MSc Renewable Energy Engineering
|Duration||Full time 1 year|
Climate change and the need to manage diminishing fossil fuel reserves are, today, two of the biggest challenges facing the planet.
To do this, the renewables sector requires Renewable Energy Engineers with the right multidisciplinary skill-set to pioneer the design, building and management of its infrastructure.
Drawing upon our research strengths in energy storage as well as marine, solar and wind based generation, this programme prepares you for a career in a variety of energy-related roles across the sector.
Why this course?
- Taught at our Penryn campus, this course will allow you access to some of the amazing on and off-shore renewable energy facilities that Cornwall has to offer.
- Our wide-ranging expertise means you’ll have the opportunity to follow your interests by studying modules relating to different themes and technologies.
- The Renewable Energy sector needs graduates with the skills to apply clean technology to many and various industries. We recognise that great engineers come with different backgrounds and encourage applications from individuals with relevant non-engineering degrees.
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.
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.
You will develop transferable skills such as management and communication skills, computational techniques, data handling and analysis, problem solving, decision making and research methodology. Many of these 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. You will also be taught by leading industry practitioners.
Previous dissertation titles
- Analysis of the procedures conducted by UNICEF and WHO towards humanitarian supply chain and logistics
- How does the 4th industrial revolution impact on operations, logistics, and supply chain management in South Korean industries
- How to develop a sustainable supply chain - the case of FAW-Volkswagen company
- Discrete Event Simulation applied to SMEs: a case study of SMART Manufacturing
- Production planning at Bell plastics Ltd
- Enhancing business performance through information flow management: a case study of a SME in manufacturing industry
- Integration of Lean practices with Supply Chain performance – a case study of a retail company in Dubai
- Optimizing production floor layout in a plastics manufacturing company
- Applying lean principle to a SME company in Thailand
- Logistics service in the online shopping and its impact on consumers’ behaviour under the innovative logistics model by Alibaba
Throughout your studies you will have access to support materials designed to refresh your knowledge of engineering mathematics. Mathematics for Engineers is a non-credit bearing online resource that covers the mathematics needed to undertake an MSc. It is an invaluable revision tool for those wishing to refresh their knowledge of common mathematical topics.
Topics covered include:
- Complex numbers
- Differential equations
- Partial differentiation
- Vector calculus
- Numerical methods
- Probability and statistics
Sample mathematics test
Unsure whether your maths is good enough for an MSc? Take the short test below to find out. This has been developed in conjunction with the Mathematics for Engineers module and covers many of the topics listed above.
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.
A good honours degree, normally above a 2:2, 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
Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.
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.
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 2019/20
- UK/EU: £10,500 full-time
- International: £23,700 full-time
Tuition fees per year 2020/21
- UK/EU: £10,950 full-time
- International: £22,950 full-time
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 £10,609 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
Global Excellence Scholarship
We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2019.
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Accredited by the Energy Institute (EI) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.