Renewable Energy Engineering MSc
Coventry University (Coventry)
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
2 years full-time with work placement
Study level: Postgraduate
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. You will have the opportunity to advance your engineering proficiency and develop new skills and knowledge.
- Through the exploration of current and emerging technologies and applications for renewable energy, successful completion of this course should prepare you to make significant contributions to your profession, the economy, and society.
- Work placement option
This master's programme provides you with the additional option to apply for a 'work placement' opportunity2 during your first semester with us. The 'work placement', which if secured, can be carried out in the second year and 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 payable on completion of ‘work placement’. Find out more about the work placement pathway.
Global readyAn international outlook, with global opportunities
Teaching excellenceTaught by lecturers who are experts in their field
EmployabilityCareer ready graduates, with the skills to succeed
Why you should study this course
This course aims to address the need for skilled energy engineers. You will have the opportunity to develop a systematic understanding of knowledge, analytical techniques and research skills related to an MSc in Renewable Energy Engineering.
- Embedded in the course is a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Global Professional Development Entrepreneurial Practice module which aims to provide you with essential business management experience and transferable skills.
- Coventry University has a strong portfolio of industry-related research, which currently includes the £32m Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) in partnership with Unipart Manufacturing Group and The Institute for Future Transport and Cities.
Accreditation and Professional Recognition
This course is accredited1 and recognised by the following bodies:
Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
This degree is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) up to and including the 2025 intakes under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.
Students completing an IMechE accredited degree are deemed to have met part or all of the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered or Incorporated Engineer and are in a strong position to move on to achieve professional engineering status after a period of initial professional development in industry.
The accredited MSc will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Accredited MSc graduates who also have a BEng (Hons) accredited for CEng will be able to show that they have satisfied the educational base for CEng registration.
It should be noted that graduates from an accredited MSc programme, that do not also have an appropriately accredited Honour’s degree, will not be regarded as having the exemplifying qualifications for professional registration as a Chartered Engineer with the Engineering Council; and will need to have their qualifications individually assessed through the Individual Case Procedure if they wish to progress to CEng.
Chartered Management Institute
As part of this course you will undertake a professional development module which is currently accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) for the 2022-23 intake. Upon successful completion of the module, you will gain the CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice at no additional cost.
Coventry University’s accreditation with CMI is currently ongoing for the relevant modules and is regularly reviewed and monitored by the CMI through their quality systems. Whilst Coventry University anticipates that these reviews will continue to be successful, if they were to be unsuccessful, the relevant module in this course would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students of this change as soon as possible.
What you'll study
This course will provide you with opportunities to develop and critically analyse technologies and applications for renewable heat, power, and transportation.
You 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.
Design Principles and Practice - 15 credits
This module aims to develop understanding of a systematic approach to the design process, design management, and creative problem solving, leading to developing an artefact ready for manufacture. Design as a process will be applied via a series of principles to assist the progression of the project to reach a suitable solution and evaluating that against the initial brief.
Thermofluid systems - 15 credits
The aim of this module is for you to apply thermofluids science in the design of different systems. The emissions from combustion systems are identified by applying the chemical kinetics and equilibrium approaches. Pressure and heat losses in different components will be evaluated for different thermal and fluid flow systems such as gas turbines, fuel injection, cooling systems and renewable energy application.
Sustainability and the Environment - 15 credits
This module is designed to provide you with the ability to develop and implement business models/strategies within the appropriate frameworks to comply with future requirements for sustainability. Aspects of sustainability (economic, social, environment) sustainable operations and sustainability challenges will be studied.
Alternative Propulsion Systems - 15 credits
The aim of this module is to give you an overview of different power-train layouts and vehicle propulsion systems which use alternative energy sources. The economic feasibility of alternative propulsion systems will be considered in relation to a set of typical drive cycles.
Solar Energy Engineering - 15 credits
The aim of this module is to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of solar energy as a renewable resource and the design, manufacture and application of the latest solar energy conversion technologies. You will critically evaluate low and high temperature solar thermal, energy storage and photovoltaic solar cell systems.
Bioenergy Engineering - 15 credits
The aim of this module is to give you the ability to access potential bioenergy resources and examine thermochemical and biochemical conversion methods. The use of biomass as a resource for renewable transport, heat and power will be investigated, and the design, manufacture and operation of small- and large-scale systems will be considered.
Wind and Hydro Power Engineering - 20 credits
The aim of this module is to enable you to design and evaluate wind and hydro power systems. You will assess wind and hydro power systems as a source of renewable energy, and determine their performance characteristics and social, financial and environmental impacts.
Entrepreneurial Practice - 10 credits
This module aims to provide you with a framework of knowledge and understanding of how to effectively lead and develop people in a strategic and entrepreneurial way. You will explore for example, the influence and impact of leadership theories, culture, wellbeing, the principles of entrepreneurial practice and understand the different contexts in which entrepreneurship can flourish as well as the characteristics of entrepreneurial leadership within different types of organisational scenarios.
