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Master Energy Systems Management

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MESM Energy Systems Management

Course Duration
1 year full-time
Mode of study
Full Time
Durham City
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This new bespoke full-time Master of Energy Systems Management programme brings together the essential elements, to equip and enable students with a background in business, engineering or a related subject, to become leaders in this field. 

Course Summary

Course Summary


This new bespoke full-time Master of Energy Systems Management programme brings together the essential elements to equip and enable students from all backgrounds to become leaders in this field. You will be taught a combination of skills and competencies from a wide range of disciplines, providing you with a unique understanding of the multidisciplinary abilities needed to effectively contribute to Net Zero.

Climate Change is an indisputable reality. Universities around the world are preparing students with the right skills to support the essential move toward Net Zero across the globe; balancing greenhouse gases produced, with greenhouse gases removed from the earth’s atmosphere.

Our new one-year full-time Master of Energy Systems Management is a bespoke new programme – delivered in collaboration between Durham University Business School and the Department of Engineering, in conjunction with our world-class Durham Energy Institute.

You will be equipped to become a leader in energy systems management, through being taught a combination of skills and competencies from a number of disciplines, providing you with a unique understanding of the multidisciplinary abilities needed to effectively contribute to Net Zero.

Delivered full-time in Durham (an additional part-time version of this programme is planned for 2022), our Master of Energy Systems Management is for students who hold a first degree which is not necessarily scientific, including those in social sciences and the arts and humanities. It will enable you to understand and support the economic and environmental transformations required as the world moves to zero carbon operation.

Course Structure

You will be immersed in both business management and the underpinning technologies of energy conversion. Introductory modules are designed to bring students with non-technical degrees up to speed with the necessary background.

The programme will feature core modules specifically designed for this programme, which will cover a range of business and engineering subjects relevant to the programme, from elementary issues, to advanced contemporary responses, to Net Zero challenges. A range of optional modules underpinning the core content will allow you to focus on your area of interest.

Core modules

· Business and Engineering Foundation

· Decarbonisation of Heating and Cooling

· Future Vehicles

· Renewable Energy Technologies

· Global Energy Management

· Whole Energy Systems

· Energy Regulation, Financing and Markets

· Careers and Professional Skills Development

· Strategic Business and Engineering Project

Optional modules

You will also study and be assessed in optional modules, to a minimum value of 30 credits - optional modules to be listed soon.

The Strategic Business and Engineering Project

The Strategic Business and Engineering Project

This programme culminates in the Strategic Business and Engineering Project, a major piece of independent work involving an in-depth investigation of an energy technology or issue.  You will be working on a very broad topic area set by the Course Directors and supported with guest lecturers, workshops and (practicalities permitting) site visits.  The project will be supported by industrial professionals who will provide important context for the work you will do.  This ensures that your work is industrially relevant, highly topical and at the cutting edge of the transition to net zero. 

Your project will address both business and engineering aspects to a master's level and you will be supported in achieving these high standards by supervisors in both departments.  The project is the capstone of the degree and allows you to demonstrate that you can navigate seamlessly across technical and commercial domains to deliver critical insights.  We expect that the project will be the highlight of your degree at Durham and provides a unique opportunity for you to develop and present your analysis and ideas in a scholarly and professional manner. 

Business Connections

The programme has strong links to industry, from our practice-based content to a range of exciting guest speakers and real-world case studies. There are many additional opportunities throughout the year for you to engage with organisations and alumni to further enhance your knowledge and skills and grow your network.


The combination of knowledge about contemporary business and commercial approaches to the issues covered, together with expertise in engineering responses to the challenges raised, will provide you with a significant employment advantage.

Global Career and Talent Programme

The Business School’s Global Career and Talent Programme has been designed to give you the opportunity to develop the skills necessary for a successful global career.

Whatever your specialist interests, you’ll find our careers team is one of the most useful resources to support you on your way to your target career. Now more than ever, it’s the skills you’re able to demonstrate in addition to your academic abilities that will make you shine in a fiercely competitive jobs market.

That’s why our facilities and services are designed to complement your course and help you develop essential professional and practical skills – from personal resilience and self-awareness to CV writing and interview techniques. We work in partnership with the University's Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre to connect you with events, organisations or individuals to help kick-start your career.

One-to-one career support

As a Business School Masters student, you can take advantage of one-to-one appointments with a specialist Masters Career Consultant to help you with specific issues, from finding a route into your career to applying for your dream role.

Career development programme

Our Career Development Programme has been designed alongside our core academic programme to help you achieve your career goals and develop the skills that employers are looking for.

