Renewable Energy BSc (Hons)
UCAS Code: HN86
International Code: EECU111
Coventry University (Coventry)
3 years full-time
4 years sandwich
6 years part-time
Study level: Undergraduate
The course aims to introduce you to the management of energy system transitions. The course is centred around renewable energy production, how rapid technological advancements are changing the way that renewable energy is being generated and supplied, and the social and environmental impacts of these processes.
- Five core themes of Project Management, Data Analysis and Management, Energy Economics, Health, Safety and Environment, and Technology are explored.
- The final year of study allows you the opportunity to undertake a project of your choice (within the broad field of Renewable Energy).
- Applied skills and knowledge are prominent throughout the course, and real-life case studies are used to both introduce and develop theories and concepts.
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
The global energy sector is changing, and the pace of change will likely increase as technology improves and policy support for clean energy solutions grows stronger. This Renewable Energy Management BSc course has been designed to meet this challenge, and features the latest energy sector developments, aiming to ensure you are well placed to take advantage of this fast-moving sector upon successful graduation.
In an ever more interconnected world, renewable energy professionals must be able to recognise their stakeholders' expectations and tailor their engagement approaches appropriately, for clients, organisations, communities, policy makers or other consultants. Our module on ‘Stakeholder Engagement’ aims to help you develop this critical skill, which is increasingly necessary for a successful career in the energy sector.
The Renewable Energy Management BSc course sits within the School of Energy, Construction and Environment, which currently enjoys a global reputation for excellent teaching, outstanding student experience and exciting research. Our current staff have international industry and academic experience, attracting a truly global student cohort. We encourage discussion and investigation of the various technical, environmental, and geopolitical challenges facing our global energy systems.
What you'll study
In Year 1, there is a focus on teaching the fundamentals that will underpin successful progression through the course. These “essentials” are very largely delivered through two key modules, Fundamentals of Energy, and Global Energy Systems. Completion of these modules should ensure that all students are at the same level of knowledge, given the great variety of topics that may be covered in different syllabuses at A-level. Field skills and research skills are also introduced.
Fundamentals of Energy (20 credits)
This module aims to develop your ability to understand fundamental energy principles (kinetic energy, potential energy, conservation, laws of thermodynamics, etc.) and apply appropriate mathematical techniques to problems found within the energy sector, including performing resource assessments and basic technical and economic calculations. For example, calculating home energy usage, seasonal solar PV energy yield or calculating profitability of an energy project.
Assessment: test, coursework
Global Energy Systems (30 credits)
This module examines our conventional energy supply system, its history, formation, supply chains, and its current status. You will have the opportunity to learn about key upstream/downstream components of the oil, gas, coal, and nuclear industries. You will then hear more about our global energy consumption; where and how energy is used in the different sectors (electricity, heating/cooling, industry and transport). The aim is to ensure you have a solid grounding with all these varied components, so that subsequent modules can build on this knowledge and focus on the future of our global energy system.
This is a 'foundation' module that aims to cover the present-day energy mix of fossil-fuel , nuclear, and renewable energy sources, and is the benchmark against which future changes can be measured.
Assessment: test, coursework
Field and Higher Education Skills for Energy Students (10 credits)
The aim of this module is to facilitate your successful transition to the higher education environment and encourage the development of generic and subject specific skills required to achieve your best in higher education.
The Environment (20 credits)
The module provides an innovative and interdisciplinary study of Earth and Environmental systems and dynamics. It offers an introduction to spheres of the environment, their interactions over different temporal and spatial scales. The module also assesses future change in and between these systems, including the risk and opportunities these pose to society.
The Economics of Renewable Energy (30 credits)
This module will provide the vital underpinning in energy economics that aims to equip you with the skills to tackle applied concepts of evaluating the financial benefits, costs and comparisons of different renewable energy solutions. This module also aims to develop your knowledge of the financial and market risks associated with renewable energy economics and trade. The module looks to provide you with a focussed insight into energy markets.
