Renewable Energy Management MSc 2021/22 entry

Course code:

EECT127

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University (Coventry)

Starting:

January 2022
May 2022

Fees:
Faculty:

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Course code:

EECT127

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University (Coventry)

Starting:

January 2022
May 2022

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch


Overview

The ways that we currently source and consume energy need to be transformed if we are to avoid the worst consequences of climate and ecosystem breakdown. The MSc Renewable Energy Management course has been designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and experience needed to access the burgeoning renewable energy jobs markets upon successful completion, and aims to help facilitate this global energy system transition.

The challenge of transition is sizable. Some technological solutions do already exist, with the electricity sector transition well underway, and with wind, solar PV and electrification of heating and transport taking bold steps. Hydrogen, CCS and further energy efficiency improvements are also gaining prominence in the quest for a clean energy future. However, if we are to curtail and reverse greenhouse gas emissions in the energy sector within the next decade, tough business and policy decisions lay ahead. There should be plentiful career options post graduation for those who master the wave of the energy transition as it unfurls before us.

The Renewable Energy Management MSc course aims to support persons looking to begin careers that will contribute to the affordable, reliable and sustainable delivery of energy-for-all. You will have the opportunity to develop skills to appraise renewable energy projects and explore how to strengthen governance structures, in order to accelerate the decarbonisation process – within communities, organisations and nationally.

The course is designed to have a strong international dimension, with emphasis placed on understanding the different approaches to energy provision based on climatic, social and economic conditions. Career options upon successful completion could range from conducting feasibility studies for renewable energy systems, to energy officer/auditor roles within commercial/government organisations, or analyst roles with companies involved in energy markets.

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 for up to 12 months, extending the duration of your degree to 24 months. 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 upon successful completion of the course. Please note that the optional placement modules incur an additional tuition fee of £4,000, payable on completion of placement. Work placement opportunities are not guaranteed, and while you will be responsible for sourcing any opportunity, you will have the support of our Talent Team in doing so. Find out more about the work placement pathway.

Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that any such opportunities referred to on this webpage may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student

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.

COVID-19

The University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2020/2021 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.

Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

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:

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Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

Chartered Management Institute (CMI) - As part of this course, you will have the chance to undertake a professional development module which is currently accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) for the 2021-22 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. Further details can be found under the ‘course detail’ tab and on the Professional Development module  homepage. Coventry University’s accreditation with CMI is currently ongoing for the relevant modules, but is frequently reviewed and monitored by the CMI through their quality systems. If any changes occur with respect to our accreditation related to these modules, we will seek to notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

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Energy Institute (EI)

The School of Energy, Construction and Environment is a Learning Affiliate member of the Energy Institute (EI), which means all students within the School are eligible for free Student membership during their studies, and provides the opportunity for students to be plugged directly into the energy sector. Student membership with the EI could help you to boost your CV, and may provide energy sector knowledge resources and the chance for potential networking/professional development opportunities. Please note that the membership itself is free but any such opportunities that may arise within the membership may be subject to competitive application, availability, meeting any applicable visa requirements and additional fees may apply. Find out more about the EI and its free student membership.

Course information

The energy sector is in need of graduates that are able to quickly determine the suitability of the myriad of ever advancing and nuanced energy system options, whether in project implementation, energy market analysis, policy development or operations.

Graduates need to be able to understand and manage the many intricate linkages that exist throughout the global energy system; for example, between producers and consumers, between governments and businesses, and between the many stakeholders often involved in renewable energy projects.

Modules

Overview

In addition to the technical content in the taught modules, you will study a series of modules designed to help you develop the personal attributes and academic and research skills to achieve your potential. These sessions provide an opportunity to address individual learning needs and areas for improvement. Learning is further supported by studying with active researchers and senior and experienced energy sector practitioners, opportunities to join field trips and site visits that aim to support converting theory into practice, and the chance to be part of an international cohort and the knowledge and global experiences that this should bring.

Please note that field trips, site visits and such opportunities mentioned are subject to competitive application, availability, meeting any applicable visa requirements and additional fees may apply.

