MSc Energy and Environment

Year of Entry


Application Deadline

Local : 31 May 2023
Non-local : 31 Mar 2023

Mode of Study


Mode of Funding


Indicative Intake Target


Minimum No. of Credits Required


Class Schedule

Evening sessions, usually from 7:00pm to 9:50pm, on weekdays

Normal Study Period

Full-time: 1 year;
Part-time: 2 years

Maximum Study Period

Full-time: 2.5 years;
Part-time/Combined mode: 5 years

Mode of Processing

Applications are processed on a rolling basis. Review of applications will start before the deadline and continue until all places are filled. Early applications are therefore strongly encouraged.
Programme Leader
Dr Chunhua LIU
+852 3442 2885
General Enquiries
Application Enquiries
+852 3442 2414 / +852 3442 7496
Programme Aims and Objectives

This programme aims to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills in the areas of energy and environment, with special reference to the Asian settings. In particular, the programme caters to the rising demand from the business and industry sectors for managers with contemporary views on energy, environment and sustainability. Besides emphasis on technical sciences, graduates of the programme are equipped with holistic knowledge in the related energy and environmental aspects of economics, policies and laws. Based on such knowledge, the graduates can develop innovative and creative solutions to various energy and environmental problems.


Entrance Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements and the following specific entrance requirements:

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in physical sciences or an engineering discipline. Those with an undergraduate degree in other disciplines but, with an attainment of A-level physics or equivalent, or sufficient working experience in the related fields, will be considered on a case by case basis.

Applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English should also fulfill the following minimum English proficiency requirement:

  • a score of 59 (revised paper-delivered test)^ or 79 (Internet-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)@#; or
  • an overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS)@; or
  • a score 450 in the new College English Test (CET-6) of Chinese mainland; or
  • other equivalent qualifications.

^ Effective from 11 April 2021, the TOEFL revised paper-delivered test is no longer offered.

@TOEFL and IELTS scores are considered valid for two years. Applicants are required to provide their English test results obtained within the two years preceding the commencement of the University's application period. 

# Applicants are required to arrange with the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send their TOEFL results directly to the University. The TOEFL institution code for CityU is 3401.

In view of the recent development of COVID-19, ‘TOEFL iBT Home Edition’ and ‘IELTS Indicator’, as indicated below, are accepted as equivalent qualifications for the fulfillment of the University’s minimum English proficiency requirement for admission to TPg programmes until further notice:

•    TOEFL iBT Home Edition: a score of 79; or
•    IELTS Indicator: an overall band score of 6.5

Fellowships Scheme

Fellowship awards are available for local students admitted to this programme under the Fellowships Scheme supported by the HKSAR Government. This programme in the priority area of “Sustainable City” is one of the targeted programmes listed under the Fellowships Scheme with 4 fellowship awards. Local students admitted to the programme in full-time, part-time or combined study mode may be invited to submit applications for the fellowships. 

Course Description

The programme emphasizes a balance of both technical and soft sciences. Students are required to complete five core courses (total of 15 credit units). Further to this, students are also required to complete additional 15 credit units either as five elective courses (3 credit units each), or three elective courses (3 credit units each) and a Dissertation (6 credit units).


Core courses

Data Analysis in Environmental Applications

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Technologies

Energy Generation and Storage Systems

Environmental and Energy Policy

Environmental Pollution: Theories, Measurement and Mitigation



Advanced Thermosciences for Energy Engineering

Air Pollution and Atmospheric Chemistry

Boundary-Layer Meteorology and Wind Energy Engineering

Building Performance Assessment

Carbon Audit and Management

Climate Change: Science, Adaptation and Mitigation


Ecosystem and Environmental Toxicology

Emerging Energy Technologies

Energy and Environmental Economics

Energy and Environmental Law

Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development

Environmental Assessment

Environmental Chemistry and Physics

Environmental Impact Assessment Principles and Practice

Environmental Modelling

Experimental Techniques in Energy and Environment

Gas Engineering – Theories and Practices

Solid Waste Treatment and Management

Wastewater Engineering and Water Quality Assessment

Remarks: Programme electives will be offered subject to the availability of resources and sufficient enrolment.

Professional Accreditation

Accreditation of MSc Energy and Environment by Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers (IGEM) & Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)

MSc Energy and Environment is accredited by the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM) and Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).

IGEM is a chartered professional body, licensed by the UK Engineering Council, serving a wide range of professionals in the UK and the international gas industry through Membership, events and a comprehensive set of Technical Standards. Details of IGEM can be found at http://www.igem.org.uk.

CIWEM is the only Royal Chartered professional body based in UK dedicated to the water and environment sector, representing and supporting a community of thousands of members globally, devoted to improving water and environmental management and associated social and cultural issues. Details of CIWEM can be found at http://www.ciwem.org.

Graduates of MSc Energy and Environment who have successfully completed the programme, can partially fulfill the academic requirements* and will only need an equivalent professional experience to apply for Chartered Engineer (CEng) or Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) under the Engineering Council and Society for the Environment (SocEnv) in UK.

* with an accredited BEng / BSc Degree from any of Washington Accord’s 19 Signatories.

† Combined mode: Local students taking programmes in combined mode can attend full-time (12-18 credit units per semester) or part-time (no more than 11 credit units per semester) study in different semesters without seeking approval from the University. For non-local students, they will be admitted to these programmes for either full-time or part-time studies. Non-local students must maintain the required credit load for their full-time or part-time studies and any changes will require approval from the University.