Assessment: test, coursework
In Year 2, topics become more specialised, and you will be introduced to a variety of topics such as Project Management, Climate Change Science and Environmental Impact Assessment. Field skills and research skills are cultivated further, with a keen eye on the energy dissertation in Year 3.
Renewable Energy Systems (30 credits)
Building on the Global Energy Systems module, this module explores what are anticipated to be the main technologies of our future global energy system; namely onshore wind, solar PV, and bioenergy. You will have the opportunity to learn about these resources, how we convert them into 'useful' energy and their current/expected costs. The module will also provide further insight into the other renewable and low-carbon technologies, both mature (in the case of hydroelectric and geothermal) and emerging (incl. wave, tidal, ocean thermal, modular nuclear etc.).
Assessment: test, coursework
Climate Change Science and Symptoms (20 credits)
Often described by politicians as the biggest threat to humanity, climate change is viewed by many as the most pressing issue facing the world today. This module aims to examine in detail the science of climate change so that you can begin to formulate your own critical opinion of the subject.
Assessment: exam, coursework
Health and Safety in the Energy Sector (10 credits)
Health and Safety (H&S) have become a critical component of management systems and strategies in various industries and organisations across the globe. This module aims to equip you with the skills, knowledge and technical expertise to efficiently and effectively identify, assess, evaluate and manage the various risks and hazards associated with activities within the energy industry in a safe and legally acceptable way. The module is structured in line with the institute of Occupational Health and Safety (IOSH) syllabus on Managing Safety & GradIEMA.
Environmental Impact Assessment (20 credits)
Through successful completion of this module, you will gain a basic understanding of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) methods, environmental impacts and risk assessment. We will examine the place of EIA in UK planning policy.
You will explore the role of EIA as a process for identifying, evaluating and mitigating the effects of a proposed development prior to major construction decisions being taken. You will also investigate how the outcomes from an EIA study are put into practice as a project is initiated and delivered.
Add+vantage module (10 credits)
Energy Project Management (10 credits)
The aim of this module is to provide you with the ability to apply a range of techniques to the management of projects and systems in the energy industry. The module introduces you the key issues and language involved in managing projects, by exploring project management tools, techniques and terminology.
Deployment of Renewable Energy Systems (20 credits)
Due to falling costs, wind and solar PV are each expected to see ~10-fold increase in capacity by 2050. This module further explores these technologies from an application and integration perspective. You will have the opportunity to learn about their different deployment possibilities, including fixed offshore wind, floating offshore wind, agrophotovoltaics, desalination, water pumping, etc. At higher levels of penetration, intermittent renewables, like solar and wind, require energy storage technologies to store surplus generation for times of low supply.
An optional placement or sandwich year gives you the chance to gain further insight into the industry or career you are seeking to follow, enabling you to apply your theoretical knowledge to the workplace. If you decide to take a placement year, this will help you acquire valuable work experience and gain an understanding of what employers seek in graduates. It is your responsibility to find a placement with an employer within your chosen sector. The careers and employability department, alongside the course team, will support you throughout your placement year.
If you wish to undertake the optional study abroad/placement year, you will take either the Placement Year module or the Study Abroad Year module which both typically run for a full academic year between years 2 and 3 of your course. You are normally able to progress onto the relevant module if you have successfully completed the first two years of the course (i.e. having accumulated 240 credits) and have a confirmed opportunity two weeks prior to the start of the academic year. However, we encourage international students to confirm their placements earlier to ensure they are able to meet any applicable visa requirements.
Students opting for either the work placement or study abroad module will be registered on a non-credit bearing module. Whilst the modules do not bear credits, they do require completion of marked activities reflecting on your placement/study abroad or work placement experience. Following successful completion of the activities, the module selected will appear on your final academic transcript. Students will thus graduate with 360 credits in total, assuming successful completion of their final year.
