The use of energy derived from fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) is releasing large quantities of carbon into the earth's atmosphere, carbon that has been buried in hydrocarbon reservoirs for hundreds of millions of years. This carbon release is a principal driver of the climate changes we are experiencing.
In recognition of the threats presented by climate change, the UK has recently committed to an 80 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Meeting this target will require major changes to both the sources of the energy we use and the wasteful ways in which we currently use energy.
The changes required will cover our entire socio-economic system and will include widespread installation of renewable energy technologies, ubiquitous use of energy saving devices, new forms of transport and heating, low carbon buildings, resource light manufacturing, and changes in agricultural practices. A large number of scientists and engineers with system wide expertise will also be needed.
The MSc Energy and Environment is designed for those wishing to develop careers in this challenging and yet exciting area. The taught component of the programme comprises
50 per cent of the assessment, and is highly interdisciplinary, encompassing environment, engineering and policy.
The remaining 50 per cent of the assessment is an extended research project working on an energy sector application. These projects may be developed in conjunction with an industrial partner identified through the Enterprise and Business Partnership unit within LEC. These industry projects will give valuable industry relevant training and you will also be able to claim a substantial amount of work experience from this for your CV.