Energy and Sustainability Engineering BEng (Hons) Course overview
We will equip you with the skills and knowledge to take a multidisciplinary approach to tackling the challenges of sustainable development, and access to clean and affordable energy.
Over three years, we will build and align your professional skills with innovative and sustainable solutions to current and future problems in energy systems.
Individual and group engineering design projects will help to demonstrate your expertise to future employers.
- Learn to understand and analyse the broad context of energy and sustainability engineering, involving major issues with the energy system and potential routes forward
- Benefit from exceptional industry involvement in the degree, including projects set by respected industry professionals and guest lectures
- Study in world-leading research facilities where new engineering systems are designed, developed and implemented for industry
- Take an optional placement year, or divide your placement over two summer periods, using our research strengths and links with industry to boost your employability.
We have every expectation that these degrees will receive full accreditation from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Energy Institute, providing a path for you to gain Chartered Engineering status.
You will develop a broad background in engineering subjects and concepts, before beginning to specialise in the field of energy and sustainability.
The Engineer in Society is an innovative theme across each year. We introduce you to the economic, social and technical context where engineers work, and develop your social responsibility, knowledge, and topical engineering skills.
Our largely shared first year offers you a firm foundation in mathematics, engineering, physics, electronics and computing, and manufacturing and materials.
The Engineering in Society - Social responsibility (15 credits)
Engineering Design 1 (15 credits)
Introduction to Mechanics of materials and manufacturing (15 credits)
Engineering Science (15 credits)
Introductory Mathematics and Programming (15 credits)
Mathematics 1 (15 credits)
Introduction to Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics (15 credits)
Electronics - including circuits, digital and analog electronics (15 credits)
Begin to advance your knowledge of power generation while studying data analysis, materials and mechatronics, thermal power systems, electronics and geology and materials.
The Engineer in Society: Sustainability and Circular Economy (15 credits)
Engineering Design 2 (15 credits)
Mathematics 2 (15 credits)
Geology and Materials (15 credits)
Mechatronics and Systems (15 credits)
Electronics 2 - including Electromagnetics (15 credits)
Thermal Power systems (15 credits)
Data Analysis for Engineers (15 credits)
Deepen your expertise through an individual design project focused on energy systems. Study topics including through-life engineering, renewable energy systems, energy storage and hydrogen economy, energy in the built environment, and energy policy and regulations.
Individual project (30 credits)
The Engineer in Society: Energy for all (15 credits)
Renewable Energy systems (15 credits)
Energy in the built environment (15 credits)
Through Life Engineering (15 credits)
Energy policy, regulations (15 credits)
Energy storage and hydrogen economy (15 credits)
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Teaching and assessment
The course is led by academic staff from our active Research Centres, supported by specialist professionals from industry. The course is delivered through lectures, tutorials, group design exercises, laboratory classes and engineering workshops. Learning involves a combination of theoretical, experimental and computational study.
Our approach is to encourage critical thinking and foster curiosity through both teamwork and independent study. The design exercises provide the opportunity for students to be engaged in cross-disciplinary challenges, preparing the way for tackling larger problems that span traditional engineering boundaries.
Assessment is by coursework and examinations. Group learning and communication skills are addressed through design studies and presentations. Practical and technical skills are assessed through laboratory work, data analysis and project reports.
Grades obtained in each year count towards the final degree classification, with increasing weight given to the later years.
Fees and funding
Fees for year 2023/24
The tuition fees indicated are for the 2023/24 academic year only. Fees for each subsequent year of study are subject to an annual increase to take account of City's increased costs of delivering educational services. This increase will be 5% for each subsequent year of study. You should expect your fee to increase by this amount and budget accordingly.
- Fee waivers are available for this course.
- Means tested support is available for 2023/24 entry.
Some of our degrees may involve additional expenses which are not covered by your tuition fees. Find out more about additional expenses.
As an Energy and Sustainability Engineering graduate, you will be equipped with a valuable blend of skills and knowledge that is demanded across the world.
Your ability to evaluate and develop relevant sustainable energy engineering technologies will empower your career from the start. City's outstanding global reputation for engineering, which has been built over more than a century, will also boost your prospects.
You will be well positioned for analytical or developmental positions in energy firms, engineering consultancies, and renewable energy companies.
An accredited BEng degree may also be your first step towards gaining Chartered Engineer status.
How to apply
Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.
You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60.
Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.
UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.
You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £26.50 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £22.
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When to apply
Your application for entry in September 2023 should arrive at UCAS between September 2022 and 25th January 2023. Applications that arrive after 25th January 2023 will be considered only at City's discretion.
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Our facilities include dedicated work areas for engineering students.
Computer labs are installed with a wide selection of industry-standard software to enable mathematics, engineering, and computer science students to complete their modules.
Our three campus libraries consist of around 250,000 books with over 25,000 online journal titles and over 1,600 study places available.
As part of the University of London, City students have access to Senate House Library.
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