In the final year, you will have the opportunity to explore Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) and Negative Emission Technologies (NETs), a topic that has a global application. The project forms an important component at this level, requiring detailed knowledge of the skills that have been acquired in previous years and, in some cases, from a year in industry too. The international field trip is also the culmination of the learning of field skills that have been acquired in previous years*.
Environmental Management Research Proposal (10 credits)
This module is aimed at using different research methods and research skills to effectively communicate research novelties and ideas to the scientific and non-academic communities. It provides the background in research practice and should help you to understand various methodologies, and develop the skills of reading, reviewing and critiquing academic literature in their related disciplines. Completion of this module should also enable you to carry out research-oriented tasks.
CCUS and Negative Emission Technologies (10 credits)
Negative emissions technologies (NETs) are technologies that result in the net removal of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. There are many different classes of NETs, such as: bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS), direct air capture of CO2 (DAC), enhanced weathering of minerals, afforestation and reforestation, manipulation of carbon uptake by the ocean, altered agricultural practices, and converting biomass to recalcitrant biochar, for use as a soil amendment.
Although not a NET, Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) appears in many future energy scenarios given its potential as a bridging technology to extend the lifetime of our conventional fossil fuel dominated energy system (particularly for natural gas in the emerging ‘blue hydrogen’ sector).
Renewable Heating/Cooling (20 credits)
This module examines the challenges of decarbonising this vital component of the global energy sector and how we can deploy better energy management measures and renewable energy technologies to meet this challenge. The largest proportion of this consumption is used for providing thermal comfort within our buildings (space heating/cooling). We explore how this changes depending upon local climate, and how we can first reduce the demand for space heating/cooling through careful building design and adaptation before exploring the options for renewable provision.
Stakeholder Engagement (20 credits)
This core skill for anyone in environmental management will be developed through exploring the wide range of approaches to identifying stakeholders. The role that stakeholders, both internal and external, has become an increasingly important part of corporate governance. The module will discuss the process of influencing upwards, team engagement and working across corporate silos as part of internal stakeholder engagement.
Research Dissertation (30 credits)
The aim of this module is to enable you to develop your research skills by conducting primary or secondary research focused on a specific problem of relevance to their discipline. You will use different methods and research skills to effectively communicate research novelties and ideas to the academic and non-academic communities. It will require you to demonstrate an understanding of the principles of research and to show an appropriate level of competence in the design, execution, and reporting of a research project. It will enable you to understand the importance of correct and critical analysis of all the factors involved in a problem and develop your initiative as you pursue and execute the investigation, demonstrating originality and creativity.
Renewable Transport (20 credits)
The transport sector poses one of the most difficult challenges to energy system decarbonisation. This module takes a detailed look at our global transport sector. It examines various modes of transport and their outlook - passenger cars, light commercial vehicles (vans), road freight, motorbikes, urban buses, coaches, trains, aviation and shipping. Types of transport sector support infrastructure and their future resilience are discussed along with the importance of local, national, regional planning to improve sector efficiency.
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. Before accepting any offers, please check the website for the most up to date course content.
How you'll learn
All current teaching staff have completed a PG Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education, or an equivalent programme of study, and it is also a requirement of all staff to become fellows of the Higher Education Academy. This means that you should receive a high level of pedagogical excellence from their teaching. This is conveyed using the following techniques and practices:
- Lectures – in which a large group of students are taught the basic content of modules. The size of these events dictates that interaction with the lecturer may be limited but many opportunities are taken to engender group work and applied learning with the setting of tasks to be completed during lecture sessions.
- Workshops/Seminars – form a more intimate method of teaching and are common-place amongst our modules, usually consisting of the students coming to class having undertaken some preparatory activity that is completed as a group task in class, under the close supervision of the lecturer.
- Fieldwork – We have integrated field skills at all levels, with UK or international based field trips/day trips*.