Individual Project - 60 credits
The individual project provides an opportunity for you to apply theories and techniques from your taught modules. It may focus on one particular area of study or involve a combination of subjects.
With work placement pathway
The ‘With work placement’ opportunity2 enables you to apply in semester 1 for an optional work placement of up to 12 months, extending the duration of your master’s 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. The work placement would take place in semesters 3, 4 and 5.
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 Talent Team in trying to find and secure an opportunity. Please note that the optional placement modules incur an additional fee of £4,000. Find out more about the work placement option.
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.
How you'll learn
Teaching will be supported by academics who are researchers in the areas of alternative transportation and solar, wind, hydro and bio energy. Please note that staff are subject to change. Teaching activities are designed to align with several of the university's faculty research centres, including the Centre for Fluid and Complex Systems and the Centre for Future Transport and Cities.
You will study two taught semesters and one project semester over the course of the year. For taught semesters, in a typical week your contact hours will be divided amongst personal tutorials, medium group teaching in tutorial sessions, labs and workshops activities as well as large group teaching in lectures.
The number of contact hours may vary from semester to semester, however, on average, it is likely to be around 12 contact hours per week in the taught semesters. Your project-based semester will be supervisor supported, self-directed study in the region of 45 hours per week as well as supervisor meetings around one hour per week and optional workshops supporting your project which can add up to 10 additional hours across your project semester.
Additionally, you will be expected to undertake significant self-directed study approximately 35 hours each week, depending on the demands of individual modules.
As an innovative and enterprising institution, the University may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2022/2023 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.
This course can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis. Whilst we would like to give you all the information about our part-time offering here, it is tailored for each course each year depending on the number of part-time applicants. Therefore, the part-time teaching arrangements vary. Please request information about studying this course part-time.
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.
International experience opportunities
The university is committed to providing a global educational experience, which is reflected throughout the teaching experience. The course has previously recruited diverse international graduates and promotes multicultural experiences.
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 (subject to availability) from visiting international academics will be used to provide you with the opportunity to develop intercultural skills and experience.
Please note that any international experience opportunities may be subject to application, availability, meeting applicable visa requirements and or be subject to additional costs2.
To commence the full-time MSc Renewable Energy Engineering course, applicants must:
- Be an honour’s graduate of any physical science, mathematics or engineering discipline (minimum 2:2 or higher)
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.
We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.
Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:
You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.
If you do not have the typical entry requirements, you may want to consider studying this course with an international pre-master's. Upon successful completion our International Pre-Master's - Engineering will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to progress onto this postgraduate degree.
Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.
Some international students may require an ATAS certificate to study this course. For further information see our ATAS Certificates web page.
English language requirements
- IELTS: 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5.
If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.
Fees and funding
2022/23 Tuition fees
|Student||Full time||Part time|
|UK||£10,600 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee) per year||Not available|
|International||£18,250 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee) per year||Not available|
For advice and guidance on tuition fees3 and student loans visit our Postgraduate Finance page.
We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.
Our aim is to offer you sector-leading facilities4:
Faculty on the factory floor
AME brings together academia, industry, and research and development in a ‘live’ manufacturing environment. Our partnership with Unipart gives you the opportunity to work with some of the most talented engineering professionals in the UK.
High Performance Engineering Centre (HPEC)
Situated on the ground floor of our Engineering and Computing Building, the centre houses flight and driving simulators, a chassis design assembly and test facility, wind tunnels and a fleet of CNC manufacturing machines.
Participate in technical work in a hands-on way. The workshop includes lathes, milling machines, fabrication equipment for sheet metal work, CNC machines, work benches, welding lines and a fitting assembly area.
Careers and opportunities
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.
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.
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.
A global skills shortage continues to ensure engineers remain among the most in-demand professions and Engineering UK predicts 186,000 people with engineering skills will be needed annually through to 2024 to meet demand.
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 with 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.
How to apply
Full-time and part-time students applying to start in September should apply directly to the university. Read our application pages to find out your next steps to apply.
For further support or more information about your course get in touch with us today.
Full-time international students applying to start in September should apply directly to the university. Read our application pages to find out your next steps to apply.How to apply
For further support for international applicants applying for postgraduate degree view our International hub.
You can also download our International guide which contains lots of useful information about our courses, accommodation and tips for travel.
Get in touch with us today for further advice and guidance.
The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.
2UK and international opportunities
Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or International opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel COVID and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the visa requirements, please contact the International Office.
The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For Home Students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation.
For International Students, we may increase fees each year but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.
Facilities are subject to availability. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.
By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. The 2022/23 Contract is currently being updated so please revisit this page before submitting your application. 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.