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Renewable Energy Engineering (with optional placement) MSc/PGDip

Renewable Energy Engineering (with optional placement) MSc/PGDip

School of Engineering

Level

Post- graduate

Mode

Taught

Campus

Preston

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Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

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  • Duration:

    Full-time: One year for MSc, Part-time: Two years for MSc and PGDip.

  • Level:

    Postgraduate

  • Mode:

    Taught

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Campus:

    Preston

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Award Type:

    MSc/PGDip

Why study this programme?

This programme is an advanced MSc course in renewable energy engineering, with an emphasis on the design, analysis and implementation of renewable energy projects. Designed to help you develop critical understanding, the course will equip you with the engineering knowledge and practical skills necessary to develop and implement creative solutions to engineering problems encountered in renewable energy capture and conversion, system design and analysis, project development and implementation. You’ll use lab and field-testing facilities for measuring and monitoring performance of different renewable energy systems, such as wind turbines, photovoltaic power systems and heat pumps.

You’ll also learn to use tools for component and system design, simulation of the performance and monitoring of renewable energy systems. These tools include Matlab/Simulink, ANSYS and SciLab for wind turbine blade design and CFD, GH WindFarmer and WAsP for wind farm design, PVsyst for photovoltaic system design and Labview for system monitoring. You’ll also have the option to experience a Professional/Work Placement in addition to the taught course.

Entry Requirements

You should have one of the following:

  • Honours degree in relevant scientific, engineering and technology subjects, grade 2:2 or above.
  • Overseas equivalent qualifications and English IELTS 6.5 or equivalent if English is not the first language.
  • Other qualifications such as HND with relevant industrial/engineering experience.

Programme at a Glance

Core Modules

  • SC4107 Research Methods
  • MP4708 Renewable Energy Technology
  • MP4709 Energy Systems
  • MP4710 Design and Analysis of Renewable Energy Systems
  • EL4895 Masters Project (Engineering)

Option Modules

Two of the following:

  • MP4701 Design and Operation of Sustainable Systems
  • MP4705 Sustainable Systems Development
  • MP4706 Sensors, Instrumentation & Control
  • MP4713 Wind Turbine Generators, Power Electronics and Control

Placement

• MSc WITH PROFESSIONAL PLACEMENT

The professional placement is the additional option (120 credits)

 

• MSc WITH WORK PLACEMENT

The work placement is the additional option (60 credits)

Postgraduate Advice Event

The next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be on Wednesday 14th September 2016.
For details and registration for this event please visit our Eventbrite page.
Please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.

Further Information

SC4107 Research Methods

The aim of this module is to develop the individual skills necessary to conduct technical studies at an advanced level effectively. 

MP4708 Renewable Energy Technology

This module aims to provide students with, firstly, a detailed analysis of the nature of renewable energy sources and how it affects renewable energy exploitation and technology; secondly, engineering knowledge of the technologies used to extract energy from renewable sources together with explanation/investigation of the physics of energy extraction. 

MP4709 Energy Systems

The aim of this module is to apply fundamental laws of thermodynamics to modern energy systems considering technological merits in terms of energy sustainability, renewable technologies, economical and environment impact; to investigate electricity generation, transmission and distribution, smart grids, energy storage, and nuclear power; and finally to consider the legislation to date and recommend future changes for increased efficiency.

MP4710 Design and Analysis of Renewable Energy Systems

This module aims to provide students with the fundamental engineering knowledge and practical skills for the design and analysis of renewable energy systems, and for the integration and applications of renewable energy systems with energy storage and distribution.

EL4895 Masters Project (Engineering)

The aim of this module is for the student to undertake a major piece of advanced level work having some significant elements of research and originality. This will require the student to specify, plan, execute and report a programme of work leading to the investigation / design of a product / system / service incorporating a number of the following activities: investigation, analysis, design, implementation / simulation, evaluation, test, manufacture, with aspects involving the study of current research or advanced developments (academic or industrial) leading to the development of new knowledge, methods or applications.

Examples of completed projects:

  • An Assessment for Wind Energy Development of a Rural Location near Lancaster 
  • Repowering an Onshore Wind Farm in the United Kingdom
  • A study of the energy performance and economic viability of solar thermal systems in UK houses
  • Performance and supply demand matching of grid-connected photovoltaics (PV) in dwellings
  • On the structural analysis of fibreglass asymmetric aerodynamic components with in-situ loading conditions.


MP4701 Design and Operation of Sustainable Systems

The aim of this module is to introduce students to a range of design methods and standards relating to modern design processes and operational practices for the sustainable operation of industrial equipment.

