Full-time: One year for MSc, Part-time: Two years for MSc and PGDip.
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
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, 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.
You should have one of the following:
Two of the following:
• 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)
During your studies at the UCLan Preston campus you’ll benefit from our new £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC).
Located within one of the most intense engineering and manufacturing areas in the UK, the EIC provides an integrated space for teaching and research with direct links to industry enabling you to work on live, real-world projects with commercial partners in state-of-the-art facilities. Find out more.
EL4166 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.
Students examining a Kaplan hydro turbine generator and control system at Heron Mill hydroelectric power scheme during a site visit.
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:
Kipp&Zonen Pyranometer installed on the roof of Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre at UCLan Preston Campus
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 Engineering Management Systems
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.
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.
Students visiting Caton Moor wind farm.
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.
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Full-time: £6,900 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £765 per 20 credits (UK/EU)
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.
If you're thinking of studying a master's or doctoral degree you could be eligible for a loan from the Government to help you study.
For additional help with financing your studies, UCLan offers a range of Postgraduate scholarships, studentships, bursaries and the Alumni loyalty discount.
IsWindTech, Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), innovative research-backed project on small wind turbines.
Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.
To enhance your work experience you will have an opportunity to undertake a professional placement as part your MSc. This will extend your study time by six to twelve months depending on the length of the placement. Alternatively, there are opportunities to choose an industry-based project.
You are responsible for finding your own placement. We will support you in preparation for this with the Faculty Placement Team and UCLan Careers, who can help you plan and develop your CV and applications, and have practice interviews.
Students will benefit from:
Students at Heron Mill hydroelectric power scheme during a site visit.
Some preparatory reading that may be of interest for this course includes the following:
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.
The course is delivered by staff from the School of Engineering
Dr Katerina Fragaki - Course Leader (Modules MP4708, MP4710, EL4166)
Dr Ahmed Onsy (Module MP4701, MP4706, EL4166)
Dr Nathalie Renevier (Module MP4705)
Dr Matt Stables (Module MP4709)
Stephen Jones - Work/Professional Placements Co-ordinator (Module EL4102, EL4101)