MEng Energy Engineering
|Typical offer||AAB-BBB; IB: 34-30|
|Location||Cornwall (Penryn Campus)|
Specialising in energy engineering with a focus on clean and renewable energy technologies for over a decade, our programmes are well established in providing graduate engineers to the sector. They offer excellent vocational training in the areas of renewable and clean energy, but with each programme tailored to your strengths and with a clear progression towards employability outcomes for each. The MEng is tailored to students who want to focus on an engineering career.
Renewable energy is produced from sources that are replenished as they are used, such as the wind, water flowing in streams, rivers and seas, the sun and sustainably grown crops. In order to harness these sources and reduce our dependency on finite reserves of oil, coal and gas, renewable energy professionals need to understand the scientific principles of renewable energy technology and have the management skills to ensure that UK and international carbon emission reduction targets are met. They must also understand the effect of human activities on the environment and the socio-economic and business issues influencing delivery of the technology.
I decided to study renewable energy at Penryn Campus because the course here was very diverse and industry-based. There were a lot of fascinating modules and very good post-graduation employability rates.
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.
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.
Following on from placements between the third and fourth years, you will continue with a research project related to your industrial experience. This project will enable you to work closely with a company which is active in renewable energy to develop solutions to real world problems in a commercial environment. A group project 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 and Energy Storage, in addition to further study of Electronic and Electrical Engineering.
Entry requirements 2017
AAB-BBB; IB: 34-30
GCE AL Maths grade B and another science subject at grade B; IB Maths HL5 and another science subject HL5.
Candidates may offer GCE AL Maths, Pure Maths or Further Maths.
GCE AL/AS science includes: Biology/Human Biology*; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; Electronics; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geology; Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths*; 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.
Applicants studying one of the following BTEC Extended Diplomas will be considered without GCE AL requirement(s): 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.
In place of science requirement only, A-level Maths still required.
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Learning and teaching
The teaching laboratory 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.
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. You must pass all your first year modules in order to progress, but the results do not count towards your degree classification. All other years of study contribute to your final degree classification.
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.
The best aspects of studying within my department is that Cornwall has a great variety of renewable energy. Firstly, you would not have to travel far to see a wind farm, in fact the campus is looked over by two wind turbines. Secondly, one of our projects involves building a hydro turbine generator to produce electricity from a nearby river. The campus utilises solar power and the university even has a wave hub power generator in Falmouth harbour which the students have access to. Finally, having the opportunity to work with all these technologies in such close proximity, is great for teaching and also for learning all kinds of skills.
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.
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.
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 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. Other EU countries will be making similar investments and the US, India, China and many other nations are also investing heavily in renewable generation. This will create broad opportunities for those seeking to work in the sector, both nationally and internationally.
The Mentor Scheme gave me the possibility to get in touch with new students and to help them settle in the university life. It was a good place where I found new students, from different backgrounds and this definitely helped me improve my confidence in communication. Finally, last year I was involved as an external liaison officer for RESS (Renewable Energy and Sustainability Society), organising academic talks, given by professionals in the industry or academia.
The extracurricular activities I was involved with, have definitely improved my skills and confidence in applying for a job. Improving the skills and proving them with specific example is very valuable when applying for a real job.