Master Energy Systems Management
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MESM Energy Systems Management
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Our new one-year full-time Master of Energy Systems Management is designed to equip you with the required skills and provide a unique understanding of the multidisciplinary abilities needed to become a leader in this field, to support the essential move toward Net Zero across the globe.
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.
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.
· 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
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
You will then undertake a Strategic Business and Engineering Project, a major piece of independent work involving an in-depth investigation of a specific topic or issue. You will be supported by an appointed supervisor throughout.
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.
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.
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:
· Computer/practical classes
· Independent study, research and analysis
· Structured reading
· Case studies
· Data Science Project
· 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 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.
Subject requirements, level and grade
The Master of Energy Management Systems is designed for recent graduates from any discipline who hold a UK upper second class honours degree or international equivalent, including evidence on your degree transcript of strong grades in mathematical modules in years 2,3 or 4.
English Language requirements
You will also need to provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English if your first language is not English:
· minimum IELTS score is 7.0 overall with no element under 6.0 or equivalent.
· minimum TOEFL requirement is 102 IBT with no element under 23.
· Pearson PTE Academic Test, total score 68 with no less than 59 in each communicative skill. If your scores fall slightly short, or if you would like to advance your English skills, you may be able to attend a pre-sessional English language course. To learn more visit www.durham.ac.uk/dcad/study/presessional.
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.