Masters by Research/MPhil/PhD Renewable Energy

Duration MPhil: Full time 2-3 years; Part time 4-5 years
PhD: Full time 3-4 years; Part time 6-7 years
MSc by Research: Full time 1-2 years; Part time 2-3 years
  • Renewable Energy
  • Engineering
LocationCornwall (Penryn)
Start date September, January or April


Based at the University’s Cornwall Campus near Falmouth, you will work with leading research experts exploring the latest technological advances in this socially critical area of investigation.

The group works very much in an inter-disciplinary manner with expertise and capacity over a range of engineering and science areas along with Energy Policy, but is also in close collaborations with ecologists and environmental scientists. Particular areas of note are marine renewable energy; power conditioning and grid interconnection; solar; energy storage, carbon capture and storage and biomass (anaerobic digestion). Energy policy research is focused on; renewable heat; marine energy and technology innovation.

Based at the University's Cornwall Campus, the group boasts world leading research facilities. The group has world leading infra-structure for its marine renewable research as well as a state of the art power lab with numerical and real time simulation capabilities. Although the group's activities are centred on excellence in research it has a strong ethos of working with industry and as well as key EPSRC and NERC research projects we have a significant number of TSB and Carbon Trust joint awards with external partners. The group also has several Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and industrially funded post graduate researchers.

Research areas

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

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

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

Contact us

Postgraduate research admissions

Phone: +44 (0) 1392 722730
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