The Simulation Centre enables geographical, geological and environmental phenomena to be visualised in a safe setting, that allows students to grasp issues, and implications of actions.
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.
This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include coursework reports, essays, practicals, tests, presentations, posters, formal examinations and project work.
The Coventry University assessment strategy endeavours to ensure that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.
On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate a sound understanding of the components of 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.
- 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 a 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.
International experience opportunities
International field trip in Year 3*.
Typical offer for 2022 entry.
|Requirement||What we're looking for|
|A Level||BBC to include Mathematics and one from Physics, Chemistry, Design Technology, Further Mathematics, Electronics, Computing, ICT or Engineering. Excludes General Studies|
|BTEC||DMM in an Engineering subject to include Mathematics and Further Mathematics for Technicians.|
|GCSE requirement||5 GCSEs at grade 4/ C or above, including English, Mathematics, or speciﬁed equivalents. 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 ‘specified equivalents’ please fill in our request information form.|
|IB Diploma||29 points|
We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.
Typical offer for 2022 entry
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.
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.
English language requirements
- IELTS: 6.0 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||£9,250 per year||Not available|
|International||£18,050 per year||Not available|
For advice and guidance on tuition fees and student loans visit our Undergraduate Finance page and see The University’s Tuition Fee and Refund Terms and Conditions.
We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them. Find out what's included in your tuition costs.
The course runs on the Coventry University campus in the centre of Coventry. During the first few weeks of the new academic year, teaching staff make a concerted effort during their introductory lectures to provide a warm welcome to new students, and introduce them to the university, the faculty, and the facilities that they can enjoy. As part of the induction process, all students are directed to an online student handbook and a course handbook which provides key information. An important part of the induction process is when new students get to meet their Academic Personal Tutor, who also gives them a tour of the campus.
The faculty is mainly based in two buildings, the Engineering and Computing building, and the Sir John Laing building, both of which are equipped with specialist equipment to support students. This includes various teaching/practical test and research equipment such as for hydraulics/water engineering, soil mechanics/geotechnics, and laboratory and field equipment for environmental sampling analysis as well as high performance computers. Students also benefit from access to computing facilities in a GIS IT lab, and an Information Room solely for their use, in the John Laing building.
Students in the ECE School have the advantage of use of the Simulation Centre, based on campus.
This computer laboratory is equipped with access to ArcGIS for mapping and geographical information systems. It is also equipped with Petrel/Eclipse software for oil and gas reservoir simulation and calculation.
Our interactive training centre is used to create a ‘virtual’ construction site with fully-equipped site cabins and observation deck. Students undertake role play exercises to help prepare them for situations in the workplace.
Careers and opportunities
This course - Renewable Energy BSc - will cater for personal, professional, vocational, and academic development within the energy sector. It aims to prepare its graduates for employment within the expanding energy system decarbonisation market. Several of the proposed modules will be specifically designed with the aim to offer you the necessary skills to specifically access expanding sustainable energy job markets.
Global jobs in the (renewable) power sector are forecast to rise from 21 million in 2015 to 35 million in 2050. In the UK, the energy sector currently employs around 680,000 people across a wide range of economic sectors including energy retail, electricity generation, transport, waste management, building management, and transmission/distribution (see note 2). The UK government pronouncement on a net zero carbon target and parliament declaring a climate emergency means that employment in its energy sector needs to adapt to this paradigm shift, which is mirrored around the globe. There is an overriding need for graduates who understand the multi-faceted approaches to adopting clean energy systems for each of these economic sectors.
Coventry University, and its student cohort, must be part of this energy revolution.
How to apply
Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS. Part-time students should apply directly to the university. Read our application pages to find out your next steps to apply.
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Full-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.How to apply
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You can also download our International Guide which contains lots of useful information about our courses, accommodation and tips for travel.
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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.
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Facilities mentioned on this page may not be relevant for every course. 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.
Placements and study abroad opportunities
Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities 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.
This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to), equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas).