Renewable Energy Engineering MSc 2020/21 entry

Course code:

EECT068

Study options:

1 year full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
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Overview

This course is designed for students that are interested in supporting the renewable energy industry as it continues its rapid growth to tackle the severe issues posed by climate change. Students will have the opportunity to advance their engineering proficiency and develop new skills and knowledge.

Through the exploration of current and emerging technologies and applications for renewable energy, students will be prepared to make significant contributions to their professions, the economy and society.

Work placement option

This master's programme provides you with the additional option to apply for a 'work placement' opportunity during your first semester with us. The 'work placement' is designed to further develop your skills, knowledge and professional experience with the aim of maximising your employability prospects. Please note that the optional placement modules incur an additional tuition fee of £4,000. Find out more about the work placement pathway.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

What our students say...

The Renewable Energy Engineering MSc covers a range of topics which have close links with mechanical engineering and some aspects of electrical and automotive engineering. I studied mechanical engineering for my undergraduate degree and I have really enjoyed the course so far as I near the end of the second term. I would definitely recommend to any students considering this course.

Samuel Hales, Renewable Energy Engineering MSC, current student as of 2019

Course information

This course will provide students opportunities to develop and critically analyse technologies and applications for renewable heat, power and transportation.

Students will have the chance to learn how to apply their engineering knowledge to address the requirement for cost-effective carbon reduction solutions and appraise the global socio-economic challenges associated with renewable energy.

This course includes a mandatory Consulting Global Professional Development module developed in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

Without work placement pathway

Semester 1
  • Computer aided engineering
  • Solar energy engineering
  • Sustainability and the environment
  • Wind and hydro power engineering
Semester 2
  • Thermofluid systems
  • Bioenergy engineering
  • Alternative propulsion systems
  • Global Professional Development- Consulting
Semester 3
  • Individual Project

‘With work placement’ pathway'

The ‘With work placement’ opportunity enables you to apply in semester 1 for an optional work placement of up to 12 months, extending the duration of your Masters to 24 months. The placement provides an opportunity for you to develop expertise and experience in your chosen field with the aim of enhancing your employability upon graduation.

Please note that the optional placement modules incur an additional tuition fee of £4,000. Placement opportunities may also be subject to additional costs, visa requirements being met, subject to availability and/or competitive application. Work placements are not guaranteed but you will benefit from the support of our employability and placements team EEC Futures in trying to find and secure an opportunity.

Semester 1
  • Computer aided engineering
  • Solar energy engineering
  • Sustainability and the environment
  • Wind and the hydro power engineering
Semester 2
  • Thermofluid systems
  • Bioenergy engineering
  • Alternative propulsion systems
  • Global Professional Development- Consulting
Semester 3
  • Work placement (Part One)
Semester 4
  • Work placement (Part Two)
Semester 5
  • Work placement (Part Three)
Semester 6
  • Individual Project

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • The course is designed for students from a variety of different academic and professional backgrounds.
  • Teaching will be located in the university’s £50 million engineering and computing building with modern equipment and student facilities, including wind tunnels and a solar simulator
  • Teaching and project supervision is provided by experienced academics who are research leaders in the field of renewable energy
  • The MSc aims to meet the demand for skilled renewable energy engineers and graduate career prospects will be wide ranging and could include manufacture, design, consultancy and management
  • Through a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) recognised business module, students will also have the opportunity to develop their project management skills and have the opportunity to gain level 7 certificates in consultancy and leadership.
  • Renewable energy technology design, applications and evaluation, including solar thermal and photovoltaic systems, wind turbine and hydropower technologies, and biochemical and thermal conversion technologies
  • Electric vehicles and battery technology
  • Power generation and networks
  • Fluid dynamics, combustion and thermodynamics
  • Engineering design processes
  • Energy system management, logistics, consultancy and leadership
  • Sustainability: economics of clean energy systems, environmental impact assessments and cultural and societal benefits of renewable energy systems.

The delivery of the curriculum will be informed by university and faculty/school developments in teaching and learning, including the University’s Teaching and Learning Strategy. The Engineering, Environment and Computing faculty has an ‘Activity Led Learning’ (ALL) delivery approach to all its courses and the Engineering and Computing Building has been designed to support this. This programme aligns well to the ALL approach as it is inherently very practical, due to the use of computational simulations, numerical modelling and laboratory-based experimentations.

