Sustainability in Energy Provision and Demand Management

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MSc in Sustainability in Energy Provision and Demand Management

Sustainability in energy can be achieved only via renewable energy provision, increased energy efficiency and intelligent management of energy resources.

On this course you will examine renewable energy provision, the science and engineering behind sustainable energy, global and local energy markets, energy and resource management, and the role of decision-makers at different levels in achieving energy security and sustainability.

Explore energy technologies and new advances in energy storage, smart grids and meters, and gain practical experience in effective energy management through computer modelling, data collection and analysis.

Key learning outcomes

Studying Sustainability in Energy Provision and Demand Management will help you to:

  • Develop your technical evaluation skills to become systematic, logical, iterative and imaginative in order that you can make sound judgements within the limits of uncertainty and incomplete data.
  • Reflect critically on the causes, seriousness and urgency of environmental and climatic change with respect to how these factors influence thinking on sustainability and adaptation.
  • Hone your ability to identify and appraise the complex influences that technical, political, legal, social, cultural and non-cultural factors have on the demand, use, provision and supply of energy.
  • Become a self-reflective practitioner or researcher who can communicate evidence and conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Benefit from over 40 years’ sustainability experience

CAT’s world-leading eco-centre has pioneered renewable energy provision and sustainable energy use for over 40 years. The site is partly powered by a range of renewable energies, including solar PV, wind and hydro; heat is provided by solar thermal, biomass and heat pumps.

The taught eight-week modules offer an immersive learning experience through lectures, talks, seminars and workshops delivered by our expert in-house staff, with specialist insights from visiting lecturers from industry and academia.

Practical sessions are part of the programme of module teaching weeks at CAT, allowing you to get hands-on with renewable technology and energy efficiency.

Many modules are shared with our other postgraduate courses, providing you with a rich learning experience with your peers.

Flexible study options allow you to choose the level and mode of study that suits you, helping you fit your studies around other commitments. Full-time study at MSc level will allow you to complete the course in 18 months. This course can also be studied part-time and by distance.

Interested in studying this course? Join us for our next open day or contact us.

This course is created and delivered by CAT and validated by the University of East London.

University of East London

Entry Requirements

At CAT we celebrate and welcome diversity. Applicants require the necessary skill to begin study at postgraduate level plus a demonstrable interest in the subject. All applicants must have an adequate level of English language proficiency in order to be accepted onto one of our courses. An appropriate level of numeracy and science are required for this programme. We therefore offer a self-assessment skills test to each applicant upon receiving an application. For more detail and to apply visit the application page.

Fees and Funding

Please visit our Fees and Funding page to see the tuition fees, additional fees and also funding opportunities.

Core Modules

Introduction to Sustainability in Energy Provision and Demand Management

This two-part 30-credit core module takes place in September and November and must be taken at the beginning of your course, no matter which route you take through your studies.

In part one, we will contextualise sustainability and transformational adaptation in view of current environmental changes, exploring the interconnectedness of the factors involved.

There will be an in-depth look at the wider implications of transformational adaptation on social structures, land use, trade, resource management, energy provision, governance, health and economic systems through a critical exploration of the primary considerations related to sustainability and environmental change.

In part two, you will experience transformational adaptation planning through a facilitated self-reflective practical team exercise, and form a deep appreciation and holistic understanding of adaptation transformation planning.

You will develop the skills and knowledge needed to assess risks and make informed decisions, despite the uncertainties that come with a changing climate.

Read more about this module for courses awarded by the University of East London:  EV7115-Introduction-to-Sustainability-in-Energy-Provision-and-Demand-Management-UEL.pdf

What’s it like to study at CAT? Read more about the teaching and learning experience.

 

Energy Flows in Buildings – Part B

The aim of this module is to develop a deep understanding of the principles and consequences of energy flows in buildings in terms of the materials used, the building’s orientation and the local climatic conditions.

You will gain a sound appreciation of how energy transfers in buildings can be manually calculated, modelled and simulated in computer modelling suites, and how this is vital to help optimise the design for energy efficiency.

You will be able to further hone a systematic, holistic, multidisciplinary and analytical approach to the critical appraisal of passive and energy efficiency design (including Passivhaus designs), heat and moisture flows in new builds and renovations.

This is a 15 credit module.

Find out more about this module: EV7107-Energy-Flows-in-Buildings-Part-B-UEL.pdf

What’s it like to study at CAT? Read more about the teaching and learning experience.

Energy Generation from Wind

This module is designed to develop an informed understanding of the technological and policy background of wind power generation, exploring the environmental and social benefits and limitations.

You will be able to form a critical appreciation of the technological aspects, functioning, resource potential, limitations, maintenance needs, associated carbon emissions and environmental impacts of wind power.

You will be involved in comparatively appraising the issues in a holistic, objective and self-reflective manner.

This is a 15 credit module.

Find out more about this module: EV7117-Energy-Generation-from-Wind-UEL.pdf

What’s it like to study at CAT? Read more about the teaching and learning experience.

Energy Generation from Solar

This module is designed to develop an informed understanding of the technological, wider policy, environmental and social benefits and limitations of solar power generation.