Modules

  • Year One Modules

    • Conventional Global Energy Systems
    • Decarbonisation and Energy System Transitions
    • Appraising Wind, Hydro and Marine Energy Projects
    • Energy Economics and Policy
    • Appraising Solar, Bioenergy and Geothermal Projects
    • Energy Management, Efficiency and Auditing
    • Stakeholder Engagement and Communication
    • Social & Environmental Impact Assessment
    • Postgraduate Research Skills
    • Supporting Transition to Postgraduate Study
    • Leading Strategic Change through Creativity and Innovation

     

    All modules are mandatory. 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.

  • Work placement pathway

    The ‘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. Work placements are not guaranteed but you will benefit from the support of our Talent Team in trying to find and secure an opportunity.

    Find out more about the  work placement option.

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that any such opportunities referred to on this webpage may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

In more detail...

  • Opportunities to join field trips and site visits that are designed to support putting theory into practice (past visits have included wind farms, innovative community housing projects, electric vehicle manufacturers, biogas plants, solar PV farms, micro-hydro sites, district heating networks, combined heat and power plants, ground sourced heat pumps and many more).*
    * Please note field trips may be subject to additional costs, competitive application, availability and meeting applicable visa requirements.
  • Opportunities to develop practical, analytical skills for assessing energy resources and energy use.
  • The chance to study with active researchers and senior and experienced sustainability practitioners.
  • We regularly invite guest speakers/lecturers from industry that emphasise ‘real-world’ application of your studies (subject to availability).
  • Opportunity to access to industry leading software, used for designing wind and solar farms, performing resource assessment and feasibility studies.
  • The chance to be part of positive interaction between students and staff through academic tutorials in each semester, specifically designed to develop essential soft skills (report writing, statistical analysis, research techniques, communication and team working, etc.).

The core elements running through the course centre on:

  • Introducing our current fossil/nuclear fuel dominated energy system, its evolution and outlook, its supply chains, its environmental and social impacts, and its end-uses in the electricity, transport and heating/cooling sector.
  • A higher-level examination of the main types of renewable energy systems (wind, solar, bioenergy, marine, geothermal and hydropower) and the various project/risk management aspects involved with their adoption.
  • Insight into how these renewable energy systems, along with storage and smart technologies, are being integrated into existing energy systems, focusing on the necessary pathways to be adopted if decarbonisation is to be achieved effectively and ethically.
  • An analysis of the geopolitics around energy use in a changing world and the importance of well-designed energy policies required to remove institutional barriers to energy system transition and encourage their uptake.
  • Opportunities to equip students with the project management and stakeholder engagement skills that are essential in helping towards students potential to build a successful and long-lasting career within this sector, upon successful completion.
  • Providing students with the chance to gain the skills needed to oversee environmental and social impact assessments (EIA/SIA) within the energy sector, which are urgently required around the globe to protect and strengthen our communities, cultures and ecosystems.

This course can be studied full-time over one year or part-time over two years, subject to any visa requirements. You can start studying in September, January or May of each year.

Full-time students will study four modules per semester. In a typical week, you will have around 12-15 hours of contact time and will be required to undertake additional directed and self-directed study.

You will be taught through a variety of methods, which might include a blend of synchronous and asynchronous online and classroom delivery using appropriate techniques and practices. We aim to enhance your learning of the subject with a parallel and complementary series of small group tutorials, which are designed to develop academic, professional and research knowledge and skills. These tutorials also allow the opportunity for discussion of key issues and current topics in relation to the research informed content of the modules.

You will have the opportunity to spend time on UK-based field trips* to provide you with the opportunity to develop a wider appreciation of renewable energy management in practice. A residential field trip* should include opportunities to experiment with different research tools and techniques in advance of your research project. The research project aims to reflect your interests and career objectives and the research and consultancy practices of your tutors.

You will also have the chance to visit local renewable energy projects and businesses involved in the global energy transition (subject to availability). These are included in the fees and are arranged by module leaders to meet particular needs.

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.

The University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2020/2021 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.

Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to Covid-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

* Please note field trips and visits may be subject to additional costs, competitive application, availability and meeting applicable visa requirements.

