economics and politics from the sustainability perspective, climate policy, local social change, perspectives, future scenarios.
- January – Energy Flows in Buildings: Part B (core)
Topics covered: Energy and mass flows in buildings with regards to orientation and climate conditions, energy transfer calculations, building simulation modelling, analytical and critical appraisal of passive and energy efficient design.
- February – Energy Generation, Supply and Demand in Cities (option)
Topics covered: Current and projected energy demand, economic and social dynamics that affect development and management of energy in cities, renewable and low carbon energy systems. District heating, biomass and CHP.
- March – Energy Generation from Wind (core)
Topics covered: Technological aspects of wind generation, resource assessment, site development issues of onshore and offshore, economics and policy, current market for wind energy, potential and limitations.
- April – Energy Generation from Solar (core): 16/4/18 – 21/4/18
Topics covered: Principles and practice of solar generation, availability and limitations of solar resource in UK and internationally, PV modelling, policy, economic, social, planning and legislative aspects of solar energy provision.
- May – Marine Energy Generation (option): Available from 2019
- June – Applied Project or Work-Based Project (option): 11/6/18 – 16/6/18
A practical student-led project and report that will include statistical analyses of ongoing projects. The ‘Applied Project’ is a group-work project devised and set by the module leader, delivered on-site at CAT or by distance learning. The ‘Work-Based Project’ is only available by distance learning. It is devised by the student in liaison with the module leader and is based on a project that they are undertaking in practice, for example in their workplace or in a volunteer position.
- Dissertation (core)
Students completing 60 credits at Level 7 (30 credits of the first two core modules and two further 15-credit modules) would be eligible for a Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainability in Energy Provision and Demand Management - apply online.
Students completing 120 credits at Level 7 (30 credits of the first two core modules and six further 15 credit modules) would be eligible for a Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainability in Energy Provision and Demand Management - apply online.
Many of the residential module weeks are available as stand-alone short courses. These are unaccredited but a great way to get a taster of the programme. Click here for more information and booking.
Successful completion of the programme MSc Sustainability in Energy Provision and Demand Management at the Centre for Alternative Technology leads to the award of Master of Science (MSc) by UEL.