Renewable Energy

Degree typesTypes of research degrees explained
DurationDegree duration details
LocationCornwall (Penryn)
Study modesFull time and part time Study mode details
Start date MPhil/PhD/MSc by Research: September, January or April
EngD: September

Research overview

Research areas

Our research is organised around the following research areas:

Our expertise lies in

  • energy policy
  • marine renewables
  • bio-fuels
  • electrical power and networks
  • wind, photo-voltaic and thermal technologies.

Based at the University’s Penryn Campus near Falmouth, we are a unique multidisciplinary department offering a range of specialised programmes, drawing upon our research expertise in mining and minerals engineering, applied geology and mineralogy, surveying and renewable energy. We offer postgraduates an outstanding research environment with state-of-the-art analytical facilities and laboratories and have excellent rates of graduate employment.

Superb research facilities include a renewable energy laboratory and wind turbine. Our research is funded by the UK Energy Research Centre, UK Research Councils, UK Government Departments, the European Union and private institutions. We have a leading role in the £15 million PRIMaRE research institute to support the development of marine energy in the South West


Entry requirements 2018

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.0. No less than 6.0 in any section.


Overall score 87 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

55 overall with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Finance: fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2018/19

  • UK/EU: £4,400 full-time; £2,200 part-time
  • International: £23,000 full-time

Current available funding

Contact us

Postgraduate research admissions

Phone: +44 (0) 1392 722730
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