Our mix of assessments offer you a range of opportunities to demonstrate your achievements against the learning outcomes. Assignments are designed to reflect the demands of industry and you may be asked to produce technical reports, energy audits, feasibility studies, public awareness material or policy briefings. Tutorial modules are designed to help strengthen your study skills and support mid-career students returning to education and those who are less familiar with assessment by coursework. 

On successful completion of the course a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a high-level understanding of the components that make up the global energy system, including energy sources, generation and integration technologies, supply chains, and end-uses (electricity, transportation, heating/cooling).
  • Critically evaluate potential renewable energy and energy management projects, and subsequently support their planning, financing, management and operation within a changing energy market.
  • Apply economic concepts, principles and tools to the energy sector, and understand how policy, standards, regulatory and legislative frameworks impact upon various actors within the energy sector.
  • Understand the importance of and apply appropriate techniques in multi-stakeholder engagement, communication, and co-operation in aspects of policy, project implementation and management.
  • Critically analyse the challenges and strategies (short-term and long-term) in transitioning towards decarbonised energy systems with focus on energy supply, efficiency/conservation, storage and disruptive technologies.
  • Evaluate the issues and techniques involved in collecting, analysing and communicating energy data, and demonstrate research design and execution skills within renewable energy-related topics.
  • Demonstrate personal skills and competencies expected of an energy sector professional, including operating within individual and team settings, including digital fluency and written, oral, visual, and numerical skills.

Actual teaching contact hours will vary depending on the requirements of a particular semester. In a typical week your contact hours will be divided amongst tutorials and small group teaching; medium group teaching (e.g., seminars, tutorial sessions, lab sessions and workshops); and large group teaching (lectures).

In addition, you will be expected to undertake significant self-directed study each week, depending on the demands of individual modules. The number of contact hours may vary from semester to semester, however, on average, it is likely to be around 12 to 15 contact hours per week.

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.

Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to Covid-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

Entry Requirements

To enter this course, you should have obtained a first or second-class honours degree in a relevant discipline.

The course is suitable for students with backgrounds in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and maths), geography, economics, environmental science, management, business, as well as energy professionals from the oil and gas sector looking to retrain and transition into the renewable energy sector.

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 a ‘relevant discipline’ please fill in our request information form.

To enter this course, you should have obtained a first- or second-class honours degree in a relevant discipline.

The course is suitable for students with backgrounds in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and maths), geography, economics, environmental science, management, business, as well as energy professionals from the oil and gas sector looking to retrain and transition into the renewable energy sector.

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 a ‘relevant discipline’ please  ask a question.

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


January 2022

£10,400 (per year)


May 2022

£10,400 (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.

Starts

Fee


January 2022

£16,600 (per year)


May 2022

£16,600 (per year)


Scholarships

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

Course essentials - additional costs

Please note field trips may be subject to additional costs, competitive application, availability and meeting applicable visa requirements.
This course may incur additional costs associated with any equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire.

Career prospects

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

We are seeing extensive divestment in the various fossil fuel sector, which will require simultaneous investment in clean energy systems. This change is already taking place and will need to keep doing so at an increasing rate. Successful graduates from this course will be well positioned to take advantage of jobs in positions such as energy officers, consultants, analysts, advisors, R&D, NGOs, government energy agencies, as well as the many oil and gas corporations that are now turning their sights on decarbonisation.

Modules are specifically designed to equip students with the skills necessary to immediately access the burgeoning renewable energy jobs markets, whether it be feasibility studies for renewable energy systems, energy officer/auditor roles within commercial/government organisations, or analyst roles with companies involved in energy markets. Assignments are predominantly based on applied, real-world tasks. Supported by staff with industry experience, students are given the flexibility to determine their final dissertation topic thus providing the opportunity for a stepping-stone towards their preferred career path.

Where our graduates work

Previous graduates from our School have gone on to work as energy officers in industry, local authorities, government agencies, universities and consultancies. Others have undertaken further study leading to a PhD.

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 2021/22 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 course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we 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. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.