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

  • This program (previously the Master of Energy Studies) is ideal for early to mid-career industry professionals looking to update their expertise in energy, climate change and research.
  • Study local, regional, national and global energy systems as you develop a deeper understanding of risk, sustainability and responsible business practices – the key drivers of change.
  • Learn directly from leading academics and researchers as well as national and international practitioners. You'll study local, regional, national and global energy systems through a multi-disciplinary and integrated 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 to 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.

  • UQ Energy Leader Scholarship

    Full and partial fee waiver scholarships are available to domestic and international students that demonstrate potential as future energy leaders. If you're commencing in Semester 1 or 2, you may be eligible to apply.  

  • 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.

  • 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.


Entry requirements


Degree equivalent to an Australian bachelor degree in a relevant field with a GPA of at least 4.5 on a 7 point scale. Relevant fields include but are not limited to Engineering, Science, Environmental Management, Economics, Commerce, Business, Public Policy, International Development, Energy. 3-5 years practical experience in a related field is preferred.

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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