You will be able to form a critical appreciation of the technological aspects, functioning, resource potential, limitations, maintenance needs, associated carbon emissions and environmental impacts of solar power technologies.

You will be involved in comparatively appraising the issues in a holistic, objective and self-reflective manner.

This is a 15 credit module.

Find out more about this module: EV7118-Energy-Generation-from-Solar-UEL.pdf

What’s it like to study at CAT? Read more about the teaching and learning experience.

MSc Dissertation

The dissertation involves designing, investigating, and presenting an extended and independently conceived piece of research on a topic of your choosing within a field of study relevant to your course.

This will help you to develop skills in: research methods; data collection and analysis; interpreting results in relation to existing knowledge; self-reflection on research processes; subject-based practical skills; evaluating methodologies; analysis; conclusions; and relevance.

Teaching and learning is by tutorial-supported work on the preparation of this major item of academic discourse. After an initial seminar group meeting involving other students, tuition is mainly on an individual basis.

This is a 60 credit module.

Read more about the dissertation module for courses awarded by the University of East London:  EV7101-Dissertation-Module-UEL.pdf

Read more about the dissertation module for courses awarded by Liverpool John Moores University 7500CATSCI-Dissertation-LJMU.pdf

What’s it like to study at CAT? Read more about the teaching and learning experience.

Optional Modules

Energy Flows in Buildings – Part A

In this module you will learn about the complex nature of the interrelationships between occupant comfort, energy flows in buildings and energy efficient building design. Explore the theory and apply this in practice with expert-led practical workshops.

You will develop a systematic, holistic, multidisciplinary and analytical approach to the critical appraisal of energy efficient design, heat flows, and provision of thermal comfort with respect to the demands of climate change adaptation and the principles of sustainability.

This is a 15 credit module.

Find out more about this module: EV7106-Energy-Flows-in-Buildings-Part-A-1-UEL.pdf

What’s it like to study at CAT? Read more about the teaching and learning experience.

Environmental Politics and Economics

The aim of this module is to develop an informed understanding of the complexity of political and economic opinions, perspectives, constraints and interactions that influence environmental policy and action, from international to local levels.

You will investigate how these factors affect attitudes towards, and actions related to, environmental change, sustainability and transformational adaptation planning and policy.

A mixture of lectures, seminar sessions and debates will provide a thorough understanding of historical political and economic transformations in order that you can critically and systematically appraise the influences on and potential outcomes of the transformations required to deliver sustainability and adaptation.

You will develop a discerning and detailed knowledge of the complexities, interrelationships and interactions that exist between politics, economics and other social sciences so that you can contextualise them with reference to environmental sustainability and adaptation planning.

This is a 15 credit module.

Read more about this module for courses awarded by the University of East London: EV7104-Environmental-Politics-and-Economics-1-UEL.pdf

Read more about this module for courses awarded by Liverpool John Moores University 7502CATSCI-Environmental-Politics-and-Economics-LJMU.pdf

What’s it like to study at CAT? Read more about the teaching and learning experience.

Energy Generation, Supply and Demand in Cities

The aim of this module is to give you a thorough understanding of current and projected energy demand and supply in buildings and transport.

We will explore the technical, economic and social dynamics that underlie the development and management of communities and cities; and examine the developing use of energy management systems and renewable and low carbon energy, including combined heat and power, biomass, heat pumps, solar thermal and district heating.

You will critically assess the complex factors that influence the provision of and potential for sustainable energy, the management of supply and demand, and energy use behaviours within urban and community-focused environments.

This is a 15 credit module.

Find out more about this module: EV7116-Energy-Generation-Supply-and-Demand-in-Cities-UEL.pdf

What’s it like to study at CAT? Read more about the teaching and learning experience.

Marine Energy

Information to follow.

This is a 15 credit module.

What’s it like to study at CAT? Read more about the teaching and learning experience.

Work-based Project

Based on a project that you are undertaking in practice, for example in your workplace or community, this module allows you to deepen your knowledge and understanding of a specialist subject within your chosen field of study.

You will undertake analysis of complex evidence and develop critical responses to existing theoretical discourses, methodologies or practices within the chosen specialist area.

This is a 15 credit module.

Read more about this module for courses awarded by the University of East London: EV7112-Work-based-Project-1-UEL.pdf

Read more about this module for courses awarded by Liverpool John Moores University 7509CATSCI-Work-based-Project-LJMU.pdf

Applied Project

This project is designed to deepen your knowledge and understanding of a specialist subject within your chosen field of study.

It involves you in analysing complex evidence generated through the Applied Project, and in developing critical responses to existing theoretical discourses, methodologies or practices within your chosen subject.

This is a practical student-led project and report that will include statistical analyses of ongoing projects. It may take the form of, for example, a case study scenario exercise or a design, fabrication, experimentation and testing exercise.

This is a 15 credit module.

Read more about this module for courses awarded by the University of East London: EV7111-Applied-Project-1-UEL.pdf

Read more about this module for courses awarded by Liverpool John Moores University 7508CATSCI-Applied-Project-LJMU.pdf

Open Days

Graduate School open days offer an authentic flavour of what it’s like to learn on our postgraduate sustainability courses. Informative and inspiring, there’s time to chat with current students and our lecturers to find out if studying with CAT is right for you.

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