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BSc Renewable Energy - 2023 entry

Please note: The below is for 2023 entries. Click here for 2022 entries.
UCAS code F802
Duration 3 years
Entry year 2023
Campus Penryn Campus
Discipline Renewable Energy

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Phone: +44 (0)1326 371801

Typical offer

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A level: AAB - ABB
IB: 34/665 - 32/655

Contextual offers

A-Level: BBB-BBC
IB: 30/555-28/554


  • Study the science and technology that underpins the Renewable Energy sector, as well as societal and political considerations around its implementation
  • Learn from experts in energy policy, marine renewables, bio-fuels, electrical power and networks, wind, photo-voltaic and thermal technologies
  • Two to three month work placement provides a practical context that complements the taught programme
  • Our new state of the art REEF building provides dedicated workshop and laboratory space for individual and small group student research projects
  • Cornwall is where the UK’s renewable energy revolution began and offers local field trips to specialist renewable energy laboratories, wind farms, solar photovoltaic systems and offshore test sites

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Phone: +44 (0)1392 72 72 72

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

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

12th in the UK for General Engineering

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Entry requirements (typical offer)

Qualification Typical offer Required subjects
A-Level AAB – ABB GCE AL science* subject at grade B
GCSE Maths grade A or 7.
*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 34/665-32/655 IB science HL5.
BTEC DDD - DDM See below
GCSE C or 4
A or 7
Grade C or 4 in GCSE English and Grade A or 7 in Mathematics
Access to HE 24 L3 credits at Distinction Grade and 21 L3 credits at Merit Grade 12 L3 credits at Merit Grade in an acceptable Science subject area
Contextual Offer

A-Level: BBB-BBC
IB: 30/555-28/554

Specific subject requirements must still be achieved where stated above. Find out more about contextual offers.

Other UK, EU and International equivalences

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NB General Studies is not included in any offer.

Grades advertised on each programme webpage are the typical level at which our offers are made and provide information on any specific subjects an applicant will need to have studied in order to be considered for a place on the programme. However, if we receive a large number of applications for the programme we may not be able to make an offer to all those who are predicted to achieve/have achieved grades which are in line with our typical offer. For more information on how applications are assessed and when decisions are released, please see: After you apply

BTEC Extended Diploma - Applicants studying one of the following new BTEC Extended Diplomas will be considered without a GCE AL science subject, 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

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.

First term modules concentrate on developing your core engineering and mathematical skills and address the diverse range of renewable energy sources, their extents and exploitation methods. In the second term you’ll study the physical and engineering sciences governing both natural processes and power conversion technology.

Second year modules as well as training in the physical sciences and technology, introduce elements of management and finance. In the summer vacation you may carry out a minimum six week industrial placement.

Students studying BSc Renewable Energy who can demonstrate a high level of academic performance may be eligible to transfer onto MEng Renewable Energy. This will typically require achievement of a minimum 60 per cent mark at the end of the second year of study.

Third year modules are designed to build on the previous two years to enable study of specialist areas in order to gain deep knowledge, understanding and ability. You’ll choose from a range of optional modules which have been arranged so that you can select studies of a more technical nature or from a broader management track, or you can mix-and-match according to your preferences. For technically orientated modules a theme of resource assessment, power conversion design, performance monitoring and economic appraisal recurs. The remaining modules consider the more generic issues that span all the technologies or enhance your knowledge of more policy related elements of the discipline.

Throughout the third year you will work on an individual research project in your area of interest, under the supervision of a member of academic staff. Through your selection of options, choice of dissertation topic and choice of vacation placement, you are in control of the content of over half of your third year programme.


BSc Renewable Energy

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 an Incorporated Engineer and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.


Tuition fees for 2022 entry

UK students: £9,250 per year
International students: £25,000 per year

* Please note that the fees for students starting in 2023 have yet to be set. The fees provided above are the fees for students starting in 2022 and are for guidance only. We will post the fees for 2023 entry shortly.


The University of Exeter has over £2.5 million in scholarships available for students applying to study with us from September 2022 - including our Global Excellence Scholarships* for international fee paying students and financial support for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, lower income households and other under-represented groups to help them access, succeed and progress through higher education.

* Terms and conditions apply. See online for details.

Find out more about tuition fees and scholarships


The campus is equipped with the latest facilities for teaching and research. Our teaching laboratory contains technology for the study of biomass heating; water flows; hydroelectric turbines; photovoltaics; solar thermal; fuel cells; hydraulic systems; wind power; and electronics and electrical power systems.

The lab is also equipped with industry standard software for the analysis of flows of liquids, gases (Solidworks) and electricity; computer aided design (AutoCAD); wind energy resource assessment (Windfarmer, Wind Farm); and wind turbine design (Bladed). As an undergraduate student, you’ll be able to use all of these programs and facilities in the lab which can be viewed via the virtual tours on our website.

A variety of devices producing renewable energy exist around the campus including two solar powered buildings on campus: Daphne du Maurier and the Performance Centre, plus a 3 x 1MW fully condensing gas boiler and a ground source heat pump system. As part of the continuing expansion of the campus, the University has developed the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI). The ESI opened in late 2012 and employs both solar and wind energy technology as well as benefitting from state-of-the-art energy efficiency. The campus is 500m from the Roskrow Barton commercial wind development that comprises 2 x 850kW, V52-850 Vestas wind turbines.

Learning and teaching

Formal teaching and learning methods vary between modules but typically include lectures, laboratory classes, practical work, seminars, tutorials, computer-based learning packages, and residential or one-day field-based activities. You will typically have 18-20 hours of formal contact time per week. You’ll be expected to spend roughly the same amount of time in independent learning and some work will be expected during the vacations.

There is an increasing use of interactive computer-based approaches to learning through our virtual learning environment where the details of all modules are stored in an easily navigable website. Students can access detailed information about modules and learning outcomes and interact through activities such as the discussion forums.

Research-inspired teaching

We believe that every student benefits from being part of a culture that is inspired by research and taught by experts. We are a lead institution in PRIMaRE (Peninsula Research in Marine Renewable Energy), a multi-centre research organisation specialising in all elements of research concerning marine renewable energy sources including their operation, development of the technology, their environmental and ecological impacts and their socio-economic impacts. Policy research aims to develop methods through which the growth of renewable energy can be enhanced further, as well as methods to ensure that it is properly regulated. We are collaborating with other universities within the UK and overseas, notably to examine the potential and cost of increased use of renewable heat sources. We are committed to a focus on examining the development of industrial capacity related to new clean energy technologies.


Assessment methods vary between modules, but usually combine exams and coursework (which might include practical laboratory work, professional posters, group exercises, essays or verbal presentations). Your first year doesn’t count towards your final degree classification, but you do have to pass it in order to progress. If you study a three-year programme, assessments in the final two years both count towards your classification, and if you study a four-year programme then the final three years all contribute.

Academic support

The Penryn Campus offers a friendly, supportive community, where staff and students get to know each other well. All students have a personal tutor who is a member of academic staff with whom you can discuss personal and academic issues. There are also a number of services on campus where you can get additional advice and information. You can find further information about all these services in the University’s undergraduate prospectus or online at

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Your future

This degree programme has 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.

Many students from the department take part in the Exeter Award and the Exeter Leaders Award. These schemes encourage you to participate in employability related workshops, skills events, volunteering and employment which will contribute to your career decision-making skills and success in the employment market.

Career paths

The broad-based skills acquired during your degree will give you an excellent grounding for a wide variety of careers, not only those related to Renewable Energy but also in wider fields. Examples of roles recent graduates are now working as include:

  • Climate Change Consultant
  • Design Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Energy Analyst
  • Energy and Sustainability Engineer
  • Environmental Planner
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Marine Design Engineer
  • Offshore Wind Research Engineer
  • Renewable Technology Designer

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