Sustainability in Energy Provision and Demand Management

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To tackle climate change, we need a transformation in our relationship with energy.

Net zero greenhouse gas emissions can be achieved through large scale investment in renewable and low carbon energy sources combined with a radical increase in energy efficiency and the intelligent management of resources.

Study the challenges and gain an in-depth understanding of effective solutions on a wide-ranging course taught by experts from industry and academia.

Key areas of study

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.

Get to grips with wind, solar, hydro and marine energy, including everything from hands-on practical sessions to the policy and economic background that could help or hinder the rollout of these technologies.

Modules

When studying this course as an MSc you will need to study the 30 credit Introduction to Sustainability in Energy Provision and Demand Management module plus 3 additional core modules and 3 optional modules before undertaking  a dissertation.  Please click on the module descriptions below for information about each module.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 UEL

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 UEL

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

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

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

Hydroelectric and Marine Energy Generation

This module covers resource assessment and design requirements for all forms of energy conversion from water flows; i.e. hydro-power and wave/tidal technologies. 

You will learn how to assess a site resource for suitability, which technologies are best suited for the site, derive a basic economic evaluation and critically assess the broader environmental impact/acceptability of a proposal. By its nature, the subject utilises mathematics and physics concepts, and these are explained in an accessible and practical way.  

The module provides hands-on experience with both pico and micro-hydro systems aimed at delivering a thorough understanding of energy from water flow systems.

Find out more about this module:  EV7119 - Hydroelectric and Marine Energy Generation UEL

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 UEL

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

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 UEL

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

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.

Entry requirements

  • We ask for a Bachelor’s degree or knowledge and skills equivalent to degree standard.
  • An appropriate level of numeracy and science are required for this programme.
  • IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required for applicants whose first language is not English.

Fees and funding

The cost of studying one of our full MSc courses is £6,650 for UK/EEA residents or £7,950 for internationals. Please visit our Fees and Funding page to see the tuition fees, additional fees and funding opportunities.

Why Study at CAT?

Benefit from over 40 years’ sustainability experience

CAT is a world-leading eco-centre and a pioneer in researching and teaching practical solutions for sustainability, with over 40 years’ experience in low-impact building, energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable food production, natural resources management and more.

Immersive Learning

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 sustainable building materials 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, contact us for more information or apply today.

 

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

          

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