MSc Energy and Environment

Year of Entry


Application Deadline

Local : 30 Jun 2024
Non-local : Application Closed

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
Prof Wei WU
+852 3442 4436
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 79 (Internet-based test) in 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.

@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 start 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.

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 12 credit units of core courses (6 credit units of core courses in Group 1 and 6 credit units of core courses in Group 2), and 18 credit units of elective courses. 

Students are flexible to choose courses with or without concentration on stream: 
Energy Stream/ Environment Stream/ Without concentration on any stream 

Core Courses:

Group 1: Compulsory Core Courses 

  • Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development 
  • Environmental and Energy Policy

Group 2: Stream Core Courses  
Students may concentrate on a stream by taking 6 credit units of Energy or Environment stream core courses OR taking 6 credit units of any group 2 core courses without concentration on any stream.

Energy Core Courses 

  • Energy Conversion: Theory and Methodology 
  • Energy Conservation and Audit 

Environment Core Courses 

  • Data Analysis in Environmental Applications 
  • Environmental Pollution: Theories, Measurement and Mitigation 

Elective Courses:

i) concentrate on a stream by taking at least 6 credit units of the selected stream electives and 12 credit units of other electives of the programme except no more than 6 credit units from the other stream's electives, OR

ii) take any 18 credit units of electives without concentrating on any stream.

Energy Elective Courses

  • Emerging Energy Technologies
  • Electrochemical Energy Storage
  • Fuel Processing
  • Carbon Capture Use and Storage
  • Hydrogen Production and Storage
  • Power Grid Management
  • Renewable Energy Generation

Environment Elective Courses

  • Air Pollution and Atmospheric Chemistry
  • Environmental Impact Assessment: Principles and Practice
  • Environmental Modelling
  • Wastewater Engineering and Water Quality Assessment
  • Solid Waste Treatment and Management
  • Environmental Engineering Science
  • Ecosystem and Environmental Toxicology

Elective Courses without any concentrating on any stream

  • Climate Change: Science, Adaptation and Mitigation
  • Energy Generation and Storage Systems
  • Energy Efficiency and Conservation Technologies
  • Carbon Audit and Management
  • Building Performance Assessment
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Dissertation
  • Energy and Environmental Law

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.