Sector-specific presentations

Our Career Insights sessions are delivered by external professionals with expertise and knowledge of their particular sector which provide insights into working in areas that are popular with our students.

Previous guest speakers have delivered presentations on working in banking, professional services, and management development programmes within international companies.

Support for International Students

We recognise that many of our students will progress their careers outside of the UK once they finish their studies, and our career development programme is designed with this in mind. We offer events focused on career opportunities in China and are continually developing relationships with international recruiters.

If you’re an international student interested in working in the UK after your studies, the careers team works closely with Durham University's Student Immigration & Financial Support Office to provide you with information related to immigration. Their advisers are dedicated to helping our students understand the requirements and restrictions of their visas during their studies and can provide limited advice on post-study visa requirements. You can access English language support from the Durham Centre for Academic Development.

Online resources

Through the Career Development Programme, you will have access to a huge range of career resources including an interview simulator with a bank of interview questions, a CV builder, and our international Jobs Board.

Alumni career support

You can continue to make the most of our specialist career development advice after you graduate, including on-going one-to-one support from our Masters Career Consultants, workshops in our key locations, and continued access to our online career resources.

Learning and Teaching

Course Learning and Teaching

This programme provides training in relevant areas of business, engineering and other disciplines. This is delivered through supportive, research-led and widely multidisciplinary physical and virtual learning environments. You will develop:

· an advanced and systematic understanding of the global drive toward Net Zero and of the international activities and policies in place to support this.

· a critical awareness of current business and engineering issues and opportunities in climate change, informed by leading edge research and practice in the field.

· an understanding of existing research and knowledge to enable the identification of new or revised approaches to climate change and greenhouse gas management.

· creativity in the application of knowledge about climate change.

· you will have a practical understanding of established and advanced techniques of research and enquiry, and use them to develop and interpret knowledge in this area.

· the ability to conduct research into climate change issues, through familiarity with a range of data, research sources and appropriate methodologies and ethical issues.

· develop advanced conceptual abilities and analytical skills in order to evaluate the rigour and validity of published research and assess its relevance to new situations.

· you will also critically review and apply relevant business, engineering and other disciplinary knowledge to practical situations, as well as enhance your ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing using a range of media.

Introductory modules are designed to bring students with non-technical degrees up to speed with the necessary background. Core modules then introduce you to the full range

of business and engineering subject matter relevant to the programme, building from elementary issues to advanced contemporary responses to Net Zero challenges. Optional modules allow you to focus on an area of interest.

The programme will enable you to deepen your knowledge and understanding, culminating in the Strategic Business and Engineering Project which is an in-depth investigation of a relevant specific topic or issue.


Learning and Teaching Methods

The Master of Energy Systems Management uses a wide range of learning and teaching methods in both the physical and virtual environments:

· Lectures

· Seminars

· Workshops

· Computer/practical classes

· Independent study, research and analysis

· Structured reading

· Case studies

· Data Science Project

· Supervisions

· Group and individual oral presentations


The Strategic Business and Engineering Project is a major piece of work, conducted and written up as an independent piece of work with support from your appointed supervisor.


Academic support

Academic support and guidance is provided through the members of the DEI (Executive and Advisory Board) module leaders, guest speakers and individual lecturers. This support may take the form of face-to-face contact, telephone, e-mail, or other online contact, as appropriate. You will also have an appointed Academic Advisor who can guide and inform you in your academic development and choice of optional modules.


Information, requirements and expectations regarding the programme overall are provided in the Programme Handbook, which will be issued to you at the beginning of the year and is available on DUO thereafter. This provides supplemental information on module aims/learning outcomes, content, key skills, formative and summative assessments and recommended reading.


Admissions Process

Subject requirements, level and grade

A UK first or upper second-class honours degree or equivalent in either: business, engineering or a related subject. All candidates will require qualifications with a strong quantitative component with the equivalent of an 'A' grade at A level maths being the minimum standard.

English language requirements:  Candidates whose first language is not English will normally be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language by possessing a recent English language test score of 7.0 or above in IELTS (with no element below 6.0), or an equivalent qualification.


English Language requirements

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

How to apply

Fees and Funding

Fees and Funding

Full Time Fees

EU Student £26,500.00 per year
Home Student £26,500.00 per year
Island Student £26,500.00 per year
International non-EU Student £26,500.00 per year

The tuition fees shown are for one complete academic year of full time study, are set according to the academic year of entry, and remain the same throughout the duration of the programme for that cohort (unless otherwise stated).

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

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