MSc Renewable Energy Engineering

Duration Full time 1 year
Discipline
  • Engineering
LocationCornwall (Penryn)
Start date October

Overview

Climate change and the need to manage diminishing fossil fuel reserves are, today, two of the biggest challenges facing the planet.

In order to secure the future for ourselves and generations to follow, it is widely accepted that we must act now to reduce energy consumption, switch to renewable energy sources and substantially cut greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide.

To do this, the renewables sector requires Renewable Energy Engineers with the right multidisciplinary skillset to pioneer the design, building and management of its infrastructure.

Drawing upon our particular research strengths in marine, solar and wind based generation alongside specialist modules in energy storage, this programme prepares you for a career in a variety of energy-related roles across the sector.

Our wide-ranging expertise in renewable and energy engineering is reflected by the broad array of modules offered as part of this degree, allowing graduates from a multitude of first degree backgrounds to adjust their learning towards personal interests and career aspirations.

Programme structure

This programme is modular and flexible, carrying 180 credits in total and offering flexibility in choice of modules studied.

MSc Renewable Energy Engineering consists of three core modules totalling 105 credits, which includes the 60-credit research project, and five 15-credit optional modules.

The programme begins in September each year and the taught elements are concluded by May. The research project, under the personal supervision of an expert in the chosen area, continues until September.

Core modules
Network Engineering, Monitoring and Management 15
Renewable Energy Systems 30
Research Project and Dissertation 60
Optional modules
Energy Storage 15
Sustainable Architecture 15
Social and Technological Innovation 15
Energy Policies for a Low Carbon Economy 15
Themes in Climate Change 15
Solar Energy Research and Innovation 15
Advanced Marine Renewable Energy 15
Advanced Wind Energy 15
Advanced Energy Storage 15
Further Electrical and Electronics Engineering 15

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching

Teaching and assessment

The programme is delivered through a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, industrial presentations, case studies, industry visits, computer simulations, project work and a dissertation.

The programme will have particular value in developing transferable skills development including management skills, communication skills, computational techniques, data handling and analysis, problem solving, decision making and research methodology. Many of these skills will be addressed within an industrial and commercial context.

You will be allocated a Personal Tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your studies, along with support and mentoring from graduates who are now placed in industry. There is also a Postgraduate Tutor available to help with further guidance and advice.

A research- and practice-led culture

We believe every student benefits from being taught by experts active in research and practice. You will discuss the very latest ideas, research discoveries and new technologies in seminars and in the field and you will become actively involved in a research project yourself. All our academic staff are active in internationally-recognised scientific research across a wide range of topics.

Careers

The MSc in Renewable Energy Engineering has been designed to include the knowledge and skills that potential employers in the energy sector have told us they require.

The UK’s commitment to expansion of renewable energy is likely to mean a high level of investment in the sector in the next decade. The adoption of the UK’s microgeneration tariff in 2009, the Green Deal in 2013, the phased adoption of the Renewable Heat Incentive from 2011-2014 and introduction of Contracts for Difference in 2014, suggests continued strong support for rapid expansion of renewable energy in the UK.

Internationally, many other countries are making similar investments with major industrial nations including the US, India and China investing heavily in renewable generation. This investment will create broad opportunities for those seeking to work in the sector, both nationally and internationally.

Entry requirements 2017

A good honours degree from a recognised university. We do consider all applications where there is evidence of exceptional performance in modules relevant to the programme of study, significant relevant work experience or professional qualifications

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 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.

TOEFL IBT*

Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 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.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2017/18

UK/EU fee: £10,000
International fee:  £21,000

Pro Vice-Chancellor's Postgraduate Scholarship

All international applicants who are holding an offer of a place on selected programmes will automatically be considered for these high-value scholarships of up to £7,500 per year of study.

View our 2016 scholarship recipients welcome event photo gallery »

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Current available funding

Contact us

If you have any questions about any of our taught masters programmes, please contact us:

Tel: +44 (0) 1326 371801
Email: cornwall@exeter.ac.uk