Undergraduate Study

MEng Renewable Energy Engineering

UCAS code H804
Duration 4 years
Entry year 2020
Contact

Web: Enquire online
Phone: +44 (0)1326 371801

Entry requirements

A level: AAA
IB: 36/666
BTEC: DDD

View full entry requirements

Campus Penryn Campus
Discipline Renewable Energy Engineering

Overview

  • This course specialises in energy engineering with a focus on clean and renewable energy technologies
  • Learn from experts in energy policy, marine renewables, bio-fuels, electrical power and networks, wind, photo-voltaic and thermal technologies
  • Our new state-of-the-art Renewable Engineering Energy Facility (REEF) provides dedicated workshop and laboratory space for individual and small group projects
  • Cornwall is where the UK’s renewable energy revolution began and is the perfect location for local field trips to specialist renewable energy laboratories, wind farms, solar photovoltaic systems and offshore test sites
  • Group projects, small class sizes and a dedicated student society contribute to create a strong sense of community

Our new state-of-the-art Renewable Engineering Energy Facility (REEF) provides dedicated workshop and laboratory space for individual and small group projects

96.2% of Engineering graduates in further study or graduate-level employment within 6 months of graduation

Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (DLHE) of 2016/17 undergraduates

11th in the UK for Electrical and Electronic Engineering

The Complete University Guide 2020

Entry requirements

Qualification Required grades Required subjects
A-Level AAA GCE AL Mathematics grade A and another science* subject at grade A
*GCE AL/AS science includes: Biology/Human Biology**; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; Electronics; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geology; Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths**; Life and Health Sciences; Physical Education; Physics; Psychology; Science (applied); Statistics.
**If more than one of these is taken they would only count as one 'science' but could count as two A-levels towards our general requirements.
IB 36/666 IB Mathematics HL6 and another science subject HL6.
BTEC DDD See below
GCSE C and A Grade C in GCSE English Language and A in Mathematics
Contextual Offer

A-Level: BBB
IB: 30
BTEC: DDM

Specific requirements must still be achieved, therefore where a grade A is required, offers will be ABC or ACC. Find out more about contextual offers.

International equivalences

View EU and international equivalences

NB General Studies is not included in any offer.

BTEC Extended Diploma (2010) - Applicants studying one of the following BTEC Extended Diplomas will be considered without the GCE AL science subject, GCE AL Maths is still required: Applied Science, Building Services Engineering, Construction and the Built Environment, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Environmental Sustainability, Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Operations Maintenance Engineering, Pharmaceutical Science, Sport, Sport and Exercise Science.

BTEC Extended Diploma (2016) - Applicants studying one of the following new BTEC Extended Diplomas will be considered without a GCE AL science subject or GCE AL Maths providing they have taken the mandatory unit ‘Calculus to solve Engineering problems’ AND the optional unit ‘Further Engineering Mathematics’: Civil Engineering, Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering.

For any questions relating to entry requirements please contact the team via our online form or 01392 724061

Read more

Course content

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.

Initial focus is on engineering fundamentals including Mathematics, Mechanical, Electrical engineering modules as well as Physics and Thermodynamics. Specific computer skills are covered as well as a broad introduction to Clean Energy Systems and environmental management in preparation for more advanced modules later in the programme.

Core engineering modules continue the development of the key disciplines with further development of essential computational skills and additional modules on Clean Energy Systems. A field trip and related group project studies renewable energy resource assessment as well as developing report writing and team working skills.

In the summer vacation between your second and third year, you may carry out a minimum six-week industrial placement. The onus is on you to select the area in which you wish to work and to find a placement, although the University can help by providing contact details and suggesting companies which suit your interests. Companies with close ties to the department also provide placements for a number of students.

An undergraduate dissertation forms an important element of the work in this year, allowing students to explore areas of particular interest and develop research, analytical and writing skills. Optional modules include specific clean or renewable energy technologies such as Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Marine Renewables, Renewable Heat Technologies and Energy storage. Modules can also be selected from a range of environmental impact, energy policy, ethics and life cycle analysis subjects.

If you choose the 'with Industrial Experience' variant of this degree this includes an extra industrial placement between your third and fourth year, followed by a research project based on your placement experience. For more Information about the ‘with Year in Industry’ programme, please see the course variants.

The final year of study for MEng students offers a wide range of advanced specialist modules including a group project. This is an opportunity to further develop team working and research skills. Alongside these activities there are optional modules on the advanced engineering aspects of Wind Energy, Marine Renewables, Solar Energy Research, in addition to further study of Electronic and Electrical Engineering.