MP4705 Sustainable Systems Development

This module examines the main methods for developing sustainable engineering programme for industrial plants. It provides a comprehensive understanding of theory and practice of sustainable systems engineering strategies to achieve high plant efficiency, optimise on product quality, and address safety and environmental issues. In completion of the module you should demonstrate ability to apply and contrast theoretical knowledge of sustainable engineering, demonstrate ability to apply knowledge of Energy and Waste management in industrial plants, demonstrate ability to apply the knowledge of Health and Safety management, plan and manage a small to medium sized multi-partner maintenance project to its successful conclusion.

MP4706 Sensors, Instrumentation & Control

This module introduces methods of computer interfacing of industrial or scientific instruments and data processing for monitoring and control of engineering processes. It provides a comprehensive understanding of the use of advanced instrumentation and sensing methods. The module will also consider the application of signal processing methods and system design methods.

MP4713 Wind Turbine Generators, Power Electronics and Control

The aims of this module are to provide students with a comprehensive appreciation of the electrical aspects, generators, power electronics and grid connection of wind turbines; to provide a vehicle to enable the students to integrate and synthesise their knowledge related to the development and testing of wind turbine generator and control system, and to apply this in a practical and dynamic setting.

EL4102 Work Placement (Engineering)

This module allows students to develop an understanding of the professional practices associated with working in the engineering industry. Students will research, secure and undertake a period of work experience or industrial placement in an organisation appropriate to the field of study. The placement period should normally cover a minimum of 10 weeks full-time throughout the course of the module and a maximum of 15 weeks. Subject to negotiation with tutors, the placement might extend across more than one organisation. Students will be expected to reflect upon this work experience critically and to apply their experience to theoretical and conceptual elements of their course.

EL4101 Professional Placement (Engineering)

This module allows students to develop an understanding of the professional practices associated with working in the engineering industry. Students will research, secure and undertake a period of work experience or industrial placement in an organisation appropriate to the field of study. The placement period should normally cover a minimum of 38 weeks full-time throughout the course of the module and a maximum of 40 weeks. Subject to negotiation with tutors, the placement might extend across more than one organisation. Students will be expected to reflect upon this work experience critically and to apply their experience to theoretical and conceptual elements of their course.

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

Applications

Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £6,300 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,050 per 20 credits for first 120 credits studied (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

New UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

The UK Government has confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing a Full Masters Postgraduate programmes from 2016/17 academic year.

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Related Projects

IsWindTech, Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), innovative research-backed project on small wind turbines.

Professional Accreditation

This MSc is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), as further learning satisfying the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration

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Why Choose a Placement?

Placements are as much about gaining an insight and understanding of the culture and language in the engineering profession as gaining technical skill and experience. You’ll have the opportunity to complete an MSc with a 38-40 weeks professional placement or an MSc with 10-15 weeks work placement in addition to the standard MSc programme.

Learning Environment

Students will benefit from:

  • Free supportive short course tailored to students individual needs. This is a group of lectures/tutorials, provided as part of the independent learning on foundation topics such as electric circuits, 3-phase current, rotating machines, maths, and excel.

  • Free supportive English language module for International students

  • Seminars on Employability
  • Sites visits on UK renewable energy installations.
  • Variety in assessment for learning methods including: examination, coursework, tests, presentations, poster defence and written reports. 
Reading

Some preparatory reading that may be of interest for this course includes the following:

  • Renewable Energy: Power for a sustainable Future. Boyle, G. Oxford University Press ISBN 0-19-856451-1

 

Career Opportunities

Graduates from this course will find employment in the growing renewable energy sector as a system engineer, design engineer, project engineer, energy consultant and in energy management and would eventually aspire to lucrative director-level positions in the renewable energy sector. 

PhD may also be an option. For renewable energy related PhD opportunities at UCLan please click here.

If you are interested in working for a PhD with an academic member of staff from the MSc Renewable Energy team in their research area, you are encouraged to contact them directly. 

Staff

The course is delivered by staff from the School of Engineering

Dr Hadley Brooks (Module MP4701)
Dr Katerina Fragaki - Course Leader (Modules MP4708, MP4710)
Dr Chris Hill (Modules MP4709, MP4713)
Dr Ahmed Onsy (Module MP4706)
Dr Nathalie Renevier - Work/Professional Placements Co-ordinator (Module MP4705)
Dr Justin Whitty (Module SC4107)

Scholarships

This year, UCLan is generously co-funding eight Chevening Awards to support a selection of specific degree programmes including MSc Renewable Energy Engineering. Chevening scholarships are awarded to outstanding scholars with leadership potential. Awards are typically for a one year Master’s degree at universities across the UK including UCLan.