With a degree in sustainable energy, gain the necessary skill and understanding to tackle the current challenges and opportunities that come with a shift toward clean energy and decentralised renewable energy.

  • The Master of Sustainable Energy (previously called the Master of Energy Studies) will develop your expertise in energy, climate change, sustainability and research. The program is aimed at early and mid-career industry professionals who want to update their knowledge.
  • Learn directly from leading academics and researchers, as well as national and international practitioners in the field. You'll study local, regional, national and global energy systems through a multi-disciplinary and integrated approach.
  • Choose between two fields of study: Carbon Management, which takes a business-focused approach to the energy industry, or Low Carbon Solutions, which takes an engineering and technology-focused approach.
  • Undertake a professional project on a topic related to a current, emerging or predicted challenge within the energy sector. It's a good idea to select a topic when you enrol, so you can continuously develop your thinking throughout the program.

Represent the new generation of energy professionals and solve complex energy issues.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Get out in the field

    Some courses involve site visits to let you see first-hand the changing landscape of energy and power generation in Australia. Previous site visits have included open-cut mines, solar farms, innovative PV systems, and wave energy research centres.


  • In the classroom

    Cross-disciplinary education

    The program is one of the few in the world that offers a cross-disciplinary education with direct industry contact and practical experience. Throughout your studies, you'll develop a deeper understanding of energy systems and challenges, and responsible business practices.

  • Why study

    Flexible study options

    Don't worry – we know you're busy. That's why all coursework in this program is taught in five-day intensive blocks at our St Lucia campus. Some courses also require online discussions and field trips – contact the Faculty for details.

  • Why study

    Training problem-solvers and innovators


Career outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Sustainable Energy typically work in and move across a large number of industries and sectors – where they develop innovative solutions for energy problems.

Many graduates study the program for professional development reasons and proceed to move into leadership or management positions in industry, consultancy, government, or in non-government organisations and international agencies. 

  • In the classroom

    Integrate different perspectives

    Your studies will focus on the latest in energy technologies, climate science, policy and energy markets – and the challenge of energy supply in developing countries. Your semester-long professional project can focus on technical, economic or social outcomes.



  • Employability

    Grow your network

    Across the program you'll be presented with opportunities to network with industry, alumni and students. In addition to lectures and site visits, some courses also include industry evenings – where industry leaders deliver presentations over dinner.


Entry requirements


Must hold an approved minimum 3 year undergraduate degree in a relevant field of study from an internationally recognised institution; hold the appropriate academic English language skills as demonstrated by an officially recognised test of English proficiency, as per UQ guidelines; 3-5 years practical experience in a related field is required.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Sustainable Energy are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Sustainable Energy. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Early exit points

Depending on your choice of courses, it might be possible to withdraw from the Master of Sustainable Energy at an early exit point and graduate with one of the following awards:

Courses and Programs

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