Urban Energy Technology and Policy MRes

Urban Energy Technology and Policy MRes

Full time: 12 months


Our programme focuses on UK policy environment whilst being well-situated within international energy challenges. Our aim is to provide a wide, cross-scale and integral understanding of energy in cities and sub-cities scales.

The course is for those intending to play a high profile role for the next generation of urban energy infrastructure in:

  • planning
  • designing
  • managing
  • policy making 

The course will suit graduates from backgrounds in:

  • engineering
  • planning
  • architecture
  • science 
  • relevant business management 

You will carry out research-related project work in the multidisciplinary urban energy field. Your project will build on the latest professional practice and existing research

The programme also offers high-quality training in:

  • research methods and practice
  • practical and subject-specific skills
  • transferable and personal skills


You will develop knowledge of the tools required to carry out a research project. The research project is set within an industrial context. You will develop an understanding of the environment in which you'll operate. Additionally, you will develop an appreciation of research techniques, including:

  • specialised tools and methods
  • analysing and defining project objectives
  • designing and planning projects according to rational methodologies
  • employing practicable and efficient procedures
  • analysing and interpreting results and presenting them in a meaningful manner
  • project management


Our course is suited to those considering:

  • further studies at PhD level
  • a career in research and development 
  • a career in industry

The course provides a firm basis for the professional development of those intending to follow a career in industry. You can follow one of two routes before moving into industry:

  • qualify with an MRes
  • following the MRes pursue a PhD in an area defined by experience and contacts established during the course

You'll be prepared for careers in:

  • energy consultancy
  • engineering firms
  • architectural firms
  • energy companies
  • public sector (eg local authorities)

High-profile roles in urban energy infrastructure include:

  • planning
  • design
  • management
  • policy making


You will work alongside academic tutors and prospective employers to complete your project. Prospective employers are in the private or public sector, such as:

  • energy consultancies
  • engineering and architectural firms
  • energy companies 
  • local authorities

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You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

Modules for 2018 entry

Module changes

Module changes

Modules change annually to take account of:

  • changing staff expertise
  • developments in the discipline
  • the requirements of external bodies and partners
  • student feedback.

Most module information for 2019 entry will be available from mid-May 2019.

Fees & Funding

2018-2019 fees

The fees displayed here are per course.



Full time: £4,800


Full time: £4,800


Full time: £15,600

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 and 2019 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in an appropriate discipline. You also need to submit a portfolio.

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English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

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If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

Pathway courses

Our Business and Humanities Graduate Diplomas will prepare you for Master's study at Newcastle. If you're successful then you're guaranteed a place on this Master's course. Depending on your level of English, you can choose from:

How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step-by-step guide can help you on your way.

You need to submit a 500 word research proposal with your application. Read our guidelines for producing a research proposal (PDF: 41.5KB) from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science Graduate School. These MPhil/PhD guidelines are also relevant for MRes applications. You will just be required to submit a shorter research proposal.

Start dates

The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.


If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.


Nicola Rutherford
Programme Secretary
School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6809