Teaching will be supported by academics who are research leaders in the areas of alternative transportation and solar, wind, hydro and bio energy. Teaching activities align with several of the university's faculty research centres, including the Centre for Fluids and Complex Systems and the Institute of Future Transport and Cities.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include formal examinations, coursework, tests, essays, practical or project work, group work and presentations.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Select and apply appropriate systematic analysis methods to critically evaluate and solve complex renewable energy engineering problems
  • Analyse different energy resources and conversion processes using analytical modelling, experimental techniques and numerical simulations
  • Critically access the use of renewable energy systems to mitigate climate change and improve the environment and social welfare
  • Make and justify decisions for selecting and optimising renewable energy products and systems based on technical, environmental, economic, risk and social criteria
  • Develop innovative solutions to meet the current global sustainability and renewable energy challenges

The course has multiple modules that are structured around weekly classes comprising lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. Students will also carry out an individual research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor.

Currently, in a typical teaching week, you will have around 12 contact hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial / small group teaching: Up to 8 hours of tutor consultation per week
  • Medium/large group teaching: Up to 4 hours of lectures in a teaching week

Energy engineering companies are increasingly developing global partnerships. Extended supply chains and energy security in the context of sustainability and energy management will be considered throughout the course. Case studies for both developing and developed countries will be an area of focus, with teaching activities supported by international research projects. Group work and guest lectures from visiting international academics will be used to develop intercultural skills and experience.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


Entry Requirements

To commence the full-time MSc Renewable Energy Engineering course, applicants must:

 

  • Be an honours graduate of any physical science, mathematics or engineering discipline (minimum 2:2 or higher)
  • Have obtained a qualification from a recognised university/HE institution, or hold an equivalent qualification acceptable to Coventry University

Students who do not fit with the above entry requirements may gain entry, but their degrees and experience will be assessed for appropriate content by the course director. Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to ‘equivalent qualification’ please contact postgraduate@coventry.ac.uk.

To commence the full-time MSc Renewable Energy Engineering course, applicants must:

 

  • Be an honours graduate of any physical science, mathematics or engineering discipline (minimum 2:2 or higher)
  • Have obtained a qualification from a recognised university/HE institution, or hold an equivalent qualification acceptable to Coventry University

Students who do not fit with the above entry requirements may gain entry, but their degrees and experience will be assessed for appropriate content by the course director. Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to ‘equivalent qualification’ please contact postgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

To commence the full-time MSc Renewable Energy Engineering course, applicants must:

 

  • Be an honours graduate of any physical science, mathematics or engineering discipline (minimum 2:2 or higher)
  • Have obtained a qualification from a recognised university/HE institution, or hold an equivalent qualification acceptable to Coventry University

Students who do not fit with the above entry requirements may gain entry, but their degrees and experience will be assessed for appropriate content by the course director. Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to ‘equivalent qualification’ please contact postgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

TBC (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

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Fee


September 2020

TBC (per year)


EU Scholarships

We're investing into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

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Fee


September 2020

TBC (per year)


International Scholarships

We're investing into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials – additional costs

Subject to a successful application for the optional work placement, a £4000 placement fee is payable in semester two.

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Career prospects

Globally, the total renewable energy capacity has quadrupled in the last ten years. In 2015, $286 billion was invested in renewables and, for the first time, more than half of all added power generation came from renewables. However, significant increases in growth are still needed if global renewable energy targets are to be achieved. In the UK alone, it is expected that more than half a million jobs in the renewable energy sector will have been created by 2020.

Renewable energy is set to expand even further as the UK aims to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. Renewable energy also has a particularly important role to play in providing crucial services in developing countries to tackle poverty and support sustainable economic growth.

Where our graduates work

There are many wide ranging engineering jobs that have requirements for skills in energy systems and sustainability. Graduates may seek positions at energy technology manufacturers and operators, some may start their own companies, others could become energy consultants and many could go into more traditional aerospace, mechanical and automotive engineering jobs. 

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.

*2020/2021 course fees have not yet been determined by the University or government legislation. Once the course fees have been determined, the course web page will be updated to reflect your first year course fee. Please continue to revisit the course web page to identify the fee before you accept an offer of a place on the course and/or before you enrol at the University.

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