Course variants

UCAS code: H805

The MEng Renewable Energy Engineering with Industrial Experience programme includes an industrial placement prior to the start of your third year, followed by a research project based on your placement experience.

Your placement will be spent working in an appropriate business or industry related to energy engineering, and you will benefit from our established connections with local, national and multinational organisations. We find that our students gain valuable experience from working in industry. As well as increasing their first-hand knowledge, they also improve personal and transferable skills, make new contacts and enhance their employability.

Accreditations

MEng Renewable Energy Engineering

This degree has been accredited by the Energy Institute (EI) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.

Accredited by the Energy Institute (EI) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

As an international student I have found the amount of support available on my course and from across the whole university has been really helpful. Living in Cornwall is undoubtedly one of my most precious experiences.

I’ve been actively involved with Falmouth and Exeter Students' Union since my first year, becoming president of the Engineers Without Borders society and getting involved with several student led volunteer projects. Joining clubs and societies means you can enjoy the 'study-life' balance and explore many beautiful places whilst meeting new people from both the University of Exeter and Falmouth University.

One thing I found very helpful as an international student is that there is always someone I can ask for help. Both university staff members and students from the years above are willing to help as much as they can, or give me guidance to seek help from others. For the University of Exeter in particular, there are many ways to connect with international students such as the Global Chums Scheme and several international societies, you’ll never feel like you’re on your own.

Read more

Peach

Studying Renewable Engineering Engineering MEng

Fees

Tuition fees for 2020 entry

UK and EU students: £9,250 per year
International students: £22,950 per year

Please note that these figures may be subject to change.

Global Excellence Scholarships

Global Excellence Scholarships worth £5000+ are available for International fee paying students studying this course. If you’d like to find out more visit our funding database, or you can apply for this scholarship directly online.

Find out more about tuition fees and funding

Learning and teaching

Our new state of the art Renewable Engineering Energy Facility (REEF) is equipped for the study of a number of renewable energy technologies, both practically and with industry-standard software. A variety of devices producing renewable energy exist around the campus, the latest being a 50kW solar PV installation on top of our engineering building, to go with a solar powered Performance Centre. The development of our Environment and Sustainability Institute at the Penryn Campus has seen a significant further expansion of installed renewable energy capacity on campus, representing the continuing commitment of the University to sustainability in our operations, teaching and research.

Fieldwork

Throughout the programmes you will experience a range of renewable energy technologies, including trips to renewable energy facilities such as Goonhilly wind farm, local solar PV farms and other relevant installations. You may also attend events like public planning meetings or energy use assessments of public or private buildings as opportunities become available.

In the second year, the residential field trip will entail a field-based renewable energy technical resource assessment exercise. Working as a project team, you will focus on the use of appropriate renewable energy technologies to deliver a professional report to local stakeholders.

Industrial Placement

In the summer vacation between your second and third year, you may carry out a minimum six-week industrial placement. The onus is on you to select the area in which you wish to work and to find a placement, although the University can help by providing contact details and suggesting companies which suit your interests. Companies with close ties to the department also provide placements for a number of students.

If you study the MEng programme, you’ll carry out a further industrial placement between your third and fourth year.

Assessment

Assessment methods vary between modules, but usually combine exams and coursework. This might include practical laboratory work, professional posters, group exercises, reports, essays or verbal presentations.

Module choice

Option modules can extend beyond your main subject area if you are studying a Single Honours degree: dependent on timetable constraints, pre-requisites and programme structure, it may be possible to study option modules outside your subject area.

Read more

Your future

The degree programmes have been designed to include the knowledge and skills that potential employers in the energy sector have told us they require. A very high proportion of our graduates find employment in the renewable energy sector or study for a higher degree in the field.

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 2010, the phased adoption of the Renewable Heat Incentive from 2011-2014 and introduction of Contracts for Difference from 2014, suggests continued strong support for rapid expansion of renewable energy in the UK. All EU countries are making similar investments and the US, India, China and many other nations are also investing heavily in the renewable generation. This will create broad opportunities for those seeking to work in the sector, both nationally and internationally. The global renewables sector has seen investment in excess of $289bn in 2017 and that investment has been over $200bn every year since 2010. A total of 10.3 million people now work in renewables around the world.

Our Renewable Energy programmes will shape you into a multi-talented individual, who is able to succeed in a wide variety of professional roles.