Core modules will develop your understanding of key topics such as how air pollution and carbon emissions can be measured and controlled, as well as their impact on the surrounding environment. You’ll also focus on renewable technologies such as wind, solar and geothermal energy and hydroelectricity.
In addition, you’ll consider waste and biomass as renewable technologies and how energy can be recovered from landfill and waste incineration. You’ll also gain a broader understanding of the contexts in which these technologies are emerging, including related legal, environmental and financial issues.
With this foundation, you’ll specialise in areas that suit your interests and career ambitions through a choice of optional modules. You could focus on energy management and conservation, more sustainable approaches to fuel processing, or how policy and innovation can speed up the transition to more sustainable systems, among other topics.
Every student undertakes a research project that runs throughout the latter part of the year. This project allows you to apply what you’ve learned to a piece of research focusing on a real-world problem, and it can be used to explore and develop your specific interests.
Throughout the research project, you’ll work alongside PhD students and experienced researchers developing an innovative, independent piece of work, reflecting the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired. This will enable you to gain experience of planning, executing and reporting research work of the type you’ll undertake in an industrial or academic environment. You’ll also have access to some of the outstanding facilities in the School of Chemical and Process Engineering.
You’ll choose your topic from a list of options — normally related to one of our world-class research areas — and work closely with your supervisor to apply what you’ve learned to a real-life problem.
Previous projects have included:
- Potential of marine biomass for production of chemicals and biofuels
- Influence of particle size on the analytical and chemical properties of Miscanthus energy crop
- Assessing the exposure of commuters to traffic-generated particles:
- A comparison of transport options
- Location of solar farms under climate change
- Steam reforming of waste pyrolysis oils for sustainable hydrogen production
Some projects may be formally linked to industry and may include spending time at the collaborator’s site over the summer.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Energy and Environment MSc in the course catalogue
Research Project (MSc)
Pollution Sampling and Analysis
Bioenergy & Waste to Energy
Atmospheric Pollution: Impacts and Controls
Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
Combustion Theory and Design
Energy Management and Conservation
Energy Systems, Policy and Economics for Engineers
<p><strong>Want to find out more about your modules?</strong></p><p>If you are a graduate of the University of Leeds BEng Chemical and Energy Engineering programme you may not be eligible to study all of the listed options as some areas you may have already covered in your undergraduate degree. Instead you will have the opportunity to study an alternative 15 credit module as determined by the Programme Manager.</p><p>Take a look at the <a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/chemical-engineering-masters-module-information/doc/energy-environment-msc">Energy and Environment module descriptions</a> for more details on what you might study.</p><div class="uol-in-text-cta"><p class="uol-in-text-cta__heading"><a class="uol-in-text-cta__link" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wPDcMkb6FA">Watch our subject talk</a></p></div><p></p>
Learning and teaching
Our ground-breaking research feeds directly into teaching, and you’ll have regular contact with staff who are at the forefront of their disciplines, through lectures, seminars, tutorials, small group work and project meetings. Independent study is also an important part of the programme, as you’ll develop problem-solving and research skills as well as your subject knowledge.
Our laboratory facilities are equipped with the latest technology for advanced fuel characterisation, environmental monitoring and pollution control.
There are also lab-scale combustion systems, and a wide range of experimental facilities researching the production of low carbon fuels and energy from waste and new materials such as biomass and algae. You’ll even find a full-scale engine testing and transport emissions suite and pilot-scale wave power, wind and solar labs and rigs.
The Programme Leader, Professor Timothy Cockerill, is the Professor of Efficient Energy Utilisation and co-director of Energy Leeds. He’s been interested in energy technologies since 1996, when he started work on early offshore wind energy systems. More recently, his research interests have included many key technologies of the future including carbon capture and storage, hydrogen, and electricity storage.
The wider programme team has a broad and extensive experience across a range of chemical and process engineering disciplines.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including case studies, technical reports, presentations, in-class tests, assignments and exams. Optional modules may also use alternative assessment methods.