This course fulfils a critical need to educate the next generation of energy professionals in concert with the internationally recognised research being undertaken through the Thermal Energy Research Accelerator (T-ERA) programme and the Newcastle Energy Institute (BEI).

Energy systems around the world are in transition, with policy drivers including:

  • environment  – climate change or air quality,
  • increasing demand, and access to reliable supplies,
  • greater urbanisation, putting pressure on infrastructure.

To meet these aims, new technologies are being developed, but the systems themselves are also changing. People are needed not just to develop or deploy single technologies, but to understand the context in which they will operate. This interdisciplinary programme is designed to cater to that need in a global context.

Chemical engineering in general is an extremely flexible and wide-ranging field, with direct impact on many sectors that are critical to the lives we lead, with the generation and delivery of energy being one of the most important of these sectors. The programme will take a systems-based approach to the provision, distribution and utilisation of energy of all forms.

You will study 120 credits of core material that spans a rather large spectrum; as well as learning about energy technologies, energy networks and energy systems design, the course also covers economics, energy policy and geopolitics. This will allow our students to get a unique insight into the design and operation of global energy systems. Expertise both from across the University and from within the energy sector will be engaged to deliver this approach to the design and analysis of global energy systems and give students a well-rounded educational experience.

A 60-credit research project will be undertaken in which you will have opportunities to undertake cutting-edge research on experimental, theoretical, or policy-based projects within one of the School’s internationally-recognised research groups. Course content is delivered in conjunction with the School of Physics and Astronomy and the School of Government and Society. 


Why study Global Energy Technologies and Systems Masters at Newcastle?

  • This course will examine the energy challenges that are currently being presented to us, and the issues that are being faced in solving these such that the increasing global energy demand can be satisfied in a way that is most beneficial to humanity. The structure of this course will give students the foundations for the breadth of expertise in energy systems required to make a significant impact on the energy sector over their career.
  • The University of Newcastle is a leading institution of the Energy Research Accelerator, into which the government is investing £60m and of which we will lead the Thermal Energy strand.
  • The School of Chemical Engineering achieved an excellent performance in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) – the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. 87%of the research in the School was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. It was ranked joint fourth overall in the UK for its research prowess and first nationally for research impact.
  • These aspects provide an excellent platform from which to offer this programme and from which to draw on significant international standing in delivering the taught material.
  • Benefit from our collaborations with world-class industry partners, and international, leading-edge engineering and science departments

Institutional Accreditation 

University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

Global Energy Technologies and Systems Masters/MSc

Course Level:

Postgraduate, Taught




CODE P1118

How long it takes:

1 year full-time, 2–3 years part-time

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$22,500

Entry requirements

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Core modules:

Fundamental aspects

  • Advanced Energy Technology – 20 credits.
  • Energy Systems and Policy – 10 credits.

Energy technologies

  • Thermal Energy Conversion, Storage and Applications – 10 credits.
  • Nuclear Energy – 10 credits.
  • Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technology – 10 credits.
  • Renewable Energy Systems – 10 credits.

Global energy systems and design

  • Political Economy of Energy and Energy Security – 20 credits.
  • Energy Systems Modelling – 10 credits.
  • Energy Systems Design – 10 credits.


  • Research Project – 60 credits.

Optional modules

Choose 10 credits. Example modules:

  • Business and Strategy Development – 10 credits
  • Energy Storage – 10 credits

Considering postgraduate study, but unsure whether you meet the entry requirements for a Masters-level degree? Postgraduate admissions guidelines vary by course and university, but can be quite flexible.

Your existing qualifications will be important, but you don’t necessarily need a great Bachelors degree to apply for a Masters. Your personal circumstances and experience may also be considered during the admissions process.

This guide explains the typical entry requirements for a Masters, which include:

      • An undergraduate degree in a relevant subject – Depending on the programme and institution, you may need a 2.1 in your Bachelors, but this isn’t always the case
      • Language proficiency – If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to display a certain ability level, usually through a language test
      • Professional experience – Some postgraduate programmes may require you to have some professional experience (this is usually the case for PGCEs and Masters in Social Work)
      • Entrance exams – These are only required in certain subject areas and qualifications, including some MBAs

Tuition fees for UK/EU students 2020/21

MSc:  Full-time £9,900. Part-time £4,950
Postgraduate Diploma:  Full-time £6,660. Part-time £3,300


Tuition fees for International students 2020/21

MSc: Full time £23,310
Postgraduate Diploma: Full-time £15,540


You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

It is widely accepted that the annual investment in global energy infrastructure needs to greatly increase in order for challenges surrounding energy supply and demand, sustainability and climate change to be tackled. To these ends, the opportunities for exciting careers in the energy sector will also grow. The skills obtained through this course will give an excellent basis for a career oriented towards working in the expanding energy sector.

Our Careers Network offers a range of events and support services designed to help you maximise your employability: from networking opportunities and career coaching workshops, to our effective-careers-strategy toolkit and one-to-one guidance. We also offer subject specific careers consultants and advisers for each college and a dedicated careers website for international students. Further information is below.


University Careers Network

Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Newcastle degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.

Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CVs and job applications will help give you the edge.

If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.


Professional Accreditation

This course is new, and appropriate accreditation through the Energy Institute and the Insititution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) will be sought.